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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.

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.