August 7th, 2013
10:56 PM ET

Report: Intercepted al Qaeda conference call prompted U.S. embassy closures

According to a bombshell report in The Daily Beast today, an al Qaeda conference call - and by conference call, we're talking 20 al Qaeda operatives - was the catalyst for the closure of nearly two dozen U.S. diplomatic posts.

Eli Lake writes:

"The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda's senior leaders and representatives of several of the group's affiliates throughout the region."

If this is true, it would be a major change in how the terror network communicates.
But not everyone thinks this report adds up.

OutFront: Eli Lake, the reporter who wrote the article.

Filed under: al Qaeda • International
August 7th, 2013
10:42 PM ET

Accuser says Bob Filner voice mail message "creeps me out"

CNN has obtained exclusive voicemails from embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to one of his accusers.

Nurse accuses San Diego mayor of sexual harassment in his office

At least 13 women have accused Filner of unwanted sexual advances. What's shocking about these latest allegations? These women say they were targeted because they were rape victims.

Kyung Lah is OutFront with this exclusive investigation.

Filed under: Bob Filner • News
August 7th, 2013
10:26 PM ET

Leno: Is Russia now like Nazi Germany?

Is Russia stirring up echoes of Nazi Germany?

More comparisons are being made about Russia's new crackdown on gays and lesbians and the Nazi's persecution of Jewish citizen, homosexuals and others Hitler wanted to eliminate.

Here's Jay Leno speaking to the President Obama:


OutFront: Radio Show host and comedian Stephanie Miller, Comedian & CNN opinion writer Dean Obeidallah and syndicated radio show host Michael Medved.

Filed under: International
August 7th, 2013
09:30 PM ET

U.S. steps up drone strikes: Is al Qaeda really "on the run"?

Is al Qaeda really on the run?

President Obama seemed a little unsure:

"Al Qaeda's top ranks have been hammered. The core of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the way to defeat." Obama continued, "al Qaeda affiliates and like-minded extremists still threaten our homeland, still threaten our diplomatic facilities, still threaten our businesses abroad.

So does it really lessen the threat if the core of al Qaeda has been hammered - but its affiliates are spreading and actively plotting against the United States?

It's hard to know.

But one thing we do know - the Obama administration has just stepped up its use of drones to kill terrorists.
Just how effective are they? And are they worth the risks?

Barbara Starr has this OutFront investigation.

Filed under: Drones • News
August 7th, 2013
08:32 PM ET

Attorney: Fort Hood gunman wants death penalty

Major Nidal Hasan, the shooter in the Fort Hood massacre, wants the death penalty, according to his stand-by attorneys, who are up in arms because they refuse to help their client die.

Ed Lavandera is OutFront with the bizarre twist to this case.

Filed under: Fort Hood Shooting Rampage • Justice
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