FROM Carol Lee
US Ambassador Killed in Libya, 11 Years after September 11 Ambassador Chris Stevens was considered a hero who helped liberate Libya from Moammar Gadhafi, but he died last night in an armed attack in Benghazi, the first such incident of its kind in 20 years. Three others were killed along with him. The US embassy in Cairo was also beset by protesters after a film, ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed, appeared on YouTube with Arabic subtitles. The film was produced in the US by a man claiming to be a developer in Los Angeles with dual US and Israeli citizenship. He's told the Associated Press that 100 Jewish donors provided $5 million. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have condemned the incidents, but Mitt Romney is criticizing the Administration for its response.
Debt Negotiations Devolve Another high-level meeting was planned for the White House this afternoon, but it's considered unlikely to break the stalemate over taxes, spending and raising the debt limit by August 2. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a new idea : let President Obama raise the limit all by himself. Carol Lee is White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal .
Obama Criticizes Blagojevich, Names Daschle to HSS Barack Obama today named Tom Daschle to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services . Asked about allegations against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the President-elect said he's "appalled and disappointed" and hopes he'll resign. Obama said he had no contact with the Governor about filling his vacant seat in the US Senate seat. But in phone calls tapped by federal officials, Blagojevich denounced Obama for refusing to play ball. Obama was asked how Blagojevich knew that. Carol Lee is White House reporter for Politico , covering the transition team in Chicago.
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