The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Kim Jong Il's death, payroll tax, Egypt, Ron Paul ahead in Iowa, Christmas mail
December 21st, 2011
09:05 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Kim Jong Il's death, payroll tax, Egypt, Ron Paul ahead in Iowa, Christmas mail

 What everyone’s talking about:

The military promised a democratic transition in Egypt, but 20 Egyptian police officers were caught on video beating a woman and stripping off some of her clothes. The violent images have fueled more protests. We spoke to Mona Seif, a female activist, who said “what we have thought were things they never dared to commit, are things they are now doing publicly.” AC360 is Keeping them Honest.

With the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il questions still remain about his son Kim Jong Un’s succession. According to a South Korean state-run news agency he gave his first military orders while his father was still alive. Earlier this week we saw emotional video of North Koreans crying for their ‘dear leader,’ but Keeping Them Honest, we looked at the lies the dictator fed his people throughout his life. Also in an exclusive interview, we spoke with Laura Ling, who spent five months detained in North Korea and her sister, journalist Lisa Ling on their reaction to his death.

According to the White House, President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging them to pass the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut that could affect 160 million Americans starting in January. The Senate approved the plan with an 89-10 vote, but the House voted 229-193 against it. CNN Money’s Jeanne Sahadi presents three likely decisions Congress members may make: Approve a stop gap, preserve the status quo or fail to reach an agreement.

We’re celebrating the best of the RidicuList in 2011, according to our viewers! Sleepy Mr. Biden was tenth, Andercat placed ninth...see which one took eight place as our countdown continues tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Today’s Scoop:

In on our Crime and Punishment series on forensic science, Gary Tuchman investigates the use of bite marks as reliable courtroom evidence. For more on “Junk Science,” check out Gary’s earlier report on a man convicted for murdering his wife, a crime some believe he might not have committed. The evidence? Blood-spatter analysis.

In a new poll released today, Ron Paul is in first place in Iowa. The caucuses there are less than two weeks away, so we’re asking tough questions about his past. Newsletters that were sent using Ron Paul’s name in the 1980s and 90s contain offensive and racist language. Hear from Paul tonight on AC360.

A look ahead:

Tune in next week when we launch our “Vanished” series. John Walsh, from “America’s Most Wanted,” reviews this year’s most perplexing missing persons cases like the disappearances of Baby Lisa and Robyn Gardner.

Join Tom Foreman for “All the Best, All the Worst of 2011” on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET for a recap of the past 12 months in politics, pop culture, sports, big news, web videos and more!

Buzz-winning story:

You may want to think twice before sending a “fragile” gift this holiday season. A deliveryman was caught on surveillance camera being less than careful with a package.

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