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December 20th, 2011
11:05 PM ET

Video: Murder or Suicide?

A man is serving 30 years for killing his wife, but some forensics experts say the evidence doesn't prove the crime. Gary Tuchman reports.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
December 20th, 2011
10:46 PM ET

Video: Activist: Women beaten by military

Egyptian activist and blogger Mona Seif describes the reported violence against women at the hands of the military in Egypt.

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Filed under: Egypt
December 20th, 2011
10:42 PM ET

Video: RidicuList Top Ten: Andercat

Anderson Cooper counts down the best of "The RiducuList," as voted by the viewers. Number 9 features celebs and their animal look-alikes.

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Filed under: The RidicuList
December 20th, 2011
10:28 PM ET

Video: KTH: Video camera captures beating in Egypt

Caught on camera, a woman is violently attacked by police. Who is accountable? Dr. Sanjay Gupta is Keeping Them Honest.

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Filed under: Egypt • Keeping Them Honest
December 20th, 2011
10:25 PM ET

Video: Begala: GOP wants to ruin economy

Democratic strategist Paul Begala says House Republicans rejected the Senate's payroll tax extension plan to hurt Obama. Republican and Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer blames the Senate for passing poorly written legislation.

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Filed under: Paul Begala • Raw Politics
December 20th, 2011
07:30 PM ET

Letters to the President #1065: 'Keeping secrets'

Reporter's Note: I write to President every day, although to him I am sure it must seem like the letters come with even greater frequency. Ha!

Dear Mr. President,

Perhaps you, like me, read an interesting article in the New York Times today about how surprised intelligence services worldwide were by the death of Kim Jong Il. In simple terms, the article says that North Korea does a remarkable job of keeping its secrets from the rest of the world, even when they are as big and tantalizing as the passing of a long time leader. (Just think of the temptation to tweet: The dear leader is gone!)

And you have to admit, the fact that no one seemed to have a clue that this had happened until he was well dead and presumably funeral plans were already underway is pretty impressive.

And you know how they pull off such tricks? They limit their secrets to those who need to know them, and those people keep their mouths shut. What a novel concept! In and of itself, the practice appears to have successfully thwarted many if not most of our efforts to spy on them no matter how many great satellites we launch or listening posts we set up.

Now, I'm not suggesting for an instant that we ought to be that secretive, nor do I think such behavior would be good for our democracy.

And, to be honest, I imagine the "discipline" of the North Korean insiders in guarding their affairs has a lot to do with the very real fear that any leaks to Vanity Fair, for example, would result in an execution before sundown.

Still, sometimes I wonder if a little more descretion might be a good thing for Washington, if only so that alliances, plans, and ideas have a little time to take shape and be fairly considered before the whole world weighs in.

Just a thought. I'm writing this on an airplane back from Atlanta. If you were here, we could talk it over. But you're not. Oh well.

Regards,
Tom

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Filed under: Letters to the President • Opinion • President Barack Obama • T1 • Tom Foreman
December 20th, 2011
06:03 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: A case of murder or suicide?

Warren Horinek is in a Texas prison serving a 30-year sentence for killing his wife, Bonnie, in Fort Worth, Texas in 1995. Horinek says his wife's death was a suicide. Of course, prisons are full of people who say they’re innocent, but what makes this case much different is the state prosecuting attorney originally assigned to the case, and one of the investigating officers at the crime scene, believes suicide was the likely cause of death.

So how could Horinek be tried for a crime the prosecuting attorney thought was more likely a suicide? A judge appointed private attorneys to prosecute the case, because Texas law allows them to pursue prosecutions. Those attorneys hired blood stain specialist Tom Bevel, who is a sought-after expert for prosecutors and defense attorneys. Bevel testified that blood found on Horinek’s T-shirt was most likely caused by blood spatter from being near the weapon when it was fired.

Other blood stain experts who have examined this case say it’s more likely that the blood came from Horinek administering CPR to his dying wife.

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Filed under: 360º Follow • Gary Tuchman
Vote: All the best, all the worst in 2011
December 20th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

Vote: All the best, all the worst in 2011

 It’s that time of year again! AC360° and Tom Foreman showcase the best and worst moments from the past 12 months: politics, pop culture, sports, big news, web videos and more! 

This year we’re asking you, our 360 viewers, to tell us what you rank as the best and worst of 2011. Was the Royal Wedding the top news story?  Did Anthony Weiner take home the prize for worst political move?  Was the honey badger clip the greatest viral video?

Vote on our blog now and watch AC360° at 7 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve and 8 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve when we reveal the results! Speaking of New Year’s Eve, we hope you'll also join us for Isha Sesay's webcast that night at 10 p.m. ET and Anderson's show with Kathy Griffin live from Times Square at 11 p.m. ET! 

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Filed under: New Year's Eve 2012 • Tom Foreman
December 20th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

Video: Baby's rights under medicaid

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to bioethics expert Art Caplan about the case of baby Pierce's rare condition and surgery.

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Filed under: 360° Interview • Medical News
December 20th, 2011
12:05 AM ET

Video: KTH: North Korea fact and fiction

Dr. Sanjay Gupta details the lies told to North Koreans about their leader Kim Jong Il over the course of his life.

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Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • North Korea