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November 20th, 2013
05:31 PM ET

Rep. Murphy: Federal, state, and local governments share blame for Virginia stabbing

(CNN) - Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed repeatedly by his son who later killed himself.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper, citing a mental health official, reported Tuesday that the younger Deeds had been given a mental health evaluation under an emergency custody order Monday.

"We have a long list of blame here, and it goes to the federal, the state, the local level," said Republican Congressman Tim Murphy, who is a former psychologist.
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November 20th, 2013
05:21 PM ET

Rep. Trey Radel gets probation for cocaine bust, to seek treatment

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Trey Radel was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor cocaine possession - a charge that authorities say came after he bought a small amount of cocaine in a sting in the nation's capital last month.

Radel, a 37-year-old first-term Republican from Florida, said at his sentencing in D.C. Superior Court that he plans to enter an inpatient drug treatment program in Naples, Florida. It wasn't immediately clear how long he would be in treatment.

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November 20th, 2013
04:54 PM ET

Who killed JFK? Book goes behind the scenes of Warren Commission

(CNN) - CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite said in 1964, "There will forever be questions of substance and detail raised by amateur detectives, professional skeptics and serious students as well."

But even Cronkite might not have predicted the level of debate that still surrounds John F. Kennedy's assassination five decades later. Today, forgotten memos, new interview transcripts, and renewed theories ensure that skepticism remains.

"I firmly believe the Warren Commission conclusions were correct," said President Gerald Ford, who served on the commission when he was a congressman.

The commission consisted of six pillars of American politics led by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. At the time, their dedication was publicly unquestioned by the establishment.

"No investigation could have been more painstaking than that taken up by this commission," Cronkite reported.
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