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Tongue in cheek, Obama displaces comedian Colbert on popular show

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama slipped
into the role of late night talk show host on Monday, nudging
Stephen Colbert away from his perch during an appearance on the
comedian’s satirical program and poking fun at himself in the

“You’ve been taking a lot of shots at my job, I’ve decided
I’m going to go ahead and take a shot at yours,” Obama said
before sitting down alone behind Colbert’s desk.

Dec 8, 2014

Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in Senate report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Graphic details about sexual threats and other harsh interrogation techniques the CIA meted out to captured militants will be detailed by a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the spy agency’s anti-terror tactics, sources familiar with the document said.

The report, which the committee’s majority Democrats are expected to release on Tuesday, describes how senior al Qaeda operative Abdel Rahman al Nashiri, suspected mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was threatened by his interrogators with a buzzing power drill, the sources said. The drill was never actually used on Nashiri.

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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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