CIA Contractor Defends Torture in Interrogations

An architect of the brutal CIA interrogation and detention program developed after the Sept. 11 attacks defended the agency and its practices on Tuesday as those techniques become the focus of an effort to dismiss key evidence against five men charged in the terrorist plot.

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After Partial Retreat, GOP Impeachment Rules Sail Through Senate

After an unexpected display of dissension in their midst, Senate Republicans closed ranks around their leader’s roadmap for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Tuesday, adopting a resolution making the introduction of new evidence unlikely by a party-line vote.

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McConnell Maps Late-Night, Evidence-Free Impeachment Trial

Under the resolution Senate Republicans expect to pass at the start President Trump’s historic impeachment trial on Tuesday, there might be no witnesses. There might be no new evidence or admission of any emails, reports, messages, transcripts or any other information compiled by the House of Representatives late last year. Proceedings could stretch well after midnight has fallen over the Capitol. 

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Confidential Hen Info

A federal court must reexamine evidence in a dispute over whether information about the living conditions of hens on egg farms is confidential and exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, the Ninth Circuit ruled, because the Supreme Court’s ruling in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media rewrote the definition for the term “confidential.”

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Explosive Parnas Docs Tie Trump to Ukraine Dirty Tricks

On the eve of transferring the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Democrats have released a trove of explosive documents from Rudy Giuliani’s now indicted associate Lev Parnas providing new evidence tied to the Ukraine scandal. 

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Elder Abuse

A trial court improperly denied a defendant’s motion to exclude evidence of statements she made to a counselor admitting that she had smothered her grandmother with a pillow, an Oregon appeals court ruled, finding that the state’s elder abuse reporting statutes “only abrogate privileged communications to the extent that a report be submitted.”

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