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Secret Service director testimony omits elevator incident with Obama

national lead

September 30th, 2014
11:02 PM ET

Secret Service director testimony omits elevator incident with Obama

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

Washington (CNN) – Testimony given by the director of the embattled U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday appears to conflict with the news that broke hours after Julia Pierson's testimony - that a private security contractor with a gun shared an elevator with President Obama, in violation of protocol, during his trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta two weeks ago.

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world lead

September 30th, 2014
06:49 PM ET

General: Removing option of U.S. troops may doom mission to fail

(CNN) - The United States' "self-imposed limitation" of no U.S. troops on the ground to combat ISIS in Syria and Iraq will "come to haunt us," says retired Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt.

"The larger issue is this notion that we've taken any type of U.S. support on the ground off the table. That means probably the long pole in the tent in our strategy, if not the fatal flaw, is reliance on foreign rebels to be winning this war for us and I think that's going to come to haunt us," the former deputy director for plans and strategy at CENTCOM told CNN's Jake Tapper.

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national lead

September 30th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Secret Service training failing?

(CNN) – In the wake of numerous, egregious security failures, Rep. Darrell Issa believes the Secret Service is plagued by "low morale" and "questionable training" and will call for an outside oversight panel to correct the troubled agency.

"Mr. Cummings and I are going to be preparing a letter asking for an outside oversight panel - nonpartisan - to really look at these series of events in a way that would lead to reform - with or without the director at the Secret Service," Issa, Chairman of the House Commitee on Oversight and Government Reform, tells CNN's Jake Tapper.

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world lead

September 30th, 2014
06:49 PM ET

ISIS advancing despite airstrikes

Are U.S. airstrikes against ISIS effective? Tom Foreman maps the current ISIS' territory in Syria and Iraq.

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national lead

September 30th, 2014
06:41 PM ET

Troubling series of failures by Secret Service

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson called an incident in which a man scaled a fence and entered the White House "unacceptable" and told a congressional committee Tuesday that she takes "full responsibility."

Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old knife-wielding Iraq war veteran, entered an unlocked door to the executive mansion, Pierson told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which grilled her on the September 19 security breach.

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national lead

September 30th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Mark Kelly: People die because there aren't enough gun laws to protect them

Former astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, have been working on gun control since she was shot during a campaign event in 2011.

In his new book Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence, Kelly writes that he supports the Second Amendment - but he proposes restrictions that he says should appeal to gun lovers.

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