Act of Faith? Congressmen admit to not reading NDAA before voting

US House members admitted they had not read the entire $585 billion, 1,648-page National Defense Authorization Act, which predominantly specifies budgeting for the Defense Department, before it was voted on Thursday in Congress.

‘Torture report is disaster, shows CIA being rogue organization’

A report on CIA torture reveals that America’s post-9/11 interrogations were more brutal than previously acknowledged – and brought no significant results. RT asks Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, what the release of the report means for the organization.

Holidays from hell: Satanic Temple wins right to erect ‘fallen angel’ display in FL

The devil is about to visit Florida this Christmas – after a Satanic Temple there scored a major victory, winning a battle to bring a display of Lucifer to the State capitol. Officials approved the move due to the freedom of speech and religion law. RT talked to those both for and against the move.

Race Relations: A Tale of Two Americas?

On “With All Due Respect,” Mark and John discuss a new Bloomberg Politics poll that shows a majority think race relations have gotten worse under Obama.

The Covert Connection Between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Things aren’t always as they appear. Here’s a look at the “coincidental” timing of events that show the secret connection between Saudi Arabia and Japan, and what it all has to do with why oil prices are falling.

The Yuan as an International Currency and the Death of an Oil Giant

Here’s a look at the death of gas giant Total’s CEO, Christophe de Margerie, and how it relates to the current currency war against the petrodollar involving China and Russia.

FBI Impersonates AP & Seattle Times for Sting

The Seattle Times – a prominent U.S. newspaper with nine Pulitzer prizes to its name – is taking action after it was revealed the FBI used its logo to lure in a terror suspect. RT’s Marina Portnaya has the story.

Tough Talk: Putin’s key quotes from Valdai speech

Vladimir Putin criticized the West for “sawing at branches” with sanctions against Russia and releasing a “genie in a bottle” with color revolutions. RT looks at the Russian President’s best quotes from his speech in Sochi.

Juicy Month: Arms sales soar amid war against ISIS

It is exactly one month since the US started its bombing campaign on Islamic State in Syria. And it’s been quite a profitable operation for the arms industry of course – on the first day 47 Tomahawk missiles worth over 65 million dollars were dropped. One month on and the jihadists are still in place.But the war has produced new contracts for American weapon makers.

Washington’s Worst Waste: $25B for Political Perks

Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, has released his 2014 Wastebook chronicling the worst examples of wasted taxpayer money in Washington. Bloomberg’s Yang Yang breaks down the entries on “In The Loop.”

Is Fracking Safe? The Effects of Fracking

Is fracking safe? The industry claims every precaution is taken to ensure that no harm is done to the environment by the gas extraction process. However, many US citizens who live near newly-built sites are convinced that their water and air has been contaminated, and is now radioactive and poisonous. Fish in the rivers are dying and garden trees are shrivelling and the people themselves are complaining of inexplicable rashes and respiratory illness. They aim to prove that fracking is the cause, but who’s listening?

IMF Prediction: China to surpass US as world’s largest economy

IMF Prediction: China to surpass US as world’s largest economy China is poised to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy way ahead of schedule. The IMF predicts that by the end of the year China’s GDP, adjusted to…