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June 29th, 2012
12:25 PM ET

Rep. Altmire: 'I had no other choice' but to vote Holder in contempt

For the first time in U.S. history, the sitting Attorney General is being held in contempt of Congress.

After 108 Democrats staged a walkout from Thursday's session, the House took two separate votes, which cited Attorney General Eric Holder in both civil and criminal contempt for refusing to hand over documents regarding the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" gun walking program.

Breaking from party convention, 17 Democrats voted in favor of the criminal charge, while 21 Democrats supported the civil charge.

Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman Jason Altmire, who voted in favor of both contempt charges, joins Starting Point this morning to explain his decision.

Filed under: Uncategorized
June 29th, 2012
12:16 PM ET

'SCOTUS blog' the first news outlet to report Supreme Court's health care ruling

As the health care ruling was made inside the Supreme Court yesterday, media outlets scrambled to make sense of the complex, 193 page ruling.

A little-known website called "SCOTUS blog" was the first to report that the law had been upheld and the blog's live feed peaked at over 800,000 views during Thursday's coverage.

SCOTUS blog co-founders Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe join Starting Point this morning to discuss their site's success.

Filed under: Supreme Court
June 29th, 2012
12:11 PM ET

Study: 7 in 10 people are losing confidence in America and its political system

Burson-Marsteller CEO and president Mark Penn is unveiling a new study conducted by Penn Schoen Berlan on American values at the Aspen Ideas Festival this afternoon.

The findings of this study show that the majority of Americans believe that the nation's values have declined during the last 70 years due to political corruption, increased materialism, declining family values and a celebrity- obsessed culture.

The new poll also illustrates that nearly 7 in 10 people are losing confidence in America and its political system.

On Starting Point this morning, Penn explains the study's results and weighs in on how the Supreme Court's health care ruling may influence public opinion.

Filed under: Politics • Values
June 29th, 2012
12:03 PM ET

Gov. McDonnell: The costs Virginia will have to bear due to health care law are 'crushing'

Virginia was among the first of the 26 states to file suit against the Department of Health and Human Services after the Affordable Act was passed.

Virginia Governor McDonnell has joined the effort of Republican legislators to repeal the legislation now that the law has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

On Starting Point this morning, Gov. McDonnell discusses his opposition to the president's health care law and explains how he thinks that the legislation will affect his state.

Filed under: Uncategorized
June 29th, 2012
11:58 AM ET

What are the legal implications of the health care ruling? Gregory Katsas weighs in

The new precedent set by the Supreme Court's ruling on the individual mandate could affect future laws passed by Congress. 

Gregory Katsas, a former clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas who argued against the health care law, appears on Starting Point this morning to discuss the implications of the Court's decision.

“I was surprised and disappointed of course at the result,” Katsas tells Soledad.

Chief Justice Roberts’ swing vote on the law was an unexpected twist to the ruling, considering that he tends to lean conservative.

Katsas explains that he believes Roberts upheld the statue only by “turning it into something very different.” 

Watch the clip above for more from Soledad’s interview with Katsas on Starting Point. 

Filed under: Health care
June 29th, 2012
11:49 AM ET

Obama campaign manager: SCOTUS ruling a 'victory for the American people'

On Starting Point this morning, Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager, responds to calls by Republican lawmakers to repeal the president's health care legislation and explains why the campaign believes that the individual mandate is a penalty.

Filed under: Health care
June 29th, 2012
11:44 AM ET

Toobin: Supreme Court health care ruling was 'stunning'

Jeffrey Toobin discusses Chief Justice Roberts' role in the Supreme Court's health care decision and describes what the atmosphere was like inside the courtroom yesterday.

Filed under: Health care
June 29th, 2012
11:38 AM ET

Rielle Hunter: Affair with John Edwards was 'adventurous'

In 2008, the National Enquirer exposed the extramarital affair between John Edwards and Rielle Hunter and the child the couple had during their relationship.

Although Edwards eventually came clean, he initially adamantly denied the affair and that he fathered the couple's daughter.

After accusations surfaced about Edwards using campaign money to support Rielle during the 2008 presidential race, Edwards' political career was permanently damaged and his marriage to a then-cancer stricken Elizabeth Edwards was broken.

In her new book, "What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me," Rielle Hunter tells her side of the story.

Hunter joins Starting Point this morning to discuss the affair and to respond to the fierce criticism she's received about her decision to write the tell-all book.

Filed under: John Edwards
June 29th, 2012
11:24 AM ET

Rep. Bachmann clashes with Rep. Israel and Gov. Markell about the implications of the health care law

On Starting Point this morning, Rep. Michele Bachmann participates in a contentious debate with Rep. Steve Israel and Gov. Jack Markell about the merits of President Obama's health care legislation.

The three legislators clash on a range of issues related to the political and economic implications of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, ranging from the impact on American businesses to the way that the law will affect health care costs.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins in on the discussion as well, breaking down research about health care premiums and insurance exchanges.

Filed under: Health care
June 29th, 2012
08:51 AM ET

Starting Point Playlist for Friday, June 29, 2012

Once again, we turned the our "Starting Point" soundtrack to our viewers. Song choices were submitted to the blog and the following were chosen. Thanks to everyone for such great suggestions!

Played on the show:

@rfrye816's playlist:
Kirk Franklin – "I Smile"
Mary Mary – "In the Morning"

@brianbattersby's playlist:
Rihanna – "Where Have You Been"

Jim Daffron's playlist:
Cake – "I Will Survive"

WaynesWorld1988's playlist:
Queen – "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

Yiften Hagon's playlist:
Nas – "Count Your Blessings"

Randall Tishner's playlist:
Alannah Miles – "Black Velvet"

@L_Tucks' playlist:
Millie Small – "My Boy Lollipop"

@LisaGangi's playlist:
Kanye West – "Heartless"

Monique Evans' playlist:
Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ – "Glory to Glory to Glory"

Steve Ronzino's playlist:
The Buggles – "Video Killed the Radio Star"

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