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Obama: US, China Must Develop ‘Firm Understanding’ on Cybersecurity

Obama: US, China Must Develop ‘Firm Understanding’ on Cybersecurity

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(PALM SPRINGS, Calif.) – President Obama Friday night sought to make a clear distinction between his administration’s domestic surveillance and cyber espionage, after the first in a series of meetings with Chinese …

Sen. John McCain Asserts Benghazi ‘Cover-Up’

Sen. John McCain Asserts Benghazi ‘Cover-Up’

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., described the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi controversy as a “cover up,” following exclusive reporting by ABC News that showed the State Department w…

Yemeni Activist Likens Impact of Drone Strikes to Boston Marathon Bombings

Yemeni Activist Likens Impact of Drone Strikes to Boston Marathon Bombings

JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A Yemeni man whose village was struck by American drones likened that practice with the Boston bombing in testimony before U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday.
Farea-al-Muslimi, who was educated in the U.S. courtesy of …

US May Have Wasted $8 Billion in Effort to Rebuild Iraq

US May Have Wasted $8 Billion in Effort to Rebuild Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Almost ten years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an accounting of the $60 billion the U.S. spent to help rebuild the country has determined that at least $8 billion of it may have been wasted, a figure equal to 1…

Benghazi Report Finds ‘Systematic Failure’ by State Department

Benghazi Report Finds ‘Systematic Failure’ by State Department

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — The State Department has released its independent, internal investigation into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, concluding the attack was the result of the State Department’s…

Obama Supports Syrian Opposition, But Singles Out Terrorist Group

Obama Supports Syrian Opposition, But Singles Out Terrorist Group

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The choice to label a Syrian rebel group as a terrorist organization while simultaneously recognizing the Syrian opposition as the country’s legitimate government is not a coincidence, Presi…

ABC News EXCLUSIVE: Obama Recognizes Syrian Opposition Group

ABC News EXCLUSIVE: Obama Recognizes Syrian Opposition Group

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — In a diplomatic shift, President Obama said Tuesday his administration now formally recognizes the newly-formed, leading coalition of Syrian rebels who are fighting to topple Syria’s embattled Pre…

Senate Homeland Committee Receives Four Hour Briefing on Benghazi

Senate Homeland Committee Receives Four Hour Briefing on Benghazi

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said Thursday their starting to “fill in some of the blanks” about the attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi after…

Secretary Clinton Marks 20 Years of Gay Diplomats Openly Serving

Secretary Clinton Marks 20 Years of Gay Diplomats Openly Serving

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Secretary Clinton paid tribute to the State Department’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLI…

Andrew W.K. Nixed By State Dept. as Cultural Ambassador

Andrew W.K. Nixed By State Dept. as Cultural Ambassador

State Department photo/ Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — Singer, rocker, free-form motivational speaker, and general party dude Andrew W.K. caused a stir in the music world by claiming the U.S. State Department had made him a cultural ambassador to the Mid…

Ben Affleck: U.S. Can Do ‘Huge Amount’ to Help Resolve Conflict in Congo

Ben Affleck: U.S. Can Do ‘Huge Amount’ to Help Resolve Conflict in Congo

Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC(NEW YORK) — Actor Ben Affleck — founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative – said Sunday morning on “This Week” that the United States can do “a huge amount” to help resolve the violent conflict i…

UN Ambassador Susan Rice Defends Herself on Benghazi

UN Ambassador Susan Rice Defends Herself on Benghazi

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(UNITED NATIONS) — At a press briefing at the United Nations Wednesday, Ambassador Susan Rice gave a spirited defense of her actions following the Benghazi consulate attack, telling reporters that her talking points in…

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The Israel-Hamas cease-fire brokered by the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, and announced Wednesday is fragile, White House o…

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The Israel-Hamas cease-fire brokered by the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, and announced Wednesday is fragile, White House o…

US Officials Emphasize ‘De-escalating’ Gaza Violence

US Officials Emphasize ‘De-escalating’ Gaza Violence

State Department photo/ Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — As news reports emerged Tuesday of a ceasefire or truce to end the crisis in Gaza, American officials made it a point not to use either of those terms.Instead, U.S. officials were talking about &ldqu…

State Department Spokesperson Grilled on ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ Policy on Gaza

State Department Spokesperson Grilled on ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ Policy on Gaza

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At a State Department briefing Monday, spokesperson Victoria Nuland was asked about the diplomatic progress to end the violence in Gaza. Over the weekend, Nuland released a statement detailing the teleph…

Content of CIA Talking Points About Benghazi Confirmed

Content of CIA Talking Points About Benghazi Confirmed

US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) — The  CIA’s unclassified Benghazi talking points were a major focus of former CIA Director David Petraeus’ closed testimony on Capitol Hill on Friday….

Ex-CIA Chief Testifies About Benghazi Investigation Behind Closed Doors

Ex-CIA Chief Testifies About Benghazi Investigation Behind Closed Doors

DoD photo by Petty Officer William Selby, U.S. Navy(WASHINGTON) — Disgraced former CIA director Petraeus spent almost four hours in closed-door hearings before the House and Senate intelligence committees Friday morning to testify about what he learne…

McCain Skips Classified Briefing While Blasting White House over Benghazi

McCain Skips Classified Briefing While Blasting White House over Benghazi

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senator John McCain is demanding answers on the Benghazi attack, but his office tells ABC News he missed a classified briefing on the subject because of a “scheduling error.”The briefing was held on W…

GOP Senators Stand Strong on Libya, Petraeus Scandals

GOP Senators Stand Strong on Libya, Petraeus Scandals

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Three Republican Senators are at the helm of a movement to stand strong in their intent to combat President Obama on the two issues that currently stand at the forefront of the political media scene.Sen. Joh…

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