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politics lead

January 7th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Et tu Bob? Fmr. Defense Secretary slams Obama on Afghanistan in new memoir

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's decision to keep Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense was regarded as an olive branch to Republicans worried about the then-new commander-in-chief's distinct lack of military credentials.

The Bush administration holdover served two years under Obama, helping maintain some continuity as the President took over stewardship of two wars.

But now, the former Defense Department chief is criticizing Obama's handling of the Afghanistan conflict. The New York Times and The Washington Post got a hold of Gates' new book "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War."

In it, the former defense secretary describes Obama as desperate to abandon the war effort, writing: "The president doesn't trust his commander, can't stand Karzai, doesn't believe in his own strategy and doesn't consider the war to be his. For him, it's all about getting out."

Is criticism from Gates about selling books, settling scores, or both? Foreign Policy Magazine's David Rothkopf, and vice president of foreign and defense policy for the American Enterprise Institute's Danielle Pletka joins "The Lead" to discuss.

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sports lead

January 7th, 2014
03:29 PM ET

CNN analysis: Some college athletes play like adults, read like 5th-graders

Watch former basketball star Isiah Thomas responds to the investigation and discusses the state of black male college athletes on The Lead with Jake Tapper today at 4 p.m. ET.  

(CNN) - Early in her career as a learning specialist, Mary Willingham was in her office when a basketball player at the University of North Carolina walked in looking for help with his classwork.

He couldn't read or write.

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"And I kind of panicked, What do you do with that?" she said, recalling the meeting.

Willingham's job was to help athletes who weren't quite ready academically for the work required in the classrooms at UNC. But she was shocked that one couldn't read - until she realized it was not an anomaly.

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