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April 2nd, 2014
05:07 PM ET

Former CIA official denies Benghazi cover-up

(CNN) – After the White House's muddled response to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Benghazi, Libya, former CIA deputy director Michael Morell took the blame, and then he took the exit.

But Morell denied Tuesday any kind of cover-up or political influence behind the edits he made to those now-infamous talking points used by the White House.
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April 2nd, 2014
04:55 PM ET

Supreme Court allows more private money in election campaigns

Washington (CNN) - If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can.

The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on much money people can donate in total in one election season.

However, the decision left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle. Until now, an individual donor could give up to $123,200 per cycle.

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April 2nd, 2014
04:40 PM ET

More help on the way in plane search

(CNN) – Twenty-five days in and Malaysian police say they remain focused on the pilots and anyone who had contact with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before take off, ranging from those who prepared on-board food to the ones who packed the cargo.

Meanwhile, more ships have been dispatched to aid the search, including a British submarine with advanced sonar. The Australian ship Ocean Shield reaches the zone in another day. On-board is a pinger locator designed to find beacons on the black boxes, which will stop pinging in days – if they haven't already.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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