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Obama: Spending bill vital to government workers, especially military

December 16, 2014
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama said Monday that the new government spending bill is important to U.S. troops and others serving the country and that he plans to sign the measure.
Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice
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Cheney: 'I'd do it again in a minute'

December 15, 2014
Josh Gerstein | Politico
Former Vice President Dick Cheney unapologetically pressed his defense of the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques Sunday, insisting that waterboarding and other such tactics did not amount to torture and that the spy agency’s actions paled in comparison to those of terrorists targeting Americans.
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Torture remains a political football

December 11, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
The catalog of horrors contained in Tuesday's report from the Senate Intelligence Committee ought to settle one argument for good: Yes, the CIA did use torture on suspected terrorists in its secret detention program a decade ago.
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Bush Team Approved C.I.A. Tactics, but Was Kept in Dark on Details, Report Says

December 10, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
For four years, according to Central Intelligence Agency records, no one from the agency ever came to the Oval Office to give President George W. Bush a full briefing on what was happening in the dark dungeons of Afghanistan and Eastern Europe. For four years, interrogators stripped, slammed and soaked their prisoners without the president’s being told exactly what was going on.
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Bush and C.I.A. Ex-Officials Rebut Torture Report

December 8, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
A long-awaited Senate report condemning torture by the Central Intelligence Agency has not even been made public yet, but former President George W. Bush’s team has decided to link arms with former intelligence officials and challenge its conclusions.

Full Episode: Federal Probes into Policing, New Defense Chief, Averting a Government Shutdown

December 5, 2014
Justice Department investigates police shootings.
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Obama’s Pentagon Choice, Ashton Carter, Is Known as Assertive and Independent

December 5, 2014
Helene Cooper, Mark Landler, David Sanger | The New York Times
President Obama on Friday announced his selection of Ashton B. Carter to lead the Pentagon, embracing a physicist and national security centrist who may advocate a stronger use of American power.
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Reports of Sexual Assaults in Military on Rise

December 4, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
A new military study says that reports of rapes and sexual assaults in the military increased 8 percent in the fiscal year ending September 2014, Obama administration officials said.
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