• The Fine Print

    Sen. John McCain says the “gradual escalation” in the fight against ISIS reminds him of the failed strategy that caused the United States to lose the Vietnam War.

    “The thing that really bothers me about this very gradual increase, this is what lost the Vietnam War, this kind of gradual escalation,” the Arizona Republican, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years, told “The Fine Print” during an interview on Capitol Hill.

    “No boots on the ground, then we had to have security around our bases, then we had to have a few more and then a few more,” he continued. “This is the same kind of scene we saw there.”

    When Republicans take control of the Senate in January, McCain will become chairman of the Armed Services Committee and vowed to hold President Obama accountable on his foreign policy in his new leadership role.

    “I am very sensitive as to the role of the president as commander-in-chief … but at the same time, it is the responsibility of Congress to demand that

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  • The Fine Print

    As a CIA undercover officer, Will Hurd made it his business to go unnoticed. But as a newly-elected member of Congress, this spy has thoroughly blown his former cover.

    On his first trip to Washington since being elected, the Texas Republican – the first black Republican elected from that state since Reconstruction – told “The Fine Print” how his years working in the CIA inspired him to come out of the shadows and into the political spotlight.

    “One of the other things I had to do was brief members of Congress, and when I was in the agency I was shocked by the caliber of some of our elected officials and decided to do something about it,” Hurd said. “My mamma said, ‘You're either part of the problem or part of the solution,’ and so I decided to run.”

    What shocked Hurd most, he said, was that many members didn’t even know the basic difference between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims while the U.S. was engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “That's okay for my brother not to know

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  • Power Players

    Even before the United States had its independence, it had beer.

    And in this episode of “Power Players,” we trace the country’s heady beer history back to the beginning with beer historical expert Garrett Peck, who’s written a new book “Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.”

    Beer first came to America with pilgrims on the Mayflower in 1620. And by 1770, Peck explained over a beer at Bluejacket Brewery in Washington, D.C., the D.C. area began brewing beer of its own when Scottish and English immigrants began making ales in what is today Alexandria, Virginia.

    “They brought it basically from Britain, and this is before the revolution, they're drinking ales,” he said. “That lasted for a long time in the colonies.”

    Ale remained the brew of choice through the revolutionary years and well into the 19th century. But in the 1850s, an influx of German immigrants arrived and brought their fanaticism for beer with them.

    “There was a huge revolution in Germany,

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