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world lead

September 9th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Security Operators: CIA held up Benghazi rescue

(CNN)– Three men that survived the attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, and who lost friends there, were part of the global response staff – highly skilled military special operators – that were providing security.

Mark Geist, Kris Paronto, and John Tiegen put their lives on the line that night to save others. They told their stories to Boston University journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff for the new book: "13 hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi."

The biggest headline from the book is the wait time between when diplomatic security special agents began radioing for help, saying the compound was under attack, and when response staff actually left the CIA annex, three-quarters of a mile away, to try and stop it.

In the video above, Geist, Paronto, and Tiegen tell CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" what happened when they got that distress call over the radio.

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politics lead

September 9th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

CNN/ORC poll: Most think Congress is worst in their lifetime

Washington (CNN) - Eight weeks before the midterm elections, a new CNN/ORC International poll shows that voters in key geographic regions favor Republican candidates heading into November, highlighting significant challenges for Democrats trying to protect half a dozen vulnerable Senate seats and ultimately control of the chamber.

Equally concerning for Democrats is that the GOP has a 15-point advantage with independent voters on the generic ballot, and Republicans have an edge at this point in supporter enthusiasm.

While Republicans are all but assured of maintaining a healthy majority in the House, the GOP needs a net gain of six seats to control the Senate and its committees that oversee the Obama administration. Should the GOP control Capitol Hill next year, it would be positioned to direct the legislative agenda and influence President Barack Obama's final two years in office.


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