WASHINGTON WRAP: ‘ NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED FROM CAPITOL HILL ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.22 – Well last round-up of Washington news you may have missed before Christmas descends on all of us. This weeks wrap is off course dominated by: SONY HACK and was it or was it not North Korea, China or just some great big publicity stunt as many are starting to say: Well all news is good news even when its bad so here goes for another week:

SONY HACK:

Obama: Sony hacking attack not an act of war by North Korea  President Obama says in an interview broadcast Sunday morning that he did not think the Sony Pictures hack was not an act of war by North Korea.  http://ow.ly/GePS9

McCain: Sony hack ‘a new form of warfare’  “We need to react and react vigorously,” the Republican senator said.  http://ow.ly/Gf13H

Intel chairman slams Obama for slow Sony response  “Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer,” Rogers said.  http://ow.ly/Gf0xN

Sony hack a ‘wake-up call’ for US, cybersecurity expert says  “You’ve got to invest in a defensible architecture,” Major General Brett Williams said. http://ow.ly/GfgCP

Will US add North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism?  The United States is weighing whether to put North Korea back on its list, Obama said.  http://ow.ly/GeZ8A

Sony lawyer: ‘The Interview’ will be distributed  A top Sony lawyer stressed the movie studio will release the film through some platform. http://ow.ly/Gfakt

Iran watching Obama’s moves, Graham says  Graham said Obama must respond “forcefully” to Sony cyberattack.  http://ow.ly/GfcDl

NYPD SHOOTINGS:

Graham: Dems’ tone ‘incites crazy people’  The senator said the shooter alone is to blame for the deaths of two New York officers. http://ow.ly/GfaZ1

NY Democrat: Unfair to blame mayor, Holder for NYPD shootings  Rep. Gregory Meeks said de Blasio and Holder have been trying “to bring the city together.” http://ow.ly/Gf9X8

NAACP chief: Don’t blame Dems for NYPD shootings  Cornell William Brooks said criticism of New York’s mayor and Eric Holder are unfair. http://ow.ly/Gf8ox

CUBA:

Rubio blasts Obama’s Cuba decision  The Florida Republican denounced the president’s actions on three Sunday shows.  http://ow.ly/GfdOF

Senators split on Obama’s Cuba strategy  Sens. Ron Johnson and Ben Cardin debated Obama’s move to normalize relations.  http://ow.ly/Gf3ZS

GUANTANAMO BAY:

Obama on Gitmo: ‘I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it’  Obama stopped short of declaring that he’d succeed in closing the controversial facility.  http://ow.ly/GeXQt

McCain: Obama acting in a ‘most imperial fashion’  “This is a president who ran on an open and transparent presidency,” the Arizona Republican said.  http://ow.ly/Gf2rM

Racial Tensions:  

Obama ‘impatient’ on racial progress in US  Obama said he recognizes that “most Americans have good intentions.” http://ow.ly/Gf65v

US Election 2016:

Former DNC chief: Rubio is ‘done’ for 2016  “I think Jeb does some very interesting things,” Howard Dean said. http://ow.ly/GffGQ

So that just about wraps it up in Washington for another year. I will produce my thoughts in Washington before New Year ……. So stay tune… ED.

#ANS2014 

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WASHINGTON: ‘ RISE & RISE OF PELOSI & WARREN AS Clinton EYES HER OPPOSITION IN 2016 ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.20 – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) heads into the next Congress newly empowered by her feisty opposition to a year-end spending package that outraged her caucus Mike Lillis reported. 

Although the California Democrat was ultimately on the losing side of the debate over a $1.1 trillion government-funding measure, her decision to take on President Obama and side with a vast majority of House Democrats won across-the-board accolades from her troops at a time when many are grumbling about their party’s future.

Big banks are unnerved by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) rise in Democratic circles, which is raising the prospect of her running for the White House Kevin Cirilli reported. 

Supporters who have launched campaigns to push her into the race as a rival to Hillary Clinton launched a protest in Warren’s name outside Citigroup’s Manhattan offices on Thursday, which only added to the industry’s anxiety.

#ANS2014 

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WASHINGTON WRAP: ‘ HOUSE NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.15 – Here is this weeks Washington Wrap and of course dominating the headlines the CIA INTERROGATION REPORT which you can download in full here 

Rove: Bush knew about CIA’s harsh tactics  Rove disputed a claim that the former president was kept in the dark until 2006.  http://ow.ly/FRz1s

Rove defends CIA’s use of rectal feeding tubes  Rove said the procedure was necessary to keep detainees nourished during hunger strikes.  http://ow.ly/FRuFt

Cheney: Real torture was murders on 9/11  “Torture is what the al Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11,” he said.  http://ow.ly/FRG2I

Senator readies torture bill for new year  Sen. Ron Wyden said CIA director left open the possibility of torture being used again.  http://ow.ly/FRJjx

Dem senator: Lawmakers should publicize notes on CIA briefings  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says members of Congress should come clean about what they knew.  http://ow.ly/FRDQd

Former CIA official: Pelosi knew about harsh interrogation tactics  Jose Rodriguez said House Democratic leaders knew about harsh tactics and did not object.  http://ow.ly/FRwfm

No question CIA’s tactics were torture, McCain says  “I urge everyone to just read the report,” the GOP senator said.  http://ow.ly/FRI0i

Senior Intel Republican: Only a few detainees were waterboarded  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) says the furor over the Central Intelligence Agency is overblown.  http://ow.ly/FRKLk

Former CIA chief not sure he would have approved waterboarding  “There are certain things that are always off the table,” Michael Hayden said.  http://ow.ly/FRPJO

Senate independent: CIA leaders should come from outside the agency  “I think there was misleading of the committee,” Sen. Angus King said.  http://ow.ly/FRGmp

House Intelligence chief blasts CIA report  “I think we’ll see a consequence of the release of this report,” Mike Rogers said.  http://ow.ly/FRpYT

We have to ‘stop hating’ CIA, rep says  Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said it’ll be difficult to reverse damage done to CIA’s reputation.  http://ow.ly/FRD0M

ELIZABETH WARREN

Schumer: Warren is not like Cruz  “Elizabeth Warren is constructive. She’s not like Ted Cruz,” he said.  http://ow.ly/FRw9v

US Election 2016

Schumer: I bet Hillary’s running  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to make you a bet.  http://ow.ly/FRwQ7

MIDTERMS

Mass. gov: Dems ‘didn’t stand for anything’  Deval Patrick said Democrats in midterms didn’t tell voters what they stood for.  http://ow.ly/FRA2G

More next week ………. #ANS2014 

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