Daily Archives: Dec. 19, 2012

Benghazi report resulting in resignations

The chief of the U.S. State Department’s security service, one of his deputies and an official from the agency’s Middle East bureau have resigned, Associated Press reported. The resignations follow the release Tuesday of a report by the Accountability Review Board that found “systematic failures” at the State Department contributed to security lapses in the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens (in photo) and three other Americans.

Will farm bill be part of fiscal-cliff deal?

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is part of negotiations aimed at including the new farm bill in the fiscal-cliff budget deal, the Hill reported. But to do that, the Senate and House must reconcile their separate farm bills, which they have thus far been unable to do – even though most farm-support programs expired on Oct. 1 and livestock programs lapsed a year earlier. Both bills do away with “direct payments” to farmers. One key difference is that the House bill cuts food stamps by $16 billion while the Senate bill trims the program by $4 billion.