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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she is "enormously disappointed" that President Barack Obama is working with GOP leaders to pass a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that she says is a an attempt at legislative blackmail by Republicans. Democratic opponents, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, oppose an amendment that would provide FDIC backing of high-risk bank investments that ignited the 2008 financial crisis. Lawmakers face a midnight deadline on funding the government.

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare news conference from CIA headquarters, Director John Brennan has conceded that interrogators used unauthorized and in some case abhorrent methods against captives after 9/11. His public comments follow this week's Senate CIA torture report which concludes that the tactics were brutal and not effective in gaining useful intelligence.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has released new information that he says is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Retiring Sen. Carl Levin says a 2003 CIA cable warned officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta — the man who led the 9/11 hijackers — met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the terror attacks. Levin says Bush officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, used the unconfirmed meeting to link Iraq to 9/11 to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nationwide string of protests against the police killing of unarmed black men has spread to Capitol Hill. Scores of minority congressional staffers, Capitol employees and a few members of Congress gathered for a protest on the House steps. They silently raised their arms in the "don't shoot" gesture used to protest the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Senate Chaplain Barry Black prayed for forgiveness of those who have failed to lift their voices for "those who couldn't speak or breathe for themselves." That was a reference to Eric Garner, the New York man who died after a police chokehold.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Power outages, downed trees and flooded roadways are just part of the aftermath of a powerful Pacific storm that has struck Northern California. Forecasters say it will spread the misery to flood-prone Southern California. The storm is blamed for one death, a homeless man killed by a tree brought down by strong winds.

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