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By Matt Kibbe
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Thomas R. Nides
Congressional hearings on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, fell into partisan bickering Thursday, with Democrats blaming the incident on a lack of security funding and Republicans accusing the State Department of misspending the funds it has received.
One of Pakistan's most notorious extremists mocked the United States during a defiant media conference close to the country's military headquarters Wednesday, a day after the U.S. slapped a $10 million bounty on him.
The State Department has put a $10 million bounty on the Pakistan-based founder of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a militant group that has ties to al Qaeda and carried out the 2008 attack in India that left 166 people dead, including six Americans.
President Obama's nominee for deputy secretary of state has earned more than $8 million in salary and bonuses since January 2009 as an executive at a Wall Street bank that received a federal bailout.
Nides said that he was in the room with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after the attack on the embassy and that her first priority was trying to save lives.
"Tom Nides from Wall Street has established a close relationship with Hillary Clinton and gets appointed into the department she oversees," he said, adding that Mr. Nides joins Robert Hormats, a former Goldman Sachs executive who is now undersecretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs.