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Starting Point live blog for Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
May 16th, 2012
05:17 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

This morning, "Starting Point" is live at 7am Eastern. Today, Brooke Baldwin sits in for Soledad and will talk with our panelists, CNN contributors Will Cain and Margaret Hoover, as well as CNN senior political analyst and editorial director for the National Journal Ron Brownstein. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:

Sources: Medical report says Zimmerman had broken nose, other injuries after fight

* Report: TSA security breaches mishandled

* Military limits F-22 flights after oxygen issues 

*Eli Manning will also be on set to discuss the upcoming NFL season and his involvement with the BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) program, a non-profit national organization that aims to positively impact and inspire kids to exercise and achieve scholastically.

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[UPDATED 7:05am ET] Rep. Adam Kinzinger says that he thinks the most disturbing aspect of reports about the Air Force's F-22 fighter jet making pilots sick is that investigators haven't been able to pinpoint the problem.

[UPDATED 7:20am ET] Bob Forrest, drug counselor on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab," says that he is "suspicious" about the psychiatric world’s sudden interest in addiction and explains that the history of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is linked to insurance companies figuring out how to charge patients.

[UPDATED 7:37am ET] In the wake of a new report that claims that only 42% of airport security breaches are being reported, Rep. Mike Rogers says that the TSA has to be a lot smarter and tougher. Overall, Rogers says that he thinks the TSA has done "an acceptable job" but that we need to get to the bottom of the problem because "terrorists are ahead of the curve in finding new ways to get through" airport security.

[UPDATED 7:50am ET] Giants quarterback Eli Manning explains that he only wears his Super Bowl ring, which he will be receiving at Tiffany's tonight, on special occasions before the season starts because "it's almost hard to wear." The NFL star also says that he hasn't seen Tim Tebow since he moved to New York and explains that he takes about a month off after the season to relax.

[UPDATE 8:08am ET] University of Chicago economics professor Austan Goolsbee says that the Volcker rule would "at least provide some deterrence value" to banks before they decide to take big risks. He says that "just breaking big banks up into smaller banks would not decrease the size of the risk" and explains that he thinks the main problem is that big banks are too interconnected.

[UPDATED 8:20am ET] Former CIA officer Amb. Henry Crumpton explains that one of the most important elements of being a good spy is understanding yourself and having a knowledge of you are and how you would react to certain situations.

[UPDATED 8:39am ET] Columbia law school professor James Liebman explains that his conclusion that Texas executed an innocent man in 1989 should inspire the American public to think about the issue and to weigh the risks of executing innocent people.

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  1. David Pacheco

    Just started watching Soledad and her great show, "Starting Point"' and I am delighted. It is fresh, youthful, diverse and not rude to women (like Joe Scarborough is). I am a West Coast viewer and up early to watch news discussions. I can sleep in an hour later with Starting Point and not have to watch the boy's club on Morning Joe. Soledad's spontenaity and intelligence are bringing me over to CNN for my morning fix.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. njmeycpa23

    RE: Debt Ceiling
    Also I would like to point out the Debt is $15 Trillion, the US, through the Fed, loaned $18 Trillion to the big banks between 2008-2010. The US Prints its own money, if we wanted to pay off the debt we could do it tomorrow. The only reason we have Debt in the first place is to satisfy the Bond Markets. Another fact CNN will not be reporting.

    May 16, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. njmeycpa23

    Again with this same poor debt reporting. Of the $15 Trillion of Debt the US has over $9 Trillion is owed to ourselves through borrowings from the Social Security and Medicare Funds. Only about $2 Trillion is owed to other sovereign countries with China holding the largest share at $1 Trillion. So this conversation regarding the debt ceiling is really idiotic, we are cutting spending to pay back money we borrowed from ourselves. I really wish the media would start reporting this correctly so we can start having a real conversation about the economy and how to fix it. Until we get past this nonsense we will never be able to move on. Once again living with poor reporting to set up future conflict to promote higher ratings as opposed to actually reporting the facts. Great job again CNN

    May 16, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. njmeycpa23

    Is it possible to get some real reporting on the US PLEASE! of the $15 Trillion of Debt over $9 Trillion is owed to ourselves, the United States. Yes due to the way Governmental Accounting is set up, we are borrowing from one fund (mainly Social Security and Medicare) and spending it on something else (likely military). In Fact only about $2 trillion is owed to other countries (China with the largest Debt $1 Trillion). So this conversation is idiotic, we are going to cut spending for ourselves to pay back money we owe ourselves. I wish it was reporting this way, so we can move on and fix the real problems of this country and I really wish the news media would start doing their job and start reporting facts.

    May 16, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Carol DuPraw

    What is the name of the physical activity Eli Manning mentioned today on CNN?

    May 16, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Richard

    It is about time that the diagnosis for alcoholism changed. Yes, it will put a wider net over a lot of people. I think there is a big problem when college students start getting drunk at 8:00pm every night so they can be sober enough to attend class the next morning. It is very sad and unfortunately I see it every day. I think that more than 40% of college students should be diagnosed as alcoholics because the problem is much greater than what people think.

    May 16, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse | Reply

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