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  • FILE - This March 21, 2014, file photo shows National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Susan Rice: U.S. must be global leader in promoting gay rights

    White House national security adviser Susan E. Rice took time away from a variety of global security emergencies Tuesday to promote international gay rights, calling it "among the most challenging human rights issues we face."

  • Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has included in the defense budget an order for the Army to consider ready-made systems for processing battlefield data. (Associated Press)

    White House defends keeping Congress in dark on Bergdahl

    White House security advisers pushed back for a second time Tuesday against Republican claims that President Obama overstepped the bounds of executive authority by not informing Congress about the deal being cut with the Taliban to releasing five Guantanamo inmates in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

  • ** FILE ** This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

    Bergdahl release raises questions over security, congressional authority

    As a prisoner of war in Afghanistan was transferred back to U.S. custody, Republicans challenged the Obama administration's insistence it did not negotiate with terrorists in securing the soldier's release and say the move was illegal and could embolden terrorists around the globe.

  • **FILE** National Security Adviser Susan Rice (Associated Press)

    Susan Rice: 'Hard to imagine' what more will come from Benghazi panel

    U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Wednesday she isn't aware of anything else the Obama administration has said or done in relation to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that hasn't been made public, and it's hard to imagine what will come of probing the issue further.

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  • White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he answers questions during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Carney was asked several questions about the botched execution of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett. (AP Photo)

    White House under fire again on Benghazi emails

    For the second straight day, the White House struggled to explain its rationale for withholding an email from Congress that detailed Susan E. Rice's infamous "talking points" about the terrorist attack in Benghazi.

  • U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice appeared on Sunday talk shows after the Benghazi attack using CIA talking points that deflected any failure of administration policy. (NBC via Associated Press)

    Emails on Benghazi show aides' effort to make Obama look 'statesmanlike'

    A clutch of newly released White House emails provides the clearest evidence to date that top presidential aides sought to use anti-American protests sweeping across the Middle East in 2012 — as well as the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack — to push an image of President Obama's foreign policy as "steady and statesmanlike," just weeks before his re-election.

  • Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell, testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, about the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi.  The Committee seeks to gain additional information from Morell about his role in the development of the Benghazi talking points and in shaping the administration’s public narrative of the terrorist attack.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Ex-CIA leader Morell denies role in Benghazi 'cover-up' during heated Hill hearing

    The CIA's former deputy director disclosed Wednesday that Obama administration officials were alerted the day before they went on national television that a key tenet of their original Benghazi storyline might be inaccurate.

  • Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell is slated to testify on Wednesday on a series of secure video teleconferences during the days immediately following the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks. (Associated Press)

    Libya station chief gives perspective on Benghazi TV talking points

    Members of the House Intelligence Committee held a classified session Tuesday with the CIA's former Libya station chief, whose assessment that there had been no protest leading before the Benghazi terrorist attacks was left out of the Obama administration's talking points used on national television.

  • Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell is slated to testify on Wednesday on a series of secure video teleconferences during the days immediately following the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks. (Associated Press)

    Libya station chief gives perspective on TV talking points

    Members of the House Intelligence Committee held a classified session Tuesday with the CIA's former Libya station chief, whose assessment that there had been no protest leading before the Benghazi terrorist attacks was left out of the Obama administration's talking points used on national television.

  • ** FILE ** Then-Deputy CIA Director Michael J. Morell received an email dated Sept. 15, 2012, from the Libya station chief saying that the Benghazi attack was "not an escalation of protests." (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Morell testimony could bring clarity on Benghazi

    Spies are paid to lie for their country. Fake identities, hidden compartments in luggage and clandestine meetings are meant to keep the nation's enemies off balance and its allies safe. Michael J. Morell, the former director of the CIA, will find out Wednesday, when he is grilled by the House Intelligence Committee, that it's important to know when to stop lying and tell the truth.

  • ** FILE ** Then-Deputy CIA Director Michael J. Morell received an email dated Sept. 15, 2012, from the Libya station chief saying that the Benghazi attack was "not an escalation of protests." (Associated Press)

    CIA ignored station chief in Libya when creating talking points on Benghazi

    Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest, the CIA's station chief in Libya pointedly told his superiors in Washington that no such demonstration occurred, documents and interviews with current and former intelligence officials show.

  • FILE - In this July 25, 2013, file photo U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice is seen at the White House in Washington. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, Rice said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that it would be a “grave mistake” for Russia to intervene militarily in Ukraine. Rice said during that during President Barack Obama's phone conversation Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two leaders agreed that a political settlement in Kiev should ensure the unity of the country and the right of Ukrainians to express their free will. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Susan Rice tells diplomats she still 'mourns' Benghazi deaths

    White House national security adviser Susan E. Rice told U.S. diplomats Tuesday that she still mourns the deaths of four Americans who were killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012.

  • Ukrainian opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko meets in Kiev on Sunday with U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt (left) and EU Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski. An ally of Ms. Tymoshenko, who was recently released from prison, took presidential powers before elections can be held.

    U.S. warns Russia to keep its military out of Ukraine

    The Obama administration warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday not to react too aggressively to the fast-moving developments in Ukraine, where pro-Western demonstrators forced the nation's Moscow-backed president from power over the weekend.

  • GRAY: Congress needs to step up oversight in 2014

    Christmas came early to the executive branch this year, thanks to Republicans in Congress. They gave the Obama administration a yearlong Christmas present: benign neglect.

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