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Dec 17, 2012

Analysis: An inspired Obama wants to target gun violence, but how?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – His words have been eloquent and sympathetic, as they typically are when he is the voice of a nation in mourning.

But President Barack Obama’s response to a gunman’s massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut grade school has revealed a more complex view of the president: emotional, frustrated – and perhaps rethinking his largely hands-off approach to gun control.

Dec 17, 2012

An inspired Obama wants to target gun violence, but how?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – His words have been eloquent and sympathetic, as they typically are when he is the voice of a nation in mourning.

But President Barack Obama’s response to a gunman’s massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut grade school has revealed a more complex view of the president: emotional, frustrated – and perhaps rethinking his largely hands-off approach to gun control.

Dec 14, 2012

U.S. pro-democracy groups pulling out of Russia

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – After Russia recently ousted
the U.S. government’s aid agency from Moscow, some American
pro-democracy groups are feeling pressured to leave, reducing
Russian exposure to programs long viewed with suspicion by the
Kremlin.

The International Republican Institute said the Russian
government told it to leave Russia, while the National
Democratic Institute said it has moved some of its staff from
Russia to Lithuania while it considers its options.

Dec 11, 2012

Despite U.S. aid, little progress in monitoring Kabul airport cash flow

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Afghan officials are
stonewalling U.S. efforts to help regulate the billions of
dollars in cash being flown out of Kabul airport every year, a
U.S. watchdog said in a report on Tuesday.

The officials are apparently not using cash-counting
machines at the airport more than a year after they were
provided by the U.S. government to try to get some oversight of
the currency fleeing the country, said the report by the Special
Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Dec 5, 2012

Panel seeks accountability after Benghazi attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After a car bomb struck the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Lima in 1992, the State Department convened a special panel to answer the same questions now hovering over a review of the September attacks in Benghazi, Libya: How much security is enough? What is the right role for U.S. diplomats?

The Lima panel, known as an Accountability Review Board, issued a final report “that didn’t find anybody had been delinquent,” former U.S. Ambassador to Peru Anthony Quainton said. That report was never made public.

Dec 5, 2012

U.S. panel seeks accountability after Benghazi attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After a car bomb struck the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Lima in 1992, the State Department convened a special panel to answer the same questions now hovering over a review of the September attacks in Benghazi, Libya: How much security is enough? What is the right role for U.S. diplomats?

The Lima panel, known as an Accountability Review Board, issued a final report “that didn’t find anybody had been delinquent,” former U.S. Ambassador to Peru Anthony Quainton said. That report was never made public.

Nov 27, 2012

Rice meeting with US senators fails to dampen criticism

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations Susan Rice on Tuesday conceded that an early account she
gave about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya,
was partly inaccurate, but she failed to win over Republican
senators who accused her of misleading the public.

Rice met for about an hour behind closed doors at the U.S.
Capitol with Republican Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and
Kelly Ayotte, who have threatened to block her nomination if
President Barack Obama chooses her for Secretary of State or
another top post in his second-term Cabinet.

Nov 27, 2012

Rice meeting with US senators fails to dampen criticism

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations Susan Rice on Tuesday conceded that an early account she
gave about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya,
was partly inaccurate, but she failed to win over Republican
senators who accused her of misleading the public.

Rice met for about an hour behind closed doors at the U.S.
Capitol with Republican Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and
Kelly Ayotte, who have threatened to block her nomination if
President Barack Obama chooses her for Secretary of State or
another top post in his second-term Cabinet.

Nov 27, 2012

Rice to discuss Libya with McCain, lawmakers this week-aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will meet with lawmakers this week to discuss her controversial remarks about the September attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that have caused hurdles for her potential promotion to secretary of state.

The move, announced shortly after a top critic said he would be open to speaking to her, could fuel speculation that she is gunning for the nation’s top diplomatic job.

Nov 24, 2012

Backed by Obama, sharp-tongued Susan Rice battles critics

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Susan Rice has
had a series of diplomatic triumphs as U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations. President Barack Obama, an old friend, showed he
has her back when last week he publicly challenged her
Republican critics over the Benghazi controversy to “go after
me” rather than her. She knew former Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright from the age of 4.

And yet Rice is now fighting for her political future. Her
chances of becoming the next secretary of state – replacing
Hillary Clinton – have been significantly damaged.