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By Samuel Burke, CNN
The real scandal playing out in the United States right now is how the most important agencies in American government are handling the ongoing investigations, Tim Weiner says.
The former New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist knows America's top institutions inside and out, having written acclaimed books about the FBI and CIA.
“The scandal is that one FBI agent took the raw reporting in this investigation and delivered it without authorization to a member of Congress,” he told CNN’s Hala Gorani on Tuesday. “That is not how the game is played. That is dirty pool.”
There has been long-standing rivalry between the FBI and the CIA and a turbulent history of a lack of communication and cooperation. Weiner says the lack of information sharing was all too evident after the September 11, 2001, attacks and believes the current scandal does nothing to help the longtime unease. FULL POST
One of the two former senators behind the Simpson-Bowles Commission says he has “no idea” whether President Obama and the U.S. Congress will strike a deal before automatic spending cuts and tax hikes take effect on New Year’s Day.
“These guys dug their own pit when they made their deal,” former Republican Senator Alan Simpson told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “They thought no one will be stupid enough to let this happen. Well, don't bet the ranch.” FULL POST
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