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world lead

May 8th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Pentagon official on finding kidnapped girls: We're racing against a clock, and geography

(CNN) – U.S. intelligence officials believe the 276 girls abducted last month have been separated, according to a senior U.S. official who declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.

"It's easy to conceal people, particularly if you're breaking them up into small groups," says Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.
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politics lead

May 8th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Analysis: Can the Clintons 'bury the blue dress'?

(CNN) – Because the rest of the media and political world is now engaged in "I love the 90s," let's refresh our memories.
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May 8th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

Hillary Clinton accused of 'gross hypocrisy' for not designating Boko Haram a terrorist group

(CNN) – The U.S. State Department did not designate Boko Haram a foreign terrorist organization until November of last year. The terror group is responsible for the recent kidnapping of 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

"The Clinton State Department resisted calls from the Justice Department, the CIA, the FBI, some of its own officials, some of the White House officials, at the behest, mostly, of the Nigerian government," says The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin, who reported a detailed piece on the back and forth in the State Department under then-Secretary Hillary Clinton.

"This will be a huge issue in the narrative of (Clinton's) tenure in the State Department, if she decides to run for president in 2016, because it speaks both to her record on international terrorism, and her claim that she's at the forefront of protecting women and girls in conflict," says Rogin.
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May 8th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Is Boko Haram a threat to U.S.?

(CNN) – Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pennsylvania, pushed for Boko Haram to be designated a terrorist organization years ago.

If then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had done so, "we would have had more intelligence" on Boko Haram, and "a better chance perhaps to know who is who in the organization, and more about their activities," says Meehan.

But at the time, Boko Haram did not pose a significant threat to U.S. interests. The State Department only designated the group a foreign terrorist organization in November 2013.

Meehan says Boko Haram was showing signs of increasing sophistication back in 2011.
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