Rep. Michael Turner Criticizes Holding of Political Prisoners in Georgia

Warns of ‘negative impact’ on U.S.-Georgia relations
Rep. Mike Turner / AP

Rep. Michael Turner (R., Ohio) reiterated concerns about the ongoing crackdown on Georgia’s political opposition in a statement Wednesday after meeting with Tedo Japaridze, chairman of the Georgian Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee. Turner put forward an amendment last month that subsequently passed the House and warned of the “negative impact” the crackdown could have on U.S.-Georgian relations.

Victoria Nuland Questioned About Benghazi Attack Talking Points

Republicans criticize former State Department spokeswoman
Victoria Nuland / AP

Former State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland faced tough questions from senators on Thursday about her role in the White House’s efforts to alter public talking points about the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

Benghazi Boils Over

New revelations bring inquiry into Sept. 11, 2012 attacks to a head
U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya / AP

Damaging new revelations continue to undermine the Obama administration as Congress prepares to resume hearings examining the response to the September 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead including the U.S. ambassador.

State Dept Defers Award to Samira Ibrahim

Egyptian political activist has made anti-Semitic, anti-American statements on Twitter
Ibrahim (AP)

The State Department announced Thursday the administration will not present an Egyptian political activist with an award until reviewing anti-Semitic and anti-American statements made by the activist on Twitter.