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December 11th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Why Won't Washington Work: Funding to fix backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits stuck in Congress

(CNN) – It's a simple test that could solve hundreds of thousands of sexual assault cases and save countless more women from becoming victims of repeat offenders.

But right now, across this country, 400,000 rape kits are just sitting there untested, because police departments do not have the money to examine them.

Right now the funds to potentially fix this backlog are stuck in Congress, tied to a budget battle, while victims wait, and sexual predators walk.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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national lead

December 11th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Sen. Feinstein tweets responses to Brennan's torture report comments

(CNN) – CIA Director John Brennan insisted Thursday that approved techniques used after the September 11, 2001, attacks were lawful, but admitted missteps.
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world lead

December 11th, 2014
05:19 PM ET

Report: ISIS trying to sell beheaded American's body

(CNN) – The body of beheaded journalist and former ISIS hostage James Foley is reportedly being shopped around for $1 million.

Buzzfeed reports ISIS middlemen have tried to approach the Foley family as well as the U.S. government about paying for the former journalist's remains.

A White House spokeswoman tells CNN they are seeking more information, and if true that it is another example of the group's "depravity."

The Foley family says that the Obama administration stopped them from paying a ransom for their son to be delivered alive, would they stop the family for paying a ransom for his remains?

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank discusses in the video above.

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December 11th, 2014
05:01 PM ET

Ex-CIA director slams torture report, defends rectal rehydration as a 'medical procedure'

(CNN) – In a heated interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" former CIA Director Michael Hayden slammed the recently released torture report, and dismissed any notion he lied Congress.

"You've got to be kidding," Hayden said in response to Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein's charge that he misled Congress. "I'm the one who argued within the administration, frankly, with the strong support of the president in 2006 during the summer that ... we had to go full monty to the committees."
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