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Jake Tapper To Former CIA Director: ‘You’re Really Defending Rectal Rehydration?’

Tapper and HaydenOn “The Lead” with Jake Tapper yesterday afternoon, former CIA director, Michael Hayden, stopped by the show to share his thoughts on the recently released “torture report.”

Things got a little tense, however, when Jake directed the conversation toward the “unauthorized activities” mentioned in the report, citing the always fun subject of rectal rehydration – one of the more talked about aspects of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report.

“No, stop! That was a medical procedure,” said the former director. “That was done because of detainee health — that the people responsible there for the health of these detainees saw that they were becoming dehydrated. They had limited options in which to go do this. It was intravenous with needles, which would be dangerous with a non-cooperative detainee; it was through the nasal passages..”

“Pureeing hummus and pine nuts and,” Tapper sarcastically interjected.

Hayden quickly responded, “Jake, I’m not a doctor and neither are you, but what I am told is this is one of the ways that the body is rehydrated; these were medical procedures. To give you a sense …”

“You’re really defending rectal rehydration?” Tapper asked with a smirk of disbelief.

“What I’m defending is history,” said Hayden. “To give you a sense as to how this report was put together — this activity, which was done five times and each time for the health of the detainee, not part of the interrogation program, not designed to soften him up for any questioning. The committee, the Democrats on the committee, have used one half-assed unwarranted comment in one e-mail to justify the story that you have now bought hook, line and sinker that we use this to abuse other human beings.”

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Andrea Mitchell Listing Torture Methods At Director Brennan

andrea_mitchell_a_p_300During CIA Director John Brennan‘s address this afternoon regarding the recent torture report, Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, asked Brennan whether there was a possibility that the CIA may employ similar tactics in the future.

“If there is some unknowable value to these techniques — to waterboarding, to near drowning, slamming people against the wall, hanging them in stress positions, confining them in small boxes or coffins, threatening them with drills, waving guns around there head as they are blindfolded – what or which of these techniques could be used, if, as the director of Central Intelligence, you and another president, or this president, were faced with an imminent threat? Could there be another covert finding that would lead you and your successors to say we should do this?”

Following Mitchell’s comprehensive list of CIA torture methods, a flustered Brennan responded by leaving the door somewhat open, ”We in the CIA are not in the detention program, we are not contemplating at all getting back into the detention program, using any of those EIT’s. So, I defer to the policy makers in future times, when there is going to be the need to be able to ensure that this country stays safe, if we face a similar type of crisis.”

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Jim Sciutto: The Hot Dad

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Washingtonian MOM came out with its winter edition this week, and guess who got the nod for their “The Hot Dad” segment? None other than CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent and father of two boys, Jim Sciutto.

FishbowlDC asked his wife and ABC News’ Asia correspondent, Gloria Riviera, what do you think of Jim being a “hot dad”?

“I think it’s super fun! In a lighthearted way it captures the juxtaposition so many working fathers are living everywhere. It may be more extreme in a place like DC, but fundamentally it’s the same all over. By day, a father spends his work day furrowing his eyebrows and holding forth. When off the clock, he’s at the beck and call of the latest Lego project. I also simply love that a magazine devoted to moms takes a moment to celebrate the dads as well.”

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Google Leadership Explain ‘How Google Works’ on ‘TODAY’ Show

coverWant to work at Google? Who. Doesn’t.

And for those that do, in Washington and beyond, executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, advisor to Google CEO Larry Page, were on NBC’s “TODAY” show this morning to discuss how to get hired by the internet conglomerate and their new book How Google Works.

On who the company seeks to hire, Schmidt explained, “I think you want to be a smart creative. Somebody who has some kind of technical knowledge or passion or something. Somebody who has some kind of business interest. But they have to be curious. They can’t be boring.”

So invest in your career while taking a break from your current, and watch the “TODAY” show hit, after the jump. Read more

HuffPost Pulls All the Times Josh Earnest Hasn’t Been ‘In a Position’ to Answer

The Huffington Post pulled together clips of all the times that White House press secretary Josh Earnest hasn’t been ‘in a position’ to answer questions from reporters.

HuffPost writes:

“Sometimes it’s used for obvious reasons, such as when discussing sensitive operations in Iraq. Other times, the public is left wondering how he could possibly not be in such a position.”

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Jonathan Karl Asks Josh Earnest About President’s Knowledge of @BarackObama

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 14.16.23Jonathan Karl posed a question to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at today’s press briefing on the topic of a ‘Throwback Thursday’ Tweet by @BarackObama referencing “when a woman—not her boss—made her own decisions about her health care.”

“Does he even read the others?” asked Karl about ones not signed with his initials. “Does he know they’re going out? Are they reviewed by senior people at the White House or is that just simply OFA doing something on his behalf?”

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Jake Tapper and Mark Leibovich Interview Each Other on How to Make it in This Town

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Jake Tapper. Photo credit: Janet Donovan

Wednesday night at Hogo, 826DC hosted an event on “How to Make it in This Town” with New York Times best selling authors Mark Leibovich (This Town) and Jake Tapper (The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor). The two sat down and spoke about and interviewed each other on their careers in Washington since the 1990s.

And in case the conversation wasn’t satiating enough, 826DC coordinated drink specials in honor of the evening’s guest speakers. For Tapper, there was “That Old Fashioned” – stag, vanilla syrup, and crazy bitters. Guests could also order the Leibovich, a Red Stripe tall boy, or the Full Leibovich, paired with a shot.

Prior to the evening’s formality, FishbowlDC had the chance to chat with Tapper, who offered some fodder as to how Leibovich can make it in this town after writing This Town. The CNN host joked, “Apologies. Lots and lots of apologies,” and later added, “He’s one of the best writers in modern journalism.”

Asked what it takes for anyone young to make it big, he added, “Here’s my advice for anybody, about anything. Work really hard. That’s the key to everything. Nobody wants to hear that because everybody wants to learn the trick – learn everyone’s middle name, show up ten minutes early for work – whatever. If you work really, really hard, and you’re good, and you’re constantly improving, that pays off.” Read more

Jeopardy: What is ‘Obvious to Everyone in DC,’ Alex?

For those of you who tuned into “Jeopardy!” last night, a familiar name answered a $200 clue in the “First Responses” category.

The question: “Here’s our first clue about this website, covering D.C. since 2007 & named from slang for an electee.”

Check out the below video for the correct answer answer.

CNN’s Jake Tapper Asks Question During Edward Snowden’s Twitter Q&A

Edward Snowden‘s Twitter Q&A which began 80 minutes ago has been quite informative and even featured a question from Jake Tapper, host of CNN‘s The Lead.

Below is Tapper’s tweet and Snowden’s reply. Also, a link to a full transcript from the Q&A can be found here.

Q: @jaketapper #AskSnowden Under what conditions would you agree to return to the U.S.?

A: Returning to the US, I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws, which through a failure in law did not cover national security contractors like myself.

The hundred-year old law under which I’ve been charged, which was never intended to be used against people working in the public interest, and forbids a public interest defense. This is especially frustrating, because it means there’s no chance to have a fair trial, and no way I can come home and make my case to a jury.

Maybe when Congress comes together to end the programs the PCLOB just announced was illegal, they’ll reform the Whistleblower Protection Act, and we’ll see a mechanism for all

Live Q&A with Edward Snowden Today at 3pm

edward-snowden-nsa-06-10-13-cropped-proto-custom_282Edward Snowden will answer the public’s questions at 3pm EST today during a Q&A hosted by The Courage Foundation. Questions can be submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #AskSnowden and his responses will then appear at http://www.freesnowden.is/asksnowden.

The live chat comes exactly a week after President Barack Obama gave an address in response to the public concerns raised by Edward Snowden’s revelations about U.S. surveillance practices. In the live chat, Edward Snowden is expected to give his first reaction to the President’s speech.

Courage, formerly the Journalistic Source Protection Defence Fund, is a trust, audited by accountants Derek Rothera & Company in the UK, for the purpose of providing legal defence and campaign aid to journalistic sources.

We’ll be sure to monitor the Q&A and will report back highlights of the online exchange. If you’d like to participate but prefer to stay anon, email your questions to fishbowljames@gmail.com and we’ll consider asking on your behalf.

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