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The BigTease
August 21st, 2012
09:42 PM ET

The BigTease

Our Starting Point Wednesday... storm clouds over the GOP convention in Tampa? Rep. Todd Akin ignores a 5pm deadline and pressure from Republican leaders, including Mitt Romney, says he's staying in the race. We'll talk about how it might throw GOP off message going into their big week. Also... a storm of a different variety on its way to Tampa.

7am ET - Mark McKinnon, contributor at The Daily Beast and former adviser to McCain 2008

7:30am ET - Tom Davis, former Republican Congressman from Virginia and former head of the National Republican Campaign Committee

8am ET - Steven Law, President and CEO of American Crossroads, they're pulling all money out of Missouri that could have helped Akin

8:30am ET - Martin Frost, former Democratic Congressman from Texas and former head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee


7:10am ET - Diana Nyad joins us from Key West to talk to us about her inspiring attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida.. help her celebrate her 63rd birthday.

7:50am ET - Warren Sapp comes by to talk about his new book, "Sapp Attack."

8:10am ET - Mayor Bob Buckhorn from Tampa on what his city is doing to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane hitting while the city hosts the GOP convention.

8:50am ET - Arun Chaudhary, the first official White House videographer will be on to talk about his cool new book... and will tell us what it's like to follow the president around.

Starting at 7am ET, as always.

The Big Tease
August 20th, 2012
08:24 PM ET

The Big Tease

Our Starting Point Tuesday... Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri under fire for his comments about "legitimate rape." Pressure growing for him to step aside in the Missouri Senate race. Here's why it could happen before the end of the day Tuesday.

7am ET - Amy Kremer, Chair of the Tea Party Express is calling on Akin to drop out of the race

7:30am ET - Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis seconded Pres. Obama's nomination four years ago, he'll tell us why he's now working for the GOP now, he'll also weigh in on Akin's future

8am ET - Erick Erickson, Editor-in-Chief of weighs in on Akin. We'll also ask him about this tweet.


Another live update from the Straits of Florida on the progress on Dianna Nyad, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will also join us to talk about how one rests or sleeps in the middle of the ocean.

8:30am ET - Steve Forbes joins us to talk about his new book, "Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn't"

8:40am ET - Kirk Cameron joins us again to talk about his project "Monumental."

Joins as always at 7am ET with Soledad O'Brien.

The Big Tease
August 19th, 2012
10:03 PM ET

The Big Tease

Our Starting Point Monday... Biden under attack. Republicans showed no sign of letting up on the vice president for comments he made last week saying Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were, “going to put y’all back in chains.” Rudy Giuliani again the fiercest, questioning Biden's "balance." On to talk about it:

7am ET - Rep. Michael Burgess (R) Texas

7:30am ET - Rep. Richard Neal (D) Massachusetts

8am ET - Christine O'Donnell, former Senate candidate from Delaware

Also, lots of other great stories we're working on...

7:10am - A live update from the Straits of Florida on the progress of Diana Nyad's inspiring swim from Cuba to  Key West

7:50am ET - Miss America Laura Kaeppeler talks about a new, very personal project

8:10am ET - Amazing video documents a "bike vigilante" as he tracks down the man he thinks has his stolen bike, confronts him, gets his bike bake and places him under citizen's arrest; we'll ask him why he didn't just call police

8:30am ET - Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings gives us an update on the deadly West Nile virus in his city

8:40am ET - Steve Perry looks at an unbelievable case of cheating on state tests

8:50am ET - The actress Tamela Mann talks about working with the late Whitney Houston on the new movie, "Sparkle"

Join Soledad starting at 7am ET.

August 15th, 2012
09:27 PM ET

The Big Tease

Our Starting Point Thursday... Wildfires across much of the country are chasing people from homes and destroying communities. Rob Marciano is live in Washington state with the latest.

Also, it feels more like the final weeks of the campaign, but we're looking beyond the heated exchanges between Romney-Ryan and Obama-Biden and looking at the issues and the budget that matter most.

7:30am ET - Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus

8am ET - Michael Crowley, deputy Washington bureau chief for Time magazine... he's got a new article looking at how Ryan helps, or hurts, Romney.

8:30am ET - Stephen Baldwin joins the mix, he's had some harsh words for Obama in the past, he'll tell us what he thinks of Romney-Ryan.

And... you don't want to miss the FIERCE FIVE, in studio talking to Soledad, in one of their best interviews yet! That's at 7:50am ET.

We'll also have the latest on the shooting at the Family Research Council and the outbreak of West Nile virus, plus all the day's top stories starting as always at 7am ET.

The Big Tease
August 14th, 2012
07:51 PM ET

The Big Tease

Our Starting Point Wednesday... Romney goes on offense on Medicare with a new ad. And some controversial comments by Vice President Biden have Romney campaign charging rivals have "reached a new low." On tap:

7am ET - Connecticut Governor and Obama supporter, Dannel Malloy

8am ET - Former Minnesota Governor and Romney supporter, Tim Pawlenty

We'll also have the latest on the dream-inducing Powerball jackpot. What would you do with $320 mill?

The latest on that record-sized, Burmese python discovered in Florida with Ron Magill from Zoo Miami, 8:10am ET.

And... Dane DeHaan from the new movie "Lawless" comes by, 8:50am ET.

Starting, as always, at 7am ET with Soledad O'Brien (until the office pool hits the Powerball, then tbd...).

The Big Tease
August 13th, 2012
07:49 PM ET

The Big Tease

Our Starting Point Tuesday... The road to the White House changing course. The question now at the heart of the race: how do you fix Medicare? And is Romney / Ryan saving it, or killing it? Big names on to discuss:

7am ET - Romney supporter and former NH Gov. John Sununu

7:30am ET - Erick Erickson from

8am ET - Obama Campaign Sr. Adviser David Axelrod


Our very own Candy Crowley was just announced as the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in two decades, since ABC's Carole Simpson in 1992. We're talking to both Candy and Carole at 8:30am ET.

Jeff Toobin discusses new developments that could shake up the George Zimmerman case (8:10am ET).

Olympic gold medal diver David Boudia has an amazing story you need to hear (7:50am ET).

Man v. Food star and gold medal eater Adam Richman is on the hunt for the best sandwich in America.. he's going to show us what he found and where he found it (8:40am ET).

All that and more, starting at 7am ET with Soledad O'Brien.

The Big Tease...
July 26th, 2012
10:43 PM ET

The Big Tease...

Our Starting Point Friday... The Games Begin. Mitt Romney taking some heat for comments about London's preparation for the Olympics. He talks about that and more during an in-depth interview with Piers Morgan. Piers joins us at 7:30am ET from London to talk about it. We'll also have live reports from London previewing the opening ceremonies. And...

7am ET - Former Sen. Norm Coleman talks about Romney's London trip and Piers' interview.

7:50am ET - We've got the second part of Soledad's interview with USA Basketballers.. Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony & Maya Moore.

8am ET - The mayor of Baltimore is putting out the welcome mat for immigrants. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tells us how, and why, she plans to add 10,000 families in the next decade.

8:10am ET - The Chick-Fil-A debate. Cities looking to block new restaurants because they don't agree with the beliefs of the company's president. We'll talk to Alderman "Joe" Moreno from Chicago who is leading the charge.

Also... the latest on the economy and markets. Facebook earnings... and GDP numbers. Christine Romans is in for Soledad to break it all down.

The Big Tease
July 19th, 2012
10:18 PM ET

The Big Tease

Our Starting Point Friday... Syria on edge. Russia and China block action at the U.N. so what can the U.S. do... and what of Syria's large stockpile of chemical weapons? We're taking to two of the best minds on the subject: Amb. Nicholas Burns @ 7am ET & Former U.S. Asst. Secretary of State Jamie Rubin @ 8am ET.

We'll have more from Erin Burnett's interview with Bill Clinton. He talked politics, family.. and french fries.

And Soledad talks Olympic hoops.. with Maya Moore, Chris Paul & Carmelo Anthony (7:50am ET)

Also... A tough, new report details gaffes and missteps by the FBI in the Ft. Hood shooting case.. including calling emails the alleged shooter sent to a known terrorist "Not a Product of Interest" and "Not Pertinent." We'll talk to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) @ 7:30am ET about what it says about efforts to stop homegrown terrorists.

And Gary Cole. You might know him from Talladega Nights, Entourage or The Good Wife. He's got a new movie based on the true story of a notorious murder by one of Canada's highest ranking military officers, "An Officer and a Murder." He joins us at 8:40am ET.

All this and more... starting Friday at 7am ET.

The Big Tease
July 18th, 2012
06:45 PM ET

The Big Tease

Our Starting Point tomorrow... George Zimmerman. He sat down for his first interview today, we'll be watching tonight and bring you all the best clips Thursday morning. Still developing.

Also, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the current drought is the most serious situation in about 25 years and that he's on his knees every day, saying an extra prayer. He'll explain why we could actually see some food prices drop in the short term. We're talking to him live at 7:10am ET.

We're also talking to the much slimmer NY Jets Coach Rex Ryan. He's got Tim Tebow this year... what's he going to do with him? We'll also talk to him about his off-season diet. That's at 8:30am ET.

The man behind Batman. You've probably never heard his name, but if not for this guy there would be no big screen bat. Great story. Watch this before you see the new movie. 7:50am ET.

At 7:30am ET - Philly Mayor Michael Nutter, also head of U.S. Conference of Mayors, will talk PA politics... and release a new report on economic conditions in cities across the country.

We'll also bring you the best from Piers Morgan's exclusive interview with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

And John Berman goes sailing around Manhattan. With the guy who did this. Yeah, see more at 8:50am ET.

The Big Tease
June 25th, 2012
10:18 PM ET

The Big Tease

Our Starting Point Tuesday... Arizona. We're breaking down the Supreme Court ruling on the state's controversial immigration law. Jeff Toobin says he's baffled, but he says it might tell us something about what will happen Thursday with health care... and it's not good news for President Obama. Jeff joins us at 7:30 & 8:30am ET.

Also on SCOTUS immigration ruling:

Carlos Gutierrez, senior adviser for the Romney campaign, 7am ET.

Luther Strange, Alabama's Attorney General on the implications for his state, 7:30am ET.

Russell Pearce, the former AZ state senator who lead the effort to pass the law, 8am ET.


The latest on Tropical Storm Debby. We're live in Florida throughout the morning and talking to FL Gov. Rick Scott at 7:10am ET.

Rep. Charlie Rangel joins us from Harlem (8:10am ET) to talk about another tough primary fight Tuesday.

Jada Pinkett Smith at 8:40am ET.

All this and more live on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" at 7am Eastern on CNN.

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