CNN Radio News Day: February 7th, 2013
CodePink activists protest against John Brennan, the architect of the US drone war against Al-Qaeda, in Washington, DC.
February 7th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 7th, 2013

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  • John Brennan, the president's nominee to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency, faced questions today from the Senate Intelligence Committee. The administration's policies over targeted killings of Americans overseas who are considered terrorists was a focus of the hearing. But Brennan also faced questions about the use of drones in Pakistan and other countries as well as questions about his role in interrogation methods used while he served as an official with the CIA. During the hearing, Brennan defended the administration's policy on the use of armed drones:

"The president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded, will be thoroughly anchored in intelligence, will have the appropriate review process, approval process before any action is contemplated, including those actions that might involve the use of lethal force." FULL POST

February 7th, 2013
08:20 AM ET

Congress has fewer stripes

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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(CNN) – The 113th Congress has set records for diversity with a record number of women and minorities, the first Buddhist, and Hindu members of Congress and the first open bisexual.

But the number of military veterans? At a modern low.

Seth Lynn, a Marine veteran and director of George Washington University's Center for Second Service, which focuses on training and promoting veterans, says this year's numbers mean the fewest veterans in Congress since World War II.