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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Mitt Romney, South Carolina, Haley Barbour, Haiti, Syria
January 11th, 2012
06:02 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Mitt Romney, South Carolina, Haley Barbour, Haiti, Syria

 What everyone’s talking about:

Mitt Romney is telling voters he’s the best candidate to put Americans back to work. The former Massachusetts governor says he created 100,000 jobs while at Bain Capital. Do his claims hold up to the facts? We’re Keeping Him Honest.

The search for missing toddler Ayla Reynolds in Maine is in its fourth week, and her grandmother has changed her story. In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Susan Candiotti, she now says she wasn't at home the her granddaughter vanished.

A Massachusetts library overreacts to some overdue books, while a Wisconsin’s man’s arrest uncovers a name change that some say is criminal in itself. It all lands on the RidicuList.

Today’s Scoop:

After Mitt Romney’s win in New Hampshire, the Republican presidential candidates have moved on to South Carolina. David Mattingly spoke to evangelicals there about the issues that matter most to them and learned that the economy, the budget, and small businesses are trumping social issues. Meantime, a lot of people are wondering how the Super powerful Super PACs will shape the election in November. Questions remain about how closely the organizations are regulated. We're Keeping Them Honest tonight at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.

The U.S. State Department has ordered some embassy employees to leave Syria as soon as possible, amid reports of two dozen more deaths on Wednesday. A French journalist was among those killed in a mortar strike targeting a pro-government rally in Homs. Gilles Jacquier is the first Western journalist to be killed in the 10-month uprising. He was in the country as part of a trip authorized by the Syrian government.

Before his term expired on Jan. 10, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour fully pardoned 199 prisoners, including a man convicted of killing his wife. He shot her while she was holding their infant son. A man who survived that attack talks to Martin Savidge about his outrage over the pardons, and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood explains why he went to court to block the release of some of the prisoners. Watch at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

A look ahead:

Two years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the country is still undergoing reconstruction. Anderson spoke to Haitian President Michel Martelly about the ongoing challenges. Martelly says “changing Haiti is going to take time and healing the wounds is going to take time.” Tune in on Jan. 12 for more of Anderson’s report.

John King will host CNN’s South Carolina debate on Jan. 19 in Charleston. Join us at 10 p.m. ET for a post-debate wrap up!

Buzz-winning story:

One woman’s dog meant so much to her that she paid $50,000 to clone him. And the result? She says “Double Trouble is exactly like the original Trouble was.”

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