Inside Politics: Intel chairman challenges account of embassy attack

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A leading House Republican is challenging the White House’s initial account that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was a spontaneous assault tied to protests over an anti-Islam video.

President Obama has said extremists used the video as an excuse to launch the attack, which killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday he’d seen “no information” that anti-film protests were ongoing prior to the assault and that the administration was “ill-advised” to link the two.

Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to the Obama campaign, told “Fox News Sunday” that the investigation continues and “no one wants to get to the bottom of this more than the president.”

CONNECTICUT

Senate candidate tries a new, softer approach

NAUGATUCK — Wealthy former pro wrestling executive Linda McMahon is shifting her image from groin-kicking CEO to grandmother in her second bid for a Senate seat from Connecticut.

Polls show the strategy seems to be working against three-term Democratic congressman Christopher S. Murphy.

A Quinnipiac University survey shows the race virtually tied, and Mrs. McMahon having narrowed her 20-point deficit among women in 2010 to just 4 points now. Democrats are pumping in money for attack ads to help slow Mrs. McMahon’s momentum.

The more motherly Mrs. McMahon contrasts with her image in 2010, when a video showed her appearing to kick a man in the groin as part of a skit.

The Connecticut race is a bright spot for Republicans struggling to gain the four Senate seats they need to win the majority.

WISCONSIN

Obama, Baldwin take double-digit lead

Recent polls have shown that Wisconsin voters are leaning toward President Obama and Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who is running for the U.S. Senate, but few have been so heavily in the two Democrats’ favor as one released Monday.

A poll by We Ask America shows that 53 percent of likely voters in the Badger State plan to vote for Mr. Obama, compared with just 41 percent for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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