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Democratic senators have condemned the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. for "sanitizing" its CIA torture exhibit, letters obtained by BuzzFeed News show.

Details: A display on the agency's torture program at the museum features a reproduction of a waterboard and illustrations that portray the so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques the CIA used, according to BuzzFeed.

  • The exhibit features videos of those who managed the torture program defending it, but fails to mention the Senate Intelligence Committee's 600-plus-page report that scrutinized the program.

The state of play: Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Mark Warner, who serve on the committee, wrote to the museum's directors in May about their concerns that "the museum exhibit does not accurately demonstrate the full extent of the brutality of waterboarding and other measures..."

  • The directors responded, saying they considered the 2014 report while constructing the exhibit, and it "invites our visitors to confront ... thought-provoking questions related to intelligence and espionage."
  • In a meeting between Intelligence Committee staffers and the museum's leadership, "[the committee] noted a number of concerns, including factual errors, and both textual and pictorial depictions of the CIA’s use of torture that sanitize and misrepresent the abuse that detainees faced,” said Rachel Cohen, a spokesperson for Warner and other Democratic committee members.
  • Thereafter the museum's head curator explained that the team was trying to revise the exhibit.

Since then, BuzzFeed reports, a poll has been removed that previously asked visitors if they would "have the US government torture suspected terrorists if they may know details about future attacks?"

  • More changes are expected, according to a letter sent from Democratic lawmakers to a museum executive.

Go deeper: Documents reveal more details about CIA torture program

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Biden: The next president should decide on Ginsburg’s replacement

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Joe Biden is calling for the winner of November's presidential election to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.

What he's saying: "[L]et me be clear: The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said. "This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today, and the election's only 46 days off.

Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg

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President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump's nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say.

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