Our Starting Point Wednesday... Gun Control. President Obama finally unveils his plan. CNN has learned the main points will be: a ban on high-capacity magazine and assault weapons, universal background checks and more money to treat mental illness and make sure schools have adequate security. We're also following the latest in the Lance Armstrong story, talking to people who knew him and know why he decided to come clean now. Here's what we have lined up so far:
7:30am ET - John Eustice, two-time U.S. Professional Cycling Champion
7:50am ET - Spencer Gillis, writer & director of the short film, "Gun" which takes on the issue of gun violence when it competes at Sundance
8a ET - Rep. Randy Forbes, Republican from Virginia
8:10amET - Paul Willerton, Fmr. teammate of Lance Armstrong
8:50amET - Swizz Beatz joins us to talk about his new project, "Music-versity: Power of One"
There's also breaking news on the status of the Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, Christine Romans will have the latest on that.
As always, we kick off at 7am.
Our Starting Point Friday morning... Boehner's brain. After the Speaker of the House said he was disappointed that "no substantive progress" has occurred in two weeks of fiscal cliff talks, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said of the Speaker, "I don't understand his brain." We've got some top brains on Friday to discuss fiscal cliff negotiations... and much more:
7:10am ET - Rep. Steny Hoyer, (D) Maryland and House Democratic Whip
7:30am ET - Ken Rogoff, Professor of Economics & Public Policy at Harvard University
7:50am ET - Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons
8am ET - Jon Huntsman, former presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to China under President Obama
Our Starting Point Thursday... Big Money. We'll talk about developments in the fiscal cliff negotiations and also update you on the Powerball drawing. (fun fact of the day: if we go over the fiscal cliff and Congress does nothing, a single winner of the Powerball jackpot (at $550M) would pay $16,569,200 more in taxes (taking the lump sum payout). We're also talking about the latest setback for Amb. Susan Rice. We've got:
7:15am ET - Sen. John Barrasso (R) Wyoming
7:30am ET - Rep. Adam Schiff (D) California
7:50am ET - Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of, "The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?"
8am ET - Rep. Tom Cole (R) Oklahoma
8:15am ET - Steven Holcomb, author of, "My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold"
8:30am ET - Rep. Connie Mack (R) Florida and Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) California
8:50am ET - John Avlon, co-Author of, "Deadline Artists – Scandals, Tragedies & Triumphs: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns"
Our Starting Point Wednesday... Battleground States. Less than two weeks to go in the race and the campaigns zeroing in on a handful of key states that will decide the race. We've got some great guests to talk about that and the fallout from the last presidential debate:
7am ET - Rep. Mike Rogers, Republican from Michigan, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a Romney supporter
7:30am ET - Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican from Florida and a foreign policy adviser to Romney
8am ET - Gov. Ted Strickland from Ohio, a National Co-Chair of the Obama Campaign
We'll talk World Series with Mike & Mike at 7:15am ET.
And we'll look at an amazing new documentary about a chess team from Brooklyn whose members defied the odds to win more national championships thank any other team in the country. The doc won the audience award at SXSW. We'll talk to the producer and one of the kids from the film at 8:50am ET.
Our Starting Point for Wednesday... Benghazi. And two senior State Dept. officials talking on background ahead of a high stakes Congressional hearing today providing the most detailed explanation yet about what happened the night Amb. Christopher Stevens was killed, including saying there was never a protest in front of the U.S. consulate. Arwa Damon and Elise Labott report. Also –
7:30am ET - Republican Congressman Rep. Jason Chaffetz from Utah who is heading the Benghazi hearing
8am ET - Fran Townsend, CNN National Security Contributor and former Homeland Security Adviser
We'll also look at the Supreme Court case that could end affirmative action:
7:10am ET - Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University
8:10am ET - Jeff Toobin
We'll aslo talk politics with Jen Psaki, Obama Campaign Traveling Press Secretary (that's at 8:30am ET).
Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the hunt for answers about the growing meningitis outbreak. He travels to Massachusetts where he makes a surprising discovery that involves a garbage dump. That's at 7:40am.
AND, the book that we just haven't figured out yet. It's called, "Cheat: A Man's Guide to Infidelity." We're talking to two of the authors. Literally, a bunch of comedians.
As always, we kick off at 7amET.
Our Starting Point Tuesday... Sandusky speaks out. Ahead of his sentencing Tuesday, former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky released an audio statement denying that he sexually assaulted young boys and instead blamed victims and a "well-orchestrated effort" by the media, "the system" and Penn State to make him out as a "monster."
7am ET - Jeffrey Fritz, an attorney for Sandusky Victim #4
8a ET - Gloria Allred, famed victims' rights attorney
Elizabeth Cohen joins us with the latest on the Meningitis outbreak.
7:10am ET - Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee, a Romney supporter
8:30am ET - Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin from Illinois, an Obama supporter
8:10am ET – Daredevil Nik Wallenda on why some people are driven to cheat death.
And we cap it all off with Ashanti and Allan Houston. Talking about their involvement in making dreams come true through Madison Square Garden's Garden of Dreams program.
It's starts every morning at 7am with Soledad. See you then!
Our Starting Point Monday... Mitt Romney warms up, despite cold snap - prepares for big foreign policy speech. Several stories filed this weekend talking about the "softer" more "revealing" Romney. We'll talk about that, plus a speech Monday morning on foreign policy already being attacked by Team Obama, Press Secretary Jen Psaki calling Romney an "unmitigated disaster" on foreign policy. Greats guests lined up:
7am ET - Tara Wall, Senior Communications Adviser for the Romney campaign
7:30am ET - Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan from Ohio and member of the House Budget Committee
8am ET - Richard Williamson, Former Asst. Secretary of State who now is a senior foreign policy adviser for Romney
Join us at are usual time, 7am ET.
Our Starting Point Wednesday... Denver. The first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney is less than 24 hours away. We've got a great lineup of experts and campaign advisers:
7am ET - Famed debate coach, Brett O'Donnell; he's worked with Michele Bachmann, Sen. John McCain And President George W. Bush.
7:30am ET - Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, a Romney supporter
8am ET - Stephanie Cutter, Obama Campaign Deputy Manager
8:30a, ET - Barbara Comstock, Sr. Adviser to the Romney Campaign
Also, what happens when you intentionally crash a jet into the desert? Tune in at 7:50 to see the amazing video from inside.
We've also got the latest on those loose seats on American Airlines and the border shooting in Arizona.
Soledad is back from assignment, join her and the team at 7am ET.
Our Starting Point Thursday... Fast and Furious hearings set for Thursday to discuss the long-awaited report that put the blame for the botched gun program on 14 people, including high-raking Justice Department officials. Joe Johns reports the latest starting at 6am ET. Also reaction from:
7am ET - Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings from Maryland
8am ET - Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy from South Carolina
Also some great interviews we're looking forward to:
7:30am ET - Howard Schultz, Chairman & CEO of Starbucks has a new product for your house you'll want to hear about, we'll also talk some politics
We'll also talk about the cover story for Time magazine penned by President Bill Clinton.
AND... Deepak Chopra will be hanging out with us all morning.
Kicking off at 7am ET, as always.
Our Starting Point Tuesday... Teachers on strike in Chicago, 350,000 kids in limbo. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan weigh in and side with... Mayor Rahm Emanual. We'll talk to Randi Weingarten (7am ET), head of the American Federation of Teachers. We'll also mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11th with live coverage and guests from the memorial site:
7:30am ET - Rudy Giuliani
7:40am ET - Mayor Michael Bloomberg
8:10am ET - Fran Townsend will talk to us about where al Qaeda stands now
8:50am ET - Rep. Peter King, the Republican from Long Island, NY
And at 8:30am ET, Tony Danza drops by. He's got a new book out about the year he spent as a public high school teacher. The book is, "I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had."
All this and much more starting at 7am ET.