The timeline of events leading up to last month’s deadly attack in Benghazi and the administration’s shifting explanations have become a major problem for Democrats less than a month before Election Day. Already under criticism for linking the assault on the U.S. consulate to an anti-Islam video, the administration raised even more eyebrows Thursday when Vice President Biden said he didn’t know about the U.S. mission’s request for more security (Snip) The following is a detailed timeline of events leading to the Sept. 11 attack and what the Obama administration has said since then. • April 5, 2011: Special envoy
An elderly woman died alone after doctors failed to tell relatives they were ending her life on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway. Olive Goom, 85, passed away with no one by her side after medics neglected to consult with her family about her treatment at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Last night MPs, including Labour health spokesman Andy Burnham, called for an urgent review into the way the pathway operates.(Snip) As Miss Goom lay dying alone, staff reassured relatives on the phone just hours before her death that there was no urgent need to visit – even though doctors had already
A spokesman for Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has condemned a racist t-shirt seen at a Romney/Ryan campaign event in Ohio. A crowd of more than 8000 supporters came to greet Romney at Lancaster, Ohio on Friday, including one man who seemed proud to demonstrate his racist side. An unidentified bald man was photographed inside the rally wearing a t-shirt with the slogan "Put The White Back in the White House". (Snip) Conservative commentator Robert Stacy McCain hit back, claiming that the man in the photo "is not in fact a Republican, but rather is a plant sent out by
Frail and vulnerable elderly people are being forced to rely on care in their homes from workers with convictions for theft and violence, an investigation has found. Private care agencies, fulfilling contracts for councils across the country, have been employing convicted criminals to work in elderly people’s homes. In some cases, the criminals have been sent in without police checks or risk assessments being carried out, publicly available records show. One agency in Birmingham hired 23 people with criminal records, including assault and theft.
Iran developed a new class of drones, able to conduct reconnaissance and bombardment missions, a top Iranian military official said on Sunday, hours after Tehran's defense minister lauded Hezbollah for sending an unmanned aircraft into Israeli airspace. (Snip) Commenting on the incident earlier Sunday, Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahid applauded Hezbollah's efforts against Israel, saying it proved Iran's military capabilities Vahidi said Iran believed Hezbollah had the right to launch the drone into Israeli airspace since Israel's warplanes repeatedly violate Lebanese airspace". Iran has said the incursion exposed the weakness of Israeli air defence, indicating that Israel's Iron Dome
Dallas - If in four weeks a president-elect Mitt Romney is seeking a Treasury secretary, he should look here, to Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Candidate Romney can enhance his chance of having this choice to make by embracing a simple proposition from Fisher: Systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs), meaning too-big-to-fail (TBTF) banks, are “too dangerous to permit.” Romney almost did this in the first debate when he said Dodd-Frank’s designation of TBTF banks makes them “effectively guaranteed by the federal government” and constitutes “the biggest kiss that’s been given to — to New York
nteresting contrast. As I reported in August, Copley Township is still owed $10,549 for the expenses it incurred during a 2008 campaign stop by then-vice presidential hopeful Joe Biden. Copley’s fiscal officer, Janice Marshall, sent a bill to the “Obama for America” campaign but never received a penny. And Fairlawn rang up $34,146 in police overtime and other expenses this summer when President Barack Obama brought his re-election campaign to town and spent the night at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.(Snip) Now along comes Mitt Romney, dishing out his own election patter in Cuyahoga Falls on a Tuesday night in October. Same deal? Far from it.
The coal miners of Ohio, unlike some workers who are intimidated by their unions, are unafraid of standing tall and confronting the Obama Administration head-on. Last Wednesday, more than 500 coal miners who work at the Beallsville, Ohio Century Mine, operated by Murray Energy, held a rally to condemn the Obama Administration’s despicable ad claiming the miners were coerced into attending a rally for Mitt Romney on August 14. They also charged Obama with waging a war on coal. (Snip) Mitch Miracle, speaking for the miners, read aloud the two letters they had written and signed. The letter to Obama
Stressing the importance of manufacturing in a state with many blue-collar workers, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan used separate appearances in Ohio on Saturday to fault the Obama administration for failing to label China a "currency manipulator" by delaying a currency report until after the Nov. 6 election. Administration officials announced Friday they would be delaying the release of a currency report due Oct. 15 that could have labeled China a country that purposely devalues its money to gain a competitive advantage in its trade practices. Romney has repeatedly highlighted the China currency issue during the campaign.
Australian cycling legend Phil Anderson has been caught up in the fallout from the Lance Armstrong affair. The ABC's Four Corners program has uncovered evidence given in a United States court case suggesting that Anderson was present when Armstrong offered a member of an opposing team a $50,000 bribe to help fix a series of three races which carried a $1 million bonus for any rider who won them all. Armstrong won all three races and the bribe - it is alleged - was paid to the opposing team in cash. Armstrong has denied the allegation, and Anderson has told
The US health system and the NHS have much to learn from each other, experts say. The academics - from Harvard University in the US and the UK-based Nuffield Trust think tank - suggested the two systems should share ideas as they were both going through major reforms. Their Lancet review acknowledged there were a lot of differences. But in terms of finance, organisation and IT there was also some common ground they could learn from, it added. For instance, the experts point out that the NHS, which is in the middle of a £20bn savings drive in England, could
A highly defensive and finger pointing David Axelrod pushed off claims President Obama knew the real story of the Benghazi Massacre before the president and his administration repeatedly told the American people and members of Congress otherwise. The question now appears to be who within the State Department will be given up as the sacrificial lamb – all in the effort to insulate Barack Obama himself from any and all responsibility for the deaths of four Americans - including the first U.S. ambassador to be killed since the Carter administration. During on interview with Fox News
Two days ahead of the second presidential debate of the general election, the Obama campaign promised a more animated president, but the Romney campaign said it won’t matter because the Republican nominee has seized the momentum. (Snip)“Well, the president can change his style,” Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie said on the same program. “He can change his tactics. He can’t change his record. And he can’t change his policies. And that’s what this election is about.” Obama was disappointed by his own performance in the first presidential debate two weeks ago, according to campaign aides, while Romney has enjoyed
The White House has released a selection of images from September, including an adorable shot of the President introducing his dog Bo to Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In the behind-the-scenes photograph, taken on September 19, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watches on with a grin as the shaggy black pet gets some affection. Mr Obama famously promised his daughters the dog after the 2008 presidential race. The puppy is now all grown up and, like its powerful master, is rubbing shoulders with the world's most influential leaders. Scroll down for video
Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner dropped to Earth from more than 24.5 miles in the air in a historic fall from the edge of space in his attempt to become the world's first supersonic skydiver. Baumgartner stepped out of a capsule pulled by a 55-story helium balloon after it had reached the height of 127,718 feet. As he softly landed on Earth with the help of a parachute about five minutes later, Baumgartner raised his hands in victory. Scroll down to see the jump from leap to landing
Koch Industries, the Wichita, Kan.-based company run by the billionaire Koch brothers, sent a voter information packet to 45,000 employees of its Georgia Pacific subsidiary earlier this month. In it was a letter, dated Oct. 1, from Koch Industries president Dave Robertson implicitly warning that "many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences" of voting for President Obama and other Democrats in the 2012 elections, a list of conservative candidates the company's political action committee endorses and a pair of editorials:
Two teenagers were killed and 24 others were wounded during a city night filled with gun violence. The youngest victim, Richard Modell, 17, died from his wounds after being shot along with a friend as the two went to meet a girl in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side Saturday night. Richard Modell, 17, may have been targeted due to a feud between two rival gangs, one of which police say he belonged to. He and the 18-year-old were on their way to meet a girl when someone walked up and opened fire...
Until just over a week ago, President Obama’s campaign was on the cusp of doing something unprecedented in modern presidential politics: turning the election into a referendum on the challenger, Mitt Romney. Why is that so special? Because every prior example of an incumbent running for reelection in recent times has wound up being a referendum on the guy in the White House. (Snip) “Elections are not referendums, elections are choices,” said David Axelrod, his chief strategist, over the summer. But studies of what compels voters to go to the polls make it clear that Axelrod is wrong.
The job title is soigneur, an elegant sounding name for the person on a professional cycling team who is assigned some unglamorous work: massaging the muscles of the cyclists, laundering their clothes, booking their hotel rooms and preparing their food. Discretion and loyalty are also part of the job. Emma O’Reilly was a masseuse for Lance Armstrong. Emma O’Reilly tending Lance Armstrong of the Postal Service cycling team after the fifth stage of the 1999 Tour de France
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan received several standing ovations from a crowd of about 500 Saturday at Youngstown State University as he doubled down on positions he has held on key issues for much of his political career and throughout the campaign. "We have a big choice to make," said Mr. Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin. "This isn't an ordinary election. We're not just deciding who's going to be president for the next four years. We're deciding what kind of country are we going to have for the next generation." Mr. Ryan
A militant charged with liaising between Al-Qaeda and its North African branch Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has been killed in an ambush by Algerian forces, security officials said on Sunday. Boualem Bekai, who was known as Khaled El Mig, was killed on Friday at Azrou some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Tizi Ouzou region east of the capital, the APS news agency cited the officials as saying. His identity was confirmed on Sunday by his family who collected his body from the hospital at Tizi Ouzou, the sources said. The 45-year-old AQIM member became an Islamist
BENGHAZI, Libya — A month after the killing of the American ambassador ignited a public outcry for civilian control of Libya’s fractious militias, that hope has been all but lost in a tangle of grudges, rivalries and egos. Scores of disparate militias remain Libya’s only effective police force but have stubbornly resisted government control, a dynamic that is making it difficult for either the Libyan authorities or the United States to catch the attackers who killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder over the alleged slaying of an injured Taliban fighter. Another four have been released without charge, pending further inquiries over the incident in Afghanistan in 2011. The five men charged remain in custody. The next stage of the process is likely to be trial by Court Martial. The Royal Military arrested the troops after video footage on a Marine’s laptop allegedly showed members of 3 Commando Brigade discussing what to do with a wounded gunman inside a compound in Helmand more than a year ago.
Television censors labor to strip away naughty bits from your favorite television shows. Do they also exist to protect President Obama's reelection chances? The fall premiere of ABC's "Last Man Standing" sitcom starring Tim Allen felt the censor's sting, and the censoring had nothing to do with George Carlin's infamous seven dirty words. On Last Man Standing’s Season 2 premiere, set to air November 2...
President Barack Obama is likely to “come out swinging” when he debates Mitt Romney this week in an effort to curb his Republican challenger’s momentum about three weeks before the Nov. 6 election, Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said today. Surrogates for the candidates on the Sunday talk shows predicted a more aggressive Obama will show up for the second presidential debate in New York on Oct. 16. “I think President Obama is going to come out swinging,” Portman, a Romney supporter, said on ABC’s “This Week” program.
Saturday Night Live's opener took on the vice presidential debate, with Jason Sudeikis as an overly enthusiastic Joe Biden and Taran Killam as his thirsty, "shark-eyed" opponent Paul Ryan. The skit poked fun at Biden's fantastically over-the-top debate performance, his laughter and incredulous facial expressions. (Snip)"A reminder that your performance tonight is extremely likely to affect the outcome of the election, so just have fun with it," Raddatz begins the skit. "Do I sound like Jim Lehrer? Do I look like Jim Lehrer? Then don't try and f*** me like I'm Jim Lehrer," she told the two candidates.