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Starting Point live blog for Monday, April 30th, 2012
Nina Rhodes-Hughes claims there was a second shooter in RFK assassination. She talks with Soledad live at 8:30amET.
April 30th, 2012
05:42 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Monday, April 30th, 2012

This morning, "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" is live at 7am Eastern. Today, Soledad talks with panelists contributor Will Cain, political comedian John Fugelsang and "National Journal" editorial director Ron Brownstein. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:

* Was there a second shooter in RFK assassination? Nina Rhodes-Hughes, a witness to Robert Kennedy's assassination, talks live with Soledad at 8:30am to explain her claim.

* U.S. lends support in hunt for notorious African warlord Joseph Kony

* GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversary

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[UPDATED 8:41am ET] Nina Rhodes-Hughes remembers the day RFK was assassinated, says she recalls more shots coming to her right behind her than what has been reported. She says she told the FBI her story years ago, but there was no follow up. She adds there were other witnesses who agreed there were more shots in the RFK assassination.

[UPDATED 7:37am ET] Author Richard Miniter says his sources say government secured a lot of financial information in the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound last year.

[UPDATED 7:20am ET] CNN education contributor Steve Perry says he agrees with parents wiring their kids to monitor teachers. Also agrees with placing classes on web for parents to watch. "We watch courtrooms and so many other places I don't understand why we can't watch what we're doing."

[UPDATED 7:02am ET] Author Gordon Chang says China seems to throw a fit to get U.S. to do things. "Apparently no one in the State Department raised a 3-year-old" Chang says.

Filed under: Live Blog
April 27th, 2012
12:50 PM ET

UFC star Georges St-Pierre bullied as a kid, talks about new Instant Cooling Towel

UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre talks about the bullying he endured as a child.

In the video below, he talks about a new product he's endorsing called the Enduracool Instant Cooling Towel. The towel comes in a tube and is designed to cool down "hotspots" when dampened by water or sweat.

Filed under: Bullying
April 27th, 2012
12:32 PM ET

From 'Buster' to Bodyman – actor Tony Hale talks about 'Veep'

Actor Tony Hale, best known for his role as Buster Bluth on "Arrested Development," talks about his new HBO show "Veep."

Filed under: Entertainment
April 27th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

ICYMI: Soledad's cameo in 'Daily Show' spoof

Soledad O'Brien helps give voters a voice in a special focus group on "The Daily Show."

Filed under: A little fun
April 27th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Teen explains why she's suing bullies for fake Facebook page

School yard bullies still exist, but here's a word that didn't even exist a decade ago: Cyberbullying.  And it may be even more dangerous.At least 6% of students report that they've experienced it.

Unlike the old-fashioned kind of bullying, schools can't always intervene with legal action. That was the case for 14-year-old Georgia student Alex Boston.

She was the victim of a fraudulent Facebook page set up by two classmates, who distorted her photo and made hurtful comments about other students in her name. The school said its hands were tied because the page was created off-campus.

Now, Alex is taking matters into her own hands by suing the two bullies for libel.

Alex, her parents Chris and Amy Boston, and their lawyer Natalie Woodward talk with Soledad about this on "Starting Point" and explain why they decided to seek legal action.

Filed under: Cyberbullying
April 27th, 2012
11:54 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Friday, April 27, 2012


This Friday’s playlist began with Will Cain deviating from his country roots and playing “Brass Monkey” by the Beastie Boys. He continued to switch it up with two more songs: “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes and “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin. Like Soledad said, he got quite a few songs in today because his beard was the subject of this morning’s Get Real.

Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Columbia University, sat on the SP panel this morning and had a diverse couple of songs as well. Up first was “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, better known to some as Will Smith and his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sidekick Jazz. Marc also chose “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses.

John Fugelsang’s playlist also saw a lot of airtime today, beginning with The Band’s “Atlantic City.” We also heard “The Day” by the Roots and Franz Ferdinand’s cover of the Blondie hit “Call Me.”

In honor of mixed martial artist and Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre stopping by the studio, today’s playlist included “It’s a Fight” by Three 6 Mafia and “Fuego” by Pitbull.

Actor Tony Hale, famous for playing Buster Bluth on Arrested Development, checked in with Soledad and the panel to discuss his role on the new HBO series VEEP. Tony sent in a couple of his favorite songs for the playlist: “Let Him Fly” by Patty Griffin and “Washed by the Water” by NeedToBreathe.

April 27th, 2012
11:38 AM ET

Fmr. Sec. of State Madeleine Albright says she's 'honored' to receive the Medal of Freedom, talks about exploring her roots in a new book

She served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, then became the first female Secretary of State. Now, she can add Medal of Freedom recipient to that impressive resume.

The White House announced yesterday that Madeleine Albright will receive the nation's highest civilian honor. She also has a new book,  called "Prague Winter: A personal story of remembrance and war, 1937-1948."

This morning on "Starting Point," Soledad asked Secretary Albright what it felt like to receive such a high honor.

"I am so honored to have gotten the Medal of Freedom," Albright says. "It makes me feel very proud to be an American, and that's the story that goes together."

Albright also explains how learning more about her family background and experiences helped shape her career.

"What it has done is kind of add a complexity and richness to what I know about myself and hope very much that the story that I tell will explain to people, not only the importance of knowing your roots, but also of understanding motivations, credibility, and the importance of being resilient," she adds.

See another clip from the interview here.

Filed under: Diplomacy • Memoir
April 27th, 2012
08:41 AM ET

Reporter: Sources suggest a 'pattern and practice' of prostitution and heavy drinking in Secret Service

Carol Leonnig, investigative reporter for The Washington Post, discusses her recent report that states that some Secret Service agents accused of misconduct in the prostitution scandal are "privately contending that their conduct didn't warrant dismissal because senior managers tolerated similar behavior during official trips."

April 27th, 2012
08:34 AM ET

Report offers new details about Zimmerman's background

Chris Francescani, Reuters reporter, discusses the new information he's uncovered about George Zimmerman's family history and what led him to buy the gun that he used to shoot Trayvon Martin.

Filed under: George Zimmerman
April 27th, 2012
07:54 AM ET

Get Real! The life of Will Cain's beard

Today's the day Soledad felt was the best day to address the phenomenon that is...Will Cain's beard.

Filed under: Get Real
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