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world lead

December 9th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Defense Secretary reacts to torture report

Kuwait City (CNN) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday the military is prepared to handle any potential fallout from the impending release of a Senate panel's torture report.

All U.S. military combatant commanders are on alert Tuesday on his orders, though they are not facing any specific threats, Hagel told CNN's Jim Sciutto in an interview Tuesday.

"We want to be prepared. Just in case," Hagel said. "We want to be prepared and we are."

Several senators, defense officials and diplomats have raised concerns that the report's release could endanger U.S. personnel abroad. The report, the climax to a $50 million Senate Intelligence Committee investigation, will provide grisly details of Bush-era CIA "enhanced interrogation" tactics in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.


politics lead

November 12th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Top Congressional Republicans slam U.S.-China climate deal

Washington (CNN) - Top Congressional Republican leaders quickly criticized the U.S.-China climate change pact to cut carbon emissions that President Barack Obama announced while traveling in Asia.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Jim Inhofe, who is expected to chair the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, slammed the agreement in statements released shortly after the deal was announced Wednesday.

"I read the agreement – requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years while these carbon emission regulations are creating havoc in my state and other states around the country," McConnell, who hails from the coal state of Kentucky, said on Capitol Hill.


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national lead

October 21st, 2014
04:21 PM ET

New Ebola travel restrictions in U.S.

Washington (CNN) - All travelers flying into the United States from the West African countries most impacted by the Ebola virus can only enter the U.S. through five airports, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Tuesday.

Starting Wednesday, passengers traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea can only gain entry through the international airports in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey - which account for 94% of all incoming travelers from those countries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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