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The ongoing spat between the CIA and Nancy Pelosi over whether  she was briefed by the Bush administration on waterboarding has left the speaker of the US house of representatives stuck in the firing line of conservatives.

Pelosi, the highest ranking female politician in American history and bete noire of the GOP, has accused the CIA of lying about its use of waterboarding, an allegation the CIA rejects. The dispute has galvanised Republicans, who are struggling to take on Obama, and…

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