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May 22nd, 2012
06:23 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This morning, "Starting Point" is live at 7am Eastern. Soledad O'Brien will talk with our panelists, columnist Will Cain, "American Individualism" author Margaret Hoover,  and Roland Martin, host of "Washington Watch with Roland Martin." Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:

* Task force: PSA tests do more harm than good 

* Obama: Romney's Bain record is fair game 

* Catholic groups sue over federal contraception mandate 

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[UPDATED 7:10am ET] Dr. William Catalona calls the new prostate cancer screening recommendations "misguided" and "unjustified" insisting that the independent panel "misinterpreted the data" and that "the benefits of the test greatly outweigh the risks." Dr. Catalona says "if we were to stop PSA testing over the next decade or two, the prostate cancer death rate would double or triple."

[UPDATED 7:40am ET] Sen. Charles Grassley explains why he is demanding a breakdown of the expenses for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' annual conference, saying that some of the activities on the agenda aren't really necessary. Sen. Grassley also insists that there are other ways of holding conferences that aren't as costly, such as arranging meetings via social networks.

[UPDATED 7:55am ET] Dear World founder Robert Fogarty discusses the stories behind his moving photographs of Joplin residents, explaining that he had his subjects "distill their stories" and write messages on their bodies because he was interested in getting as much information and content into one place.

[UPDATED 8:05am ET] Senator Carl Levin calls the problem of counterfeit military parts "pervasive," asserting that the safety risks posed  by these fake components is "significant." While Levin acknowledges that the parts, which are almost exclusively manufactured in China, pose a potential espionage risk, their production is most likely inspired by the desire to make money.

[UPDATED 8:17am ET] Romney campaign adviser Barbara Cornstock says that Corey Booker was “taken to the woodshed” by the White House for “speaking the truth” during his appearance on “Meet the Press” over the weekend.

[UPDATED 8:52am ET] University of Notre Dame law professor Carter Snead explains why he supports the lawsuit filed against the Obama administratio, saying that there are "plenty of channels through which people can get access to contraceptive drugs without involving Catholic Universities." Samantha Groark, who opposes the lawsuit, responds that she is "frustrated" that the Catholic church is putting "so much time and resources into partisan issues" that are "wedging divisions among the faithful."

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  1. Ben Goddard

    Good morning Soledad, I love that you commented about how important spelling is to you and that made me wonder why nobody in the news industry cares that when talking about a court case when some one pleads innocent or guilty that every news channel including CNN says "pleaded" the correct word is "plead". Pleaded aka pleated is a style of pants not a legal term. 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tom

    So school psychologist Mark Twains comments about "black thugs" are racist, but Pastor Charles Worley's comments about gay people are acceptable? Why isn't CNN discussing this as well

    May 22, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tanya

    Love it when Roland is on the show.

    May 22, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Al

    While I agree that federal conferences should be curtailed in light of the GSA scandal and now the federal judges in Hawaii, Congress needs to take a hard look in the mirror and seriously review how much they spend on their congressional delegation (CODEL) trips they take overseas, especially when spouses and other nonessential people are taken along. Quit throwing stones in your own glass house, Congress!

    May 22, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse | Reply

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