Ed Smart is on Starting Point talking with Zoraida Sambolin and Christine Romans. He is the father of Elizabeth Smart, who was rescued after being kidnapped back in June 2002, and was rescued nine months later. Ed Smart called the rescue of the women "three miracles," and hopes that the women take time to bond with their families, and "find their new place in the world."
Ed Smart believes the most important advice he could give the victims and their families is to tell them that this is not their faults, despite any type of guilt or responsibility their captures may have placed on them. He states that, "This was a segment in their lives, and they have their entire lives ahead of them."
Smart believes that ultimately the most important thing is to make sure that justice is served, and that these captures cannot do this again.
This morning neighbors are wondering how the man living on their street could be the lead suspect in the shocking abduction of three women who disappeared in three separate incidents between 2002 and 2004. Two others, identified as the brothers of Ariel Castro also have been arrested, Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba told reporters late Monday. This morning neighbor Israel Lugo discusses the three women found alive after a decade of captivity.
Sheryl Crow, nine-time Grammy winning music artist, is turning her attention to something close to her heart: Working to combat the tide of nearly 50 million Americans at risk of going hungry.
This morning on "Starting Point," Crow talks about teaming up with One A Day Women's and Feeding America for their "Nutrition Mission."
"We are on a campaign where if you buy a bottle of "One A Day Women's" they will donate two meals to "Feeding America" up to two million meals," Crow says. "I for one was really shocked in a country like this that there are 50 million people who are here living with food insecurity."
"This is such a great campaign because it is such a great product. I think people want to feel like when they are buying a product they are doing something great," she adds.
Crow says people can go to Nutritionmission.com to share their story to enter to win a $25,000 grant and also a chance to come to New York City and meet her.
On Saturday, the stars of Washington and Hollywood gathered to roast themselves, raise money and award excellence in journalism at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. TBS late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien and President Obama hit it out of the park with continuous zingers.
One of the attendees was Don Baer, a fmr. senior advisor to President Clinton, who shares his behind-the-scenes look of the highlights of the dinner.
Baer, who currently serves as the CEO of Burson-Marsteller, says the room “loved the President's remarks and they loved Conan’s remarks.”
“One of the things about the President I've noticed...he has great comic timing in terms of his delivery. I think Conan maybe should watch out, because perhaps when the President is done in the White House, he might become a late night television host,” Baer says.
Baer also weighs in on whether President Obama's remarks were too close to comfort.
“I don't think so," Baer says. "There's so much attention and focus paid on the divisiveness in Washington...this is a moment when people come together and are able to appreciate one another in a social setting.”
A truly amazing story of survival: It's what the father of six-year-old Joey Welch calls 'a triple miracle.'
Joey was attacked by an alligator on Friday when he was with his father in a Florida Wildlife Refuge. Joey fell into the water and quickly was in the jaws of a huntry alligator.
Dad Joe managed to free Joey with help from a good Samaritan who kicked the alligator in the stomach. By dad's count, Joe Welch says there are three miracles: That his son survived, that he still has his arm and that no bones were broken.
Joey and Joe Welch talk with Christine Romans on "Starting Point" this morning to talk about this survival miracle.
Charter bus crash survivor Daniel Risik on what he experienced when his bus overturned near Dallas.
Bill Richardson, fmr. U.S. Amb. to U.N., on China's potential role in defusing heightened tensions with North Korea.
Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) argues that the hostile rhetoric from North Korea is an attempt to get something out of the U.S.
Dana Kaplan with Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana on shocking video of Louisiana jail inmates with drugs, weapons.
Louis Taylor and his attorney on his release from prison after 41 years for his role in an epic Arizona hotel fire.