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Soledad's 'Beyond Trayvon: Race & Justice In America' Townhall airs tonight at 8pm Eastern on CNN
March 30th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

Soledad's 'Beyond Trayvon: Race & Justice In America' Townhall airs tonight at 8pm Eastern on CNN

"Starting Point" anchor Soledad O’Brien will host a townhall looking at the latest in a case that has consumed the conscious of the nation: the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

"Beyond Trayvon: Race & Justice In America" airs on Friday, March 30th at 8p and 10p ET on CNN.

The special will look at the latest in the investigation in the case, and examine the many angles that have come into play including: the investigation, allegations of racial profiling, gun laws and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The audience will also ask questions of experts in an effort to find the truth in the story.

Share your thoughts on the show here, or visit the In America page to participate in the live blog.

Filed under: Race • Trayvon Martin
March 30th, 2012
12:39 PM ET

Endorsements for Romney may mean GOP is finally rallying behind one candidate – New Yorker's Ryan Lizza on what it means for the race

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza explains how Rep. Paul Ryan's endorsement of Mitt Romney will shape the GOP presidential race, if it means the GOP is finally coalescing behind one candidate and what happens to Rick Santorum in the process.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Race
March 30th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

Austim Speaks's Geraldine Dawson and author Glen Finland respond to new study that suggests significant increase in children diagnosed with autism

There's a new debate building about the cause of autism, fueled by new numbers from a CDC report showing a significant increase in the number of kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

The numbers are staggering: The latest report shows diagnoses are up 80% in the past decade. In 2000 and 2003, about one in 150 children were diagnosed with autism. The latest data suggests 1 in 88 children have autism.

Is there a real cause for concern here that the threat of autism is growing? Or are the diagnoses criteria becoming broader?

This morning on "Starting Point" Austim Speaks's chief scientific officer Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. talks about the new study. She's joined by Glen Finland, author of "Next Stop" which chronicles her experience raising her son David, who has autism.

Filed under: Autism
March 30th, 2012
12:16 PM ET

Sen. Menendez on big oil tax bill: Oil subsidies all about taking sides

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), author of the Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act, on the Senate's rejection of the bill and if the oil companies really need subsidies to operate.

Filed under: Uncategorized
March 30th, 2012
11:52 AM ET

Furor over rising gas prices – Frank Verrastro with CSIS explains

Frank Verrastro with CSIS explains why oil prices are spiking despite increased production.

Filed under: Gas Prices
March 30th, 2012
11:47 AM ET

Could Zimmerman's dad's influence as a judge have led to him not being arrested for Trayvon's death? Lou Palumbo explains

Retired officer Lou Palumbo on possible influence George Zimmerman's dad, a judge, had on charges in Trayvon Martin case.

He also explains how the much discussed "Stand Your Ground" law may not apply in the Trayvon Martin case.

Filed under: Trayvon Martin
March 30th, 2012
11:36 AM ET

A naked Ted Kennedy in a hot tub? And did President Reagan send 16-inch condoms to the Soviets? The wacky world of politics according to former Sen. Arlen Specter

Fmr. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) shares some hilarious and borderline scandalous stories from his new book "Life Among The Cannibals" which depicts a side of politics not usually seen by the public.

Senator Specter also weighs in on if endorsements are significant in the 2012 presidential race.

Filed under: Politics
March 30th, 2012
11:32 AM ET

Who does 'Stand Your Ground' protect and is the law too vague for the Martin case? Author Dave Kopel explains

Author and NRA member Dave Kopel says Florida law does not protect George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin shooting and argues that it may not be applicable in the case.

Filed under: Trayvon Martin
March 30th, 2012
10:02 AM ET

Get Real! Rest in grease in bacon coffin

Christine Romans explains a company's new product: A "bacon coffin."

Filed under: Get Real
March 30th, 2012
09:44 AM ET

What will happen if CNN crew wins the Mega Millions jackpot

Alison Kosik gives preview what viewers will see if the CNN crew pool wins the record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot.

Filed under: A little fun
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