May 14th, 2013
01:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Will scandals 2013 impact elections 2014?

Washington (CNN) - Even though he's done running for office, President Barack Obama has a lot at stake in next year's midterm elections. And a trio of scandals that have ignited over the past week that have forced the White House to play defense have the strong possibility of hurting the president and his party at the polls in November 2014.

"Even though I've run my last race, I'm going to be working as hard as I can to make sure that their vision is one that is dominant on Capitol Hill," said the president, speaking about Democratic congressional leaders, Monday night at a party fundraiser in New York City.
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Filed under: 2014 • IRS • Justice Department • Libya
May 13th, 2013
08:39 PM ET
1 year ago

Issa: IRS, Benghazi show needs for congressional oversight

(CNN) - A series of explosive headlines - from Benghazi e-mails to IRS scrutiny of conservative groups and complaints about the Justice Department looking at journalist phone records - show the Obama administration must work with Congress to improve transparency and prevent recurring controversies.

Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room " that he and his colleagues have full plate of concerns to look into.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS • Libya
Poll: Americans divided on Benghazi accounts, but many not watching
May 13th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Americans divided on Benghazi accounts, but many not watching

(CNN) - Americans are split over whether the Obama administration has been honest or dishonest about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, according to a new poll out Monday.

The Pew Research Center conducted the survey between Thursday and Sunday as new developments emerged about what top State Department and White House officials knew and when.
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Filed under: Libya • Polls
Borger: Did political spin hide the truth of Benghazi?
May 13th, 2013
04:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Borger: Did political spin hide the truth of Benghazi?

Washington (CNN) - Ever since Watergate became the shorthand for a government run amok, the political cliché of our time has been about the political lesson of that era: That the coverup can be worse than the crime.

Apply that cliché to Benghazi - and questions about the motive for removing the terror link from talking points about the Libyan attack in the heat of an election. Maybe there's a corollary question that we ought to be asking: In politics, when did spin trump everything, even the truth?

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama
May 13th, 2013
01:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama: Benghazi talking points fight a 'side show'

Washington (CNN) – GOP outrage over a changed set of talking points related to September's attack in Benghazi is a political "side show," President Barack Obama argued Monday, asserting the tragedy was being used for political gain by his rivals.

The Republicans who claim Obama's administration was intentionally misleading in the way they characterized the Benghazi attack are ignoring key facts and sullying the memory of the four Americans who died, the president claimed.
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Filed under: Libya • President Obama
May 12th, 2013
04:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Republicans walk fine line when targeting Clinton in Benghazi probe

(CNN) - Republicans continued to put Hillary Clinton at the center of their inquest into last September's attack in Benghazi, claiming Sunday the former secretary of state wasn't assigned enough blame in an independent probe of the incident.

But in singling out the top Democratic presidential prospect for 2016, Republicans find themselves balancing their quest for answers with charges of being overly aggressive in a bid for political gain.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Libya
Pickering defends Benghazi report, says criticisms not based in fact
May 12th, 2013
09:19 AM ET
1 year ago

Pickering defends Benghazi report, says criticisms not based in fact

(CNN) – The leader of a panel charged with reviewing September’s attack in Benghazi, Libya, said Sunday that criticism of his report was unfounded and did not accurately reflect how his review was carried out.

Thomas Pickering, a former ambassador and co-chair of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that critics at last week’s congressional hearing into the attack were wrong in their assertions his board failed to interview key witnesses.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Libya
Obama administration e-mails raise new questions on Benghazi
May 10th, 2013
03:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama administration e-mails raise new questions on Benghazi

Washington (CNN) - An e-mail discussion about talking points the Obama administration used to describe the deadly attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, show the White House and State Department were more involved than they first said in the decision to remove an initial CIA assessment that a group with ties to al Qaeda was involved, according to CNN sources with knowledge of the e-mails.

The talking points have become a political flashpoint in a long-running battle between the administration and Republicans, who say that officials knew the attack last September 11 was a planned terror operation while they were telling the public it was an act of violence that grew out of a demonstration over a video produced in the United States that insulted Islam.

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Filed under: Libya • State Department
May 10th, 2013
11:19 AM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul: Clinton should never hold high office

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is stressing his disapproval of the way former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handled the deadly Benghazi attack, saying the potential 2016 presidential contender should be precluded from ever holding high office again.

Paul blasted the former secretary of state for saying in her Senate testimony earlier this year that she did not read the cables requesting more security for the Benghazi post in Libya.
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Filed under: 2014 • Hillary Clinton • Libya • Rand Paul
May 9th, 2013
06:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Mother of Benghazi victim: Hearing didn't give answers

(CNN) - Parents who lose children in national calamities come to represent a pain and grief and importance that it is difficult to ignore.

Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, a State Department information officer, listened to the Benghazi hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. She said she did not get the answers she was looking for.

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Filed under: Libya
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