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When Rand Paul Ended Filibuster, He Left Drones On National Stage

The senator launched a nationwide conversation when he challenged the president's pick to lead the CIA. He vowed to keep talking until the White House clarified whether it has authority to kill U.S. citizens on American soil with drones. He finally stood down, but the debate is far from over.
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The CIA Brennan Inherits: More Military, Less Espionage

Host Rachel Martin talks with Scott Shane, who covers national security and intelligence issues for The New York Times. He explains just what kind of CIA John Brennan will be walking into.
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Bin Laden's Son-In-Law To Appear In U.S. Court

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is expected to appear in a Manhattan federal court Friday after he was detained in Jordan and sent to the United States. If he goes to trial, he would be one of the people with the closest connection to bin Laden to face trial in a U.S. court.
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U.S. Spent Too Much In Iraq, Got Little In Return, Watchdog Report Says

Iraqi and U.S. officials interviewed for the report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said the $60 billion the U.S. spent on reconstruction efforts in Iraq "should have accomplished more." The findings could portend what lies ahead for the U.S. in Afghanistan where it is also engaged in reconstruction.
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Senators Question Holder Over U.S. Drone Program

Attorney General Eric Holder went to Capitol Hill today to answer questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on everything from guns to Wall Street prosecutions, among other topics. One prominent issue transcended partisan divides: senators' demand for more information about the U.S. use of drones in a targeted killing program for terrorists.
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John Kerry, A 'Recovering Politician,' Settles Into Diplomatic Role

John Kerry's first trip as secretary of state took him to Europe — where he spent time growing up as the son of a diplomat. Kerry, who also had stops in the Middle East, says he can't speak as freely now as when he was a senator.
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President Could, In Theory, Order Drone Strike Inside U.S., Holder Says

In a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the attorney general noted that such a situation could be imagined only in an "extraordinary circumstance" such as the attack on Pearl Harbor or on Sept. 11, 2001. The letter was in response to inquiries from Paul regarding the legality of military strikes within the country.

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