(CNN) - Those who know Eric Shinseki chuckled when their laconic friend began his Army retirement speech in 2003 with this: "'My name is Shinseki, and I am a soldier."
That was pure Shinseki, longtime friend Rollie Stichweh thought.
(CNN) - Senior State Department and Diplomatic Security officials may have covered up or stopped investigations of inappropriate or even criminal misconduct by staff, according to an internal memo from the department's Office of the Inspector General.
The timeline surrounding the allegations places the incidents during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure, opening the possibility that a widening scandal might taint both her record and her possible political aspirations. Clinton has also taken heat for the department's response to the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified Thursday that the Defense Department didn't have enough time to get armed military assets to Benghazi to fend off a deadly attack on a U.S. consulate in September.
The attack left four Americans dead, including Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.FULL STORY
(CNN) - National Rifle Association President David Keene said Thursday that schools across the country should decide how best to defend students and faculty.
"Some will want police officers there. Others of them will want private security guards," he said in a CNN interview. "There may be some place they want volunteers to do it. We're willing to work with everybody on those questions."FULL STORY
(CNN) - The lunch hour is usually hectic at Duos Catering in Seattle. But Thursday the phone was ringing off the hook.
In between orders of crab cakes and pan seared scallops, many people wanted to congratulate Benjamin Jury and Joshua Cooper. The longtime couple could finally get married legally in Washington, according to ballots tallied from Tuesday's election.FULL STORY
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(CNN) - Posters portraying President Obama as a witch doctor may be racist, organizers of Tea Party protests say, but they reflect anger about where he is leading the country.
The posters, showing Obama wearing a father headdress and a bone through his nose, have recently popped up in e-mails, on Web sites and at Tea Party protests.
The image has stoked debate and cast attention on the rallies, which have drawn people Tea Party organizers describe as on the fringe and not
representative of the overall movement. Their general viewpoint, leaders say, is that there's been too much federal government intervention, particularly concerning health care and taxes.
The witch doctor imagery is blatantly racist, critics contend.