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Jan 6, 2013

Republican maverick Hagel forged bond with Obama over Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – From his lonely position as an
early Republican critic of the Iraq war, former Nebraska Senator
Chuck Hagel sometimes lectured his more timid Senate colleagues.
“If you wanted a safe job, go sell shoes,” he told them.

Now Democratic President Barack Obama, putting together his
team for his second term, is poised to chose the intensely
independent thinker to run the Pentagon. If Hagel is confirmed
by the Senate, he will have to oversee the withdrawal of U.S.
troops from another war zone – Afghanistan – and grapple with
spending cuts.

Dec 20, 2012

State Department seeks more money, vows reforms after Benghazi

WASHINGTON (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 September 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 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.