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July 26th, 2012
08:45 AM ET

Jackson family drama continues as Katherine Jackson speaks out for the first time

Katherine Jackson spoke out for the first time after losing custody of her three grandchildren yesterday, telling ABC's Nightline that she's devastated after a judge granted temporary custody to 34-year-old T.J. Jackson.

Jackson also addressed the controversy surrounding her reported disappearance, saying, "I am here today to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will. It's very stupid for people to think that."

Criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson, who is not related to the Jackson family, sits down with Zoraida on Early Start today to weigh in on Katherine Jackson's comments and the custody battle.


Filed under: Law • Michael Jackson
July 26th, 2012
08:36 AM ET

Olympic organizers make major flag error, delay soccer game – Amanda Davies reports

The opening ceremonies for the 2012 summer Olympics are set for tomorrow, but the London Games are already underway.

The U.S. women's soccer team is looking for its third straight gold medal this year and the team has already played and won it's first game, defeating France 4-2.

CNN's Amanda Davies joins Early Start this morning to discuss the soccer team's victory and the embarrassing flag error by the Olympic organizers.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 26th, 2012
08:06 AM ET

Aurora shooting suspect mailed package to campus- Ed Lavandera reports

CNN's Ed Lavandera joins Early Start this morning live from Aurora with the latest on the package that the theater shooting suspect mailed to the University of Colorado.

July 26th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Gov. Jack Markell weighs in on gun control debate

For the first time since the theater shooting in Colorado, President Obama forcefully weighed in on gun control yesterday, making perhaps his strongest comments yet as president on gun violence.

Speaking to the National Urban League, Obama said, "AK 47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals [...] they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities."

Chairman of the National Governors Association and Obama campaign surrogate Gov. Jack Markell joins Early Start this morning to discuss the president's remarks and to discuss the controversial issue.

Although Gov. Markell stresses that he's primarily focused on addressing gun control at the state level, he says, "lots of us support the second amendment but we want to make sure we're keeping weapons out of the hands of people like [the shooter] in Colorado."

Gov. Markell also explains his initiative to increase employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities.


Filed under: 2012 election • Politics • Unemployment
July 26th, 2012
07:25 AM ET

MYB: Former Citigroup CEO flip-flops on breaking up the banks

Christine Romans discusses former Citigroup CEO Sandie Weill's change of heart about breaking up the banks on Early Start this morning.

Despite intensely lobbying to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act just a few years ago, Weill told CNBC yesterday that breaking up the banks would be a good idea in order to protect taxpayers.


Filed under: Minding Your Business
July 26th, 2012
06:52 AM ET

Sprint kayaker overcomes disease to compete in the Olympics – Rob Marciano reports

U.S. athlete Carrie Johnson will race in both the 200 and the 500-meter sprint kayak races in her third and final Olympics this year.

Although she has yet to earn a medal in the previous Olympic Games, she's determined to finish strong despite struggling with Crohn's disease.

CNN's Rob Marciano brings Johnson's story to Early Start this morning and takes a dry run in the athlete's kayak.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 26th, 2012
06:03 AM ET

MYB: Food prices & Facebook's earnings report

Christine Romans discusses rumors about a Facebook "want" button and outlines three things that investors should watch for in the company's quarterly earnings report, due out today.

Romans also discusses the USDA's prediction that food prices will rise next year, largely due to the the drought gripping more than half the country.


Filed under: Minding Your Business
July 26th, 2012
05:58 AM ET

Romney blasts controversial British newspaper quote – Jim Acosta reports

Mitt Romney is in London today to fund raise and meet with British leaders, but his trip hit some bumps early on because of a controversial quote in a British newspaper.

The Telegraph quotes an unnamed campaign adviser as saying, "We are part of an Anglo-Saxan heritage and he [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have."

While Romney has said that he doesn't agree with this statement, the comment has been interpreted by some as having racial overtones and it's garnered a strong reaction from both campaigns.

CNN's Jim Acosta discusses the controversy and outlines the details of Romney's trip live from London on Early Start this morning.


Filed under: 2012 election • Politics
July 25th, 2012
08:05 AM ET

MYB: What is the 'fiscal cliff' and how would spending cuts affect the middle class?

Christine Romans discusses the fiscal cliff and explains how projected spending cuts could affect education and the middle class.


Filed under: Minding Your Business
July 25th, 2012
07:26 AM ET

Secrets about Olympic Games leaking out of London- Zain Verjee shares new details

With just two days until the opening ceremonies for the 2012 summer Olympics in London, more and more details of the big show continue to leak to the public.

CNN's Zain Verjee joins Early Start live from London this morning to share some of the new details and to discuss the various parties being hosted by celebrities in the build up to the Games.


Filed under: Olympics • Sports
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