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Biden's Short List May Be Even Shorter

Reports say Kamala Harris and Susan Rice are the VP finalists

(Newser) - Joe Biden's announcement of his running mate has to come soon—the Democratic convention gets underway in less than two weeks on August 17. As the vetting process winds down, Biden has dropped a few hints, including that four Black women are on his short list. But now the...

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...

Whistleblower Attorneys to GOP: Lay Off Our Client

Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid make their case in the 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - The Ukraine whistleblower's identity will remain under wraps, as long as his—or her—attorneys have a say in it. "Speculation about the whistleblower's identity has only increased," Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid write in the Washington Post . "As each allegation in the complaint is...

Benghazi Defendant Convicted
Benghazi Defendant Convicted

Benghazi Defendant Convicted

Jury deadlocks on murder counts

(Newser) - A DC jury has found a Libyan militant guilty on two charges in the 2012 attack on the US post at Benghazi but deadlocked on murder counts. Mustafa al-Imam, 47, was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists and maliciously destroying property at diplomatic compound, CNN...

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...

5 Years After Attack, SEALs Bust Benghazi Suspect

Libyan national is headed to federal court in DC

(Newser) - US special operations forces captured a militant in Libya accused of playing an instrumental role in the Benghazi attacks in a high-stakes operation designed to bring the perpetrators to justice five years later, reports the AP . President Trump on Monday identified the militant as Mustafa al-Imam and said his capture...

Benghazi Parents Sue Clinton
 Benghazi Parents Sue Clinton 

Benghazi Parents Sue Clinton

They blame email carelessness for 2012 deaths

(Newser) - The parents of two Americans killed in Benghazi are taking Hillary Clinton to court, saying her "extreme carelessness" in handling classified information is to blame for the deaths of their sons. In a wrongful death lawsuit filed in federal court Monday, Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, and Charles...

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...

Dems Facepalm Over AG's Meeting With Bill Clinton

Loretta Lynch is heading federal probe into Hillary Clinton's email woes

(Newser) - As the FBI and Justice Department probe the Hillary Clinton email saga , two people who probably shouldn't have met did just that Monday. Bill Clinton was waiting to depart Phoenix's airport when Attorney General Loretta Lynch landed for a community event—and so Clinton ambled across the tarmac...

NRA Makes $2M Pro-Trump Benghazi Ad Buy

Marine Corps vet who fought against Libyan assault featured in 'Stop Clinton' promo

(Newser) - One of the biggest political ads for Donald Trump yet is being released, and none other than the National Rifle Association is behind it, USA Today reports. The NRA's Political Victory Fund PAC put up $2 million to back the 30-second spot , the association's first ad campaign of...

No New Evidence Against Clinton in Final Benghazi Report

It's more damning of the Obama administration in general

(Newser) - The Republican-led House Benghazi committee released its final report Tuesday after two years of investigations. The 800-page report lays out the committee's findings on the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead. Here's what you need to know:

GOP Benghazi Report: Clinton Had Intel to See Risk

Nothing short of an attack would have convinced secretary of the danger

(Newser) - A Republican report on the 2012 attack in Benghazi finds Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration should have realized an attack was possible before it took place. The report from the House Benghazi Committee notes the administration failed to recognize the risks of rising crime levels and gun ownership. "...

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...

US Won't Seek Death Penalty Against Benghazi Suspect

He's been described as the ringleader of the attack that killed 4 Americans

(Newser) - The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a US ambassador and three other Americans, the AP reports. The department revealed its decision in a court filing that provided no explanation. His attorneys had...

Benghazi CIA Chief: I Didn't Issue Stand-Down

Former CIA chief in Benghazi has issues with '13 Hours'

(Newser) - There has long been a question of whether someone ordered a security team to "stand down" rather than hurrying to the rescue of the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, and in the new "Benghazi movie," 13 Hours, the highest-ranking CIA operative at a...

Trump Will Treat You to the Benghazi Movie Tonight

If you live in Iowa and are somehow able to RSVP

(Newser) - Moviegoers in Urbandale, Iowa, can take in the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for free Friday night … courtesy of Donald Trump. He's rented out space at the Carmike Cobblestone 9 Theatre and anyone who RSVPs can attend the 6pm showing free. That's an $8...

Hillary Gets 3 Pinocchios on Email Claim
Hillary Gets 3 Pinocchios
on Email Claim

Hillary Gets 3 Pinocchios on Email Claim

Washington Post: '90 to 95%' stat didn't come from the State Department

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton may have emerged from her marathon grilling before the House Benghazi panel in fine shape , but she was unable to definitively answer one question in particular. After she repeated her assertion that "90 to 95%" of her emails were in the State Department's system anyway, panel...

Clinton Fundraising Spikes After Benghazi Hearing

Her biggest hour of online fundraising came immediately after the hearing

(Newser) - Critics of Hillary Clinton aren't going to be happy to hear this: The Hill reports Clinton's campaign had its best hour of online fundraising immediately following the end of Thursday's 11-hour Benghazi hearing. "People were apparently paying attention and were moved by it," campaign staffer...

5 Takes on the Clinton Hearing
 5 Takes on the Clinton Hearing 

5 Takes on the Clinton Hearing

It was a 'boring triumph' for her

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton faced an 11-hour grilling by the House Benghazi committee on Thursday, and the consensus is that she managed to emerge largely unscathed from the marathon hearing, which included discussion of her emails and a tense exchange about Sidney Blumenthal . But, as panel chief Trey Gowdy admitted afterward, it...

It's Over: Clinton Hearing Runs 11 Hours

It was tense and loud at times

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton had to pause for a lozenge at the 10-and-a-half-hour mark, and her grilling by the House Benghazi committee wrapped up 30 minutes later. The assessments of the hearing, which was occasionally tense and Blumenthal-centric , will soon start rolling in, but the Washington Post offers up an instant one...

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