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December 10th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Fmr. POW Sen. McCain on torture report: We should never do this again

(CNN) – As a former prisoner of war, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is the only person in the Senate who has experienced torture.

He is also one of the few Senate Republicans backing the release of a torture report passed largely by Democrats in the Intelligence Committee.

"What I want to do is make sure that we never do it again, because it diminishes us as a nation and it diminishes us morally," McCain said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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December 9th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Republicans dispute Democrats on torture report

An already polarized Congress responded to today's release of the contentious CIA report with Republicans disputing what Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein called "a stain on America's values and history."

CNN's Dana Bash reports from Capitol Hill.

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December 9th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Senator: Tough decision to release report given risk of retaliation

With the release of the CIA torture report, many Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee say that report itself is flawed - that the Democrat's biases make it impossible to produce an objective report.

Senator Marco Rubio, along with others, question the timing, saying the release causes danger to American men and women serving abroad, as well as our alliances. Many critics also say this is just about embarrassing the Bush administration.

Democratic Senator Angus King speaks to Jake Tapper on the release of the report.

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December 4th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

Rep. Rangel's message to young black men

(CNN) – Rep. Charles Rangel's life and career defies the notion that black lives don't matter.

Yet that does not stop young black men from expressing the fear that their lives are worth less in this country.

"My son was a Marine. How do you tell him not to speak out, to be submissive if you think you're being chased by a cop? Don't run, be quiet? This goes against all of the instinct that people try to teach their sons to be an example of – to be courteous and honest and all those different things," Rangel said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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House Intelligence Committee preparing point-by-point response to CIA contractors on Benghazi

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December 4th, 2014
01:05 PM ET

House Intelligence Committee preparing point-by-point response to CIA contractors on Benghazi

By Jake Tapper

Washington (CNN) – Under fire from CIA contractors who were first-hand witnesses to the events in Beghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday reaffirmed the committee’s report on the events that day. John Tiegen and Kris Paronto, CIA contractors who were on the ground in Benghazi the night of September 11, 2012, called the report “full of inaccuracies” and asserted in a statement that “the authors of the report printed them anyway despite testimony and other truthful information that proved those statements wrong.”
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