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Starting Point live blog for Friday, May 18, 2012
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[UPDATED 7:05am] Sen. Bob Casey says that the move by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin to renounce his U.S. citizenship to avoid paying nearly $67 million in taxes was the impetus for him to introduce the "Ex-Patriot Act" to impose penalties on these types of actions. Sen. Casey says that Saverin's case is the "most egregious example" he's heard of renouncing citizenship to dodge taxes.
[UPDATED 7:17am] TIME International Editor Jim Frederick explains that the deal between the U.S. and the Taliban over the release of POW Bowe Bergdahl broke down within a couple of days of the release because of a "generational split" between the older and younger members of the Taliban. Frederick says that this is the "first time the U.S. learned that it’s the younger generation that is more radical" section of the terrorist network. Finally, Frederick asserts that the "U.S. government has been negotiating with the Taliban for months if not years," despite what they have said publicly.
[UPDATED 7:40am ET] Rep. Patrick Meehan explains that in order to successfully identify how terrorists are getting their funding, it's important to identify the schemes that are being used, as the various groups have changed their tactics over time. Rep. Meehan identifies Iran as the "most critical organization" funding terror proxies, but he acknowledges that sanctions are affecting the country's ability to do so.
[UPDATED 8:08am ET] "The Facebook Effect" author David Kirkpatrick discusses Facebook culture, saying that Zuckerberg "isn't a money oriented guy" and that he "looks at business differently than the baby boomer generation." Kirkpatrick explains that Zuckerberg thinks that changing the world, rather than making money, is the most important aspect of his company.
[UPDATED 8:20am ET] Host and executive producer of "Inside the Actors Studio" James Lipton advises Mitt Romney to "relax" and to get rid of his "bowling alley and country club" style clothing. When asked what he'd like God to say to him once he reaches heaven's gates, Lipton says he'd like to hear, "You see Jim, you were wrong, I exist, but you may come in anyway."
[UPDATED 8:33am ET] Anne Frank’s cousin Buddy Elias says that Anne loved the theater and that they loved to get dressed up to play together. Elias explains that he was surprised by the humanistic qualities of the passages in Anne’s diary, as when he knew her she was just a normal, playful kid.