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11:45 PM ET, December 9, 2014


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Wall Street Journal:
CIA Interrogations Saved Lives  —  The Senate Intelligence investigators never spoke to us—the leaders of the agency whose policies they are now assailing for partisan reasons.  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee has released its majority report on Central Intelligence Agency detention and interrogation in the wake of 9/11.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Panel Faults C.I.A. Over Brutality and Deceit in Interrogations  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday issued a sweeping indictment of the Central Intelligence Agency's program to detain and interrogate terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Report Portrays a Broken C.I.A. Devoted to a Failed Approach
New York Times:
7 Key Points From the C.I.A. Torture Report
Discussion: ProPublica and Politico
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Fox melts down after torture report: ‘The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome!’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Fox News analysts, hosts and reporters on Tuesday wasted no time in blasting Democrats after Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH Fox Host Lose It Over Senate Torture Report: ‘We Are Awesome!’  —  After the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the torture techniques used by the CIA, the hosts of Fox News' “Outnumbered” lashed out at Senate Democrats' for publicizing CIA interrogation methods.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid makes push for nominees  —  Senate Democrats plan to squeeze every last drop out of their majority, threatening to extend the lame duck to approve key nominees of President Barack Obama before turning over Senate control to Republicans in January.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Remind Me Who It Is the CIA Works For?
Discussion: Telegraph and Booman Tribune
Adam Chandler / The Atlantic Online:
This Is How a Prisoner of War Feels About Torture
Hilary Sargent / Boston Globe:
Harvard Business School Professor Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food  —  Ben Edelman (left) and Ran Duan (right)  —  Ben Edelman is an associate professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit.
National Journal:
Congress Will Say D.C. Can Legalize Pot, But Can't Tax or Regulate It  —  D.C. mayor and council will be blocked by spending bill from taking additional steps on marijuana law.  —  Congress will prevent the District of Columbia from writing regulations to expand its recently passed ballot …
Washington Post:
Congressional budget poised to partially block pot legalization in D.C.  —  An emerging deal to keep the federal government funded into next year would block the D.C. government from allowing legal sales of marijuana in the nation's capital, according to multiple congressional aides with knowledge of the negotiations.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Jonathan Gruber hearing was a zany coda to Darrell Issa's tumultuous tenure  —  A gaffe, under the oft-cited Michael Kinsley rule, is when somebody in Washington accidentally speaks the truth.  But what happens when frankness leads you to say something so monumentally stupid …
New York Times:
Congressional Leaders Reach Deal on Spending  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders reached a deal Tuesday on a more than $1 trillion spending package that would fund most of the federal government through the current fiscal year.  —  But because negotiations on the package dragged over policy details …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Deal reached on $1.01 trillion spending bill
Mitch McConnell's Obamacare gambit
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and The Hill
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
Source: Rolling Stone Deputy Editor Tendered Resignation; Wenner Declines  —  Deputy managing editor offered to resign in wake of UVA reporting brouhaha  —  Rolling Stone Managing Editor at Will Dana speaks onstage at the New York Public Library on October 17, 2013.
NY Daily News:
Cops swarm Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue, shoot knife-wielding man after student gets stabbed (VIDEO)  —  WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT NYPD anti-terror officers swarmed Chabad-Lubavitch in Crown Heights after Israeli student Levi Rosenviat, 22, was stabbed during prayer early Tuesday.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Rick Perry, hungry for redemption, says he's a ‘substantially different’ candidate  —  AUSTIN — The man who could be president is ambling through the Texas governor's mansion on his own, whistling “Frosty the Snowman” as he approaches the parlor room to greet a reporter.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
FBI Files Charges Against President Of Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill  —  Gary Southern, president of Freedom Industries, takes a sip of water at a press conference on the chemical spill.  —  The former president of the company that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians …
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
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National Journal:
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Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Daily Signal
Philip Sheridan / The Atlantic Online:
The New Republic: An Appreciation … Last week, Franklin Foer resigned …
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Conservatives, Democrats tussle over contraceptives in spending bill
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