Out of Wednesday’s hearings in Washington on an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya last month, the Associated Press chose this straight approach:
Four weeks before the election, Republicans used a politically charged House hearing to confront State Department officials about security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya and assail the Obama administration’s early response to the killing of the ambassador and three other Americans there.
GOP lawmakers refused to accept the department’s explanation Wednesday that protection judged adequate for the threat was overwhelmed by an unprecedented assault in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
But over at the Washington Post, Dana Milbanks has this version:
The purpose of Wednesday’s hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. But in doing so, the lawmakers reminded us why “congressional intelligence” is an oxymoron.
Through their outbursts, cryptic language and boneheaded questioning of State Department officials, the committee members left little doubt that one of the two compounds at which the Americans were killed, described by the administration as a “consulate” and a nearby “annex,” was a CIA base. They did this, helpfully, in a televised public hearing.
Ralph Reed, with his new Faith and Freedom organization behind him, was among those who came to Mitt Romney’s defense on Wednesday, declaring that the Republican presidential nominee’s recent remarks on abortion in Iowa should not be viewed as a retreat – or at all inconsistent. From the conservative website NewsMax.com:
The Georgia Tipsheet is reporting that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who debates Vice President Joe Biden in Danville, Ky., this evening, will headline an Oct. 24 fundraiser at the Cobb Energy Centre. Entry will cost a minimum of $500. No signs of a public event.
Funeral arrangements for Dick Pettys, the longtime Georgia political reporter, are as follows: Visitation is Sunday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel in Brookhaven, 4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA 30319. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 1243 Hulsey Road, in Cleveland, Ga., at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Am I the only one who missed this New York Times piece about Georgia schools and medication?
CANTON, Ga. — When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall.
The pills boost focus and impulse control in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although A.D.H.D is the diagnosis Dr. Anderson makes, he calls the disorder “made up” and “an excuse” to prescribe the pills to treat what he considers the children’s true ill — poor academic performance in inadequate schools.
“I don’t have a whole lot of choice,” said Dr. Anderson, a pediatrician for many poor families in Cherokee County, north of Atlanta. “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider