A new Washington Post-ABC News poll released this morning shows Hillary Clinton's approval rating at 62 percent, despite a rash of Republican criticism over the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.(2)
President Obama will appear at three pooled-press Democratic fund-raisers in New York City this evening, after spending part of the day fielding questions about the I.R.S. and Benghazi.
On Sunday morning, Republicans insisted their fixation on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya last fall has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton and 2016.(1)
In the end, Republicans in the House didn't fare any better at rattling Hillary Clinton than their counterparts in the Senate.
Clinton calmly batted back three hours of questions and accusations, mostly from the Republican members of the House Foreigns Affairs committee on Wednesday afternoon, the end of a long day answering for the State Department's reaction to the death of four Americans in Benghazi.
Banging her hand on the table, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered an impassioned defense of the administration's response to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this morning.
“We had four dead Americans," Clinton said, raising her voice in anger. "Was it because of a protest? Or because of guys out for a walk one night and decided to go kill some Americans? At this point, what difference does it make?”(1)
After weeks of invective and accusation about Hillary Clinton's role in the purported cover-up of the killings in Benghazi, Republicans seem to be lowering the stakes for her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
On Sunday morning, Republicans played a game of whodunnit, speculating across the Sunday shows about who might have altered the Benghazi talking points that were eventually delivered by Ambassador Susan Rice.
“The fact is that when Gen. Clapper and Gen. Petraeus signed off on those talking points, it had different language in them,” said Rep. Peter King on ABC's "This Week."
With less than three weeks left until an election about the nation's struggling economy, the Sunday shows this weekend were mostly focused abroad.
On the eve of the third and final presidential debate, about foreign policy, Democrats continued batting back Republican claims that the Obama administration tailored its response to the death of four Americans in Benghazi to fit a campaign narrative that Al Qaeda had been effectively extinguished.
President Obama appeared on "The Daily Show" last night, but hours before the program aired, conservatives were already seizing on a quote from the pool report, in which the president describes the death of four Americans in Benghazi as "not optimal."
On Sunday morning, just two days before the second presidential debate, and a few days after the lone vice presidential debate, the focus of "Face the Nation" was squarely on Libya.
On Sunday morning, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a football analogy to communicate the threat from Iran.
"They're in the red zone," he told David Gregory on "Meet the Press."
"You know, they're in the last 20 yards. And you can't let them cross that goal line. You can't let them score a touchdown, because that would have unbelievable consequences, grievous consequences, for the peace and security of us all--of the world, really.
On MSNBC this afternoon, Rep. Charlie Rangel said he was pleased that Mitt Romney's "incompetency" might help re-elect President Obama, but concerned about the effect of Romney's foreign policy statements on international relations.
"When I start listening to how ridiculous their remarks get, and Romney's response to Iran and Libya, I think they are becoming a threat to our national security," Rangel said. "We just cannot afford that type of incompetency, and we cannot afford for our friends and allies to believe that people who have this immature response to international disasters for us could possibly be president of the United States."
"He went off half-cocked, he didn't have his facts right," said Rep. Jerry Nadler, after a conference call timed to coincide with Mitt Romney's fund-raising visit to New York City today.
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