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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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For Obama, a Go-It-Alone Push Fits the Times

December 8, 2014
John Harwood | The New York Times
To the surprise of both allies and adversaries, President Obama has declined to humble himself following another midterm election bludgeoning.
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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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White House, Democrats teaming up on ‘Immigration Strike Team’

December 4, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
The White House and congressional Democrats are teaming up to form an "Immigration Strike Team" to serve as a better-organized rapid response force to counter whatever Republicans do or say about immigration reform in the coming months.
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GOP readies Obama immigration response: No shutdown, but a nod to conservatives

December 3, 2014
Robert Costa, Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Recent success at the polls has done little to calm the internal rancor among congressional Republicans, who remain deeply divided over how to respond to President Obama’s overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.
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