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Oct 31, 2012

Obama, FEMA hustle federal disaster relief to Sandy’s aftermath

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. federal agency in
charge of disaster relief, under intense pressure to show the
Obama administration can quickly respond to the devastation
caused by the massive storm Sandy, said it has plenty of cash to
deliver timely aid to the millions of people struggling to
recover.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency also
noted on Tuesday that President Barack Obama fast-tracked funds
to areas hardest hit as the agency seeks to prove it can
smoothly work with the states to give basic relief, just a week
before Election Day.

Oct 30, 2012

U.S. capital escapes brunt of storm Sandy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The nation’s capital appeared to have escaped the worst of monster storm Sandy on Tuesday, although concerns remained about the potential for severe flooding along the Potomac River.

Washington suffered high winds and rains that brought down trees on some homes and flooded a few roads. But the area got off relatively lightly compared to New Jersey, where Sandy came ashore on Monday night, and battered New York City.

Oct 25, 2012

U.S. knew too little to deploy troops to Benghazi: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon defended its decision not to deploy forces to Benghazi, Libya, as soon as the U.S. mission came under attack on September 11th, saying it would have been irresponsible to put forces in harm’s way without better information.

President Barack Obama’s response to the attacks in Libya has been a contentious issue in the hard-fought U.S. presidential race, with Republican opponents raising questions about his administration’s truthfulness and competence.

Oct 23, 2012

Fact-checking Obama and Romney in the U.S. presidential debate

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, faced off on Monday
in their last debate before the Nov. 6 presidential election.
Here is some fact-checking of claims made by the two candidates.

OBAMA: ROMNEY SAID THERE SHOULD BE U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ NOW

During the early part of the debate, Obama went on the
offensive by saying that Romney often was “wrong” on foreign
policy. As an example, the president said Romney recently said
there should still be U.S. troops in Iraq.

Oct 19, 2012

US intended to keep Benghazi mission open through 2012

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Newly released government
papers show U.S. officials intended to keep open a mission in
Benghazi, Libya, for at least the rest of this year in hopes of
having a “calming effect” on the region, before the building was
overrun and burned by militants last month.

Locals in Benghazi wanted the Americans to stay permanently
in the eastern Libyan city, the cradle of last year’s revolution
against Muammar Gaddafi, according to one memo written by the
former top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, Jeffrey Feltman.

Oct 19, 2012

Senate intelligence leaders question Benghazi judgments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Newly government papers show U.S. officials intended to keep open a mission in Benghazi, Libya, for at least the rest of this year in hopes of having a “calming effect” on the region, before the building was overrun and burned by militants last month.

Locals in Benghazi wanted the Americans to stay permanently in the eastern Libyan city, the cradle of last year’s revolution against Muammar Gaddafi, according to one memo written by the former top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, Jeffrey Feltman.

Oct 17, 2012

For Benghazi diplomatic security, U.S. relied on small British firm

WASHINGTON/BENGHAZI, Libya, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The State
Department’s decision to hire Blue Mountain Group to guard the
ill-fated U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, entrusted
security tasks to a little-known British company instead of the
large firms it usually uses in overseas danger zones.

The contract was largely based on expediency, U.S. officials
have said, since no one knew how long the temporary mission
would remain in the Libyan city. The cradle of last year’s
uprising that ended Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule, Benghazi has
been plagued by rising violence in recent months.

Oct 15, 2012

Exclusive: U.S. officials unhappy with handling of Benghazi suspects in April attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – State Department officials suspected that two Libyan guards hired by its own security contractor were behind an April incident in which a homemade bomb was hurled over the wall of the special mission in Benghazi, according to official emails obtained by Reuters.

But the men, who had been taken into custody the day of the attack, were released after questioning by Libyan officials because of a lack of “hard evidence” that could be used to prosecute them, the State Department emails show.

Oct 15, 2012

U.S. officials unhappy with handling of Benghazi suspects in April attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – State Department officials suspected that two Libyan guards hired by its own security contractor were behind an April incident in which a homemade bomb was hurled over the wall of the special mission in Benghazi, according to official emails obtained by Reuters.

But the men, who had been taken into custody the day of the attack, were released after questioning by Libyan officials because of a lack of “hard evidence” that could be used to prosecute them, the State Department emails show.

Oct 12, 2012

Biden rekindles controversy over administration’s Libya statements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s latest verbal bungle over the chain of events leading to the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, rekindled the controversy over the incident on Friday and offered new ammunition to Republican opponents.

In Thursday night’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden insisted that “we weren’t told they wanted more security” at the ill-fated U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens died.