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politics lead

August 16th, 2013
07:08 PM ET

Analysis: Are Republicans having a 'family discussion,' or an internal war?

"Who am I, what am I, and what's it all mean?" It's a stretch to call the Republican re-branding debate an existential crisis, but not if you ask the pundits.

Politico ran with the hyperbolic headline "Eve of Destruction," forecasting doom over the party's internal divisions.

And Thursday at the Republican National Committee gathering in Boston, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie demanded an end to the "navel-gazing."

But Friday, RNC chairman Reince Priebus fired back at both Christie, and the media.

"There are people that want to turn the healthy conversation into headlines. They want to make a family discussion look like division," said Priebus. "We should be roiled with new ideas, new leaders, and yes, internal debates."

So who's right, who's wrong, and what does it all mean for the future of the party?
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buried lead

August 16th, 2013
06:50 PM ET

Jill Kelley suing government over Petraeus sex scandal

In the debate between security and liberty, the argument for strong government surveillance powers often boils down to two words: Trust us.

Trust us, we're the U.S. government. Trust us, we have your interests at heart. Trust us, we're here to keep you safe.

And for many Americans - that's often good enough.

But consider Jill Kelley, who was tangled up in the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell sex scandal, which ended the career of CIA Director Petraeus, as well as a General who was supposed to become NATO's supreme allied commander.

It all started last summer, when Kelley went to the FBI to report a case of cyber stalking.
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national lead

August 16th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

NSA audit contradicts Obama, reporter reveals thousands of NSA abuses

A week ago, President Barack Obama assured the U.S. that abuses weren't happening at the National Security Agency.

"If you look at the reports, even the disclosures that Mr. Snowden's put forward, all the stories that have been written, what you're not reading about is the government actually abusing these programs and, you know, listening in on people's phone calls or inappropriately reading people's emails. What you're hearing about is the prospect that these could be abused," Obama said last Friday.

"He defines abuse apparently quite narrowly," The Washington Post's Barton Gellman said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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pop lead

August 16th, 2013
06:04 PM ET

Reviews lukewarm for 'Jobs' movie

The movie "Jobs" takes viewers back to when Apple was just a concept, long before people owned iPods and iPhones. Critics are saying it may help people understand the history behind how they got their personal computer, but it may not help them understand Steve Jobs.

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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world lead

August 16th, 2013
05:58 PM ET

Are U.S.-supplied weapons being used in Egyptian massacres?

The U.S. has provided tens of billions of dollars in aid to the Egyptian military over the years, mostly in the form of assets, weapons, and ammunition. And even after the recent violence in Egypt, the U.S. is still giving the Egyptian military $1.3 billion a year.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki side stepped questions of whether U.S.-supplied munitions are now being used to kill civilians in the street, saying instead that the administration is closely monitoring the events in Egypt.
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