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politics lead

November 13th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Democrats denounce, distance selves from Obamacare architect

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner Thursday objected to remarks by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, an architect of Obamacare. Gruber's comments from past speeches have just recently surfaced, and are getting attention due to his suggestion that those pushing Obamacare deceived voters.
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October 30th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Web extra: Blackwater founder accuses New York Times of 'made up' allegations

(CNN) – According to The New York Times, Blackwater was under investigation before the Nussor Square massacre, but stopped after a top manager at Blackwater told the government's chief investigator that the contractor could kill him and "no one could or would do anything about it".

"That's the first time we ever heard that allegation, I think that's another one made up by the Times. The New York Times has had to recant a number of stories they've written about me, or about the old company. That's a new one," said Blackwater founder and former CEO Erik Prince.

For more of our interview with Erik Prince, click here.

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October 30th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Fmr. Blackwater CEO defends company amidst manslaughter convictions

(CNN) – The Nusoor Square massacre was a major turning point in the Iraq War – a shoot out in the streets of Baghdad that left 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians dead at the hands of four American security contractors working for Blackwater – the now infamous private security contractor.

"I will not second-guess the split-second decisions of my men," founder and former CEO of Blackwater Erik Prince writes of the incident in his new book, "Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror."

Last week, an American jury disagreed, and found three of Prince's former employees guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and one guilty of first-degree murder. But Prince stood by the security contractors.

"I'm not going to second-guess their actions," said Prince. "They were operating with the rules of engagement dictated to them by the State Departments, with the whole use of force continuum."
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national lead

October 29th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

New video shows extremist group radicalizing Aussie children

(CNN) – The Department of Homeland Security says the U.S. is ramping up its security at government buildings, following a burst of terrorist attacks last week, when a self-radicalized Muslim convert charging police officers with a hatchet in New York, and two separate lone wolf attacks left two soldiers dead in Canada.

Today in Australia, officials are outraged over the discovery of a video showing children as young as six calling for violence and chanting against the West. Australia's immigration minister called the video sickening and disturbing.

CNN terror analyst Paul Cruickshank joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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politics lead

October 28th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Carney: Democrats are going to have a bad election day

(CNN) – Former White House press secretary and CNN political commentator Jay Carney predicts November 4 will be a bad day for Democrats.

"Democrats are ... going to have a bad election day, no matter how you slice it Republicans are going to pick up seats in the Senate and the House, and they may win control of the Senate," Carney said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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