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October 24th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

Tough Call: Charitable teen punished for long hair

The "Starting Point" team discuss the story of Zachary Aufderheide, who was punished with a two day in-school suspension because his long hair violates school dress code. Does the rule make sense in this case?


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October 10th, 2012
11:13 AM ET

Tough Call: Welch says he was right about jobs report in op-ed

Jack Welch, fmr. CEO of GE talking about criticizing the BLS in a new Wall Street Journal op-ed.


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October 9th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

Tough Call: One high school in Germany has banned homework to allow kids to 'unwind'

Today's Tough Call: One high school in Germany has banned homework, and here's why.

Germany has done away with one year of high school, meaning students now spend longer days in the classroom...sometimes until 6:00pm to complete the required work. So they're doing away with homework as a test, to give kids a chance to unwind a bit.

We want to hear from you: Is this a good idea?


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October 1st, 2012
11:33 AM ET

TOUGH CALL – Is Ann Romney a bit off message?

CNN’s Nevada affiliate KTVN asked Ann Romney if she had any concerns about her husband being president. Her answer has been criticized by the media, but is it worth the discussion?

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September 28th, 2012
09:37 AM ET

Tough Call: Beer and the election

Does the beer you drink tell which way you will vote?

Our tough call sees how much truth there is in a survey that says that Sam Adams' drinkers tend to vote Republican and Heineken drinkers are strongly Democrat.


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September 27th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Tough Call: Is the sexy geisha outfit offensive?

Out panelists Richard Socarides, Suzy Welch, and Ryan Lizza debate whether Victoria's Secret's new sexy little geisha outfit is offensive or not.


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September 26th, 2012
01:16 PM ET

TOUGH CALL: A father admits he has a favorite child in blog post and sparks heated debate

Radio talk show host Buzz Bishop started a heated debate after admitting that his 5-year-old son is his favorite of his two sons in a post about his first son’s birth. In a second post titled, “Admit it. You have a favorite kid. I do,” he said that he doesn’t love either of his sons more than the other. He just likes one more.

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September 20th, 2012
11:42 AM ET

Tough Call: Should bible verses be allowed on school banners at football games?

Today’s tough call hails from a tiny town in Texas. Should bible verses be allowed on school banners if the football team plows right through them before a game?

Someone filed a complaint to the school and officials decided to ban the bible verses. But many parents and students say faith and football are both firm aspects of the community and want them back.

This morning, the "Starting Point" team debates whether the verses should be allowed on the banners.

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September 19th, 2012
10:13 AM ET

Tough Call: Father-daughter dance canceled because of 'gender discrimination'

Father/daughter dances and mother/son ballgames are now banned in the Cranston, Rhode Island school district after the ACLU declared the events in violation of the state's gender discrimination laws.

The ACLU issued a quote regarding the events, writing, "Public schools have no business fostering the notion that girls prefer to go to formal dances while boys prefer baseball games. This type of gender stereotyping only perpetuates outdated notions of 'girl' and 'boy' activities and is contrary to federal law."

Soledad O'Brien and the Starting Point team weigh in on the school's decision to cancel the events on the show this morning.

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September 17th, 2012
11:47 AM ET

Tough Call: NFL pulls side judge who posted pics in Saints gear

Just hours before the New Orleans Saints/Carolina Panthers kick off yesterday, the NFL pulled side judge Brian Stropolo from the game after ESPN outed him as a rabid Saints fan through pictures he posted on Facebook.

The NFL insists that replacement refs are subjected to the same background checks as the full-time refs, but Stropolo's allegiance to the Saints somehow slipped through the cracks.

Soledad O'Brien and the Starting Point team weigh in on the incident on the show this morning.


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