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SCOTUS to Tackle Same-Sex Marriage, Petraeus Pleads Guilty, Obama's Immigration Hurdle, and Iran’s Role Fighting ISIS

March 6, 2015
Former CIA Chief David Petraeus pleads guilty, US waits for an immigration ruling, Iran’s role in taking the fight to ISIS, and what’s next for the Supreme Court?
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Boston Marathon Trial Jury Selection, Potential Charges for Petraeus and Romney...Again?

January 9, 2015
1200 potential jurors summoned in Tsarnaev trial and Petraeus could face charges for sharing classified information.
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Americans don't share outrage on CIA techniques: Poll

December 17, 2014
John Harwood | CNBC
Americans do not share the outrage expressed by Senate Democrats over brutal interrogation techniques employed by the CIA, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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Brennan Draws on Bond With Obama in Backing CIA

December 15, 2014
Peter Baker, Mark Mazzetti | The New York Times
Just hours before he publicly responded last week to the Senate Intelligence Committee report accusing the Central Intelligence Agency of torture and deceit, John O. Brennan, the C.I.A.’s director, stopped by the White House to meet with President Obama.
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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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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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C.I.A. Director Defends Use of Interrogation Tactics, Avoiding Issue of Torture

December 12, 2014
Mark Mazzetti, Matt Apuzzo | The New York Times
John O. Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Thursday strongly defended C.I.A. officers who carried out brutal interrogation tactics against Qaeda suspects, describing agency interrogators as “patriots” and admonishing only those who went “outside the bounds” of Justice Department rules.
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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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