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Rep. Westmoreland: NY Times Wants to ‘Absolve’ Clinton of Benghazi Blame.


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By Wanda Carruthers

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland joined Donald Trump Monday in claiming The New York Times is trying to “absolve” Hillary Clinton of any blame for the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya to make it easier for her to run for president in 2016.

“I don’t know why they put it out, unless it was for political reasons,” the Georgia Republican said on “Fox & Friends,” referring to a Times report over the weekendclaiming that al-Qaida and other terrorist groups weren’t responsible for the attack.

The Times also reported, as the Obama administration initially claimed, that an American-made anti-Muslim video was partly responsible for setting off the violent outbreak in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

Westmoreland suggested the report is aimed at “laying the groundwork” for a presidential run by former Secretary of State Clinton, who Republicans blame for the lax security in Benghazi.

“This thing is eventually going to fall back on the State Department, when all the truth gets out there. Of course, Secretary Clinton was in charge at the time,” Westmoreland said.

“I think they’re just . . . trying to absolve her from the lack of security that was sent over there, the number of requests for security that was turned down. So, I think they’re just trying to take the pressure off her and the administration,” he added.

Earlier on “Fox & Friends,” Trump all but accused the Times of trying to help cover up what actually happened the night of the attack in Benghazi to make it easier for Clinton to make another run for the White House.

Westmoreland continued to maintain that the anti-Islam video “never came into play” in the Benghazi bombing, saying that watching a video “doesn’t give you instructions on how to shoot five mortar rounds.”

“If you go to some of the research, or the people that study these media, social media outlets, and stuff, there was nothing even on the radar in Libya or in Benghazi actually until the next morning,” he said, referring to some reports the video may have spurred a crowd to form and then attack the U.S. compound.

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Fund: Gov’t Needs ‘Clear Guidelines’ on Security Breaches.


Despite pleas from security experts, the federal government declared itself exempt from reporting security breaches on the Obamacare website, National Review Online columnist John Fund said Thursday.

“It declared itself exempt, even though it was begged by security experts, ‘Please, alert people if there is a security breach,'” Fund said on “Fox & Friends.”

Unlike recent security breaches affecting 40 million customers at Target, Fund said the federal government is not required by law to report security breaches. That leaves the public uncertain about the security of the personal information they share when signing up for Obamacare.

“We don’t know right now, except, if we believe the government, that there are any security breaches. Because, legally, they can say, ‘Well, it wasn’t really a security breach. It was something else,'” he said.

Prior to the Obamacare launch, Fund said officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would not sign off on the security of the website. He said a political appointee at CMS was the one “who actually had to sign the authorization to launch it.”

Fund noted that a bill to address the problem has been introduced by Tennessee Republican Rep. Diane Black. He said it would “force the government to stop this ridiculous posture.”

“We need clear guidelines. And, not because we don’t trust the people in government, but because we want complete transparency. Just like Target had to tell its customers what happened, so, too, should the government,” he said.

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By Wanda Carruthers

Krauthammer: Democrats Will Run From Obamacare Next Summer.


Democratic support of Obamacare is a “pretense” that will change next summer, at which time they’ll they “run for their lives,” syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer said Thursday.

“[Support] is a pretense they’re going to have to maintain, probably until midsummer, at which point everybody is going to run for their lives. And the Democrats, individually in their races, are going to run away from this as hard as they can,” Krauthammer told “Fox & Friends.”

Democrats will have no choice but to watch as Obamacare unfolds. Those facing re-election could call for changes to the healthcare law sometime next year, Krauthammer predicted.

“The Democrats are going to have to watch this without any recourse unless they decide they’re going to jump ship. And I think that by mid-year, it’s likely that some of the vulnerable Democrats in the Senate are going to move for a delay or even a repeal,” he said.

Democrats facing midterm elections in 2014 are increasingly viewed as vulnerable, due to the problems facing Americans from Obamacare. Passed on a purely partisan vote, Krauthammer said Democrats “decided in 2009 and 2010 for a huge experiment on one-sixth of the American economy.”

Krauthammer maintained Democrats used the issue of people without healthcare insurance to “revolutionize all of American medicine.” Now that Obamacare has been implemented, it is “not stoppable, in the absence of repeal,” he said.

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By Wanda Carruthers

Kucinich: US Must Do More to Protect Religious Minorities Abroad.


The United States must do more to protect religious minorities, particularly Christians, who have come under attack in other countries, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich said Wednesday.

“We need to see the State Department involved, and not just condemning, but in taking action to try to protect Christians and other religious minorities,” the Ohio Democrat said on “Fox & Friends.”

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Christians are under attack in 50 countries worldwide, but particularly in the Middle East, Kucinich said, adding that the U.S. policy may be partly to blame.

“We have to be aware that a partial reason is Western intervention. U.S. comes in. We knock off a government. Radicalization takes place. And, Christians end up getting targeted. That’s a fact,” said Kucinich, now a Fox News contributor.

Kucinich maintained the U.S. should alter its policy when it gets involved in the workings of foreign governments to ensure religious minorities are not targeted.

“We must be aware that when we intervene, as we did in Iraq, that Christians ended up getting some of the blowback. That’s a fact. It’s not just about one administration. It’s about U.S. policy,” he added.

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By Wanda Carruthers

Scarborough: Military Retirement Cuts are ‘Sick’ and ‘Obscene’.


Former Rep. Joe Scarborough Wednesday called the proposed cuts to military retirement benefits in the bipartisan budget bill before Congress “obscene” and accused lawmakers of ignoring the tremendous sacrifices military personnel have made over the course of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and long before.

“That is sick. It’s obscene. You look at what these people have done for us over the past 12 years. Look what they’ve done for us over the past 50 years. 100 years,” the former Florida Republican, now a television talk show host, said on his MSNBCMorning Joe” program.

“We got, what, a $4 trillion budget every year? And, the only place these people can find to cut spending comes from military retirees?” he asked.

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The budget plan brokered by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray calls for a one percent cut to military retirement benefits. Over time, it’s estimated that could translate to $83,000 in lost compensation for an enlisted service member.

Scarborough, a former GOP Congressman from Florida, maintained there were other areas in the budget that could be trimmed, such as the pay for lawmakers.

“If they’re going to cut the benefits, why doesn’t Congress cut the retirement benefits of themselves?” Scarborough argued.

“A promise was made to these men and women” when they sign up to serve in the military,” he continued.

Scarborough added that if the nation’s lawmakers really believe that benefits to the military are too expensive, then they should “stop sending kids off to war for multiple tours” to save money.

Navy veteran Jeremy Hilton voiced similar concerns Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.” Cutting military benefits represents a break in trust between the government and those who serve, he said.

“Military families and the men and women that serve in our military consider this a massive breach of faith with the service that we’ve rendered to America,” Hilton said.

“We have to find a better way of cutting and balancing our budget, other than on the back of our military veterans,” he added.

Hilton noted that military service members generally don’t speak out politically. But he said many are now taking to Twitter, telling lawmakers, “Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, know that in 2014, you vote for this, we’re not voting for you.”

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By Wanda Carruthers

Trump: ‘Let’s See What Happens’ on Run for NY Gov.


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By Wanda Carruthers

Real-estate mogul Donald Trump said Monday to wait and see what happens on a possible run for governor of New York.

“I’ll make a decision at some time pretty soon … Let’s see what happens,” Trump told “Fox & Friends.”

Trump is considering a challenge to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, after Republican leaders in the state urged him to run last week. He said he had “something else in mind” aside from running for governor, but declined to say if a run for president in 2016 was what that “something else” was.

New York state has a lot of problems. We have the highest taxes in the nation, which people are not exactly thrilled about. And there is no reason to have that. And there are a lot of other problems,” he said.

As for Obamacare, Trump questioned why President Barack Obama was not more involved leading up to its implementation. He maintained the healthcare law is a “total disaster” that was “built on a lie.”

“[Obama] said that he had nothing to do with it. How can you have nothing to do with it when your whole legacy is riding on Obamacare?” Trump asked.

With all the issues facing the White House over the past year, Trump said the United States was “not the same country that we were, in terms of respect, in terms of so many other things.”

“If you look at what’s going on, so many bad things happened,” he said. “This wasn’t really a wasted year. This was really a negative year.”

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Hegseth: Ryan-Murray Deal Balances Budget on Backs of Veterans.


The bipartisan spending deal reached by House and Senate negotiators balances the budget on the backs of veterans, a move that could cost an enlisted service member $83,000 over the course of their retirement, retired Army Capt. Pete Hegseth said Friday.

“Somehow we’re going to balance the books on the backs of military retirees,” Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, said on “Fox & Friends.”

“Because Washington has been so unwilling to reform the way it spends money for so long, they look for easy places. Safety valves. One of those in this deal was retirement,” Hegseth said.

The budget plan passed by the House Thursday night calls for a one percent cut to retirement benefits for service personnel under the age of 62 who served 20 years in the military, Hegseth explained. He said that could total $83,000 in benefits an enlisted service member receives.

Hegseth claimed the move breaks the trust between government and those who join the military to serve the country.

“You know what’s more damning about this, is that we’re breaking the trust. We’ve made an ironclad promise to those who put their lives on the line,” he said.

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