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Hillary Clinton: 'I Take Responsibility' for U.S. Security in Libya - VIDEO


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took some heat off the White House for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya in September and accusations about inadequate security, CNN reports:

"I take responsibility," Clinton said during a visit to Peru. "I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts. The president and the vice president wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They're the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision."

But she said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed on September 11.

"I take this very personally," Clinton said. "So we're going to get to the bottom of it, and then we're going to do everything we can to work to prevent it from happening again, and then we're going to work to bring whoever did this to us to justice."


UPDATE: In related news, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham continues to push the false narrative that the State Department denied requests for additional security in Benghazi when in fact the requests for security were made for Tripoli.

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News: Million Muppet March, Atlanta Pride, Colbert, Mitt Myth

1NewsIcon Scottish politician Gordon Wilson says that passing marriage equality would be a "step toward state fascism."

Colbertmtp1NewsIcon Stephen Colbert appeared on Meet the Press today and said he can't tell Barack Obama and Mitt Romney apart. "I'm not Ralph Nader. I don't think there's no difference... There is a difference. I don't know what the difference is, though." Video is here.

1NewsIcon Singer Marsha Ambrosius has taken to Facebook to deny rumors that she is a lesbian, but still admits to having sexy dreams about the ladies: "I am not a lesbian! I am straight! I will never say I haven't fantasized or had sexually explicit dreams about women before! That would make me liar!"

1NewsIcon The New York Times on the "moderate Mitt myth": "There isn’t really a Moderate Mitt; what is on display now is better described as Convenient Mitt. Anyone willing to advocate extremism to raise money and win primaries is likely to do the same to stay in office."

1NewsIcon Kim and Khloe can't keep their hands to themselves.

Rogermoore1NewsIcon A happy birthday to Roger Moore.

1NewsIcon A stagehand is suing Adult Entertainment Broadcast Network after the company allegedly fired him following complaints that he pricked himself while injecting an actor's penis with TriMix, a prescription drug that induces an erection.

1NewsIcon Useful information for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

1NewsIcon Los Angeles-based animation executive Michael Bellavia and Idaho college student Chris Mecham are organizing the Million Muppet March on November 3, three days before the election, to rally support for Big Bird and the other people and characters who would suffer should Romney and other Republicans get their wish: the end of federal funding to PBS.

1NewsIcon Actor Stephen Amell looked attractive, of course, during a press appearance in Canada on Friday.

1NewsIcon "At 0-32, gay-marriage forces seek 1st win at polls"

1NewsIcon New bra designed to detect breast cancer.

AFAHate1NewsIcon The anti-gay American Family Association is now claiming that the 11-year old Mix It Up Day, a day when students are encouraged to eat lunch with people they typically don't hang out with, is an attempt by the organizers at the Southern Poverty Law Center to "promote a homosexual lifestyle." AFA leader Bryan Fischer claimed, "[This is] just another thinly veiled attempt to promote the homosexual agenda. No one is in favor of anyone getting bullied for any reason, but these anti-bullying policies become a mechanism for punishing Christian students who believe that homosexual behavior is not something that should be normalized.”

1NewsIcon An estimated 200,000 people attended Atlanta Pride today.

1NewsIcon Republicans used the Sunday talk shows to continue hammering Obama's Libya policies. Rep. Darrell Issa called the administration's response the recent attack on our embassy there Obama's "mission accomplished moment," while Sen. Lindsey Graham claims the White House has been "misleading" the American people with their various explanations of the attak.

Florida Log Cabin Republicans Chapter Uses Slain Libyan Ambassador's Body in Ad Attacking Obama

The Broward County Log Cabin Republicans this week published an Obama attack ad containing a photograph of the body of slain Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens in the Florida Agenda (p. 27) billed as Florida's largest LGBT newspaper, the Bilerico Project reports:

Lcr_adThe ad claims that the Obama administration isn't protecting "gay/gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism" and suggests that Sharia law will be forced on America if Obama wins a second term.

The advertisement also insinuates that Ambassador Stevens was gay. Rumors about Steven's sexual orientation were started by Kevin DuJan, a gay Republican known best for his outrageous claims about President Obama. DuJan, who writes for the right wing blog HillBuzz, has also alleged that the President is also secretly gay.

The ad was condemned by National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis:

"The Log Cabin Republicans of Florida have cravenly disrespected the life and legacy of a United States civil servant with this ad. Put bluntly, they have crossed the line of civil discourse and good taste by including an image of the corpse of slain US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens being carried through the streets of Benghazi, Libya. It is simply unimaginable to me how any political message, let alone the muddy and ludicrous message of this ad, in any way justifies disgracing the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his country. This level of depravity and moral indifference must not be allowed to enter our political discourse."

Log Cabin Republican Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper distanced the organization from the inflammatory ad:

"This ad does not represent the position of Log Cabin Republicans, and we reject it completely.The 9-11 attack on Americans posted in Libya was a straight up act of terrorism. There are plenty of reasons to vote Republican on protecting US interests abroad, but such an ad is fallacious, simple minded and irresponsible."

Jon Stewart And Bill O'Reilly 'Rumble' In Epic Debate: VIDEO


Move over Mitt and Barack, because there's a far more rambunctious, exciting debate duo in town: Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly.

The men met at George Washington University in DC last night for "O'Reilly v Stewart 2012: the Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium," an event moderated by CNN's ED Hill and that featured the men facing-off on almost every subject under the sun, including the role of government, the attacks on U.S. embassies in Libya and Cairo and the ethics of government subsidies. Wondered Stewart, "Why is it if you take advantage of a tax break as a corporation you're a smart businessman, but if you take advantage of a tax break as a person you're a moocher?"

The LA Times offers some more details:

The Daily Show host centered his remarks around the idea that many on the right live in an "alternate reality," of which O’Reilly is allegedly the mayor. It’s a place, Stewart declared, where "problems are amplified, solutions simplified." The name Stewart gave O’Reilly’s domicile was somewhat more spicy, but you get the drift.

O’Reilly, host of the Fox News show The O’Reilly Factor, pulled no punches either, accusing Stewart of defending an addled, entitlement-laden society, the "poster child" of which is Sandra Fluke. Fluke, the Georgetown law student who came under attack from Rush Limbaugh after she spoke out on behalf of contraception coverage, is the embodiment of a country that is "lazy," "mooching" and overly dependent on the federal government, he said.

Asked at the end what they had learned, Stewart, using his affectionate honorific for O'Reilly's employer, Fox News, told Hill, "have learned that bullsh*t mountain is tall, bullsh*t mountain is wide, and it's deep." O'Reilly answer? "That I know I'm right."

Watch the video, via The Guardian, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Towleroad Guide To The Tube #1214

BUMP: Obama discusses Chris Stevens' death on 60 Minutes.

RESPONSE: Romney reacts by saying, "I can't imagine saying something like the assassination of ambassadors is a bump in the road."

'BEAUTIFUL CREATURES': Trailer for new star-studded flick.

MY MITT!: Mimi Imfurst channels Ann Romney pleading for Mitt.

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State Dept Says CNN 'Indefensible' For Journal Use: VIDEO


Last Wednesday, Anderson Cooper and his team at CNN issued a report that they said delved deep into slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens' political mindset. The information was said to have come from someone familiar with Stevens' thinking — and as it turns out was based partially on Stevens' journal. The item had been found by a CNN team, and details contained in it were used to build the CNN report.

"The information for that report, like all of CNN's reporting, was carefully vetted. Some of that information was found in a personal journal of Ambassador Stevens in his handwriting," said Cooper. "We came upon the journal through our reporting and notified the family. At their request, we returned that journal to them. We reported what we found newsworthy in the ambassador's writings. A reporter followed up on what we found newsworthy, as I said, in the ambassador's writings."

CNN provided more information yesterday, "The journal was found on the floor of the largely unsecured consulate compound where he was fatally wounded. CNN notified Stevens’ family about the journal within hours after it was discovered and at the family’s request provided it to them via a third party. The journal consists of just seven pages of handwriting in a hard-bound book.”

Right-wingers are already jumping down Cooper and company's collective throat, and so too is the State Department, which called CNN's use of the dead man's journal "indefensible".


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