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Loosening Restrictions on Cuba

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April 17, 2009
In April 2009, the Obama administration eased economic sanctions and loosened travel restrictions for Cuban Americans hoping to visit family on the island nation only 90 miles off the Florida coast.
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Webcast Extra | July 15, 2011

December 15, 2014
We remember the debt crisis in 1995. Also, Will the Murdoch scandal affect the U.S.?
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Brennan strikes back at scathing CIA interrogation report

December 12, 2014
In a rare news conference, CIA Director John Brennan defended the agency’s record on so-called enhanced interrogation techniques and conceded abuses. While Brennan said that in some cases harsh tactics led to or confirmed important information, he admitted the cause-and-effect “is unknown and unknowable.” Gwen Ifill learns more from Siobhan Gorman of The Wall Street Journal.
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Hidden Nuggets in the Spending Bill and President Obama's Trip to The Colbert Report

December 12, 2014
Regulatory changes hidden in the omnibus spending bill and how the NY Times scooped the CIA torture report.

Senate Releases CIA Torture Report & Bipartisan Budget Deal

December 12, 2014
Report on CIA interrogations & spending bill deal reached
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Is torture effective for gathering intelligence?

December 11, 2014
While the CIA says the use of enhanced interrogation led to key insights on Osama bin Laden, critics argue that the same information can be obtained with non-abusive tactics. Does torture work as an intelligence gathering tool? Gwen Ifill gets views from former CIA official Bill Harlow and former Guantanamo prosecutor David Iglesias.
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Elite circle of lawyers finds repeat success getting cases to the Supreme Court

December 10, 2014
Cases that make it to the Supreme Court are often argued by a relatively tight circle of lawyers who are well-known to the justices, and more likely to share educational backgrounds and private firm pedigrees. Reuters examined 17,000 filed petitions, uncovering an unusually insular world at the nation's top court. Reuters legal editor Joan Biskupic joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the findings.
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Senate report graphically details brutal CIA interrogation tactics

December 10, 2014
A Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation tactics accuses the agency of deceiving the White House, Congress and the American people. Chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the revelations "a stain" on U.S. history. Gwen Ifill details the Senate’s findings, which suggest the enhanced interrogation program was “far more brutal” than previously disclosed.
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Why do you march? Young protesters explain what drives them

December 9, 2014
Many of the now-daily protests on race and justice are being led by young people frustrated by recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City. Gwen Ifill gets perspectives from protester Molly Greiber, Tory Russell of Hands Up United and Jessica Pierce of the Black Youth Project on what’s driving them personally and the movement at large.