June 1st, 2014
10:55 AM ET
2 months ago

Rogers on negotiating for soldier's release: 'We have now set a price'

(CNN) - Releasing five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for the return of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a "dangerous" decision that could set a risky precedent for future kidnappings of Americans, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee

"We have now set a price," the Michigan Republican said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "We have a changing footprint in Afghanistan, which would put our soldiers at risk for this notion that 'If I can get one, I can get five Taliban released.'"

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Mike Rogers • Terrorism • TV-State of the Union
June 1st, 2014
10:01 AM ET
2 months ago

Susan Rice responds to political debate over negotiations for soldier's release

(CNN) - White House national security adviser Susan Rice defended the Obama administration's decision to exchange Guantanamo detainees for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, amid criticism that the United States negotiated with terrorists in the process.

She also said the “acute urgency” of Bergdahl’s health condition justified President Obama’s not notifying Congress beforehand that Bergdahl was being swapped for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

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May 28th, 2014
07:32 PM ET
2 months ago

Valerie Plame: CIA outing 'colossally stupid'

(CNN) - Another CIA official whose cover was blown by a presidential administration said the inadvertent outing of an intelligence official in Afghanistan by the White House was “colossally stupid” and will have repercussions for the intelligence community.

But Valerie Plame, whose identity was infamously leaked by the Bush administration in 2003 and touched off a scandal, said on Wednesday it’s an apples to oranges comparison as it appears to be a mistake, rather than a malicious takedown.

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White House orders review of accidental CIA leak
May 27th, 2014
05:15 PM ET
2 months ago

White House orders review of accidental CIA leak

(CNN) – White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has ordered a review of how the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan was inadvertently released to reporters, Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"It shouldn't have happened. We're trying to figure out why it happened. In fact, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough asked the White House consel to look into it, to figure out what happened and to make sure it won't happen again," Blinken said in an interview that will air Tuesday on "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET.
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May 25th, 2014
11:04 AM ET
2 months ago

Miller: VA issues 'much larger' than Shinseki

(CNN) - Congressional chairmen of the House and Senate veterans affairs committees are still backing embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, for now, amid a growing chorus of lawmakers calling for his resignation over the scandal that's rocked the agency.

Rep. Jeff Miller, a Republican from Florida and chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday that the issues with the VA are "much larger than the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs."

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May 23rd, 2014
08:31 PM ET
2 months ago

Former VA secretary: Obama's ‘not taking responsibility’ for agency's misconduct

(CNN) – Former Veterans Affairs chief Jim Nicholson said President Barack Obama is "not taking responsibility" for the ongoing scandal that has rocked the agency under his administration's watch.

In an interview on Friday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Nicholson also hit back at Obama’s sharp criticism of his tenure leading the VA, calling into question the former senator’s commitment to the cause when he severed on the Veterans Affairs Committee.

"He was on the committee but he never showed up," Nicholson said, appearing on "The Situation Room."

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May 18th, 2014
10:37 AM ET
2 months ago

Dianne Feinstein on Benghazi panel: ‘It’s a hunting mission for a lynch mob’

(CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein had some biting words Sunday about the newly formed House select committee to investigate the deadly 2012 terror attack against a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

“I think it's ridiculous,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think it's a hunting mission for a lynch mob.”

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Filed under: Congress • Dianne Feinstein • Libya • TV-State of the Union
May 18th, 2014
09:45 AM ET
2 months ago

Deval Patrick on Hillary Clinton: 'I worry a little bit'

(CNN) – Gov. Deval Patrick said he's concerned that the early attention surrounding Hillary Clinton's potential 2016 presidential bid could spoil her prospects.

Asked on CNN's "State of the Union" if he thinks the former secretary of state will go "all the way" in 2016, the Massachusetts Democrat said, "I don't know."

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May 18th, 2014
08:42 AM ET
2 months ago

Video: Gov. Patrick on Brown v. Board of Education

On CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley," Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Massachusetts, reflects on the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, which happened 60 years ago this weekend.

"I remember a friend of mine describing Brown versus Board of Education as being the example of sending the kids in to do what the adults wouldn't do. The adults wouldn't live together, wouldn't integrate the neighborhoods so we sent the kids in to integrate the schools.
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May 14th, 2014
07:30 PM ET
2 months ago

Pelosi: Dems still uncertain on Benghazi panel, Rove comments make Hillary stronger

(CNN) – Nearly a week after the Republican-led House approved a select committee to investigate the terror attack in Benghazi, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi indicates there’s been no decision from her caucus on whether to join the effort.

"We'll see," the California congresswoman said on Wednesday when asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if Democrats would participate.

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