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U.S. quietly sends task force to Jordan to aid in Syria crisis

October 10, 2012 The United States has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 military specialists to Jordan, an important American ally in the region, to help address fallout from violence in Syria, The New York Times reported. The task force, which is based at a Jordanian military training center north ...

Protesters storm U.S. embassy in Yemen

September 13, 2012 President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi of Yemen apologized on Thursday for an assault on the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, and said he has ordered an investigation into the incident, The New York Times reported. Protesters stormed the U.S. embassy on Thursday, crashing through the gate of the heavily fortified compound ...

Construction on 9/11 Memorial Museum to resume

September 11, 2012 Construction on the National September 11 Memorial Museum is set to resume by the end of September, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said late Monday, after disagreements over funding and oversight stalled the museum’s opening, The New York Times reported. The 9/11 Memorial ...

Panetta: Ex-SEAL’s bin Laden book jeopardizes Defense operations

September 11, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had harsh words on Tuesday for the ex-Navy SEAL whose new book details the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, saying that the author is jeopardizing sensitive defense operations and the safety of his fellow Navy SEALs. Panetta said in an interview that aired on CBS’ ...

Obama motorcade police officer killed in Florida accident

September 10, 2012 A motorcycle police officer who was part of President Obama’s motorcade was struck by a pickup truck and killed in Florida on Sunday, according to several news reports. Bruce St. Laurent, a local officer helping with security for the president’s campaign visit, was preparing to shut down Interstate 95 ahead ...

Stolen Secret Service truck carrying Biden supplies recovered

September 3, 2012 Detroit police have recovered a stolen U.S. Secret Service truck carrying supplies for Vice President Joe Biden’s Monday campaign event in that city, several news outlets reported. The U-Haul truck, which was stolen this weekend outside the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in downtown Detroit, was found on Monday in an ...

Moderators announced for presidential debates

August 13, 2012 PBS’s Jim Lehrer, CNN’s Candy Crowley and CBS’s Bob Schieffer will be the moderators for this year's presidential debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Monday. Lehrer will host the first debate, on domestic policy, at the University of Denver on Oct. 3. Crowley will host the second, town-hall-style ...

Obama 'regulatory czar' Cass Sunstein to return to Harvard

August 3, 2012 Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s chief regulatory enforcer, will return to his post at Harvard Law School, Politico reported early Friday. Sunstein, who has been administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White house Office of Management and Budget for the past three and a half years, ...

Report: Romney’s Salt Lake City Olympics lacked transparency

July 24, 2012 When Mitt Romney left Bain Capital to take control of the Salt Lake City Olympics in 1999, he promised “complete transparency.” But reporters and public officials say they were denied access to certain documents, and archivists allege that many of the Games’ key records were destroyed shortly after the they ...

Geithner ‘deeply offended’ by former investigator general's claims

July 24, 2012 Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner responded to accusations by a former inspector general for the TARP program that the administration’s program devoted to the mortgage crisis was merely “foaming the runway” for Wall Street at the expense of the average American, saying he was “deeply offended” by those claims. Treasury’s inspector ...