First Drip (12/12/14): Attorney General balks at tax cuts for energy companies, torture questions linger


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North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper says he will appeal state regulators’ decision to allow energy companies to profit from corporate tax cuts without passing those savings on to consumers.

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avert a government shutdown on Thursday less than three hours before a midnight deadline, overcoming strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions.

Ali Soufan, former FBI special agent who took part in the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, talks about how the Senate torture report squares with his experience and why the CIA switched to torture interrogations they knew don't work.

Congressional staffers that work on Capitol Hill walked out of their offices on Thursday afternoon to protest the lack of indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner death incidents. The staffers routinely work on legislation to rid the justice system of biases so they’re taking the recent killings of unarmed black men particularly hard.


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