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Obama Defends Progress Against Extremists

December 16, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama on Monday said that after several months of fighting, the United States and its partners had undercut the momentum of Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, making clear to them that Americans will not back down and in the end, “we will get you.”
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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.
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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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Obama's big Clinton moment

December 15, 2014
Todd Purdum | Politico
It’s practically a truism that the only way for a president without big majorities in Congress to get anything big passed is to anger his own party’s base. And history suggests that the short-term partisan pain usually produces more lasting political gain.

Senate Releases CIA Torture Report & Bipartisan Budget Deal

December 12, 2014
Report on CIA interrogations & spending bill deal reached
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Obama Catches Blame on Tactics of Torture That He Ended

December 11, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama on Wednesday found himself caught in the middle of a collision between the Central Intelligence Agency and his own Democratic allies, who accused the White House of helping to cover up a legacy of torture and put the president on the defensive over an interrogation program he never supported.
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White House and Republicans Clash Over C.I.A. Torture Report

December 9, 2014
Peter Baker, Mark Landler | The New York Times
With the long-awaited Senate report on the use of torture by the United States government — a detailed account that will shed an unsparing light on the Central Intelligence Agency’s darkest practices after the September 2001 terrorist attacks — set to be released Tuesday, the Obama administration and its Republican critics clashed over the wisdom of making it public, and the risk that it will set off a backlash overseas.
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Obama's long arc on torture

December 9, 2014
Josh Gerstein | Politico
Soon after President Barack Obama took office, he publicly endorsed the idea of a truth commission to cover the CIA’s harsh interrogation tactics before abandoning the approach within a matter of hours. Privately, he returned to the concept a few weeks later and dwelt on it for some time, before again being talked out of it by staffers, a former administration official said.
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Obama talks family, power, numerous Defense secretaries on 'Colbert'

December 9, 2014
Christi Parsons | Tribune Newspapers
President Obama told comedian Stephen Colbert on Monday that he has no trouble staying humble because he has not only Congress to keep his ego in check but also his wife and daughters.
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