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Nov 24, 2012

Susan Rice battles critics as abrasive style takes toll

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (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.

Nov 17, 2012

In Benghazi testimony, Petraeus says al Qaeda role known early

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Former CIA Director David
Petraeus told Congress on Friday that he and the spy agency had
sought to make clear from the outset that September’s deadly
attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya,
involved an al Qaeda affiliate, lawmakers said.

Petraeus told lawmakers that “there were extremists in the
group” that launched the attack on the diplomatic mission,
describing them as affiliates of al Qaeda and other groups, said
Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the
House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Nov 16, 2012

Ex-CIA director Petraeus to testify on Benghazi events

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Former CIA Director David
Petraeus will testify Friday on Capitol Hill about the recent
attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, but is
also expected to be asked about his resignation last week over
an extramarital affair.

Petraeus has been invited to testify behind closed doors to
the House of Representatives and Senate intelligence committees
that are probing what happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11 when
attacks by militants on the mission and nearby CIA annex killed
the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

Nov 16, 2012

Intelligence committees see film of Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Intelligence officials on Thursday showed lawmakers a real-time film of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and discussed a timeline of events in sometimes heated exchanges at a closed-door hearing, lawmakers said.

The House and Senate intelligence committees heard from intelligence, FBI and State Department officials on the events surrounding the September 11 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

Nov 16, 2012

U.S. intelligence committees see film of Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Intelligence officials on
Thursday showed lawmakers a real-time film of the deadly attack
on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and discussed
a timeline of events in sometimes heated exchanges at a
closed-door hearing, lawmakers said.

The House and Senate intelligence committees heard from
intelligence, FBI and State Department officials on the events
surrounding the Sept. 11 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador
to Libya and three other Americans.

Nov 15, 2012

U.S. intelligence committees open Benghazi attack probe

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence and State
Department officials testified behind closed doors on Capitol
Hill on Thursday about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission
in Benghazi, Libya, that has turned into a contentious issue
between Republicans and the administration of President Barack
Obama.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, before his resignation
last week over an extramarital affair, had initially been
scheduled to testify at Thursday’s closed Senate and House of
Representatives intelligence committee hearings, but will now be
a solo witness before those panels on Friday morning.

Nov 15, 2012

Obama backs ambassador Rice, criticizes Republicans over Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Republican senators on Wednesday if they had a problem with the handling of the Benghazi attack in Libya to “go after me” rather than pick on his ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice.

Obama’s comments, in a combative tone, came after two senior Republican senators said they would block any attempts by the president to put Rice into a Cabinet position that would require Senate confirmation.

Nov 14, 2012

Obama rebukes Republicans over Benghazi, backs UN ambassador Rice

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told
Republican senators on Wednesday if they had a problem with the
handling of the Benghazi attack in Libya to “go after me” rather
than pick on his ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice.

Obama’s comments, in a combative tone, came after two senior
Republican senators said they would block any attempts by the
president to put Rice into a Cabinet position that would require
Senate confirmation.

Nov 6, 2012

Complaints about voter IDs, ballots, long lines in US election

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Sporadic complaints about
voting procedures surfaced from Pennsylvania to Florida on
Tuesday, while long lines in many states posed their own
challenges in what could be one of the closest presidential
elections in U.S. history.

It was unclear what impact controversies over everything
from the presence of poll watchers to software installation on
tabulation machines would eventually have on an election that
caps the long and bitter presidential campaign. National opinion
polls showed President Barack Obama and Republican challenger
Mitt Romney in a virtual dead heat.

Nov 5, 2012

Government may pick up hotel tab for 34,000 Sandy victims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government said on Monday it had ordered the suspension of some housing foreclosures in areas hit by megastorm Sandy and would help find hotels and motels to temporarily house some 34,000 people displaced by the storm.

“We don’t want families to be victimized twice – once by the storm and once by a foreclosure,” Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan told reporters on a conference call.