Four State Department employees who were placed on administrative leave after the Benghazi terror attack have been reinstated, it emerged today. A top House Republican also confirmed that the U.S. State Department´s review of the attack and its aftermath did not include interviews with the employees--suggesting that they may have been used as scapegoats to spare higher-ups any responsibility. [Snip] A State Department official told MailOnline on Tuesday that after Secretary of State John Kerry took over from former Secretary Hillary Clinton, the four employees were placed on leave in order to avoid the appearance of favoritism after Kerry inherited
Comments: Martosko, a relatively recent Mail reporter, has made some very useful contacts in DC. Not only that, he gets stuck in and writes and posts his meaty stories so we can read them at breakfast. The prolific and incisive Tony Harnden isn´t quite so missed now (he went from the Mail to the London Times after the election).
"WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE" ...this must be what history will remember.OK America this is what you voted for...you own it...but then I ponder, what difference does it make, no one is being held accountable and the populace doesn`t give a damn...
FTA :",,,,a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll.´ They probably held a lottery among the department employees for a chance to win this paid vacation.
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rod reese, 8/21/2013 8:32:48 AM (No. 9483854)
Surprise. Surprise. Surprise. In a criminal administration you can get away with anything. And the consummate liar, Hillary Clintoon who should be in prison for the many crimes she has committed skates away again.
And we still need to know where zippy was that night. The truth must be absolutely outrageous or we would have been told by now. Just imagine if the country found out that zippy left 4 Americans to die while he was cuddled up with Reggie and they were tooting "a little blow".
These people should never have been suspended in the first place. THEY had absolutely no control over putting Americans in harms way and then running and hiding under a desk in the white house due to lack of guts to have them protected.
This is such a scandal. Yes, we know where 0bama was the night of Benghazi; he went to bed early, because he had to fly out the next morning in his big fancy jet to Las Vegas. Neither he nor Hillary could send help to Benghazi, because the ambassador was there to get back hundreds of weapons they had given to bad people, and neither Hillary nor 0bama wanted that story to get out. What difference does it make (according to Hillary)?
Congress´ top GOP watchdog is warning the secretary of Health and Human Services to stop instructing contractors behind healthcare.gov not to talk to Congress about the project. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Darrell Issa, a hard-charging California Republican, told Sec. Kathleen Sebelius in a letter on Wednesday that it´s against the law to get between Congress and the companies her agency hired to work on the crash-and-burn website. [Snip] ´The federal obstruction laws reflect the fact that Congress’ right of access to information is constitutionally based,´ his letter warned,´ and critical to the integrity and
When my immigrant wife first came to Britain, it took her ages to understand our GP system. If I fell ill, I had to wait days to see the doctor. But if she felt sick, the same doctor would see her that afternoon as she was categorised as a private patient (and paid a modest £50 for the privilege). As far as she could work out, it was a Russian-style system of bribery: the official system doesn’t work, but you can bypass it with a few backhanders. Yesterday, we were shown a little more about Britain’s GP network. The Care Quality Commission looked into 920 practices and found almost a third failing to meet basic standards.
Sometimes life in the West seems hard. The trains don´t run on time, the rent is too damn high and One Direction are everywhere. Then a story comes comes out of North Korea that makes you think, "Holy crap, I´m glad I don´t live there…" North Korea has just executed Kim Jong-un´s uncle on the grounds that he is "despicable human scum". The full verdict is: Despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog, perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him.
Traces of prescription drugs have been found in far greater quantities in US drinking water supplies than previously thought, a study has claimed. A report on drinking water carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency has found samples of at least 25 different drugs, including medication to treat heart conditions, in supplies coming out of wastewater treatment plants. Medication to treat high blood pressure was not only the most commonly traced drug, but also found in the highest quantities. Health officials say that the traces of the drugs, which include over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and prescription drugs such as
A number of Yahoo Mail users were blocked from their email accounts on Monday night - and three days later some people are still reporting problems. The company blamed the outage on a ‘hardware problem’ in a mail data centre but didn’t expand further and then last night, CEO Marissa Mayer tweeted claiming service had been restored. However, customers responded in anger to her tweet, claiming they still couldn’t access their emails, while others who had managed to gain access complained some of their emails were missing. A number of Yahoo Mail users were blocked from their accounts on Monday,
Why did 91 heads of state and 71 so-called eminent persons fly from all the corners of the earth to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday? Most of them will doubtless have wanted to pay their respects to one of the great men of our age. [Snip] There can be jokes and laughter. But there is no room for larking about, especially if you are one of the leaders of the Free World. Larking about may scarcely cover the behaviour of President Barack Obama, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, and our own David Cameron during the memorial service.
The handshake seen ´round the water cooler was no fluke, it turns out. When President Barack Obama approached the podium at Nelson Mandela´s memorial service and made a beeline for a row of foreign leaders--stopping first to shake Cuban dictator Raúl Castro´s hand--it came after representatives from the two historically antagonistic nations had already been in talks for six months. ´[B]ehind the scenes,´ two Daily Beast national security reporters wrote on Tuesday, ´U.S. and Cuban officials have held midlevel discussions in Havana and Washington on a range of issues, including direct postal service, migration issues, disaster response, and search and
Are you a Fomo sapiens? Judging by his behaviour at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Barack Obama is a member of this new sub-species. So is our own Prime Minister, who should know better. The “Fomo” stands for Fear of Missing Out, a defining characteristic of a generation with itchy thumbs and short attention spans. Fomo sapiens cannot leave its phones, tablets or laptops alone, no matter how inappropriate the occasion. Checking your texts or updating your Facebook status during a funeral, for instance, or taking a happy-snap of yourself with a couple of mates during a memorial service. Those, I
The depressing news that Britain and the US have been forced to suspend assistance to the Syrian rebels effectively sounds the death knell for any remaining hope the moderate Syrian opposition may have entertained of defeating the Assad regime. As I have been warning for some months now, the Syrian opposition is now effectively in the hands of al-Qaeda and other hardline Islamist groups, which have a very different agenda to the secular-led Free Syrian Army (FSA), which has received the backing of Western powers since the country´s brutal civil war erupted nearly three years. The assistance provided by countries
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius struggled to fend off the latest round of barbs in a Capitol Hill hearing on Wednesday, following revelations that fewer than 365,000 Americans have enrolled for medical insurance through government-run marketplaces--including a federal website that will ultimate cost $677 million. [Snip] But as of Nov. 30, just over 137,200 Americans had chosen insurance policies through the perennially afflicted healthcare.gov. And nearly another 227,500 enrolled through the 14 state-run insurance exchanges, whose websites have experienced fewer problems. That puts the government about 835,000 enrollments--or 70 percent--behind its intermediate target.
NASA ground control is scrambling to fix an ´urgent situation´ on the International Space Station after a cooling system failed with six astronauts aboard. NASA reported the problem about 5.45pm EST after the integral system stopped working. Initial reports indicate the crew of the $150billion space lab are safe. However, an emergency space walk may be necessary to repair the coolant leak, NBC News reports. Two Americans are among the six crew members. They are Rick Mastraccio, a 53-year-old mission specialist with a background in engineering, and Mike Hopkins, a 44-year-old U.S. Air Force Colonel. Also aboard are Russians Mikhail Tyurin, Oleg Kotov and
Google is already heavily criticised for trying to know almost everything about us, and now the firm wants to get inside our homes, literally. Engineering director Scott Huffman told The Independent that in his vision of the future Google users would have microphones fitted inside their homes. Huffman envisages houses with microphones fitted to the ceiling that act like personal assistants; responding to voice queries and connecting to phones, tablets and other smart devices. He said: ‘Imagine I say ‘Can you bring up a video of the highlights of yesterday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game and play it on a TV in the living room?’ and it works
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
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If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal