Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United States, speaks to the media at the United Nations following Security Council Consolations after North Korea announced they have conducted a third nuclear test on February 12, 2013 in New York City
*Susan Rice, currently the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will replace Tom Donilon as President Obama’s national security adviser – a position not subject to Senate confirmation.
Rice has been at the center of a firestorm over early accounts of the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which later proved to be incorrect. Rice came under intense fire from Republicans for initially characterizing the Sept. 11 assault as a spur-of-the-moment response to a crude anti-Muslim film. The Obama administration later said the violence was a planned terrorist attack.
Rice dropped out of the running to become Secretary of State in December – a post that was later filled by John Kerry.
She will be formally introduced in her new role by President Barack Obama at 2 p.m. ET today.
A White House official says Samantha Power, a former special assistant to the president on the National Security Council, will be nominated to replace Susan Rice as the U.N. ambassador.
*During a press conference in the White House on Monday, President Barack Obama was asked about reports that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for added scrutiny over the course of the last two years.
The president condemned the actions of members of the IRS who enforced federal tax laws in a partisan fashion.
“I’ve got no patience with it,” Obama said. “I will not tolerate it.”
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Commander in Chief also accuses GOP of “political circus” and calls Benghazi talking points controversy a “sideshow.” Watch:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as she’s grilled by Republican senators at the Benghazi hearing in D.C. Wednesday, January 23, 2013.
*Congress has been waiting for the opportunity to get answers for the events surrounding the four deaths of officials at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
Some members of Congress like Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) accused Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration of duping them with reporting that the anti-Muslim video protests that occurred in the area leaving angry protesters on the streets “and something sprang out of that”
“We were mislead that there were supposedly protests, then something sprang out of that, assaults sprang out of that, and that was easily ascertained that, that was not the fact and the American people could’ve known that within days.”
But Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, took his remarks as well as line of questioning as an empty attack on her:
*UN Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State, saying the criticism surrounding her comments on Benghazi had become an “irresponsible distraction.”
“I am fully confident that I could serve our country ably and effectively in that role,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama today. “However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities.”
“That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country,” she added.
Rice has been criticized by Republicans for her response to questions about the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
“The position of Secretary of State should never be politicized,” Rice wrote. “As someone who grew up in an era of comparative bipartisanship and as a sitting U.S. national security official who has served in two U.S. Administration, I am saddened that we have reached this point, even before you have decided whom to nominate. We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.”
President Obama has accepted Rice’s decision to remove her name from the running.
“While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” Obama said in a written statement. “The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.”
Pulitzer Prize winning author and jounalist Thomas Ricks, sticks it to Fox News during an interview on his new book ‘The Generals.’
*Fox News has been charged with being a right wing channel, but they don’t listen to us because a lot of us that believe this are a part of the 47 percent.
But, one reputable person took the time to address their questionable journalistic tactics.
The Fox News channel invited Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist, Thomas Ricks, to talk about his new book “The Generals”
Ricks has covered the military for decades and it appears that Fox may have thought he shared the same right wing views as the channel when they asked him to weigh in on the Benghazi controversy.