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buried lead

September 8th, 2014
06:46 PM ET

Why hasn't Obama kept promise to declassify 28 pages of a report about 9/11?

(CNN) – A grim milestone this week, as the nation commemorates the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Some of those still grieving the losses of family members from that horrific day are also on a mission to declassify 28 pages from the congressional investigation into the attacks, pages specifically focused on the role of foreign governments in the al Qaeda plot.

These 9/11 family members say President Obama personally promised he would declassify those 28 pages, but now they say the White House does not even acknowledge them, or their requests.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

Editors note: After the airing of our report, National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden issued this response:

"Earlier this summer the White House requested that ODNI review the 28 pages from the joint inquiry for declassification. ODNI is currently coordinating the required interagency review and it is ongoing."

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sports lead

September 8th, 2014
06:41 PM ET

Was Hawks owner's email racist, or just business?

(CNN) – A NBA owner who came down hard against former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for making racist remarks is now entangled in his own racial controversy.

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is offering to sell his stake in the team, after an email he sent back in 2012 surfaced. In it, he expresses a frustration that the majority of fans going to Hawks games are African American.
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world lead

September 8th, 2014
06:31 PM ET

Palace: Catherine and William expecting 2nd child

(CNN) - Another royal baby is on the way.

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to become parents for a second time, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.

"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news," the palace said. It didn't say when the due date will be.

As during her first pregnancy, Catherine is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, the palace said. The condition involves nausea and vomiting more severe than the typical morning sickness many women suffer during early pregnancy.

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world lead

September 8th, 2014
06:29 PM ET

CNN poll: Americans as alarmed by ISIS now, as by al Qaeda post 9/11

Washington (CNN) - Americans are increasingly concerned that ISIS represents a direct terror threat, fearful that ISIS agents are living in the United States, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll. Most now support military action against the terrorist group.

Seven in 10 Americans believe ISIS has the resources to launch an attack against the United States, just days before President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on the subject.

The poll released Monday shows that Americans favor:

- Additional airstrikes against ISIS (76% favor, 23% oppose)

- Military aid to forces fighting ISIS (62% favor, 37% oppose)

- Providing humanitarian aid to people fleeing ISIS (83% favor, 16% oppose)

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politics lead

September 8th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Democrat: Don't focus on Obama's ISIS 'gaffes,' focus on eliminating ISIS

(CNN) – Fifty-seven percent of the county disapprove of the way the President is handling foreign affairs, according to a new CNN/ORC poll - a tie for his all-time low in this category.

Over the weekend, Obama talked about calling ISIS a JV team in an interview with The New Yorker back in January.
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