WASHINGTON - Susan Rice´s attempts to ease the concerns of her Republican critics seemed to have little effect on Wednesday, as more U.S. senators - including a moderate one-time supporter - raised new questions about her despite two days of meetings at the Capitol. U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for over an hour(Snip) The moderate Republican even brought up a new concern, about Rice´s record in the State Department 14 years ago in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.
Comments: Long before Obama and Benghazi, Susan Rice was a walking disaster.
Collins stressed at length that the United States seems not to have learned lessons from the bombings of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, when Rice was the State Department´s Africa region head.
Collins said this year´s attack in Benghazi "echoed" those attacks. "In both cases, the ambassador begged for additional security," and State turned down both requests, she said.
"I asked Ambassador Rice what her role was. She said that she would have to refresh her memory but that she was not involved directly in turning down the request. But surely, given her position as assistant secretary for African Affairs, she had to have been aware," Collins said.
Rice was also responsible for our not taking Osama bin Laden when Sudan offered to hand him over.
Collins is apparently key to Rice´s confirmation if she is nominated. Collins has folded in the past. One wonders if her resolve will hold up or if Rice/Obama will be able to play her.
Tim Tebow has been unable to land an NFL job since the New England Patriots released him earlier this year, but it appears he is preparing for a second career. According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, Tebow is still interested in landing an NFL job. However, he could end up in a college broadcast booth or studio next year. Tim Tebow hired prominent broadcast agent CAA’s Nick Khan to join Jimmy Sexton in repping him. If no NFL, will look at college TV jobs. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2013 This is the first time there has been any indication Tebow might
HONOLULU — A unit of the U.S. Department of Defense has been holding so-called "arrival ceremonies" for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains of missing American service men and women returning that day from old battlefields. After NBC News raised questions about the arrival ceremonies, the Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn´t even fly but were towed into position. The solemn ceremonies at a military base in Hawaii are a sign of the
The New York City Police Department confirms an undercover police officer has been arrested in connection with the Sept. 29 videotaped Manhattan melee between motorcyclists and a motorist and his family in an SUV. Wojciech Braszczok has been charged with riot and criminal mischief, Detective Brian Sessa of the NYPD´s public information unit said Tuesday night. (Snip)Karasyk has said his client only saw other bikers attacking the vehicle, but NYPD investigators believe the undercover officer banged on the SUV and broke a window, WCBS reported.
NEW YORK – A New York City man who intervened in the beating of a driver pulled from his car and set upon by a group of bikers said Sunday he "felt intense danger" as he protected the assaulted man. Sergio Consuegra told reporters that he wishes he could have done more. He had been on his way to church on Sept. 29 when he saw an SUV stop on 178th Street in Manhattan and a group of motorcyclists approach. (Snip) Consuegra said the riders started hitting the car, and that one of them tried to grab Lien´s wife, who was
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday effectively demoted a highly conservative Italian cardinal who led the Vatican´s department on clergy, while keeping in place a German prelate who wages the Catholic church´s crackdown on liberal U.S. nuns and helps craft its sex-abuse response. After six months on the job to study the workings of the Vatican´s curia, or bureaucracy, Francis has now put his imprint on several key positions which help administer the Roman Catholic church´s worldwide flock. His management picks will likely both please and disappoint both conservatives and liberals alike, perhaps in line with his fledgling papacy, which
In case you missed it, last week Funny or Die produced a video in which comedian Sarah Silverman, among others, facetiously advocated for a black NRA. It wasn’t funny, but racist and ignorant, as Katie pointed out. But don’t think the black, gun-owning community let this one slide. NRA commentator Colion Noir and PJTV’s AlfonZo Rachel both took their turn condemning the ‘black NRA’ video—and they’re well worth watching. “Everyone in this video is guilty of promoting the idea that all young black men are criminals to be feared, because God forbid the Second Amendment apply to everyone, that would mean even
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which is known today primarily as the occasion of Martin Luther King´s magnificent "I Have a Dream" speech. Such anniversaries generate a great deal of mundane commentary to the following effect: There is no denying we made significant strides toward equality since Dr. King spoke, but we still have a long way to go, and enacting my preferred policies will help us get there. The weakness in such a line of thinking is the assertion that "we still have a long way to go." Perhaps
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” Wednesday that when Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, “he didn’t charge food stamps.” “When Jesus had those five loaves and two fishes, he didn´t charge food stamps. He didn´t ask anybody how much money they had. He fed them because they were hungry, and that´s really where we ought to be,” McDermott said in response to Republican critics of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). In September, the House approved a plan by Republicans to cut $39 billion in food stamps over the next
The nation’s view of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, colored by the horrific Benghazi assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on her watch, has suddenly turned upside down, with more now holding an unfavorable opinion of the likely 2016 presidential candidate. A new YouGov/Economist poll found Clinton, whose approval ratings have typically been sky high, with an unfavorable rating of 48 percent, more than the 46 percent who have a favorable opinion of her. The YouGov pollsters said that the change in American attitudes toward Clinton "suggests that negative press surrounding the tragic
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him