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politics lead

January 17th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Jeb, Christie, Hillary: Breaking down 2016

(CNN) - Are you ready for another Bush in the White House? How about another Clinton? USA Today's Washington bureau chief Susan Page breaks down the potential 2016 presidential field.

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world lead

January 17th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Rep. King: Obama's reforms to NSA 'are really minimal' – and that's a good thing

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled new guidance for intelligence-gathering and reforms intended to balance what he called the nation's vital security needs with concerns over privacy and civil liberties.

"I didn't think any changes were called for, any so-called reforms, but the fact is the ones that the President made today are really minimal," said Republican Rep. Peter King, member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
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politics lead

January 17th, 2014
05:04 PM ET

Greenwald on Obama's NSA reforms: Zero evidence that NSA spying stops terrorist plots

Washington (CNN) - Under pressure by last year's classified leaks of U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled new guidance for intelligence-gathering and reforms intended to balance what he called the nation's vital security needs with concerns over privacy and civil liberties.
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world lead

January 17th, 2014
05:01 PM ET

Putin says gays 'can feel safe' at Sochi, but 'please leave our children in peace'

Sochi, Russia (CNN) - Russia's Vladimir Putin again sought to downplay fears that gay visitors will be discriminated against as he paid a visit to the Sochi area Friday, exactly three weeks before the Winter Olympics get under way.

Putin's remarks came as he met with volunteers for the games, the state-run Itar-Tass news agency reported.

The President said Russia, unlike some other countries, does not criminalize homosexual relationships.

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The Dodo: A cat lover’s complicated history with man’s best friend

pop lead

January 17th, 2014
04:40 PM ET

The Dodo: A cat lover’s complicated history with man’s best friend

(CNN) - CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper has a soft spot for cats! And Australian terriers. He recently penned – and drew – a cartoon essay about his history of pets for the new animal site The Dodo.

Check out Jake's cartoon essay here.

CNNireporter "OlympicPen" of Sequim, Washington saw Jake's story, and says he totally agrees that “these Aussie Terriers are totally awesome to have as companions.” Check out Slats' photos in his iReport here.

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