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“I do want to thank my good friend Dick Fecteau; he couldn’t be a better guy to spend 20 years together with,” Mr. Downey told the crowd. Mr. Fecteau displayed “his trademark humility, confessing that he was proud to receive the honor but unsure if he deserved the award,” according to a CIA account.

“No matter what their captors were taught to believe about Americans, Dick and Jack taught them something else: what it means to be undefeated,” Mr. Brennan said.


68 percent of Americans do not think President Obama and Republicans will reach a federal budget deal before the Jan. 15 deadline; 75 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats agree.

55 percent overall say reducing pay and benefits to federal workers is acceptable to avoid increasing taxes and fees; 67 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of Democrats agree.

49 percent overall say cuts to Obamacare would be acceptable to avoid increasing taxes and fees; 77 percent of Republicans and 26 percent of Democrats agree.

43 percent overall say cuts to defense spending would be acceptable; 28 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats agree.

18 percent overall say cuts to Medicare would be acceptable; 24 percent of Republicans and 7 percent of Democrats agree.

13 percent overall say cuts to Social Security would be acceptable to; 19 percent of Republicans and 8 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A McClatchy-Marist Poll of 1,173 U.S. adults conducted Dec. 3-5.

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