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October 3, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW - Russia evacuated its diplomatic community from Libya on Thursday following an attack on its embassy in Tripoli, and said it was relocating its Libyan mission to Tunisia until conditions were safe. “On Oct. 3, all the employees of the Russian Embassy and their family members safely crossed the border with Tunisia,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in an official statement. “Until the security issues related to the work of our mission in Tripoli are resolved, a group of senior diplomats of the Russian Embassy in Libya will temporarily remain in Tunisia.” Lukashevich said the others will be flown to Moscow on Friday.
September 18, 2013 | Doyle McManus
In the wake of his dizzying reverses over chemical weapons in Syria, President Obama has been blasted as inconsistent, impulsive and amateurish in his conduct of foreign policy. But when you look at his actions rather than his words, there's more consistency than meets the eye. Consider the evidence. In 2009, when Iranians rose in rebellion against the mullahs in Tehran, Obama gave their ill-fated "Green Revolution" rhetorical support. But he also went on negotiating with the Tehran government, because his first priority was making a deal over Iran's nuclear program.
September 12, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The family of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens -- who died in an attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya -- has established a fund honoring him at UC Berkeley, the university announced Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of his death. The gift will establish an endowment for the school's Center for Middle Eastern Studies “to support research and travel to the Middle East and North Africa for students who demonstrate a high level of distinction and are pursuing a degree in or related to Middle Eastern studies,” the university said in a statement.
August 21, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - House Republicans will return to Washington next month continuing their efforts “at full throttle” to check the Obama administration on several fronts, a GOP leader indicated Wednesday. As most lawmakers spend the month in their districts with few popular legislative accomplishments to cite, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is instead touting aggressive oversight efforts that he says is a fulfillment of a Republican promise to voters in 2010 to pursue “a reform agenda aimed at changing the culture in Washington.” “Congressional oversight that exposes these abuses is the first step in ending the abuse, controlling spending, and reforming Washington.
August 6, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Federal criminal charges have been filed against one or more suspects in the lethal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year, two law enforcement sources said Tuesday. One of the sources said charges were filed under seal against Ahmed abu Khattala, a top Libyan militia commander who has admitted being at the scene of the nightlong attack by armed extremists on Sept. 11. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, an aide and two CIA contractors died in assaults on two U.S. compounds.
June 19, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - About once a week, like clockwork, House Speaker John A. Boehner insists in a Capitol news conference that jobs and the economy are the "No. 1 concern" of his GOP majority. But from week to week, there's often another priority in the House. On Tuesday, it was abortion, as Republicans passed one of the most stringent restrictions in a decade. In recent weeks, GOP-run committees held numerous hearings to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative nonprofits and the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.
June 14, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The computer of an investigative reporter for CBS News was indeed hacked, the network said Friday. Sharyl Attkisson, known for controversial exposes on the Justice Department's disastrous "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation as well as the attack on Benghazi, Libya, that has bedeviled the Obama administration, said last month that her work and personal computers had been "compromised" by an unknown party. At the time she said she had no details on who was hacking her but compared her case to that of James Rosen, a Fox News reporter whose emails were allegedly searched by the Justice Department after he had reported on CIA intelligence on North Korea.
June 11, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
The contradictions at the heart of the Obama presidency are finally out in the open. As a result, a man who came into office hellbent on restoring faith in government is on the verge of inspiring a libertarian revival. There have always been (at least) two Barack Obamas. There is the man who claims to be a nonideological problem-solver, keen on working with anybody to fix things. And there is The One: the partisan, left-leaning progressive-redeemer. As E.J. Dionne, a columnist who can usually be counted on to make the case for Obama better than Obama can, recently wrote, the president "has been a master, as good politicians are, at presenting different sides of himself to different constituencies.
June 5, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Praising “their integrity and their heart,” President Obama on Wednesday announced a shuffling of his top national security aides, including the departure of National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, the elevation of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to Donilon's position and the nomination of longtime advisor Samantha Power to lead the U.S. mission to the UN. During their years of service in his White House, Obama said, the...
May 31, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
SIMI VALLEY - Rounding out a week of visits with technology company executives and potential 2016 donors in California, Sen.Rand Paul told Republicans Friday night that the GOP would continue to lose California and other states on the West Coast if it did not adopt a more welcoming attitude toward Latinos and make a more appealing pitch to black voters through issues like school choice and education reform. Outlining his vision for the growth of the Republican Party to a sold-out crowd at theRonald ReaganPresidential Library, the senator from Kentucky said he had been able to stir interest among young voters -- who otherwise have fled the Republican Party -- with his brand of libertarian and conservative politics and his frequent assertion that government “is out of control.” He noted that his March filibuster on theObamaadministration's use of drones - a 13-hour event that made him, at least briefly, a Twitter sensation and something of a folk hero - drew a huge audience on CSPAN, including many young people.
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