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Monday, December 15, 2014

Cheat Sheet - The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Didn’t Want You to See

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December 15, 2014
If you thought the Senate's details on CIA torture were bad, just wait for hidden photos from the war in Iraq. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of images of U.S. soldiers posing with corpses as trophies and worse are being suppressed by the Obama administration, Noah Shachtman and Tim Mak report.

Sydney police say they killed a hostage-taker inside a café early Tuesday but that two hostages died after the 16-hour ordeal. Close to a dozen hostages had already fled the shop by the time police declared the situation under control. The Lindt café was taken over by a gunman identified as Man Haron Monis, who was facing 50 charges of sexual assault and had been accused of being an accessory to murder in his ex-wife's death. (Monis was out on bail.) Australian police swarmed the café at around 2 a.m. local time. Gunfire and flashes were visible in footage from the scene, and police appeared to have stormed the café after a second group of hostages fled.

Elizabeth Warren's weekend heroics have endeared her even more to the Democratic base, and it's time Hillary Clinton started getting worried. She may not have won the fight to remove a Dodd-Frank-weakening provision from the spending bill, but what she did win was a growing number of fiercely devoted liberal fans. Michael Tomasky argues that no other Democrat in the nation enjoys Warren's kind of following.

Blasting The Daily Beast and others by name, Aaron Sorkin wrote a New York Times op-ed Monday ripping journalists for reporting on what's inside Sony Pictures' hacked files. The Newsroom writer trashed publications for running articles that included information that was already publicly available—and in which he and some of his movies, like the troubled Steve Jobs biopic, were discussed. "Every news outlet that did the bidding of the Guardians of Peace is morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable," the famously self-righteous Sorkin wrote on the same day Sony lawyer David Boies threatened the media (including The Beast) and asked them to destroy Sony's files. Sorkin suggested that reporters were worse than the hackers themselves. "As demented and criminal as it is, at least the hackers are doing it for a cause. The press is doing it for a nickel."

The families of 10 of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre have filed a joint lawsuit against Bushmaster, the makers of the gun that killed their children. Justin Miller reports the lawsuit claims that Adam Lanza would not have been able to kill 26 people in five minutes without his "weapon of choice."

SCOTUS Declines Arizona Abortion Case
Restrictive law remains blocked.
NFL Union Sues to Reinstate Peterson
Says he was promised two-game penalty.
France to Ban Uber
Takes effect New Year's Day.
5+ Die in Pennsylvania Spree Killing
Gunman at large.
Tennessee's GOP Guv to Expand Medicaid
At the heart of Obamacare.

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