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December 4, 2012
The Sun's editorial regarding President Barack Obama's possible choice of Susan Rice for secretary of state is on the mark ("Obama's conundrum," Nov. 30). Why should one statement destroy the reputation and credibility of a hardworking government official? This may be the time to recall that famous appearance of Colin Powell at the United Nations when he confirmed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. His information was supplied by a Bush administration that conjured up the lie so that such weapons would offer them an excuse to pursue the horrible war that drained our armed forces and national wealth.
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By Jules Witcover | May 12, 2014
After endlessly trying to repeal and replace "Obamacare," the GOP has come up empty-handed. The health-care law appears to be gaining more public acceptance. So congressional Republicans are doing what they can to revive another old hobby horse - Benghazi. The name of the Libyan city where an American ambassador and three consulate officials were killed in a terrorist raid on Sept. 11, 2012 has become shorthand for what Republicans argue is a continuing political cover-up by the Obama administration.
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NEWS
November 30, 2012
I normally agree with op-ed contributor Tom Schaller's views, but his recent column on Susan Rice and the Benghazi affair was an exception ("GOP right to seek answers on Benghazi," Nov. 28). My concern is with the inadequate security afforded to the slain U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, not with any statement made by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice after the event. Ms. Rice had no involvement with security arrangements, which were clearly the responsibility of the military and the intelligence community as well as the State Department.
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By Jules Witcover | August 5, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry still has a long way to go in his intensive quest for Palestinian-Israeli peace. But his diligent and persuasive pursuit of it suggests that his uneven career search for a legacy of his own may finally have found its proper track. The decorated Vietnam War veteran who first won prominence as a vocal critic of that war went on to be a U.S. senator from Massachusetts and in 2004 the Democratic presidential nominee. But he was denied the presidency in a brutal political smearing of that honored service as a Navy swift boat commander.
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By Jules Witcover | December 18, 2012
Whether Susan Rice jumped or was pushed from consideration to succeed retiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her removal from the equation clears one bone of partisan contention from President Barack Obama's plate as he heads into his second term. The UN ambassador asserted that she withdrew her name to save her boss from "an enduring partisan battle" that would further distract him and the country from urgent national priorities, including job creation, deficit reduction, immigration reform and "protecting our national securitiy.
NEWS
December 1, 2012
Your article, "New concerns arise after Rice, GOP senator meet," (Nov. 29) fails to mention what is generally accepted by insiders in Washington and that is that the Republican strategy behind the character assassination of Susan Rice is an attempt to force President Barack Obama to appoint Sen. John Kerry to fill the position of Secretary of State so that Scott Brown gets another shot at becoming senator from Massachusetts. I am not surprised that the Republican Party would stoop so low as to trash a patriotic individual in order to advance its political agenda, but I am surprised that Sen. Susan Collins, one of the few reasonable GOP senators still around, would join this unholy cabal.
NEWS
December 4, 2012
If the Obama administration is in a conundrum over the Susan Rice nomination for Secretary of State, it is one entirely of their own making ("Obama's conundrum," Nov. 30). They knew within 24 hours of the attack that it was an al-Qaida affiliate sponsored terrorist attack. But this did not fit the Obama administration's narrative that al-Qaida was in retreat due to their efforts. To say otherwise would undermine a perceived Obama strength on foreign policy. Can't have that with the election around the corner.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Good morning and welcome to an extra robust Friday online trends report. So did you see that awesome Meteor Shower ? No, I didn't either, but thanks to Internet our ignorance and laziness will not be punished because the photos are plentiful and popular. Thanks Internet! The political soap opera Scandal continues to prove extremely popular with Baltimore audiences after another eventful show. SPOILERS BELOW PEOPLE! Meanwhile, Susan Rice  will not be leading the State Department anytime soon, The Air Foamposite One 'Stealth' (a sneaker, a not military drone)
NEWS
By David Horsey¿ | January 29, 2013
When Hillary Clinton went to Capitol Hill last week, Republicans opened their bags of overly ripe conspiracy theories and moldering fruitcake ideas and tossed everything at her. Every shot missed. Republican senators and congressmen on the foreign affairs committees of both houses had insisted that the departing secretary of state come in for a full day of hearings about the deadly terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Some of them must have thought this was a great chance to do pre-emptive damage to the most popular choice for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | August 5, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry still has a long way to go in his intensive quest for Palestinian-Israeli peace. But his diligent and persuasive pursuit of it suggests that his uneven career search for a legacy of his own may finally have found its proper track. The decorated Vietnam War veteran who first won prominence as a vocal critic of that war went on to be a U.S. senator from Massachusetts and in 2004 the Democratic presidential nominee. But he was denied the presidency in a brutal political smearing of that honored service as a Navy swift boat commander.
NEWS
By David Horsey¿ | January 29, 2013
When Hillary Clinton went to Capitol Hill last week, Republicans opened their bags of overly ripe conspiracy theories and moldering fruitcake ideas and tossed everything at her. Every shot missed. Republican senators and congressmen on the foreign affairs committees of both houses had insisted that the departing secretary of state come in for a full day of hearings about the deadly terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Some of them must have thought this was a great chance to do pre-emptive damage to the most popular choice for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | December 18, 2012
Whether Susan Rice jumped or was pushed from consideration to succeed retiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her removal from the equation clears one bone of partisan contention from President Barack Obama's plate as he heads into his second term. The UN ambassador asserted that she withdrew her name to save her boss from "an enduring partisan battle" that would further distract him and the country from urgent national priorities, including job creation, deficit reduction, immigration reform and "protecting our national securitiy.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Good morning and welcome to an extra robust Friday online trends report. So did you see that awesome Meteor Shower ? No, I didn't either, but thanks to Internet our ignorance and laziness will not be punished because the photos are plentiful and popular. Thanks Internet! The political soap opera Scandal continues to prove extremely popular with Baltimore audiences after another eventful show. SPOILERS BELOW PEOPLE! Meanwhile, Susan Rice  will not be leading the State Department anytime soon, The Air Foamposite One 'Stealth' (a sneaker, a not military drone)
NEWS
December 5, 2012
Susan Rice has not demonstrated the qualifications needed for the delicate position of U.S. Secretary of State, particularly when our foreign policy in Syria, Egypt and Libya is in such disarray ("Obama's conundrum," Nov. 30). Approval of nominees to cabinet positions is by law the prerogative of the Senate. Certainly the president is entitled to his opinion as to who the nominee should be, but at the same time the Senate is required to state that he has made a mistake. The president is not omnipotent; he is human in his choices which may involve political considerations and even bias.
NEWS
December 4, 2012
If the Obama administration is in a conundrum over the Susan Rice nomination for Secretary of State, it is one entirely of their own making ("Obama's conundrum," Nov. 30). They knew within 24 hours of the attack that it was an al-Qaida affiliate sponsored terrorist attack. But this did not fit the Obama administration's narrative that al-Qaida was in retreat due to their efforts. To say otherwise would undermine a perceived Obama strength on foreign policy. Can't have that with the election around the corner.
NEWS
December 4, 2012
The Sun's editorial regarding President Barack Obama's possible choice of Susan Rice for secretary of state is on the mark ("Obama's conundrum," Nov. 30). Why should one statement destroy the reputation and credibility of a hardworking government official? This may be the time to recall that famous appearance of Colin Powell at the United Nations when he confirmed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. His information was supplied by a Bush administration that conjured up the lie so that such weapons would offer them an excuse to pursue the horrible war that drained our armed forces and national wealth.
NEWS
July 29, 2004
Dean brings full plate of passion to breakfast Combative as ever, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean made a surprise appearance at the Maryland delegation's 7:30 a.m. breakfast yesterday, delighting the delegates with his trademark attack on conservatives. "We have a civil war going on in this country, and we cannot afford to lose it," Dean told the Marylanders, who looked up from their French toast and eggs to give the former candidate their attention. Dean called for an engagement in Democratic politics at all levels - from library trustee to president - and in all areas of the country, even traditionally Republican zones.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | May 12, 2014
After endlessly trying to repeal and replace "Obamacare," the GOP has come up empty-handed. The health-care law appears to be gaining more public acceptance. So congressional Republicans are doing what they can to revive another old hobby horse - Benghazi. The name of the Libyan city where an American ambassador and three consulate officials were killed in a terrorist raid on Sept. 11, 2012 has become shorthand for what Republicans argue is a continuing political cover-up by the Obama administration.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | December 3, 2012
There was a time when a president and the opposition party in Congress could agree on certain basics, such as the right of the chief executive to select members of his cabinet with no fuss or bother. The president's most important choice in this regard was of his secretary of state, the first among supposed equals in the cabinet and once at the top of the ladder in terms of presidential succession after the vice president. That pecking order was changed by statute to elevate the speaker of the House and then the Senate president pro tem on the list, on the premise that anyone ascending to the presidency under the Constitution ought to have first been an elected official.
NEWS
December 1, 2012
Your article, "New concerns arise after Rice, GOP senator meet," (Nov. 29) fails to mention what is generally accepted by insiders in Washington and that is that the Republican strategy behind the character assassination of Susan Rice is an attempt to force President Barack Obama to appoint Sen. John Kerry to fill the position of Secretary of State so that Scott Brown gets another shot at becoming senator from Massachusetts. I am not surprised that the Republican Party would stoop so low as to trash a patriotic individual in order to advance its political agenda, but I am surprised that Sen. Susan Collins, one of the few reasonable GOP senators still around, would join this unholy cabal.
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