A voter registration controversy in Florida has left many asking questions after suspicious registrations have been reported in nearly a dozen counties. Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm working for the Republican Party, was fired last week after turning in falsified and illegible registration forms. Lawrence Norden, an expert in voter registration laws and deputy director of the Democracy Program at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, joins Soledad O’Brien to discuss the alleged fraud and how it undermines Americans’ confidence in elections.
Tim Roemer, foreign policy advisor for the Obama campaign, weighs in on the American politics of the unrest in the Middle East, arguing that unlike Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama did not make the violent protests political.
Roemer also responds to criticism of the president's statement that Egypt is not a U.S. ally, explaining that he thinks that Obama "was feeling some frustration...given the tragic loss of our ambassador and our other three American family members."
Regarding Romney's approach to the unrest in the Middle East, Roemer says,“Governor Romney has made a score of mistakes in his foreign policy. I think he wants to harken back to the playbook during the Bush years of everything can be solved by intervention of our military.”
Looking back at the Democratic National Convention, Joel Stein jokes about the DNC after parties, celebrity sightings of Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian, southern hospitality in Charlotte, N.C., and the tight security at the convention that kept the TIME humor columnist from seeing former President Clinton’s speech.
Fmr. U.S. asst. Sec. of State Jamie Rubin on challenges Egyptian president-elect Mohamed Morsi faces running the country.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The most contested portion of the bill which was passed in 2010 under President Obama, is the universal mandate, a requirement that all Americans get health care or face fines.
Acording to a CNN/ORC poll conducted in May, 43% of Americans support the health care bill, while 34% oppose it because it is too liberal, and 13% oppose it because it is not liberal enough.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been vocal in her opposition to the bill and tells Soledad O'Brien on CNN's "Starting Point" she hopes to see a "full-scale repeal".
"This is absolutely unprecedented because government has never before, on the federal level, forced an American to purchase a product or a service just because that individual breathes," Rep. Bachmann says.
Watch more from Soledad's interview with Rep. Bachmann on CNN's "Starting Point" in the clip below.
Daniel Kurtzer, fmr. U.S. amb. to Egypt, speculates about Egypt's future in the wake of Mubarak's impending death.