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  • Ex-Sen. Ford to pay $45,000; 2nd case sent to AG

    Former Charleston Sen. Robert Ford took nearly $15,000 out of his campaign account 10 days after resigning last year and used the money to pay his bills, according to findings presented Wednesday.

  • Former Sen. Ford faces more ethics allegations

    Former Charleston Sen. Robert Ford faces more allegations that he used campaign donations for personal expenses and misrepresented his spending.

  • This satellite image from Saturday, April 7, 2012, shows the presence of a military convoy in Zirdana, Syria, on April 5, right, next to imagery of the same area on April 4, showing no military convoy, according to information shown on the U.S. Embassy Damascus Facebook page. (AP Photo/U.S. Embassy Damascus via Facebook)

    U.S. warns Syria it can't deceive world over pullout

    The U.S. warned Syria it won't be able to deceive the world about compliance with a cease-fire that is just days away, as regime forces pounded more opposition strongholds Saturday in an apparent rush to crush resistance before troops must withdraw. Activists said more than 100 people were killed, including at least 87 civilians.

  • Anti-Syrian regime protesters play drums and wave a revolutionary flag Feb. 6, 2012, during a demonstration in Idlib, Syria. (Associated Press)

    State Department closes U.S. Embassy in Syria

    The State Department on Monday suspended operations at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria, and pulled all its staff, including Ambassador Robert Ford, out of the country.

  • Embassy Row

    U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford, who returned to Syria last month, is already resuming the types of verbal assaults against President Bashar Assad and his violent regime that brought death threats and forced a recall to Washington.

  • ** FILE ** Two Syrian refugees children who fled violence in their country flash a V for victory sign while their faces faces are decorated with the Syrian revolution flag and Arabic words read:"Syria, The freedom," during a demonstration in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross office, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Friday Nov. 25, 2011. (AP Photo)

    Clinton sees Syrian opposition; U.S. envoy returns

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held a rare meeting on Tuesday with Syrian opposition figures as the Obama administration returned its top envoy to Damascus, both signs the U.S. is increasing pressure on the Bashar Assad regime and looking ahead to a time when he is gone.

  • Embassy Row

    The United States and Syria this week engaged in a diplomatic showdown that resulted in Washington and Damascus recalling their ambassadors, as tensions increased over Syria's bloody assault on unarmed demonstrators.

  • ** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) meets with Robert Ford, the new U.S. ambassador to Syria, in Damascus, Syria, in Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Syrian Arab News Agency, File)

    U.S. pulls envoy out of Syria; Damascus retaliates

    The Obama administration pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns, blaming President Bashar Assad's regime for the threats that made it no longer safe for Robert Ford to remain. The Syrian government quickly ordered home its envoy to the United States, raising the diplomatic stakes.

  • Embassy Row

    The U.S. ambassador in Syria is warning that the widespread peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad could erupt into civil war, while the Syrian Embassy in Washington is howling over charges it is intimidating Syrian dissidents in the United States.

  • ** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) meets with Robert Ford, the new U.S. ambassador to Syria, in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Syrian Arab News Agency)

    Angry Syrians trap U.S. envoy in office for hours

    Supporters of President Bashar Assad stoned the convoy of the U.S. ambassador to Syria as he arrived for a meeting with a leading opposition figure on Thursday, then pelted him with eggs and tomatoes and tried to break into the building while he was inside, the opposition activist and a U.S. official said. The American envoy was trapped in the office for three hours by the angry mob outside.

  • **FILE** Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican

    Religious minorities fear Syrian Islamists

    Syrian Christians and other minorities are scared of a potential government influence by Islamic hard-liners if President Bashar Assad falls, U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford says.

  • Embassy Row

    Ambassador Robert Ford this week excoriated the Syrian government for its brutal assault on peaceful protests in his strongest words since he became the U.S. envoy in Damascus in January.

  • Embassy Row

    Pro-government thugs in Syria attacked U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford in Damascus last week, and Syrian television recorded the assault in a news clip widely circulated over the Internet.

  • Embassy Row

    President Obama is resisting new appeals for the recall of the U.S. ambassador to Syria, after urging dictator Bashar Assad to resign and stop "imprisoning, torturing and slaughtering his own people."

  • Embassy Row

    The chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is calling on President Obama to protest Syria's "bloodthirsty" regime by refusing to send U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford back to Damascus.

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  • Robert Ford, who months ago resigned as American ambassador to Syria, acknowledged that he had done so because he could no longer support the administration's inept and damaging policies.

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  • Ford, a New Orleans native, said he's being made a scapegoat: "I am not from South Carolina and have no family in South Carolina, so they made me their guinea pig."

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