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September 29th, 2012
01:00 PM ET

CNN's Zoraida Sambolin investigates parent-trigger laws

The mother whose story inspired the new film "Won't Back Down," sat down with Zoraida to discuss her experience fighting her daughter's failing school system. Parent-trigger laws similar to the one in California have been passed in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Right now 12 other states are considering similar measures.

The brand new movie stars Academy Award nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.

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September 28th, 2012
09:29 AM ET

The Hoffa Case is Reopened

Police will dig up a driveway in Roseville, Michigan to search for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa. An unnamed, trusted tipster told police that he was present when the body was buried there in 1975.

Susan Candiotti reports on the confidence of the investigators.

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September 28th, 2012
09:17 AM ET

Dinesh D'Souza's film "2016: Obama's America" draws criticism from the left

The controversial film, "2016:Obama's America" is not the 2nd highest grossing political documentary ever made. Filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza takes some harsh criticism for his assertion that President Obama is influenced by his Kenyan father and is attempting to fundamentally transform America.

He sat down with Zoraida to discuss his film.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 election
September 28th, 2012
09:15 AM ET

Mother tells her experience that inspired film "Won't Back Down"

Doreen Diaz led an effort to shut down her child's failing school in California. She sat down with Zoraida to tell her about her experience with parent trigger laws.

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September 28th, 2012
08:54 AM ET

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta breaks down the impact your vote has on healthcare

With the elction getting closer, CNN is going in depth to give you the facts on key issues in the race.

This morning, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look at how the two candidates measure up when it comes to healthcare.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 election
September 28th, 2012
08:01 AM ET

Best Advice: Smokey Robinson

The Motown legend shares with us some advice he received from his mother.

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September 27th, 2012
02:46 PM ET

Best Advice: BJ Mendelson

Author and comedian BJ Mendelson shares the best advice he received from a teacher.

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September 27th, 2012
11:36 AM ET

Obama leads Romney with confidence of fixing the economy

As President Obama and Mitt Romney campaign in key battleground states, Romney's business edge starts to fade.

Paul Steinhauser joins Zoraida and Alina with some polls from key states Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania showing Obama with a slight lead.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 election
September 27th, 2012
11:24 AM ET

Malcom Jones discusses J.K. Rowling's new book

She made Harry Pottter a household name. Now, J.K. Rowling takes on the muggle world with her new book "A Casual Vacancy."

A far cry from Hogwarts, it focuses on the struggles and realities of lower to middle class life. On stands today, the book is currently a #1 Amazon bestseller and has sold a million copies in advance.

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September 27th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

Retired referee Mason “Red” Cashion on NFL deal with refs: 'NFL has always wanted the best quality'

The NFL labor dispute has officially come to an end. The league and the referees came to an eight-year collective bargaining agreement last night, a settlement which came to head after replacements refs made a major error that ended the game wrongly in the Seahawk’s favor. It riled up fans, politicians, and clearly, the NFL, as well. Retired referee Mason “Red” Cashion joins “Early Start” this morning live from Houston, Texas with his take on the debacle and the subsequent settlement.

Cashion is a veteran league official of over 40 years. He’s worked two supervown and currently trains and works with the NFL’s regular referees. Cashion was asked to help train the replacement officials, but refused.  He weighs in on the particulars of the new agreement that could be seen as a threat to the job security of the regular refs, such as the clauses allowing the NFL to hire additional officials who could be used to work the games and hire full-time officials in 2013.

“I think that the NFL has always wanted the best quality in everything they do,” he says, “and I believe that what they were really after is something to continue the good program of developing officials.”

Sambolin asks Cashion why he refused to help the train the replacement officials. Cashion explains that a total of nine trainers usually work very closely with the regular officials. “It was our belief that if we worked with the temporary officials that we would not have the same reception when we continued to work with the regular officials,” he answers. “For the benefit of the league, it was best that we not work with the temporary officials,” in the long haul.”

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