(CNN) – One flashpoint at Friday’s House hearing on IRS targeting of conservative political groups seeking tax-exempt status occurred between acting agency chief Steven Miller and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan.
The Wisconsin Republican and former vice presidential nominee was frustrated that Miller, who was briefed on the controversial IRS practices last May, failed to mention it in subsequent letters to Congress and in hearing testimony just two months later.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
The e-mails detail the complex back and forth between the CIA, State Department, and the White House in developing unclassified talking points that were used to underpin a controversial and slow-to-evolve explanation of events last September 11.
(CNN) – In an interview with congressional investigators, the former top diplomat in Libya expressed concern that more could have been done by the military on the night of September 11, 2012 and morning of September 12, 2012, to protect those being attacked at the U.S. compound and annex in Benghazi, Libya. Specifically, he wondered why the military did not send a plane as a show of force into Libyan airspace, and why four U.S. Special Operations soldiers were not permitted to travel to Benghazi on a Libyan plane the morning of September 12.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, told congressional investigators that the State Department internal review of the catastrophe at the mission in Benghazi "let people off the hook," CNN has learned.
The Accountability Review Board "report itself doesn’t really ascribe blame to any individual at all. The public report anyway," Hicks told investigators, according to transcript excerpts obtained by CNN. "It does let people off the hook."FULL STORY
A major campaign promise in 2008 was back in the spotlight Tuesday as President Barack Obama promised to renew his push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.
The memoirs of one Guantanamo detainee were declassified and published Tuesday by Slate, where the prisoner writes he “trusted the American justice system too much.”FULL STORY
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Peter King, former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Friday the Chechen community in the United States doesn't have a history of radicalization but argued it's time to question whether that's changed.
In an interview on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," the longtime congressman from New York also said it was "offensive" for the parents of the two suspected bombers to argue their sons were being framed in the U.S.
(CNN) - Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform have located individuals who have evidence about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi Libya – ones whom they describe as whistleblowers – and are asking federal agencies to allow the witnesses to be able to share classified information with their attorneys without fear of retaliation.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Democratic Sen. Carl Levin is retiring at the end of his term, freeing up a Senate seat in Rep. Mike Rogers's home state of Michigan. Rogers is contemplating a run.
"It's a tough decision," said Rogers. Rogers is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which he says comes with a huge responsibility, and important work that has an impact.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been in the national spotlight for years, but he may never have been more under fire than last September when he chaired the Democratic National Convention and was tapped by the president to fix a political firestorm.
Republicans were belittling the Democratic party platform for not including a mention of "God" or stating that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Landscapes, dogs, and the classic fruit-in-a-bowl are among a list of newly released paintings, created by former President George W. Bush. The paintings were taken from the Bush family's hacked email accounts.
The Bush's released a painting of the family dog Barney, and as it turns out the former first dog is not the only four-legged muse for the former president.FULL STORY