The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Super Tuesday, Limbaugh, Tornado destruction, eugenics victims, helping Syria, Sarah Palin
March 8th, 2012
05:10 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Super Tuesday, Limbaugh, Tornado destruction, eugenics victims, helping Syria, Sarah Palin

 What everyone’s talking about:

The races on Super Tuesday left Mitt Romney with 429 delegates, compared to 169 for Rick Santorum, 118 for Newt Gingrich, and 67 for Ron Paul, according to CNN’s latest delegate count. The former Massachusetts governor won in Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont and Ohio – for the full results, go to CNN Election Center. CNN Political Analysts discussed a challenge for the former Massachusetts governor: beating rivals in cities where he most likely can’t win in the general election And AC360 political producer, Rebecca Sinderbrand, writes that Ohio exit polls hint at trouble for Romney should he become the Republican nominee in the fall. Also, in an impromptu appearance on CNN while voting in the Alaska caucuses, Sarah Palin said she wouldn’t close the door on running for president if nominated at the Republican convention.

While Rush Limbaugh apologized to Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke last Saturday, he mischaracterized her testimony on birth control coverage – We’re Keeping Them Honest. Anderson spoke with David Axelrod, senior strategist to the Obama 2012 campaign, about the candidates’ responses to Limbaugh’s comments, and the upcoming election.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the pressure is mounting on Syria when he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee today. His testimony comes after at least 39 people were killed in Syria on Tuesday, according to opposition activists. In a riveting interview, Anderson spoke with Paul Conroy, a British photojournalist, who called the situation in Homs a “medieval siege and slaughter.” Conroy was injured in the same attack that killed his friends and colleagues Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik. Also, Anderson spoke with Danny, a Syrian activist accused by the Syrian regime of distorting reality in Homs. Danny said his videos show the horrific violence there, not a manipulation of the truth.

A student was shot and killed earlier this year as she was driving home in Texas. CNN’s Drew Griffin reports on the mysterious assassination-style killing of an Iranian dissident in the U.S.

Deadly tornadoes ripped through the U.S. last week, leaving a trail of destroyed homes and towns. WDRB Reporter Lawrence Smith described what it was like being trapped in Henryville, Indiana.

Yesterday, Anderson asked Sen. John McCain about his push for the U.S. to use military force to stop the Assad regime’s slaughter and help the victims in Syria. Sen. McCain also commented on the possibility of Sarah Palin receiving a nomination for president at the GOP convention.

Today’s Scoop:

CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen recently told you about efforts in North Carolina to compensate people who were forcibly sterilized by the state decades ago. But the most egregious state—California—which performed 20,000 sterilizations, has taken no steps to compensate victims– We’re Keeping Them Honest tonight at 8 and 9 p.m. ET.

A look ahead:

On Friday, don't miss part two of Elizabeth's report on California’s eugenics program as she attempts to seek answers from state leaders.

Buzz-winning story:

It’s been almost one year since the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, and amidst the reconstruction, youth volunteerism sees a spike.

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  1. Dave Whiting

    Rush has been doing this for years. When I first saw him, I actually thought he was some sort of warped comedian. Remember, he was the one who invented the word "feminazI". This is totally in character for him – don't tell me that people are starting to notice what he is actually saying.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  2. Mark Laschinski

    I understand the Media wants to project delegate numbers but projections are opinions. The actual delegate count when you do not include the unbound delegates which have not been allocated to anyone yet are:
    Mitt Romney 244 (7 nh, 2 sc, 50 FL, 14 NV, 29 az, 16 mi, 32 idaho, 38 mass, 43 virginia)
    Newt= 52 delegates (23 sc, 23 from ga (for now), 6 nevada),
    Santorum 17 (3 Nevada, 14 Michigan),
    Ron Paul 11 (3 nh, 5 nevada, 3 virginia)

    Sorry but it is still anyones race and with ROn Pauls army having the majority of delegate spots in the county/precinct levels it probably will be brokered.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm |