The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Miss. Pardons, Syria, Romney wins Florida, Egypt, Super Bowl
February 2nd, 2012
10:30 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Miss. Pardons, Syria, Romney wins Florida, Egypt, Super Bowl

 What everyone’s talking about:

Mitt Romney emerged as the front-runner in the Florida primary on Tuesday. The former Massachusetts governor took 46% of the vote, compared with 32% for Newt Gingrich, 13% for Rick Santorum and 7% for Ron Paul. Romney caused a stir on Wednesday when he said he wasn’t “concerned about the very poor.” After the comment was met with criticism, he told reporters that his words needed to be kept in context and explained. In full, he said, "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there, and if it needs repair I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich, they're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the heart of America, the 95% of Americans who are right now struggling."

We’ve been following the story of teen girls’, who all attend the same upstate New York high school; and each has a mysterious medical condition. Some believe that there may be an environmental link to their involuntary tics. We talked to HLN’s Dr. Drew and Erin Brockovich earlier this week.

The United Nations Security Council has not yet agreed on a draft resolution to pressure Syria, while the Arab League believes that even a watered-down resolution could be effective. At least 70 people were killed in Syria on Wednesday, according to opposition activists, with more violence reported on Thursday.

Today’s Scoop:

One year after the Egyptian revolution began, 79 people died in a violent riot after a soccer game in Port Said, Egypt. Egyptians began three days of mourning on Thursday and the newly-elected parliament erupted in anger over the national tragedy. Eyewitnesses said they were horrified when police stood idly as many fans tried to flee the stadium only to find a locked steel gate blocking their escape. The soccer massacre sparked violent riots in the country. At least 900 were injured in Cairo. Ben Wedemen reports the latest from Cairo on AC360 tonight.

Harry Bostick, a former IRS investigator, had three DUI’s on his record when he was pardoned by former Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour. While he was awaiting approval for the pardon Bostick was arrested in a fourth drunk driving incident that left 18-year-old Charity Smith dead. Yet the pardon was still approved for his previous crimes. Join us tonight for Ed Lavandera’s report.

Punxsutawney Phil says there’s six more weeks of winter left, but some other groundhogs beg to differ. Tune in to tonight’s RidicuList for more on this controversy!

A look ahead:

For real-time coverage of the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, watch the political team on CNN starting at 6 p.m. ET.

And Super Bowl XLVI weekend is right around the corner! Will you be rooting for the Giants or Patriots?

Buzz-winning story:

If you thought you had the best boss around, you should know that one man in Australia is now dubbed the country’s "most generous boss" after he gave up to $30,000 in bonuses to each of his 18,000 employees.

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  1. Robert Landis

    Just listened to Drew Griffin's story on exam cheating the medical field with students memorizing questions and passing them on. This practice is prevalent in many other professions as well. I work for the Project Management Institute (PMI) which owns the PMP Certification for Project Managers. We are a global organization representing the project management profession and have nearly 600,000 credentialed members worldwide. We combat this practice of cheating in several ways. First, we revamp our exam every 5 years, most recently in September of last year. Second, we bring our members together periodically in meetings located throughout the world in what we call 'item writing'. These professional project managers gather to draft new questions that are then used to switched out and replace existing questions in the exam both to avoid this practice of memorizing questions and to also keep the exam fresh and current. Just wanted to let you know that this practice occurs in many professions outside of the medical field. I was struck by the fact that the Radiology group is just now revamping their exam after 10 years. They could take some lessons from other professional groups like PMI and impliment similar practices so as to avoid this memory tactic.
    Robert Landis

    February 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm |