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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Syria massacre, Trump, high-speed rail problems, John Edwards trial, botched wedding proposal
May 31st, 2012
09:50 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Syria massacre, Trump, high-speed rail problems, John Edwards trial, botched wedding proposal

What everyone’s talking about:

More than 100 people were killed Friday after unknown men went door-to-door in Houla, Syria slaughtering people, including innocent women and children. The attack came after shelling in the town. The massacre sparked outrage throughout the international community. The Syrian regime launched an investigation and attributed the violence to armed terrorist groups. But Keeping Them Honest, journalist Alex Thomson spoke to survivors in Houla who disagree. The assault, which Fouad Ajami calls a “turning point,” prompted eleven countries, including the United States, to expel Syrian diplomats from their posts. Critics of Bashar al-Assad questioned if that was a enough retribution. Anderson spoke with Thomas Friedman of The New York Times about the U.S. role in ending the violence. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and former CIA agent Bob Baer discussed the complex diplomatic situation and another factor the U.S. needs to consider before getting involved: the Syrian military’s chemical weapons.

Even though “birther” claims was put to rest last year and CNN’s Gary Tuchman traveled to Hawaii and tracked down President Obama’s birth certificate, Donald Trump is still not buying it. “Obama does not like the issue of where he was born. His own publisher, as you know, using his words that he was born in Kenya and he lived in Indonesia. Of course he’s denying that amazingly,” he said to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Could comments like that from a Romney surrogate cost the GOP candidate votes? Republican strategist Kevin Madden says no.

California voters approved a 2008 bill to build a new high-speed rail line that would stretch from Los Angeles to San Francisco traveling more than 200 miles per hour. Billions of federal stimulus dollars were pledged to the project. But now the rail line requires three times the estimated cost, and the project is plagued with problems. CNN’s Drew Griffin investigates.

A Rochester, N.Y. school has unsuccessfully tried to fire a teacher for three years despite accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior toward students and colleagues. Is tenure protecting bad teachers? CNN’s Tom Foreman is Keeping Them Honest.

Today’s Scoop:

Today a federal jury in North Carolina found John Edwards not guilty on one count of violating campaign finance laws and remained deadlocked on the other five charges against him. We have details on the trial with our legal experts: Mark Geragos, Jeffrey Toobin, Joe Johns, and Diane Dimond tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

A look ahead:

The Trayvon Martin case is heading back to court. George Zimmerman’s attorneys and prosecutors are requesting that evidence be sealed. The judge will hear motions tomorrow.

Just for laughs:

Before getting too creative with wedding proposals, watch how this brain surgeon’s romantic idea took a turn for the worst leaving him digging in the sand and earning a place on our RidicuList!

Follow Deena Sami on Twitter.

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