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August 23rd, 2012
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Starting Point live blog for Thursday, Aug. 23rd, 2012

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We've opened a live blog for "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" this morning, to talk about the latest track for Tropical Storm Isaac as it makes its way towards the United States, Rep. Todd Akin's decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race and fmr NFL player Warren Sapp is live to talk about his new book. Soledad and our Starting Point producers will be moderating.

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  1. Amir Ali

    They are giving mix muslims with hidu /sikhs the difference lost of religion and parents n families respect we r not india celibrity to give sister to hindus...

    August 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Amir Ali

    Sir why mexico getting secularism its very dirty that country america n pakistan they jumble the society they play here womens from india they paid enough...

    August 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Amir Ali

    My sister ready for flight n some traffic police monster attch her n my bro kamran ali they running well known street of khi for conatiner our eyes r weaker.

    August 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Sharon

    In regards to the photos of Prince Harry, particularily those shown on Starting Point yesterday morning, I felt profoundly disappinted in CNN's tabloid-like display. To show it at all, let alone leave the photo on the air for such a long period of time, while Ms. Obrien and others laughed and justified it, was painful and embarrassing. Cnn needs to reconsider their standards.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mark Newsom

    Question: Why is a farmer permitted by law to claim the expense of a baby cow from its conception but humans cannot claim their child until its birth?

    August 23, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mark Newsom

    Regarding the GOP platform: when we speak of a principle, there are and always will be variations within the group that holds to the general principle. Look at Islam and Christianity: each has a set of principles that followers generally believe in. But when you dig into specific topics, you will find many variations within those groups. It is not difficult to see or understand that this human factor also exists within political parties. I know what my party generally believes but as an individual thinker, I do not agree with everything my party stands for. Anyone that is unwilling or unable to think for themselves are simply followers. This could be where extremism exists. Those that follow without question. It could be out of fear or it could be out of ignorance or it could be that some are just genetically wired to follow without thinking. Look at the followers of Hitler or the Japanese military in WWII, people followed without question. One female student interviewed yesterday on NPR was so excited to have met President Obama when he visited her school the other day. Her response was "...Oh he's so sweet...I like him...I don't like the other guy..." So being sweet is the depth of this College student's presidential criteria? Now, most assuredly, she will follow. One of CNN's FB fans said about a month ago, "He got swag, he can sing..." The shallowness of these two examples explains why we still rely on the Electoral College instead of a popular vote. One woman interviewed yesterday on NPR said that she is a pro-life Democrat. Just one more example of variations within a group.

    August 23, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Amir Ali

    Visit baby not mother we got trouble in khi we are sitting pls always take when white travel to pakistan no anyother mr barak murder mr pearl daniel again...

    August 23, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Amir Ali

    ISAAC disturb us as well bc we open lights a bit darkness with feverness and take care again in senate next generation get itching n incident of mr pearl daniel

    August 23, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Amir Ali

    ISAAC disturb us as well bc we open lights a bit darkness with feverness and take care agian in senate next generation get itching n incident of mr pearl daniel

    August 23, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Malcolm Kantzler

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus made clear the separation between the GOP party platform and candidates when he remarked on the party’s strict anti-abortion platform, saying, “this is the platform of the Republican Party; it is not the platform of Mitt Romney.”

    The Founders viewed political parties as both unnecessary and dangerous, and this separation of party and candidate which Priebus defines also shows that parties often do not represent their members or the positions on issues that the members, candidates, or the public majority view as more acceptable.

    The other side of the coin is that it demonstrates parties are, in the case of the GOP, controlled by extremists, and that candidates, even when they agree with extreme party positions, will say whatever is necessary to distance themselves from the party to get elected, even though the party policies are the candidates’ views and would become the policy pursued in office.

    But most significant, the refusal of Romney or the GOP to come to terms with each other proves that parties and their election-control-derived candidates are not acting on behalf of the people, but rather for preservation of their own power and control of the political process, in confrontational purposes and stances against the opposing side, which explains gerrymandering, deadlock, and why parties continuously sell the people out to special interests, creating decades of disasters, death, and injury, because the money those special interests provide fuel the parties ability to control and influence policies and elected officials, as well as define the field from which those officials are drawn and the process of their elections.

    The steps which must be taken to end this condition of party superiority and confrontation, returning government to the democratic realm of the People, have been stated in detail again and again through the years at, and are now finally beginning to be discussed at the fringes of political commentary. It requires a revamping of the election primary process, elimination of campaign contributions, removal of party from districting in place of non-partisan districting processes, removal of internal, unconstitutional congressional rules, repeal of the 1929 Reapportionment Act and increasing the number of House seats, and a constitutional amendment to bring government operation into the 21st Century, reduce the number of elections and length of campaigns, and expand the problem-solving goal horizon for legislators by lengthening Senate and House terms, with recall safeties built in.

    Until party politicians are voted out and these steps are taken, the democratic republic of the Founders remains a lost dream from a distant past, and America, under party controls, will face a future of unprepared confrontation with enormous problems which will seriously degrade the quality of life and freedom/opportunity for most citizens.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Amir Ali

    Rapes already criminal act should go for correction in justice court get punishment not baby even he/she...
    Take care of gen of pak army in slaught bull testis.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Bruce Farmer

    I watched part of Josh Elliot's interview with Graham Spanier last evening as well. Although I would say that Spanier has been "candid" with both Elliot and Toobin, given Spanier's educational background and speciality, He is much more "culpable" in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal, than he as he sees it

    August 23, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse | Reply

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