This morning, “Starting Point” is live at 7am Eastern. Soledad O’Brien will talk with our panelists, TheBlaze.com columnist Will Cain, American Individualism author Margaret Hoover and “National Journal” editorial director and CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:
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[UPDATED 7:20 Eastern] Ivan Watson, live in Istanbul, Turkey, says that Turkey announced it is expelling Syrian diplomats from the Syrian embassy in Ankara.
[UPDATED 7:28 Eastern] Chairman of the Intelligence Committee and former FBI agent Rep. Mike Rogers says he’s not sure if arming the Syrian opposition is the answer “mainly because we’re just not exactly sure who the bad guys are and who the good guys are right now in Syria, so you don’t know who you’re giving weapons to.”
[UPDATED 8:06 Eastern] Award winning journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad says of jihadists in Yemen, “This is the new age of Al-Qaeda.” Adbul-Ahad says that the city of Jaar “has now become a de facto independent state that’s run by Al-Qaeda.”
[UPDATED 8:33 Eastern] Fellow of The Century Foundation and member of The Council on Foreign Relations Michael Wahid Hanna says that the current strategy in Syria is sub optimal but “it’s the only one that exists at the moment.” Hanna says that the international community can possibly push a “managed transition” in Syria.
[UPDATED 8:52 Eastern] Democratic strategist Christine Pelosi says that it is important to focus on the real issues-jobs, the economy and the empowerment of working families. “As far as this “birtherism” is concerned,” she says “Donald Trump is only saying loudly what a lot of Republicans have been dog whispering for months.”