The U.S. Senate sheds new light on the attack in Benghazi; new details are released in the New Mexico middle school shooting; and Governor Chris Christie of NJ addresses “Bridgegate” in his State of the State address. Meanwhile, 2014 gets off to a rocky start for Justin Bieber and Kanye West after two high-profile incidents.
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Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented: http://rtvote.com/1j7nle7
The bipartisan report on the 2012 attack on the United States compound in Benghazi, Libya shows that the State Department was warned about the potential for attack but did not increase security around the compound. The report also blames intelligence agencies for not discussing CIA outpost locations within the U.S. military. However, the report does not discuss in depth whether the Obama administration downplayed the attacks, saying that no one knew when the attacks were to occur.
Shooter may have warned some students: http://rtvote.com/1b39JIV
The 12-year-old suspect accused of opening fire in a New Mexico middle school’s gymnasium yesterday morning may have warned certain students against coming to school early. This discovery is currently being investigated by police, along with other claims. So far, police have not been able to determine a motive for the shooting; however, the shooter is in custody. Two students were injured in the attack.
Can Christie change the subject? http://rtvote.com/Kj1Nfm
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his State of the State address yesterday. He acknowledged the mistakes his administration has made recently in regards to the closing of bridge lanes on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee (dubbed “Bridgegate”). After apologizing, Christie tried to change the subject to focus on more pressing policy issues in the state. However, many people believe that Christie’s reputation is now too tarnished to allow a potential presidential bid in 2016.
CBS airs video of chaotic scene at Asiana crash site: http://rtvote.com/1hqMYnc
CBS has recently released video footage of firefighters and emergency personnel tending to survivors and the wreckage of the Asiana plane crash. The crash occurred last summer at San Francisco airport. The story received national attention not only due to the crash, but also because of the death of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, who survived the crash but was struck and killed by a fire truck at the scene.
Va. Democrat Jim Moran to retire from Congress: http://rtvote.com/1eDrVLC
After serving twelve Congressional terms, Representative Jim Moran will not run for re-election. Moran, an occasionally combative and passionate member of Congress, represents Virginia’s 8th District. His retirement could potentially create a heated primary election because of the 8th District’s reputation as being a Democratic stronghold.
Police raid Justin Bieber’s house after incident: http://rtvote.com/1m7g7nA
Are Johnny Depp and girlfriend Amber Heard engaged? http://rtvote.com/K2E17V
How Harry Connick Jr. can save American Idol: http://rtvote.com/1m7gs9M
Kanye West allegedly assaults a young man: http://rtvote.com/1aoR914