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July 31st, 2013
07:40 PM ET

Report exposes secret NSA snooping tool

Rep. Justin Amash and Jane Harman discuss their opposing viewpoints toward the NSA's surveillance programs.

RELATED STORY: Top senator questions need to collect phone records


Filed under: Jane Harman • Justin Amash • NSA leaks
July 31st, 2013
07:31 PM ET

King hammers away at Paul in GOP infighting

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Peter King of New York fired back at Sen. Rand Paul, who accused him of being part of a Republican wing that’s “all for blowing up stuff, but not too concerned with fiscal responsibility.”

The longtime congressman from Long Island argued Paul and his libertarian-leaning views on foreign policy were making “America the enemy.”

“I'm afraid that's what Senator Paul is going to do with us,” King said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” “He wants to retreat from the world. He wants to isolate ourselves, go back to a fortress America.”

FULL STORY

RELATED VIDEO: Fighting for the GOP's heart and soul?


Filed under: Peter King • Rand Paul
July 31st, 2013
07:25 PM ET

GOP to FBI: Get aggressive on Benghazi

Rep. Jason Chaffetz discusses his call for the FBI to get more aggressive on the Benghazi investigation

RELATED STORY: Lawmaker: If CNN can interview suspect in Benghazi attack, why can't FBI?


Filed under: FBI • Jason Chaffetz • Libya
July 31st, 2013
12:00 PM ET

Mideast peace deal possible in 9 months?

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren tells Wolf Blitzer he is optimistic about reaching a peace deal in 9 months.

RELATED STORY: Israel, Palestinians to engage in sustained peace talks

July 31st, 2013
11:57 AM ET

Simon still playing 'You're so Vain' game

Who's the "you" in "You're So Vain"? Carly and Taylor tease the question. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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Filed under: Jeanne Moos
July 31st, 2013
11:54 AM ET

Who is Bradley Manning?

As Pfc. Bradley Manning's sentencing phase began Wednesday morning, the convicted leaker has already tallied 1,274 days behind bars.

The question now is how many more of the potential 136 years he'll serve.

The military will give Manning credit for each of his 1,162 days of pre-trial confinement, plus the judge, Col. Denise Lind, credited Manning with an additional 112 days for the harsh treatment he suffered while being held at a Marine Corps Base Quantico brig.

FULL STORY
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Filed under: Bradley Manning • Brian Todd • Espionage
July 30th, 2013
06:32 PM ET

Paul: Christie is the 'king of bacon' on government spending

(CNN) – The feuding between Republicans Chris Christie and Rand Paul continued Tuesday as the senator from Kentucky cautioned the governor from New Jersey was picking a fight with the wrong guy.

In an interview to air on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Paul defended himself against Christie's most recent allegations that the senator was bringing home too much money for his state.

"This is the king of bacon talking about bacon," Paul said about Christie. Both are considered potential 2016 contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

FULL STORY ON CNN POLITICAL TICKER


Filed under: Chris Christie • Political Ticker • Rand Paul
July 30th, 2013
06:26 PM ET

Money in your pocket... or job-killer?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and fmr. CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin debate whether raising the minimum wage would help or hurt the economy.

RELATED STORY: Despite Congress' inaction, minimum wage fight still looms

RELATED VIDEO: Would higher minimum wage help or hurt?


Filed under: Bernie Sanders • Economy • Interviews
July 30th, 2013
04:53 PM ET

Might Carter help free U.S. captive?

Will former President Jimmy Carter visit North Korea to press for the release of an American captive? Brian Todd reports.

RELATED STORY: Talking peace with a backdrop of war

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Jimmy Carter • North Korea
July 30th, 2013
04:50 PM ET

Guy sees red over a red light ticket

Would you go this far to fight a red light ticket? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a motorist so revved up he sues.

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Filed under: Jeanne Moos • Transportation
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