February 14th, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Dorner ex-girlfriend: "I sort of expected" violence

Ariana Williams, ex-girlfriend of Christopher Dorner, details her experience with the accused killer she dated five years ago.

“I’m shocked, I sort of expected it,” Williams said. “I can’t honestly tell you that I would say ‘oh this would never happen.’ When you see signs of someone’s behavior and the manner that, sort of stress-induced type behavior also – I think coupled with maybe how their personality already is, I think it makes it easier to understand why something like this could possibly happen.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
February 13th, 2013
09:18 AM ET

Sen. Portman on SOTU: Encouraged by entitlement, tax reform talk

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) says he has mixed feelings about President Obama’s State of the Union address. While he heard “more of the same” with new federal spending programs, he liked the President’s call for entitlement and tax reform.

“I was most encouraged about what he said about entitlement reform and tax reform,” said Sen. Portman.

When asked why, Portman replied, “Well, because I think as President, his role is to explain to the American people what’s really going on…. Entitlement programs, as important as they are, are not sustainable in their current form…. And at one point in the speech, he said we need to reform our entitlement programs and it’s not going to be easy. And that’s what the American people need to hear from him. Folks are tired of hearing this notion that somehow everything is fine. They know the economy is not doing well.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • John Berman • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
February 12th, 2013
09:51 AM ET

CNN's Tapper breaks news that Pres. Obama will announce 34K US troops will return from Afghanistan

CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper breaks news that in tonight’s State of the Union address President Obama will announce 34,000 U.S. troops will be returning from Afghanistan by this time next year.

Tapper says, “According to sources with knowledge of the President’s State of the Union address this evening, President Obama tonight will announce that by this time next year, 34,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan will be back home. That will be reducing the number of troops in that country by roughly a half. So CNN can report that tonight President Obama will make that news…. That is a… big foreign policy announcement to be making in a State of the Union address that is expected to be largely about domestic issues and the middle class.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

February 12th, 2013
08:48 AM ET

Triumph passenger: I don't want to die

Brent Nutt, whose wife and sisters-in-law are on the stranded Carnival Triumph cruise ship, details the dangerous conditions on board, including limited food and unsanitary conditions.

Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

 


Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
February 5th, 2013
10:21 AM ET

Southern Baptist Convention: "Catastrophe" to lift gay ban on Boy Scouts

CNN’s John Berman and Brooke Baldwin challenge Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land on his view against allowing gays to participate in Boy Scouts.

Land says, “The Scouts have said for themselves for over a hundred years that traditional morality is at the core value of scouting – teaching them to be morally straight. And now they are going to make it a local option under pressure from corporations and from some Scout groups. A core value is not a local option. When a core value becomes a local option it’s just a preference, and preferences are normally not protected by the First Amendment. Core values and convictions are…. Homosexuals by definition are attracted to people of the same sex. Now, I’m not accusing homosexuals of being pedophiles. But I’m accusing homosexuals of being what they say they are – attracted to males. How many people that are listening to me would allow their teenage girls to go on camp outs and engage in camping activities with heterosexual males? They wouldn’t.”

Berman says, “When I was a cub scout… we had den mothers. Obviously opposite sex of the cub scout troops.” FULL POST


Topics: Brooke Baldwin • CNN • John Berman • Starting Point
February 5th, 2013
09:24 AM ET

Richard III Society: 'Feeling' led to remains; found him on day one

Richard III Society’s Philippa Langley explains to CNN’s John Berman and Brooke Baldwin how she and other researchers were able to find remains of Richard III.

Langley says, “It was a really strange story. We could tell by the street signs that we were in the right area for the Greyfriars precinct, but we didn't know if we were in the right area for the Greyfriars Church. So, I had this very strange experience where I felt I was standing on top of Richard's grave and there was an "R" marked into the tarmac. It was just a hand painted "R" for "Reserved," but when I had the feeling, I felt that I was standing on his grave right by this letter "R." So, when we then outlined the trenches, that letter "R" was in the first trench and in the very first few feet of the first trench, and we actually found him on day one.”


Topics: Brooke Baldwin • CNN • John Berman • Starting Point
January 25th, 2013
10:58 AM ET

Diane O'Meara: Tuiasosopo said he wanted to portray a different life

Diane O’Meara, the woman in Manti Te’o hoax photos, opens up to Starting Point about her connection to and interaction with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man believed to be the mastermind behind the hoax.

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 25th, 2013
09:48 AM ET

O'Brien compares opposition to black people in military and women in combat

US Marine Corps Captain Zoe Bedell and “Co-Ed Combat” Author Kingsley Browne debate the impact of overturning the ban on women in combat. Bedell, who along with three other female veterans sued the Pentagon over this issue, says that unit cohesion will remain strong through this transition just like it is through the elimination of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Browne argues that the military will have to lower physical standards to allow women to compete because of the “very little overlap in physical capacity between men and women.”

When CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien references a quote by an unnamed colonel, ‘The army is not a sociological laboratory to be effective, but as we organize, train according to the principles, which will ensure success, experiments, are a danger to efficiency, discipline, moral and would result in ultimate defeat,’ Browne agrees.

O’Brien then reveals that she was referencing someone in 1941 who was referring to excluding black people in the military.

Browne disagrees with the analogy.

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 25th, 2013
09:24 AM ET

O'Brien to Ind. Firearms Owners Assoc.: Previous ban reduced crime, according to study

In light of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) new bill to ban some assault weapons, Starting Point Anchor Soledad O’Brien presents Independent Firearms Owners Association President Richard Feldman with the University of Pennsylvania study that reveals gun crimes with assault weapons decreased by 17% during the previous ban from 1994 to 2003. However, Feldman reiterates his opposition to a new ban and instead would like to focus on what he considers to be the real problem of “criminals or crazy people.”

Feldman says, “Soledad, this bill doesn't ban the guns. There are 35 million of them in existence, over 100 million high-capacity magazines out there. What will leave an impact on the future ban of those magazines and guns on criminals or crazy people? Zero. Nada. Instead of listening to the American people and doing something related to the problem, Senator Feinstein is resorting to the old politics of the gun issue and not zeroing in on the problem.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 24th, 2013
11:26 AM ET

Big Ang: Third season is "glamorous"

Starting Point Anchor Soledad O’Brien interviews Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raiola and Ramona Rizzo, the stars of “Mob Wives,” about the series upcoming third season.

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
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