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Trump Budget Drops Program Honoring Slain Ambassador

It's the third time Trump administration has eliminated the program's funding

(Newser) - The Trump administration has left an organization created in honor of Chris Stevens, the US ambassador killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack, out of its next budget. The fiscal 2021 budget proposal eliminates the $5 million requested for the nonprofit Stevens Initiative, part of the $420 million cut from the...

Benghazi 'Mastermind' Cleared of Murder Charge

But Khattala could get life for other convictions

(Newser) - A Libyan militant was convicted Tuesday of terrorism charges stemming from the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans. But a federal jury found him not guilty of murder, the most serious charge associated with the rampage he was accused of orchestrating. The attack became...

Benghazi Mom to Trump, GOP: Just Stop It

Chris Stevens' mom wants Republicans to stop invoking her son's name

(Newser) - Last week saw the mother of an American who died in Benghazi angrily i ndict Hillary Clinton in her son's death , using the Republican National Convention as her medium . Now, the mother of another American slain in the attack at the Libyan consulate, Ambassador Chris Stevens, takes to the...

House Dems Sidestep GOP, Issue Own Benghazi Report

In which they find 'woefully inadequate' security, Hillary Clinton wasn't to blame

(Newser) - Democrats on the House Benghazi panel said in a report Monday that security at the Libya facility the night of Sept. 11, 2012, was "woefully inadequate," but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never personally denied any requests from diplomats for additional protection. The panel's five Democrats...

House Opens New Benghazi Inquiry

Republicans vote to create special panel for hearings

(Newser) - The House has voted to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, with Republicans vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats say the election-year inquiry is a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate GOP voters, and they're weighing a boycott. As...

House GOP Ramps Up Benghazi Inquiry

Boehner to appoint special committee, while Issa supboenas Kerry

(Newser) - This week's release of White House emails related to the Benghazi attack of 2012 seems to have cinched one political reality: The issue is going to be making headlines at least through the midterms, much to the delight of the GOP base, reports Politico . Two key developments today all...

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Tied to Benghazi Attack

Abu Sufian bin Qumu was released from Libyan custody in 2008

(Newser) - A new revelation, and wrinkle, in the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi: US officials tell the Washington Post that fighters led by Abu Sufian bin Qumu were involved in the attack. Two notable things about that: One, Qumu was once a detainee at Guantanamo Bay; he was...

Benghazi Attack Didn't Involve al-Qaeda: Report

Anti-Islam video did help spark violence: NYT investigation

(Newser) - A major New York Times investigation sheds new light on the debate over the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Initially, officials' accounts suggested an anti-Islam video had sparked the violence on Sept. 11, 2012, but Republicans have argued that al-Qaeda was involved, citing a " cover-up ."...

Anti-Muslim Film Director Freed From Prison, Speaks Out

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula chides president's administration

(Newser) - The man behind an infamous anti-Muslim film says he likes President Obama but thinks his administration has acted irresponsibly. In his first interview since being released from prison, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, director of The Innocence of Muslims, tells CNN he was shocked when the administration linked his movie to the...

So What Exactly Was the CIA Doing in Benghazi?

CNN reports that dozens of agents were on ground before attack in secretive mission

(Newser) - A new CNN report might resurrect the controversy of last year's attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed ambassador Chris Stevens. The report asserts that not only did the CIA have "dozens" of operatives on the ground at the consulate before the attack, it is now...

Benghazi Testimony: Stevens Said, 'We're Under Attack'

Greg Hicks says his 'jaw dropped' over Rice's testimony

(Newser) - The House Oversight Committee held its much-anticipated hearing on the Benghazi consulate attack today, and as expected, the testimony was both explosive and unflattering for the administration. Perhaps the most gripping testimony came from Ambassador Chris Stevens' top deputy, Greg Hicks, who said he'd known the attack was terrorism...

Diplomat: Special Ops Told to Stand Down During Benghazi

Hicks says Pentagon refused to scramble jets

(Newser) - More testimony has been released sharply contradicting the Obama administration's version of events during last year's Benghazi attack. Greg Hicks, deputy of slain US Ambassador Chris Stevens, says a team of Special Operations troops was ready to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi but was told to stand down...

US Mourns Diplomat, 25, Killed in Afghanistan

Anne Smedinghoff among those who died in bombed convoy

(Newser) - Among the six Americans killed in Afghanistan yesterday was 25-year-old foreign service officer Anne Smedinghoff, reports CNN , the first US diplomat to be killed since Chris Stevens died in September. John Kerry led the mourning for her today, saluting the "vivacious, smart" up-and-comer who assisted him during a visit...

Obama Picks Chris Stevens' Replacement in Libya

Career diplomat Deborah K. Jones will be ambassador to Libya

(Newser) - President Obama has nominated a longtime diplomat to the Mideast as the US' next ambassador to Libya, filling the sensitive post that has been vacant since Chris Stevens was killed in an attack on the American consulate in September and signaling the United States' commitment to the North African country...

Clinton Chokes Up, Gets Angry at Benghazi Hearing

She says she wasn't involved in the talking points given to Susan Rice

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton briefly became emotional while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, tearing up as she recalled the aftermath of the Benghazi attack. "To me this is not just a matter of policy. It's personal," Clinton said in her opening statement. Her voice broke as...

Benghazi Suspect Freed for Lack of Evidence

He was one of a scant few arrested in the case

(Newser) - Only two suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, and today one of them is a free man once more. A Tunisian court has "conditionally freed" 26-year-old suspect Ali Harzi , citing a lack of evidence, the AP reports. Harzi has been...

Those We Lost in 2012
 Those We Lost in 2012 

Those We Lost in 2012

Whitney Houston, Joe Paterno, Dick Clark, Ravi Shankar

(Newser) - Neil Armstrong would always be taking that first step onto the moon, and Dick Clark was forever "the world's oldest teenager." A look at some of the notables who died in 2012:
  • Etta James, 73. Blues singer best known for her enduring classic "At Last."

Benghazi Attackers Tried to Kick Their Way In

Video footage is 'far more confusing than clarifying': official

(Newser) - More than 100 hours of video surveillance exist from the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, and officials have who viewed the footage aren't emerging with a ton of definitive answers. What it does verify: There is no evidence of a protest beforehand. What it doesn'...

Report Blasts State Department Over Benghazi

Hillary Clinton accepts all 29 recommendations on security

(Newser) - An independent panel set up to investigate the September attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has come down hard on the State Department for lax oversight on security. But, the AP reports, it does not single out any individual or recommend disciplinary action. Hillary Clinton, at home this week...

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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