July 23rd, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Monday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - NCAA announces Penn State sanctions - One day after the Joe Paterno statue was removed outside Beaver Stadium, the NCAA will reveal "significant, unprecedented" penalties against Penn State University over the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

11:00 am ET - Biden speaks to police - Vice President Joe Biden speaks before the National Association of Police Organizations' annual convention in Florida.

11:30 am ET (est.) - Colorado theater shooting suspect hearing - The man accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, is set to make his first court appearance this morning.  Briefings may occur after the hearing.

1:30 pm ET - Romney roundtable - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in California today, where he'll hold a small business roundtable in Costa Mesa.

11:00 pm ET - Obama campaigns in California - President Obama returns to the campaign trail tonight in San Francisco, where he speaks at a rally for supporters.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


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  1. Philip

    What would you think if the Colorado theatre shooter were under the influence of mind altering prescription drugs at the time of the shooting? (as in the Colubine massacre where students were)

    July 23, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Colorado's mass shooting was one of two mass shootings last week. (the other in Alabama, has hardly been mentioned. 18 people were shot in a tavern)
    When these cases are reported, there is too much talk of banning guns instead of banning drugs that cause people to pull the trigger or reach for a knife or scissors, or a hammer or use their own teeth.
    The REAL cause of Columbine: prescription antidepressants.
    Altered minds think, act, AND vote while under the influence.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Until drug dealers are taken off our not streets but doctors offices, we will continue to see altered minds behaving in altered ways, even mass shootings and changeing minds on old foundation laws that once protected unborn potential Americans and the bungholes of men and women everywhere.
    Once these doktors who have prescribed literally trillions of dollars worth of mind altering substances for profit rather than health are dealt with, America's collective mind will change back to where it once was...anti-sodomy and anti-abortion. AIDS will deal with those who fail to comply, and then it (aids) too will be gone.
    Fortunately, Congress mandated that the CIA assist the overwhelmed FBI deal with those who terrorize US. Yes. Drug dealers who are into money more than health are in fact "terrorists".
    Of course! NOT every MD is a terrorist. NOT every openly gay religious leader Is a statutory raypeist. But there are enough of them to do some real damage nationwide.
    STOP accusing me of saying they are , Donna.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    *After doktors who prescibe drugs for profit instead of health are in prison, America's mind will change back to where it once was, rather.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. TheSpoorb

    In africa they huff a mix of urine and feces called jingum to get high. Deer eat rotten hedgeapples to get high. U can't stop monkeys from getting high. Drugs will always exist in one form or another. Wakeup and smell the jingum people! Arm yourselves.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    Good Morning and I hope it is. One cannot understand what caused Holmes to perpetrate this act of pure evil on Aurora. In the end what matters is to focus on the victims of this act of terrorism. We all have to continue living our lives without fear. I am going to the movies today.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good morning, dazzle.
      I never thought one would have to be scared to attend a movie, but as this man has shown, even doing something as innocuous as attending a movie can be lethal...

      And they did cover the shooting in Alabama; I don't think the shock value was as great because there were no children in the bar; but it was covered.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mary torres

    As a parent of adult children my heart breaks for the parents of James Holmes. We all do our best to raise our families and hope that they turn out to be responsible law abiding citizens. unfortunately once adults we no longer have the right to control their actions. We give them love,and guidance throughout their childhood and wings to fly when they've grown. From that point on the journey is their own.The heartache that his family must be feeling is uncomprehensible to anyone whom has not experienced the joy and dissapointments of raising a child.I pray that they will have the strength they need to help them through this most difficult and life changing chapter in their lives.

    July 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Let the dead bury their own dead while we the living prosecute those responsible for making these kinds of monsters.
    This Colorado shooter wasn't born with his current state of mindset. It was fashioned and nurtured over many years, just as the "problem children" of Colubine massacre fame were all on mind altering antidepressants prescribed to deal with depression brought about by family abuse.
    Stop crashing these strangers funerals all the time and discuus the solution instead.
    I say the CIA is our best hope at ending trillions of dollars worth of mind altering drugs being dealt for profit rather than for our mental health.
    What do you think is our best hope to end pharmaceutical abuse? (other than Obamacare which strips Big Pharma of their previously enjoyed exclusive rights to taxpayer developed medications)

    July 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chas

      What evidence do you have that this maniac was on the kind of meds you are talking about? Do you have inside information that is not being reported?

      July 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Who is going to clean-up and secure America once the middle east is secure? The FBI and local law enforcement can't do it or it would be done already.
    I say move the CIA to Denver and turn them loose on US.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chas

      The CIA already has its offices in Denver. I thought everyone knew that .

      July 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Hi @ dazzle
    That is the spirit and you are the first one to call this horror an act of terrorism which it indeed is, besides yours humbly and@banasy.
    your identifying the 'mind altering ' drugs , undoubtedly this nation runs on drugs, as one of the underlying causes of these manifestations does merit thought.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Don't worry @Philip
    The spy agencies are being turned loose on Americans albeit in a different context.
    And the way we have been going at it for the past decade Middle East would be anything but secure. Cleaning up and securing US of A has not been the priority of those guiding our destiny for sometime now, you must have noticed.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Neil

    @ Mary Torres, while I'm sure your sincere in your wishes you have no idea if his parents were apart of the problem. Sadly most of the time this violent streak comes from the home in some form.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merrie

      Neil, neither do you. The blame the parents game is too widely being used. Personal accountability HAS to come into play. It is doubtful his parents taught him to pretend to shoot up theaters at midnight. This man did it. He should be punished.

      July 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    What do the parents of any terrorist deserve? Sympathy of course unless it is proved that they were somehow responsible for the act.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Neil

    Assumptions don't Validate one belief over another. Let the evidence come out before blind declarations of innocence on the parents part.

    July 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That goes without saying, Neil.
      There are, however, many who would immediately point their fingers at the parents, which is patently absurd when there is little to nothing known about the child's upbringing.
      I agree: let all the facts be known before the blame card is pulled...

      July 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Neil

    No that's not what,I said. I said let the evidence come out as to whether the kid actions stem from parents upbringing, what that was. To say they were good parents off the bat is purposterious!

    July 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
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