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Obama announces new policy on U.S. hostages abroad

The Obama administration is expected to release a presidential directive and executive order today that will allow the U.S. government to help facilitate communication with terrorist groups holding American hostages. President Obama is also expected to announce that families of hostages will be allowed to communicate with terrorists and even pay a ransom without fear of prosecution. The changes come as a result of a review of U.S. hostage policy the president ordered last year after the deaths of several Americans held hostage by the Islamic State. David Rohde, an investigative reporter with Reuters joins us to discuss the policy shift. Rohde was kidnapped by the Taliban and held hostage for seven months. (Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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