The Brief

Barack Obama
Jacquelyn Martin—AP

'We Tortured Some Folks'

On Friday, President Obama previewed the upcoming release of a Senate report into the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation practices after the attacks of September 11, 2001, saying “We crossed a line and that needs to be understood and accepted”

U.S. Adds 209,000 Jobs in July

The new figure neither meets the 233,000 jobs that some analysts expected, nor did it prevent unemployment from slightly rising to 6.2%

Liberia West Africa Ebola

The Key to Containing Ebola

A former CDC official says curbing the outbreak—720 dead in West Africa—is a "huge logistical undertaking" but that good old-fashioned legwork is crucial

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is followed by reporters after a Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington

House Approves Bill to Address Border Crisis

The House has approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied youths arriving at the border. Last-minute changes won support from conservative holdouts, but with the Senate already out of session, the bill stands no chance of becoming law

A Palestinian family from Gaza Strip's central Bureij refugee camp drives back to their district during the first hours of a failed truce on August 1, 2014.

Gaza's Future Unclear After Cease-Fire Abruptly Ends

Hours after the 72-hour cease-fire was supposed to go into effect Friday morning, a group of Israeli soldiers dismantling a tunnel in the Gaza Strip came under attack and one was captured, the Israeli military says, leaving the future of Israel's war in Gaza uncertain

Supreme Court Hears Case Pinning Startup Internet TV Company Aereo Against Major Broadcast Networks

Aereo to Court: We're 'Bleeding to Death'

Facing a dire financial situation, the TV-streaming service Aereo asked a federal court for an emergency ruling on its application to operate as a cable TV service, a move that would allow the company to begin earning revenue for the first time since June 28

A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a missile defence system in the Ashdod, Israel on July 18, 2014.

Congress Expected to Pass Israel Iron Dome Bill

The Senate on Friday rushed through a $225 million bill to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome, credited with shooting down dozens of Palestinian rockets during the Gaza war, and House approval is expected in the final hours before lawmakers begin summer break

Apple Said To Be In Talks To Purchase Beats Headphones Company

Beats Is Now Officially Part of the Apple 'Family'

The tech giant has closed its biggest-ever acquisition to bring high-end headphone maker and music-streaming service Beats into the company; Apple reportedly offered jobs to all Beats employees but conceded that some of them were for a "limited period" only

Philadelphia Police Corruption Probe

Philly Narcotics Cops Arrested in Corruption Probe

The FBI arrested six Philadelphia officers in an ongoing federal corruption probe and charged them with stealing more than a half-million dollars worth of property, drugs and cash between February 2006 and November 2012


Cantor to Resign Months Before Term Ends

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, whose term would have continued through a lame duck session until January, said he is stepping down on Aug. 18 and has asked Virginia's governor for a special election in November to pick his replacement

Director Spike Jonze attends the Premiere of HBO's "Vice" Season 2 at El Rey Theatre on March 13, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Spike Jonze Set to Appear in Next Season of Girls

There's not much information yet, but a sneak peek behind the fourth season of HBO's Girls, due to air in 2015, includes the Her writer and director making a guest appearance as a character called Marcos


UK not at Risk of Ebola Epidemic Despite Fear-Mongering

A Liberian asylum-seeker was tested for Ebola-like symptoms at a British immigration center earlier this week, The Telegraph reported Thursday. The day before, media outlets said another man had been similarly examined in Birmingham, England. Both tested negative for the often-fatal virus