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FP’s David Rothkopf To Discuss New Book With Wolf Blitzer

DJR_TWITTER_5Wolf Blitzer will have David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine, on “Wolf” at 1 PM ET this afternoon to discuss his new book “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear.”

Detailing a post-9/11 America’s sense of vulnerability following the terror attacks, Rothkopf’s book addresses the challenges faced by two very different presidents and their administrations in a era of great change and need for rapid adaptation by the American superpower — touching on topics such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the financial crisis, dysfunction in Washington, the rise of China, and the dawn of the era of cyber warfare.

 

 

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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Pulitzer Winner And WaPo Photojournalist, Michel du Cille, Dies At 58

Michele du Cille

Three time Pulitzer winner and Washington Post photojournalist, Michel du Cille, tragically died yesterday while on assignment in Liberia from an apparent heart attack.

The photographer, who won two Pulitzers with the Miami Herald in the 1980s and one with the Post in 1988, had recently been documenting the ravages of Ebola in Liberia.

The 26- year veteran of the newspaper never shied away from covering the more dangerous, war-torn regions of the world. From Sudan and Afghanistan to the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s, and finally returning to west Africa to cover the Ebola outbreak, Mr. du Cille selflessly put himself in harms way to shed light on the struggles of his fellow human. He was a true journalist and will be missed.

Friday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Inside Media: NYT Magazine’s Mark Leibovich at the Newseum, 2:30 p.m.

— Walter Isaacson Discussion with Leon Wieseltier at Kesher Isreal, Sunday at 7 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Mount Rushmore was intended to be built to show the presidents from head to waist, but the project ran out of money.

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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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Kasie Hunt To Rick Perry: ‘Are You Smart Enough To Be President?’

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 2.03.35 PMIn an interview with Texas governor Rick Perry, MSNBC’s political correspondent, Kasie Hunt, posed a question that many Americans are asking, “are you smart enough to be president?”

“Running for the presidency’s not an IQ test. It is a test of an individual’s resolve. It’s a test of an individual’s philosophy. It’s a test of an individual’s life’s experiences,” responded the 2012 presidential candidate during the interview at the governor’s mansion. ”And I think Americans are really ready for a leader that will give them a great hope about the future.”

Perry, whose governorship will expire at the end of the year, is contemplating a possible 2016 run.

Watch the interview via MSNBC.

Hambycast Season One: Saying Goodbye To The ‘Mayor for Life’

Hambycast Logo.jpgCNN’s Peter Hamby wrapped up Season One of his hugely successful “Hambycast” series today by going where few DC reporters are willing to travel – DC’s Ward 8.

CNN kicked off the digital series in September tailgating with Rick Perry, and closed by reminding Washingtonians why Marion Barry is DC’s Mayor for Life. Hamby joined the Mayor’s funeral procession (aka block party) where attendees “boogied in the streets” and reminisced on their favorite memories – beyond the infamous “B*tch set me up!” incident.

Binge watch Season One on CNN.com, and keep your eyes peeled for Season Two in 2015. Between Hambycast Season Two and House of Cards, you’ll be all set for those inevitable snow days.

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Watch Live: CIA Director Brennan Reacts To Torture Report – 1:30p ET

CIA Director John Brennan will comment on and take questions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the torture tactics implemented by the CIA at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Watch Live via NBC News.

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CNN’s Moody Mocks New Government Spending Bill

“Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” -Otto von Bismarck,

When discussing the 2015 Government Spending Bill, the old adage, made famous by the Prussian statesman, seems as applicable today as it was over a century ago. CNN senior digital correspondent, Chris Moody sifted through the grotesque innards of the new bill today in a CNN Digital video.

In the clip, he points out several of the more putrid aspects slipped into the 1,600 page bill – from Congress blocking the vote to legalize marijuana in DC, to the fact that ”it lets school districts avoid nutrition guidelines that would lower the amount of sodium in children’s school lunches. Because that would be tyranny.”

Moody even trolled the bill on Twitter, comically tweeting at Senator Ted Cruz, “Hey @tedcruz, why didn’t you make sure farmers are protected from Chupacabra attacks in the spending bill?”

Watch Moody’s video via CNN Digital. Enjoy!

Dick Cheney Scheduled For Meet the Press

Meet the Press with Chuck ToddAfter describing the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture as “full of crap” on Special Report with Bret Baier last evening, former VP and Emperor Palpatine impersonator, Dick Cheney, is scheduled to appear on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd this Sunday — most likely to spread some holiday cheer.

Although the former Vice President told Baier that he “hadn’t read it,” Cheney shamelessly defends the torture program, comparing it to the Iran-Contra affair (another proud moment in the history of US foreign policy…).

Discussing the imprisonment and torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Sith Lord stated, “He is in our possession, we know he’s the architect, what are we supposed to do? Kiss him on both cheeks?”

Tis the season!

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