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Nearly everyone who knew Douglas McAuthur McCain say they have no idea how a Christian kid from the Midwest turned into an Islamist fighter in Syria. Jim Sciutto is in for Erin Burnett.
December 27th, 2012
08:14 PM ET

The top 5 viral political videos of 2012

Our fifth story OutFront – the viral political videos of 2012.

There was no shortage of partisan noise this year, from political ads to countless stump speeches. But we here at OutFront have picked the top five videos that really got folks talking.

Here to help us count down is CNN contributor and SiriusXM radio host Pete Dominick, CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin, and CNN contributor Will Cain.


Filed under: News • Politics
December 27th, 2012
08:01 PM ET

Arizona sheriff defends plan to arm school principals

Our fourth story OutFront – arming our principals.

A proposal by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne to give guns to school principals is gaining support. Horne says school shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut could be prevented if a school employee were armed and trained to use a gun.

At least 36 investigators and three sheriffs are backing the proposal, including Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona who says "the NRA is correct. We need a cop in every school... We have a people problem, not a gun problem." Sheriff Babeu is OutFront tonight.


Filed under: Gun Control • News
December 27th, 2012
07:41 PM ET

Zuckerberg's sister in Facebook photo-sharing flap

Our third story OutFront – oh, the irony.

If you're one of the billion people with a Facebook page, at some point you've probably been confused by the various, ever-changing privacy settings on the site.

But if your last name is Zuckerberg, one would think you'd have it down pat. And when Randi Zuckerberg, founder Mark Zuckerberg's sister and a former executive at the company, posted a picture on her own page, she probably assumed that only her close friends could and would see it.

The photo, a shot of her family reacting to a new Facebook app called "Poke," wound up going very public. It's more than just irony - the flap is now raising questions about Facebook privacy. CNN's Joshua Levs is OutFront with the details.


Filed under: News • Privacy • Tech
December 27th, 2012
07:37 PM ET

Chuck Hagel criticized as buzz over Defense Secretary nomination builds

Our second story OutFront – dead on arrival?

Former Republican senator and Vietnam war veteran Chuck Hagel could be President Obama's choice for the next defense secretary, but like Susan Rice, he has faced waves of criticism from various groups that could derail his nomination before it's even official.

Today, he's under attack by the Log Cabin Republicans, who took out a full page ad in the New York Times today highlighting a statement he made in 1998 when he questioned, in his words, whether an "openly, aggressively gay" man could be an effective U.S. ambassador.

Hagel has since apologized, but the timing is interesting as it comes after other members of Congress raised questions about his controversial statements on Israel, Iraq, and Iran.

Are these attacks justified or is he just a political target? OutFront tonight are CNN Contributors Reihan Salam and Roland Martin, along with Republican strategist Ana Navarro.


Filed under: Congress • Military • Politics
December 27th, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Can House Republicans accept a scaled-back deal?

The most likely deal on the table right now seems to be the scaled-down proposal president Obama suggested on Friday, which extends tax cuts on household income under $250,000, extends unemployment insurance, and likely extends the alternative minimum tax fix.

But is this a plan House Republicans can get behind? Outfront tonight is Republican Congressman Tom McClintock of California, who is also a member of the House Budget Committee.


Filed under: Congress • Economy • Fiscal Cliff • Politics
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