New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez is leading a highly-charged hearing this morning in which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, providing a preview of what will likely be a new, powerful role for Menendez.
Menendez, a Democrat, is presiding over the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in place of Sen. John Kerry, the panel’s chairman who is expected to soon be confirmed as Clinton’s replacement as Secretary of State. Once that happens, Menendez is expected to become chairman, giving him control of an influential committee that oversees how the Obama administration interacts with the rest of the world.
This long-anticipated hearing on the Sept. 11 attacks on the American embassy in Benghazi, delayed when Clinton fainted and suffered a concussion, is an early example of the kind of issue Menendez will be leading debate on as chairman.
The hearing room is packed with observers and news agencies from the United States and abroad. Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, also a Democrat, also sits on the committee.
Four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the attacks.
Republicans have strongly questioned the Obama administration’s response, particularly comments from U.N. ambassador Susan Rice that at one point attributed the attacks to a spontaneous demonstration.
Despite critics that brand him as anti-business and anti-Wall Street, President Obama’s first term in the White House has been bullish for stocks.
The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has risen 85% since Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009, says S&P Capital IQ. That stellar return tops first-term gains of Obama’s past four predecessors: George. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.
Using the Dow Jones industrial average, Obama ranks third in first-term stock performance of all presidents; Franklin D. Roosevelt is No. 1, says Bespoke Investment Group.
A Tunisian man who was arrested in Turkey this month with reported links to the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya is facing terrorism charges, his lawyer said Wednesday, as an Egyptian official said a militant suspected of involvement was killed in clashes in Cairo.
An Egyptian interior ministry source told CBS News’ Alex Ortiz the suspect in Egypt, known only by his first name, Hazem, was killed after neighbors summoned police for a suspicious resident. The police came in and exchanged fire with the target. The man blew himself up in his apartment during the engagement with security forces.
It is unclear whether Hazem was Egyptian, or just living in Cairo. .
It’s a dead certainty that the right wing bloggers are going to get upset over this latest Obama ad, likely calling it shameless etc. Everything presented in the new ad is factual however, and there are a lot more Mitt quotes about not doing anything in Pakistan from 2007 beyond just the one quoted in the ad, I looked up many of them myself. ( look from Sept - Nov. 2007 if you don’t believe me.)
The Commander-in-Chief gets one chance to make the right decision.
More at NPR
Also see what’s wrong with a more Recent Mitt Romney statement on Pakistan.
Also note that on Mitt Romney’s own current policy page he’s willing to criticize President Obama’s policy, but regurgitates almost verbatim the same non policy diplospeak pablum of no deadlines, no real pressure that kept us deadlocked there for the entire Bush presidency.
he Obama administration on Friday intensified pressure on Pakistan to do more to crack down on Islamist militants destabilizing Afghanistan, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a tough public message that extremists have been able to operate in and from Pakistan for too long.
For the second time in two days, Clinton pressed Pakistani authorities to step up efforts against the Haqqani militant network, which is based in the country’s rugged tribal region, and is blamed for attacks both inside Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.
After leading an unusually large and powerful U.S. delegation, including CIA director David Petraeus and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, for four hours of talks with Pakistani officials late Thursday, Clinton met Friday with Pakistan’s president and foreign minister to make the case.
The most popular national political figure in America today is one who was rejected by her own party three years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans hold a favorable view of her and one-third are suffering a form of buyer’s remorse, saying the U.S. would be better off now if she had become president in 2008 instead of Barack Obama.
The finding in the latest Bloomberg National Poll shows a higher level of wishful thinking about a Hillary Clinton presidency than when a similar question was asked in July 2010. Then, a quarter of Americans held such a view.
“Looking back, I wonder if she would have been a stronger leader, knowing the games and the politics and all that goes on,” said Susan Dunlop, 50, a homemaker in New Port Richey, Florida. “I don’t think she would have bent as much.”
More than 30 nations, including the United States, on Friday formally recognised Libya’s main opposition group as the country’s legitimate government until a new interim authority is created.
The discussion on Libya heats up
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says a U.N. no-fly zone over Libya would require the bombing of targets to take out the threat posed by Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.
Clinton told reporters in Tunisia the specifics of international action against Gadhafi were still being negotiated at the United Nations in New York.
She said Thursday that intense talks were occurring. But she cautioned that a proposed no-fly zone “requires certain actions taken to protect the planes and the pilots, including bombing targets like the Libyan defense systems.”
Only a matter of time now until Bush has been casted as the ultimate RINO and even Limbaugh will come out as a 9/11 truther:
LIMBAUGH: I was just gonna say that if you take a look at actual assassins, Lee Harvey Oswald — leftist.
LIMBAUGH: Democrats were behind the storming of the Branch Davidian complex.
LIMBAUGH: Bill Clinton and Janet Reno. We have any number of — if you look at the ’60s. Who was it who was blowing up bank buildings and kidnapping heiresses? It was a bunch of leftists. I mean, the people prone to violence, the anarchists or what have you, are all left-wingers.