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April 17th, 2012
06:47 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

This morning, "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" is live at 7am Eastern. Today, Soledad talks with panelists contributor Will Cain, comedian John Fugelsang, and Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill. Today's stories include:

* Zimmerman's lawyer confident judge will leave case
* GSA exec takes the Fifth on Las Vegas spending scandal
* Shuttle exits and with it America's dreams?

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[Updated 7:40amET] Clark Brewster, attorney for Tulsa shooting suspect Jake England, says his client is not a racist. Teri Alexander, mother of Tulsa shooting suspect Jake England, says she can't imagine her son would go on a shooting rampage.

[Updated 7:15amET] Rep. John Mica suggests to Soledad that the White House may have tried to cover up the GSA scandal.

[Updated 7:09amET] John Zarella has a follow up report on shuttle Discovery taking off for its final flight to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

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  1. Dan, Stewartstown, PA

    I love how the GOP defends how the wealthy are taxed twice, so increasing their rate ir wrong. Why are middle income Americans forced to pay full tax rate on our savings nd investments? The money I put in my bank and credit union is used to help stimulate the local economy just as a wealthy person's investments and savings do on a larger scale. One or the other system should be corrected, not ignored as part of a political psition.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mike G

    I am appalled at the GSA waste, but this waste by government has been bred my Congress. Everytime a budget is passed for agencies, it is approved by Congress with line by line items. If money is not spent, that agency will not get the same funds the following year. If Congress wants to address something, why not make Agencies be fiscally responsible while still accomplishing their missions. When I was in the military it was the same way. At the end of the fiscal year, if all your budget wasn't used, you were not going to get the same amount the following year. And for Congress to lash out other agencies is just asenine! How much do they waste yearly? Millions!

    April 17, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse | Reply

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