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politics lead

December 17th, 2013
05:41 PM ET

Sen. Kelly Ayotte defends vote against budget deal

(CNN) - Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire voted against a bipartisan budget deal, opposing it because of cuts to military retirees.

The nay vote pitted Ayotte against party elders, such as Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.

"I have concerns about the budget deal, everybody I think does because of the nature of the way business is done. But to somehow vote against it without an alternative to keep the budget, to keep the government from shutting down, I think lacks some intellectual integrity," McCain said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

Ayotte said she filed two amendments to the bill, and criticized other lawmakers for rushing out ahead of the holidays, challenging them to stay until Christmas to fix the deal.

"The deal includes cuts to current military retirees, including those who have been retired because of a disability. So if they had their legs blown off in Afghanistan, we're now going to cut their cost of living increase. It's wrong," Ayotte said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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national lead

December 17th, 2013
04:23 PM ET

Tech giants call for NSA changes

(CNN) - Silicon Valley's biggest brains – executives from Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and more – were all in the same room with President Barack Obama Tuesday.

Obama called them in to talk about improving HealthCare.gov, which maybe would've been a good idea before the website's roll out on October 1.

They talked about the problem-plagued federal health care website for the first 45 minutes, according to someone who took part in the meeting.

But then the president and vice president arrived, and the group spent the next two hours discussing the National Security Agency, this source tells CNN.
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Under fire, DHS IG asks to be reassigned

national lead

December 17th, 2013
11:43 AM ET

Under fire, DHS IG asks to be reassigned

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) - Under fire from Congress for allegedly unethical practices, the acting inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, Charles Edwards, has been reassigned, sources tell CNN.
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