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August 20th, 2012
08:20 AM ET

Get Real! Akin 'misspoke' on rape

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) says he 'misspoke' in an interview when he said "legitimate rape" rarely results in pregnancy.


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August 17th, 2012
09:10 AM ET

Get Real! eBay bans sales of supernatural potions

Snake oil salesmen who used to do their business out of the back of a wagon have found an online outlet for their goods in the digital age and apparently, they're becoming a problem.

Starting at the end of this month, eBay will begin taking down ads selling magic spells, potions and hexes in an effort begin enforcing their new ban on sales of the "supernatural."

Soledad O'Brien and the Starting Point team discuss the company's decision on Starting Point this morning.


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August 16th, 2012
08:34 AM ET

Get Real! 9/11 museum seeks to get atheist suit tossed out

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is fighting an organization of atheists in court over the famed World Trade Center cross. The museum is seeking to have a lawsuit filed by the group American Atheists thrown out.

The organization's suit claims that including the 17-foot-tall, cross-shaped steel "artifact" in the museum's collection violates the First Amendment.

According to the museum, the cross is a key component in the retelling of the story of 9/11, particularly "the role of faith in the events of the day and during the recovery efforts."

Soledad O'Brien and the Starting Point team discuss the atheist group's claim on the show this morning.


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August 15th, 2012
10:31 AM ET

Get Real! Cell phones can predict where you'll be tomorrow

The GPS systems on smart phones are very useful for getting directions and for locating restaurants or stores in your neighborhood. However, that locator program means that your cellphone knows where you've been and apparently, where you're going.

A team of British researchers have figured out an algorithm that uses tracking data from both your phone and your friends' phones to figure out where you'll be tomorrow. They've determined that your phones can predict where you'll be in the next twenty four hours, give and take about 60 feet, even if you change your routine.

So will companies be able to use this information to track your movements in the future?

Soledad O'Brien and the Starting Point team weigh in on the show this morning.

 


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August 14th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Get Real! Record 17.5 ft snake found

The Starting Point team reports on a snake found in the Florida Everglades measuring a record 17.5 ft. long.


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August 13th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

Get Real! $650 for a child's dress? Trend of designers selling kid duds at sky-high prices

How much have you spent on your kids' back to school wardrobe and accessories this year? Maybe $15 or $20 on t-shirts? Or another $10 for new sandals?

How about $800 dollars on a brand new backpack?

Designers are now charging exorbitant amounts for clothes for your growing kids.


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August 3rd, 2012
11:24 AM ET

Get Real! Olympian Gabby Douglas criticized for her hair

By winning the gold medal in the women's gymnastics individual all-around competition, Gabby Douglas has proven that she's a force to be reckoned with. Douglas made history last night as she powered through all four events with nearly flawless performances, earning herself a score of 63.323.

However, despite her stellar performance, people aren't fixated solely on Douglas' athletic prowess. The world-class Olympian is taking heat for her hair, which was slicked back and covered in pins and gel so that it stays in place during her high-energy performances. The Daily Beast says that Douglas' hair appears to be chemically relaxed, with a human-hair ponytail for height.

After Douglas' win, her hair was a popular topic on Twitter, with users saying things like, "Gabby Douglas has to do something with her hair!" and "Why hasn't anyone tried to fix Gabby Douglas' hair?"

Soledad O'Brien and the Starting Point panelists respond to the critics on the show this morning.


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August 1st, 2012
01:47 PM ET

Get Real! Rodman a children's book author?

Fmr. NBA 'bad boy' Dennis Rodman has penned a children's book called "Dennis, The Wild Bull."


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July 31st, 2012
10:49 AM ET

Get Real! NBC spoils Franklin victory

NBC gets more criticism after a "Today" promo announces Missy Franklin's gold medal win before her race aired.


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July 30th, 2012
01:48 PM ET

Get Real! Church refuses black wedding

An African American couple was prohibited from getting married in a Miss. church after members complained.


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