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Gore Accuses Trump of Being 'Divisive' With London Tweets

Trump criticized and misquoted London mayor in tweet

(Newser) - Al Gore appeared on CNN's State of the Union Sunday to take President Trump to task for criticizing and misquoting London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a tweet while the latter attempts to deal with the aftermath of Saturday's deadly attack. “I don’t think that a major... More »

Susan Rice's Claims on Syria Fail Fact-Checker's Test

In January, she suggested Assad had turned over all his chemical weapons

(Newser) - The Fact Checker blog at the Washington Post has taken the unusual step of looking at a months-old statement made by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice about Syria's chemical weapons. She won't be happy to learn that she earned the worst ranking of Four Pinocchios (only "... More »

Susan Rice: No, I Didn't Use Intel Reports for Politics

Former national security adviser refutes allegations by critics

(Newser) - Conservative critics say Susan Rice sought to improperly " unmask" the identities of Trump associates caught up in intelligence surveillance while she was still working in the previous White House. Nope, she says. "The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes, that is absolutely... More »

New Figure in Trump Surveillance Story: Susan Rice

Right and left disagree on how big a deal this is

(Newser) - Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice is back in the news again , this time regarding President Trump's wiretapping allegations. On the right, she is being accused of abusing her power while in office to "unmask," for political advantage, the names of Trump associates caught up in... More »

You're Up, Netanyahu

Last-minute guide to Bibi's speech to Congress

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu presents his much-debated thoughts on Iran to Congress this morning after what CBS News calls "extensive hand-wringing" and tensions between himself and the White House. Some final context:
  • President Obama's thoughts: While Bibi's appearance isn't "permanently destructive" to US-Israeli relations, "it is
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Susan Rice Slams Netanyahu Visit as 'Destructive'

Says PM is damaging Israel's relationship with Washington

(Newser) - Controversy has been swirling over the Israeli prime minister's upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress, which John Boehner planned without Obama administration approval and comes shortly before Israeli elections. Now, National Security Adviser Susan Rice is bashing the visit as having "injected a degree of... More »

House Panel Rejects Benghazi Conspiracies

Two-year inquiry finds no wrongdoing by CIA, military, White House

(Newser) - The House Intelligence Committee spent two years investigating conspiracy theories about the 2012 Benghazi attack and has concluded they're mostly just hot air. Here's the takeaway paragraph from the AP :
  • The investigation "determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team,
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GOP Rips Bergdahl Deal: 'We Have Now Set a Price'

Susan Rice again sent to face fallout for White House

(Newser) - Republicans are weighing in on the US-Taliban trade that yesterday set POW Bowe Bergdahl free, and they are decidedly not in favor. A sample of reactions on today's talk shows, as per Politico :
  • Mike Rogers : "The No. 1 way that al-Qaeda raises money is by ransom—kidnapping and
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Email Shows White House Coaching Rice on Benghazi

Critics have long said her talk show appearance was a political move

(Newser) - The White House did coach Susan Rice on how to discuss the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, a newly released email shows. The email was sent on Sept. 14, 2012, three days after the attack, from deputy national security adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes to Rice, who was then... More »

McCain: Ukraine Ought to Make Putin 'Nervous'

Susan Rice warns getting involved would be 'grave mistake'

(Newser) - John McCain had some stern words for Vladimir Putin today, saying that it was clear that the people of Ukraine "want to be Western" and not "Eastern," and that the protests there ought to make the Russian strongman, an ally of Viktor Yanukovych, more than a little... More »

US, Karzai Butt Heads Over Afghan Security Deal

Karzai wants Gitmo releases, help with Taliban talks; US threatens to walk

(Newser) - As the US and Afghanistan attempt to hammer out a troop withdrawal agreement, things are getting testier on both sides. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is telling US National Security Adviser Susan Rice that he won't sign any deal unless the US agrees to new demands. He wants Washington to... More »

Iran Talks, More Calculated Than Advertised, Begin

Report indicates Obama worked hard for that Rouhani phone call

(Newser) - Talks kick off today between Iran and the other P5+1 nations, and both sides were brimming with cautious optimism. Iranian negotiator Mohammad Javed Zarif touted the possibility of a breakthrough, while a senior Obama administration official said that they see "the outlines of a first step," the New ... More »

Lawmakers Unswayed by White House Syria Case

When strike would occur remains unclear

(Newser) - The specifics of President Obama's plans for Syria don't seem much clearer after a conference call with Congressional leaders. The call didn't include information on when a strike would occur, Politico notes, nor did it appear to sway lawmakers who had doubts about military action. During the... More »

Security Adviser Quits, Susan Rice Gets the Job

Tom Donilon resigns as national security adviser

(Newser) - National Security Adviser Tom Donilon will announce his resignation today, multiple outlets are reporting, and President Obama isn't exactly choosing a politically safe successor. Instead he'll tap Susan Rice , the US ambassador to the UN who's become a lightning rod thanks to the Benghazi controversy. The job... More »

Benghazi Witch Hunt Just Like Bush '16 Words' Fiasco

Jackson Diehl sees an uncomfortable parallel between the non-scandals

(Newser) - The Benghazi scandal feels awfully familiar to Jackson Diehl; it's a mirror image of the "16 words" fracas that dogged the George W. Bush administration, he writes in the Washington Post . To recap: In 2003, ex-ambassador Joseph Wilson accused Bush of, among other things, knowingly including a 16-word-long... More »

New Emails Keep Benghazi in Spotlight

State Department toned down CIA's initial draft in regard to 'extremists'

(Newser) - If this week made anything clear about Benghazi, it's that the issue isn't going away anytime soon. The latest development is that ABC News got its hands on 12 different versions of talking points and emails that show how the CIA's initial draft on what happened got... More »

Maybe Obama Needs a Binder Full of Women

Margaret Carlson notes the lack of diversity in Obama's prospective Cabinet

(Newser) - Barack Obama's new Cabinet is coming into focus, and at this rate, it's going to look "more like the Augusta National Golf Club than America," quips Margaret Carlson in a Bloomberg column derisively titled "Obama to Romney: Send Me Your Binders Full of Women."... More »

Why I'm Out of the Running for Secretary

No room for partisan fights amid national security matters: Susan Rice

(Newser) - Susan Rice has pulled herself out of the running for secretary of state , and she explains the move in a Washington Post op-ed. "As it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle," she writes, "I concluded that it would be wrong to... More »

Susan Rice Withdraws Name From Consideration

Controversial ambassador out of running for secretary of state

(Newser) - Paging John Kerry: Susan Rice is withdrawing her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state, reports NBC News . The move makes Senator Kerry the leading candidate to replace Hillary Clinton. Rice, the current US ambassador to the UN, has been on the defensive over her initial comments... More »

How CIA's 94 Words on Benghazi Got It So Wrong

'WSJ' looks at how the CIA's consulate-attack talking points came to be

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal today takes a look at the life and death of 94 little words: the heavily edited and ultimately faulty Benghazi talking points compiled by the CIA in the wake of the consulate attack.
  • Just a day after the attack, the CIA's reports were already referencing
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