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Then-Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden after President Bush tapped him to head the CIA in 2006.  (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
Then-Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden after President Bush tapped him to head the CIA in 2006. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
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CIA and its defenders push back on Senate torture report

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top spies past and present campaigned Wednesday to discredit the Senate's investigation into the CIA's harrowing torture practices after 9/11, battling to define the historical record and deter potential legal action around the world.

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Former President George W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Obama confronts Bush legacy with report’s release

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For President Barack Obama, the long-delayed release of a scathing Senate report on harsh CIA interrogations underscores the degree to which the legacy of George W. Bush's national security policies has shadowed the man elected to change or end them.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. arrives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to release a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. arrives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to release a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Senate report: Harsh CIA interrogation tactics didn’t work

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a damning indictment of CIA practices, Senate investigators on Tuesday accused the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on al-Qaida prisoners far beyond its legal boundaries and then deceiving the nation with narratives of useful interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.

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International Security Assistance Forces take part in a ceremony in north of Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan
International Security Assistance Forces take part in a ceremony in north of Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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US, NATO ceremonially end Afghan combat mission

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan on Monday, 13 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks sparked their invasion of the country to topple the Taliban-led government.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with a parton as he and his family distribute food at "Bread For The City" Wednesday in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama shakes hands with a parton as he and his family distribute food at "Bread For The City" Wednesday in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Full Thanksgiving menu for the Obamas, plus 6 pies

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service.

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U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Reports say US broadening military mission in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

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A farmer works the land on a hill overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani, outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border
A farmer works the land on a hill overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani, outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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No date for ISIS war vote; Congress waits on Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional authorization of the U.S. war against Islamic State extremists has gone nowhere in two weeks since President Barack Obama vowed to coordinate with lawmakers on a stronger legal basis for military action, prompting growing frustration with the White House.

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Role-playing attackers storm a fake US Consulate during a  training program held at a mock town on a rural Virginia military base, Thursday.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Role-playing attackers storm a fake US Consulate during a training program held at a mock town on a rural Virginia military base, Thursday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Security agents train to stop the next Benghazi

AT A MILITARY BASE IN VIRGINA (AP) -- In long tunics and Bedouin scarves, men kick a soccer ball in front of the U.S. consulate. Women sit and eat. Arabic music rings from the market. A bicyclist waves as he rides toward a stone church and a mosque with a green minaret in the distance.

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