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Starting Point live blog for Monday, May 7th, 2012
Graceland exhibits reveal new details about Elvis's life. We'll have that live on "Starting Point" at 8:50am this morning.
May 7th, 2012
05:38 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Monday, May 7th, 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 Sirius Radio Talk Show Host Jay Thomas. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:

* French election results have implications for US economy, foreign policy

* 'The Avengers' smashes domestic box office record for opening weekend

* Foul play suspected in Churchill Downs death

* Graceland exhibits reveal new details about Elvis's life – Graceland communications director Kevin Kern explains live at 8:50am Eastern.

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[UPDATED 8:08am ET] DCCC Chair Rep. Steve Israel says President Obama will talk to the American people about his accomplishments. And as he gets that case out, that will garner support from independents. Says people vote on what you're going to do for them. Says strategy is to talk to women, asking who is a better deal for you. Will Cain asks if Dems are doubling down on war on women. 'At end of the day it's a choice between extremism and problem solving.'

[UPDATED 7:54am ET] CNN education contributor Steve Perry talks about EdX, offering free access to Harvard-MIT course material. He says this is revolutionary for education and 'the game is forever changed.'

[UPDATED 7:47am ET] Wall Street Journal's Christopher John Farley says "The Avengers" expanded the concept of box office performance.

[UPDATED 7:35am ET] Soledad challenges Will Cain's comment on voters in Europe being 'silly' for voting against austerity measures, says it's not wise to call voters silly.

[UPDATED 7:13am ET] Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian says he won't buy Facebook stock because of it's stance on privacy.

[UPDATED 7:01am ET] Breaking News: Al Qaeda releases video of U.S. hostage Warren Weinstein, asking President Obama to accept demands from captors.

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