FIRST ON CNN: New FBI director to face GOP heat for Benghazi investigation
July 31st, 2013
06:30 AM ET
12 months ago

FIRST ON CNN: New FBI director to face GOP heat for Benghazi investigation

Washington (CNN) - Labeling the Obama administration's investigation of the September 2012 Benghazi attacks "simply unacceptable," eight Republican lawmakers are demanding more aggressive steps from the new FBI Director James Comey and asking that he brief Congress within 30 days.

"It has been more than 10 months since the attacks," the GOP lawmakers said in a draft of a letter to Comey obtained by CNN. "We appear to be no closer to knowing who was responsible today than we were in the early weeks following the attack. This is simply unacceptable."
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Filed under: Congress • FBI • James Comey • Libya
John King: Obama trying to get upper hand in looming showdown
July 26th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
1 year ago

John King: Obama trying to get upper hand in looming showdown

Washington (CNN) – Republicans are right in saying President Barack Obama's new economy road show is a rerun - full of policy proposals and political attacks the country, and the GOP, have heard before.

But there is a new goal in recycling and retooling the Obama economic pitch: a potential government shutdown looms on the horizon and the president is looking to make sure he has the upper hand as that showdown enters crunch time.

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
May 17th, 2013
08:05 PM ET
1 year ago

King: Republicans dig in for long haul on Benghazi

Washington (CNN) – For all the unanswered questions about the Benghazi attack and the Obama administration crisis management in the hours and days after, this much is certain: The GOP-led investigations will carry over from spring into summer and likely beyond.

Five separate House committees are investigating facets of the attack and its aftermath, and the five chairmen compared notes on Thursday at a meeting organized by House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

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Filed under: Libya • Republicans
May 9th, 2013
02:44 PM ET
1 year ago

John King: Benghazi investigation both legitimate and partisan

Washington (CNN) - It was late in the day with the House oversight hearing on Benghazi winding down. On social media and elsewhere, there was conservative grumbling that Hillary Clinton was getting off relatively unscathed.

Then came conservative Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina's second round of questions.

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Filed under: Libya
April 24th, 2013
10:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Bush 43: 'History will ultimately judge ... I'm a content man'

Dallas (CNN) – George W. Bush is a proud new grandfather and fascinated by his unlikely new hobby: painting.

But some things haven't changed a bit: the trademark smirk when he is amused, a squinty glare when he doesn't appreciate the question - and a quick turn to humor when the conversation turns to "legacy," including the scars of Iraq or the cloud of Katrina.

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Filed under: George W. Bush
Places so close, yet so far apart
March 21st, 2013
11:23 AM ET
1 year ago

Walking through Ramallah and Gaza, political differences become real

Jerusalem (CNN) - The most complicated neighborhood in the world is even more uncertain these days, and what you see ranges from breathtaking to heart-stopping.

In Ramallah, West Bank, there are fancier cars and more economic activity than when I last visited five years ago.

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Filed under: Israel • President Obama
March 20th, 2013
12:46 PM ET
1 year ago

For Obama in Israel, the issues are all in the neighborhood

Jerusalem (CNN) – The United States is Israel's closest and most important ally, and when there are tensions – over issues like Iran, for example, the Israeli complaint is usually something to the effect of "Washington is too far away to fully understand."

Whether or not you agree, it's worth noting Israel's place in an always complicated neighborhood that is especially uncertain at the moment.
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Filed under: Israel • President Obama
The U.S. and Israel and the art of relationship maintenance
March 19th, 2013
10:22 AM ET
1 year ago

The U.S. and Israel and the art of relationship maintenance

Jerusalem (CNN) - It is not a word used often in Israel, but the country's President Shimon Peres sounds downright zen when asked about the personal frostiness between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"I think it is more appearance than reality," Peres told CNN in an interview Tuesday morning. "You cannot adopt personal relations to political leadership. You have to face the situation and put aside your own personal feelings."
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Filed under: Israel • President Obama
March 19th, 2013
07:26 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama heads to Israel with few expectations, many questions

Jerusalem (CNN) – The banners hanging on Israeli street corners boast of the "Unbreakable Alliance" with the United States, and the Stars and Stripes is flying side by side with the Star of David all across Jerusalem.

It is a proud moment for the host nation. But as President Barack Obama heads to Israel and the West Bank for the first time since moving into the White House, there is no expectation of any significant policy breakthroughs and countless questions about his frosty relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Filed under: Israel • President Obama
February 13th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Video: Will Obama's speech help bipartisanship?

(CNN) - CNN's John King breaks down what parts of Obama's State of the Union address could gain support from House Republicans.

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