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Dec 20, 2012

U.S. State Dept seeks more money, vows reforms after Benghazi

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department
will seek billions of dollars in new funds and revamp security
procedures around the globe in response to a critical
independent probe into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission
in Benghazi, Libya, senior State Department officials said on
Thursday.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s two top deputies
appeared at a Senate hearing and conceded that U.S. officials
had failed to “connect the dots” ahead of the attack, which
killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three
other Americans.

Dec 19, 2012

Clinton not responsible for Benghazi shortcomings: inquiry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of an official inquiry into the fatal attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, did not find Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responsible for security lapses even as they outlined widespread failings within her department.

The unclassified version of the report, released late Tuesday by the State Department, concluded that the mission was completely unprepared to deal with a September 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Dec 18, 2012

Senator Feinstein expects to lead judiciary panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Dianne Feinstein, a champion of stronger U.S. gun control laws, said on Tuesday she thinks she will become the next head of the Senate Judiciary Committee that would handle such legislation.

Feinstein’s move would come as part of a reshuffle of committee chairs in the Democratic-controlled chamber prompted by the death on Monday of 88-year-old Senator Daniel Inouye, who led the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Dec 18, 2012

After shooting, some Republicans more open to gun controls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers on Tuesday opened the door to a national debate about gun control following the Connecticut school massacre, a small sign of easing in Washington’s reluctance to seriously consider new federal weapons restrictions.

Republican members of the House of Representatives, where the party holds a majority of seats, discussed the killings in their weekly closed-door conference meeting and said afterward there was more willingness now to talk about regulating weapons.

Dec 17, 2012

After Newtown school shooting, more Americans back tough gun laws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The percentage of Americans favoring tough gun regulations rose significantly after the mass killings at a Connecticut elementary school last Friday, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Monday.

The poll found that 50 percent of those surveyed after the shootings agreed that “gun ownership should have strong regulations or restrictions.” Among those surveyed before the killings the number was 42 percent.

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.