The Senate Intel Committee report on the CIA's interrogation methods after 9/11 that was released yesterday during our first hour generating a ton of controversy and reaction in the past 24 hours. President Obama, VP Biden and Senator John McCain said the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation hurt U.S. interests and credibility. The report suggests the U.S. conducted waterboarding, starvation, sleep deprivation, and other cruel practices to get information from terrorists. Other folks though stand behind the decision to use enhanced techniques including George Tenet who was CIA director at the time, former VP Dick Cheney and many more. Current CIA Director John Brennan says while the U.S. made mistakes, he agrees that harsh interrogation saved lives. Poland's former President today confirmed for the first time that Poland had an unofficial prison set up for terror suspects though he says they didn't authorize torture.
The Intel report also suggests unlike previous reports, Usama bin Laden's death, was not directly attributable to info gained from enhanced interrogation although the CIA is standing behind that story.
A massive spending bill hit the House floor last night. Government set to run out of money by the 12th, but it looks unlikely the Congress will let it happen (this time). Mike Emanuel reporting, and we'll talk about what's in the bill that would fund the government through September.
Congress may not have got much done this term, but it looks like they will successfully send a strengthened Freedom of Information Act bill to the President. The measure will allow better access to government records.
President Obama set to announce a $1billion early education grant to several states this morning. He's holding an early education summit at the White House.
Yesterday he continued his push on immigration defending the White House executive action to allow some 5 million illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S.
We're watching several live events today:
1045 Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest (LIVE)
...1000EST -- Benghazi Select Committee holds their second hearing about what happened at the consulate the night of Sept 11, 2012 focusing on efforts made to secure U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel.
...1000EST -- House Foreign Affairs Committee (chair Ed Royce) holds hearing to examine the Administration's progress combating ISIS. Witness: The Honorable Brett McGurk, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, U.S. Department of State. LIVE
...1330EST -- Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders and gun violence prevention advocates will hold a presser to mark the second anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We are expecting off-topic Pelosi sound on the spending bill. LIVE
California getting more much-needed rain today, and Northern California could see its biggest storm in five years. The Bay Area desperately needs the rain, but there are flood and slide warnings up in many areas.
New terror attack in Iraq north of Baghdad left at least 8 dead. Iraq is asking the U.S. for more aid, more airstrikes against ISIS and more help to defeat terrorists there.
A Palestinian cabinet leader was killed in clashes with Israeli police today. It's unclear how he died, but it could spark more violent protests.
The 40% drop in oil prices is taking a toll on Iran's already sanction-hit economy and Iran is lashing out. Iran's President blamed "Muslim treachery," for the fall in oil.. a thinly veiled reference to long time enemy Saudi Arabia.
Gas prices here at home continue to fall..
Meantime, stocks recovered from a pretty dramatic fall yesterday.. we're watching closely. The U.S. economy now appears to be one of the few bright spots in the world economy.
Speaking of which, we'll have some advice for holiday travel.
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