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Three at State Department resign following Benghazi report

December 19, 2012 The State Department security chief and two other officials have resigned following publication of a report that faulted State for systematic management failures and a lack of security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi Libya, the Associated Press reported. Relying on an anonymous administration official, the Associated Press reported that...

Officials detail CIA response to Benghazi attack

November 2, 2012 Intelligence officials on Thursday offered for the first time a detailed timeline that showed officers on the ground responding within 25 minutes to the Sept. 11 attacks on the mission in Libya. According to several news reports, including The New York Times, anonymous intelligence officials said that a rescue party...

Post-recount federal commission in disarray

November 1, 2012 A federal commission created to restore confidence in elections in the aftermath of the disputed 2000 presidential race has no commissioners, an executive director job that’s been vacant since last year and has lacked a quorum to conduct business for almost two years, Roll Call reports. The Election Assistance Commission...

Emails to White House show militants claimed credit for Libya attack

October 24, 2012 Within two hours of the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, emails from the State Department to officials at the White House show that Islamic militants had claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Reuters. The emails, which show that a group called Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility, were...

Vice presidential candidates square off after debate

October 23, 2012 Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan came out swinging for their men at the top of the ticket on Tuesday morning television, with Ryan saying that President Obama's approach in the debate was “naive” and Biden suggesting that Mitt Romney mostly agreed with the president’s policies. “Governor Romney...

Post-debate polls show Obama won

October 23, 2012 Polls taken in the aftermath of the third presidential debate show President Obama won a decisive victory. A CNN/ORC poll showed 48 percent believed Obama won, while 40 percent believed Romney did. The poll showed Obama as the stronger leader, but had that the two tied on likability. It was...

U.S. embassy in Jordan targeted in foiled al-Qaida plot

October 22, 2012 Jordanian officials say they have disrupted a plot by al-Qaida-linked operatives that would have launched attacks on both civilian and government targets -- including a U.S. embassy -- in Amman, Jordan, The Washington Post reported. Jordan’s government said on Sunday that 11 people with connections to al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq...

Administration threatens hardball on fiscal cliff

October 18, 2012 Administration officials are putting out the word: President Obama is ready to play hardball on the fast-approaching fiscal cliff. In a story in The Washington Post posted to its website on Wednesday night, unnamed officials say that Obama is prepared to veto any legislation that heads off tax hikes and...

Obama camp continues to duck, defend on Libya questions

October 17, 2012 On the morning after the debate, President Obama’s team remained on the defensive over questions about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Libya that killed four Americans. During the debate on Tuesday night, Obama took responsibility for the U.S. diplomatic corps and attempted to counter Romney’s assertion that the administration...

Afghan intelligence agent kills two Americans in inside attack

October 16, 2012 A member of the Afghan Intelligence service blew himself up on Saturday using a suicide vest, killing two Americans and four members of the Afghan intelligence agency, according to The New York Times. The attack occurred when a delegation of members of the American coalition and those from Afghanistan’s National...

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