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Oct 2, 2012

U.S. officials sought security before Libya attack: lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials in Washington denied repeated requests from Americans in Libya for more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before last month’s attack that killed four Americans there, two Republican lawmakers said on Tuesday.

U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding details of the requests for more security – which they said were made amid numerous attacks on Westerners in Libya in recent months.

Sep 19, 2012

New picture emerging of ‘terrorist attack’ in Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi apparently was not troubled at first by a smattering of protesters on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks last week, but that changed abruptly at 9:35 p.m. when it sent a message that the building was under heavy assault, U.S. government sources said.

New information emerging a week after attackers launched rocket-propelled grenades and mortars and killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, suggests that the protests at the outset were so small and unthreatening as to attract little notice.

Sep 17, 2012

Amid unrest, Clinton to lobby lawmakers on Mideast aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will lobby lawmakers this week on the need to keep billions of dollars in aid flowing to Egypt and other countries caught up in a spasm of violent anti-American protests across the Muslim world.

The State Department said Clinton intended to meet with Congress later this week to discuss the protests, which saw U.S. diplomatic missions attacked and the U.S. ambassador to Libya killed amid fury over a film produced in the United States that many saw as an insult to Islam.

Sep 10, 2012

US probes reported record-shredding of fuel buys for Afghan army

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Investigators are probing
reports of record-shredding by officials in the U.S.-led NATO
command that trains the Afghan army after learning that records
of fuel purchases for the Afghans totaling nearly $475 million
are gone.

The training command has also not been tracking whether the
fuel it delivers to the Afghan army is actually used or stored,
leaving officials unable to determine whether any of it was
stolen, said an interim report by the Special Inspector General
for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR.

Sep 7, 2012

Analysis: Charlotte company illustrates stimulus ups and downs

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – Few companies in the U.S. South have gotten as much nurturing by President Barack Obama’s administration as Charlotte-based Celgard LLC. Obama and two of his Cabinet secretaries visited the plant and praised its successes after it was awarded $48.7 million in stimulus grants.

But as Obama prepared to deliver his speech at the Democratic National Convention just 14 miles away on Thursday night, Celgard stands as an example of how the jobs, industrial development and green energy policies the president has implemented since taking office in January 2009 are no guarantee of success.

Sep 6, 2012

Analysis – Charlotte company illustrates U.S. stimulus ups and downs

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – Few companies in the U.S. South have gotten as much nurturing by President Barack Obama’s administration as Charlotte-based Celgard LLC. Obama and two of his Cabinet secretaries visited the plant and praised its successes after it was awarded $48.7 million (30.5 million pounds) in stimulus grants.

But as Obama prepared to deliver his speech at the Democratic National Convention just 14 miles away on Thursday night, Celgard stands as an example of how the jobs, industrial development and green energy policies the president has implemented since taking office in January 2009 are no guarantee of success.

Sep 6, 2012

Charlotte company illustrates U.S. stimulus ups and downs

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – Few companies in the U.S. South have gotten as much nurturing by President Barack Obama’s administration as Charlotte-based Celgard LLC. Obama and two of his Cabinet secretaries visited the plant and praised its successes after it was awarded $48.7 million in stimulus grants.

But as Obama prepared to deliver his speech at the Democratic National Convention just 14 miles away on Thursday night, Celgard stands as an example of how the jobs, industrial development and green energy policies the president has implemented since taking office in January 2009 are no guarantee of success.

Aug 2, 2012

Senator breaks with no tax pledge in hunt for budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Thursday his party’s anti-tax orthodoxy needed to be revisited, sparking interest from a senior Democrat who pledged to work with him to try to avoid deep automatic budget cuts set for early next year.

Graham, a conservative Republican, said he did not agree with fellow Republicans who thought any money saved by closing tax loopholes and eliminating tax deductions must go toward lowering tax rates, as opposed to using the savings for deficit reduction.

Jul 17, 2012

U.S. House urges adding Haqqani group to terrorist list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the State Department to designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist group, pressing the Obama administration to get tougher on an issue that already has strained ties with Islamabad.

On a voice vote, lawmakers approved a bill that referred to the Haqqani network as “the most dangerous of Afghan insurgent groups battling U.S.-led forces in eastern Afghanistan.”

Jul 17, 2012

Senators gird for fight over U.S. Navy’s “Green Fleet”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senators who support the Pentagon’s push to expand its use of biofuels said they have a plan to answer critics who argue the fuel is far too expensive to help develop at a time when the military faces massive cuts.

The battle on Capitol Hill comes as the Navy’s “Great Green Fleet” prepares to run military exercises in the central Pacific that will, on Thursday, feature its first operational test of biofuels.