This morning on “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien,” is live at 7am Eastern. This morning, Soledad will talk with our panelists O’Donnell and Associates president and former Romney debate preppster Brett O’Donnell, Wall Street Journal senior economics writer Stephen Moore and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government fellow Farai Chideya. Top stories today include:

* Today’s Super Tuesday contests could all come down to Ohio and Tennessee.

* Violence in Syria escalating, as regime attacks escape route to Lebanon.

* ’Hits-for-cash’ bounty scandal rocks National Football League.

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[Updated 8:05am] Fmr. NFL player Izell Reese on bounty incentives: says it was more about causing fumble than injuring a player. In very physical sports, you have to impose yourself to succeed.

[Updated 8:05am] Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) says Mitt Romney is strongest candidate for independent and swing voters in general election. Says economy is one of the biggest issues for voters in Illinois.

[Updated 7:49am] In an exclusive TV interview, The International Republican Institute’s Egypt Program Director Sam LaHood talks about his detention in Egypt. He says Egypt is going through a transition, and often there are bumps in the road.

[Updated 7:37am] Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on being floated as a possible VP candidate - he says he’s always ready and willing to serve his country.

[Updated 7:23am] Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) on treatment of women in politics: It’s not OK to use derogatory words against women, and Sandra Fluke was not a public figure. It’s not humorous.

[Updated 7:17am] Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) on President Obama’s speech today says “The world doesn’t come to an end because the Republicans have a primary.”

[Updated 7:06am] Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) says Mitt Romney is ‘absolutely’ the most conservative in the GOP race.