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1. TORTURE REPORT

#Fail: The CIA’s harsh interrogations of terrorist detainees during the Bush era didn’t work, were more brutal than previously revealed and delivered no time-sensitive information that prevented an attack, a Senate report released yesterday says. And the price tag? $300 million. The interrogations began in the days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when uncertainty ruled. The long-delayed study also says the agency consistently misled Congress and the Bush White House about the harsh methods it used and the results it obtained from interrogating al Qaeda suspects. Critics say the interrogations amounted to torture in many cases.

2. SHUTDOWN AVERTED

Kumbaya: There will be no federal government shutdown to ruin in the holidays. House and Senate negotiators agreed to $1.1 trillion government funding bill yesterday, just two days before federal agencies are due to run out of money. The spending package will fund most of the government for a full fiscal year. A House vote is expected just hours before Thursday night’s deadline, leaving the Democratic-led Senate little time to debate and vote on the legislation.

3. UBER BAN

In the ditch?: Things are getting a bit dicey for Web-based taxi service Uber. Spain, New Delhi and Thailand have banned the ride-sharing app. In Spain, the Madrid taxi association argued that Uber is unfair competition and also lacks the proper municipal licenses to operate a taxi service. In India, the federal government warned states against allowing unlicensed Web-based taxi services after an Uber driver was accused of raping a woman in New Delhi. And in Thailand, transportation officials ordered Uber to shutdown because its drivers don’t have proper insurance and registration to operate commercially. Uber counters that it provides a quality service and is creating lots of jobs.

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source: CNN.com

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