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White House lawyer replacing retiring CIA deputy

CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell is stepping down and being replaced by White House lawyer Avril Haines, who will be the first woman to hold the post.Full story

Is the US entering a new phase in the fight against terror?

  NBC News’ Michael Leiter shares his thoughts on the president’s counterterrorism policy.

AP records seizure just latest step in sweeping U.S. leak probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department's controversial decision to seize phone records of Associated Press journalists was just one element in a sweeping U.S. government investigation into media leaks about a Yemen-based plot to bomb a U.S. airliner, government officials said on Wednesday. Full story

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  The best of Rand's filibuster

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul filibustered the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA for nearly 13 hours. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell looks at some of the more interesting things the senator said while on the Senate floor.

  Filibuster reform: Rand Paul’s grand stand becomes a fili-bummer

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and former RNC chair Michael Steele join Hardball to discuss the debate over filibuster reform, and to talk about Sen. Rand Paul’s attempt to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA.

  13 hours of filibuster later and Brennan is still confirmed

The Cycle hosts talk about Sen. Rand Paul’s nearly 13-hour long filibuster over John Brennan’s CIA director nomination, then spin on the drone debate it sparked, as well as the fact that despite it all, Brennan was still confirmed.

  Sen. Paul Filibusters Nomination For CIA Director

Shares of JC Penney are down another 3.5 percent today, reports CNBC's Mary Thompson. Also, Sen. Rand Paul is staging an old-fashioned filibuster in an attempt to block the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and S...

  Senate ‘talkathon’ over drones

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has been talking since 11:47 a.m. Wednesday to delay a confirmation vote for the President’s CIA nominee John Brennan. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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John Brennan

John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats.

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James Clapper, John Brennan

National Intelligence Director James Clapper, left, accompanied by CIA Director John Brennan, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats.

Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on his nomination to be the Director of the CIA, on Capitol Hill in Washington
Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on his nomination to be the Director of the CIA, on Capitol Hill in Washington

John Brennan testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on his nomination to be the Director of the CIA, on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed