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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Anti-American protests spread in the Middle East, Sept. 11 fund adds cancer, sexual assault victim tweets attackers' names, Wolf's glasses
September 13th, 2012
06:50 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Anti-American protests spread in the Middle East, Sept. 11 fund adds cancer, sexual assault victim tweets attackers' names, Wolf's glasses

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U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed when the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked on Tuesday. At least one Libyan has been arrested and three or four others are being sought out, the Libyan prime minister said Thursday. Anderson took a look at Amb. Stevens’ life and his work with the Libyan opposition after Moammar Gadhafi’s fall. And Sen. John McCain reflected on his friend’s efforts to spread democracy. McCain also stood by Mitt Romney’s swift criticism of the Obama administration’s response after the attack. “This president is weak in his leadership,” he said. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Former CIA Officer Robert Baer, and Princeton University’s Anne-Marie Slaughter gave their perspective on the attacks and the aftermath in the region.

September 11, 2012 marked 11 years since the 9/11 attacks. There was renewed controversy over the possibility of warnings ignored by the Bush administration in the months leading up to the attacks. Author Kurt Eichenwald had a heated debate with Ari Fleischer about intelligence contained in classified presidential daily briefings and what was presented in The 9/11 Commission Report. The anniversary also came a day after a federal program added 58 cancers to the list of illnesses covered for first responders and survivors exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero. As always, 360 remembered the innocent lives lost that day, and their families who keep their memories alive.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Rep. Todd Akin’s controversial remarks, inside look at crime in Chicago, countdown to the RNC in Tampa, and forecasting Isaac
August 23rd, 2012
05:40 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Rep. Todd Akin’s controversial remarks, inside look at crime in Chicago, countdown to the RNC in Tampa, and forecasting Isaac

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After Rep. Todd Akin’s controversial remarks on Sunday about rape and pregnancy, many Republicans, including Republican Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney, called for Akin to drop out of the Missouri senate race. However, Akin asked supporters via Twitter for donations as he takes on what he calls the “party bosses.”

Democratic Strategist Paul Begala and Pollster and Former Adviser to the Gingrich Presidential Campaign Kellyanne Conway discussed how Akin’s dismissal of calls to exit the Senate race might affect the upcoming GOP race.
Conway also made comments about sex-selective abortion: “You’ve got all these little baby girls being killed just because they’re girls in this country…We should look at the Guttmacher Institute statistics to really illuminate us on that. But it does, it does occur because there’s so much science now, people can, they can know the gender of their baby and they make their choices accordingly.” However, we looked at the Institute’s website which said: “there is limited data indicating that sex-selective abortion may be occurring in some Asian communities, although the U.S. sex ratio, at 1.05 males for every female, is squarely within biologically normal parameters.”
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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Romney, Ryan, Medicare, FLDS, Toth, Syria, RidicuList vote, Beyonce,
August 16th, 2012
08:00 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Romney, Ryan, Medicare, FLDS, Toth, Syria, RidicuList vote, Beyonce,

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Since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his vice presidential pick on Saturday, the country’s been learning more about Rep. Paul Ryan. He has already hit the campaign trail on his own starting in Iowa, and political pundits are debating The Ryan Factor – how he’ll transform Romney’s campaign. CNN’s Tom Foreman takes a look at Ryan’s personal life, including his exercise obsession, and that one time he drove the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. John King, Gloria Borger and Ron Brownstein discuss the changing nature of the Romney ticket and what voters in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin may do in November.

It seems that Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the polygamist FLDS sect who was convicted for sexually assaulting underage girls, is still firmly in control of his followers. The police force in Colorado City, Arizona is no exception. The complaints against them have led federal authorities to take action to protect non-FLDS residents. CNN’s Gary Tuchman reports.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Fast and Furious, Bachmann, Reid, Romney, Syria, Aurora shooting warning, holograms
August 2nd, 2012
07:10 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Fast and Furious, Bachmann, Reid, Romney, Syria, Aurora shooting warning, holograms

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A new scathing report on the failed Fast and Furious gun program points the blame at five ATF officials Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of the House Oversight Committee spoke with Anderson about his criticism of the ATF and the Justice Department for their flawed decisions and lack of communication.

Newt Gingrich voiced his support for five members of Congress, including Michele Bachmann, who claim the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the U.S. Government. The Republican lawmakers have specifically named Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff Human Abedein as someone with ties to radical Islam. We’re Keeping Them Honest. CNN’s Dana Bash and Salon.com’s Alex Seitz-Wald also discussed how Bachmann was using the campaign as a fundraising tactic.

Doctors are amazed by Petra Anderson’s recovery. The 22-year-old musician was shot four times in the Aurora, Colorado theater attack last month; one bullet entered her brain. Yet she’s already walking and talking. CNN’s David Mattingly has the story. Anderson also spoke with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta about how music is helping her heal.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Remembering Aurora shooting victims, Syria, charity investigation, Drew Peterson
July 26th, 2012
07:55 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Remembering Aurora shooting victims, Syria, charity investigation, Drew Peterson

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We’ve been doing our best to focus our attention on the victims of the Colorado shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 injured last week. Anderson told the stories of each victim, some of their goals, interests, and legacies.

Jessica Ghawi, 24, was the first known fatality. Her brother told Anderson he wants his sister and the other victims remembered, not the suspected killer. Anderson also spoke to the girlfriend of Jon Blunk, 26, who shielded and saved her when the suspect entered the theater and started firing rounds into the audience. Alex Teves, 24, also died saving his girlfriend. Alex’s father attended the alleged gunman’s first court appearance and sat in the front rows of the courtroom: “It’s not about him. I just wanted to see him and I wanted to see there’s people who care and aren’t afraid of him,” Tom Teves said. Alex Sullivan was turning 27 and celebrating by going to the midnight movie. Anderson spoke with his father, who siad, “He was my best buddy in the whole world.” And the youngest victim’s babysitter tried to save her. Kaylan, 13, attempted to help 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan after she was shot by placing her hand on her ribcage to see if she was breathing: “I felt like it was partly my job to protect her. She was just a child,” she said. Rebecca Wingo, 32, was a mother of two and had served in the Air Force for 11 years. Her best friend Kate Wodahl told Anderson that Wingo was “vibrant” and “was always there for anyone that needed her, all the time.”

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Negative campaigning, Syria, snake-handling, mysterious death, Bachmann, Springsteen
July 18th, 2012
07:12 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Negative campaigning, Syria, snake-handling, mysterious death, Bachmann, Springsteen

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As we get closer to the general election, President Obama and Mitt Romney’s campaigns are increasing their negative ads, but is Obama running more? We’re Keeping Them Honest. Anderson spoke with David Axelrod, a senior strategist for the Obama campaign, about the issue. Anderson also spoke with CNN Political Contributors Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer about why campaigns go negative. “If we run a single positive ad, I’ll be disappointed,” said Begala.

Churches in the heart of Appalachia use deadly snakes as part of their services. For one man, the practice turned deadly. CNN’s Gary Tuchman explores the history and dangers of the illegal snake-handling tradition.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Cruis ship predators, deadly mystery illness, investigating court suicide, Penn State report, BBQ chip bandits
July 12th, 2012
07:15 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Cruis ship predators, deadly mystery illness, investigating court suicide, Penn State report, BBQ chip bandits

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A 360 investigation reveals why cruise ships may not be as safe as they seem. CNN’s Drew Griffin spoke with a teen who says she was sexually assaulted by a man who unlocked her cabin door. And a former cruise security guard is speaking out about what he thinks makes female passengers vulnerable while vacationing on a ship.

A child as young as six or seven begged for money at a subway station to collect funds for his California religious school. To CNN’s Gary Tuchman, it looked like a modern version of Oliver Twist. When he approached the adult who accompanied the boy, the story took another twist. In the latest installment of AC360’s “Ungodly Discipline?” reports, find out who runs the school and what criminal allegations they’re facing.

Doctors have finally identified the illness that killed more than 60 children in Cambodia. A combination of three pathogens is to blame, and the inappropriate use of steroids contributed to their deaths. Anderson spoke with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta about how the mystery was solved and why the children were given steroids in the first place.

There’s new evidence in the saga of Michael Marin, an ex-Wall Street trader who swallowed an unidentified substance in a courtroom and died a short time later. The dramatic scene happened moments after he was convicted of burning down his home as part of an alleged insurance scheme. CNN’s Ed Lavandera reports on new details in this bizarre case.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Tom and Katie, health care mandate, smoke jumpers, Penn State emails
July 5th, 2012
07:34 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Tom and Katie, health care mandate, smoke jumpers, Penn State emails

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This week a celebrity divorce is making countless headlines and stirring speculation. Does Tom Cruise's Scientology faith have anything to do with the breakup of his marriage to Katie Holmes? CNN ‘s Tom Foreman looks at Cruise’s role in the Church.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Immigration, SCOTUS, health care, wildfires, Syria, Sandusky
June 28th, 2012
07:51 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Immigration, SCOTUS, health care, wildfires, Syria, Sandusky

What everyone’s talking about:

On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, but upheld a key piece that allows state police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop and suspect of being in the U.S. illegally. Now the spotlight is on the presidential candidates' policies on immigration, with voters asking what they think of the ruling. While some believe Mitt Romney isn’t being specific enough, CNN’s John King says Romney is giving more policy details than others running for office in the past.

Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 out of 48 counts related to child sex abuse. It was an emotional case with horrific stories recounted by victims on the witness stand. Their testimony painted a picture of a man who targeted disadvantaged young boys without fathers. Two jurors spoke to Anderson after the trial about what they witnessed in the courtroom and how they came to their decision. Joshua Harper found Sandusky’s expressions “creepy” while the witnesses were on the stand. “It seemed to be he was kind of reminiscing of the victims…he would kind of lean in towards them…like he was thinking about the victims and his behavior with them,” said the juror.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Fast and Furious, Egypt elections, Mubarak, Clemens, immigration, Sandusky, Holder, Karen Klein
June 21st, 2012
12:55 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Fast and Furious, Egypt elections, Mubarak, Clemens, immigration, Sandusky, Holder, Karen Klein

What everyone’s talking about:

Results from Egypt’s presidential elections were supposed to be announced today, but have been delayed. Meanwhile, conflicting reports about ex-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s health surfaced on Tuesday. Mubarakwas sentenced to life in prison earlier this month. A state news agency reported that the 84-year-old suffered a stroke and was “clinically dead.” However, Mubarak’s lawyer said he was in a coma and the military said he was in critical condition. On Wednesday, he was removed from life-support equipment, his attorney said. But many don’t believe Mubarak’s health should be a concern with the country struggling to create a new political identity. Stanford University’s Fouad Ajami says Mubarak is just playing a game to move out of prison and into a hospital.

There are allegations of a child sex abuse cover-up in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn, New York. The District Attorney is accused by some of being part of the problem. He says he’s done nothing wrong. CNN’s Gary Tuchman has the story.

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