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Journalist Seymour Hersh on controversial news on Syria, plus the latest on winter weather.
(CNN) - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh published an explosive, and hotly-disputed piece Sunday, alleging the Obama administration cherry-picked the intelligence it had about who used sarin gas to kill hundreds of Syrian civilians in August.
"We know the Assad regime was responsible. In the days leading up to August 21, we know that Assad's chemical weapons personnel prepared for an attack near an area where they mix sarin gas. They distributed gas masks to their troops. Then they fired rockets from a regime-controlled area into 11 neighborhoods that the regime has been trying to wipe clear of opposition forces," President Barack Obama said in an address to the nation in September.
"If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons," Obama said.
However, Hersh says that it is not so crystal clear that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was the one who used the chemical weapons.
"I'm not saying I know. But I don't think our administration knew either," Hersh said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
Editor's note: For much more about the dramatic exoneration of falsely accused murderer Michael Morton, watch CNN Films' "An Unreal Dream, The Michael Morton Story," airing Sunday, December 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN TV.
(CNN) – Crucial DNA evidence proved Michael Morton had been sitting in jail for a quarter century, for a crime he didn't commit. Morton was convicted in 1987 of killing his wife, Christine, even though he repeatedly denied it.
"I didn't think I'd be convicted. I thought it was going to be a longish trial. But then it would be revealed that there can be no there there," Morton said in the documentary "An Unreal Dream," airing Thursday on CNN.
But he was wrong. Morton was sentenced to life and spent 25 years in prison before his attorneys and The Innocence Project, a group which works to help prove prisoners innocent through DNA evidence, found holes in his conviction.
DNA testing in 1987, when Morton was convicted, was "very rudimentary," said Chris Asplen, a former federal prosecutor who is now the director for the Alliance for Rapid DNA Testing.
(CNN) - Ahead of the HealthCare.gov launch, contractors were concerned that the "Hub" was storing Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or people's private health information, according to e-mails obtained by CNN.
The administration says all of that was worked out, and the website complies with federal security standards.
"There's no PII on the federal data hub," said White House deputy senior adviser David Simas. "The federal data hub is basically a conduit that's used basically to determine eligibility, and basically see what kind of subsidies and other information are available to consumers."
"I can say very, very directly there's no PII on the federal data hub. Period," Simas added.
(CNN) - There are so many iconic images from that horrific period that began 50 years ago with the crack of an assassin's rifle: John Kennedy Jr.'s salute at his father's casket, Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in on Air Force One next to Mrs. Jaqcueline Kennedy, still wearing her blood-stained suit.
And then of course – the image of the suddenly tragically widowed Jackie Kennedy and a Secret Service agent scrambling to protect her.
Earlier this week CNN's Jake Tapper had the rare honor of moderating a panel at the Newseum with that agent, Clint Hill, the man who that day ran towards the target.
Legendary journalists Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer were in Texas the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, working as reporters for The Dallas Times-Herald and The Star Telegram.
Many "what if" moments surround that day, Lehrer recalls one particular decision that haunted a man for years.