Republicans on a U.S. House panel confronted State Department officials over the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying they failed to provide enough security beforehand and then joined in blaming the incident on an anti-Islam Internet video.
The decision of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and several other banks to close accounts of foreign embassies and United Nations missions is creating a cash-flow pinch for diplomats in the U.S. with bills to pay and payrolls to meet.
DynCorp International Inc. , the largest contractor in Afghanistan, has refunded a portion of $40.8 million to the U.S. State Department for work in Iraq and Afghanistan, department spokeswoman Susan Pittman said today.
Requests for additional security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, before the Sept. 11 attack were rejected by the State Department because of a desire to convey “normalization,” the Republican chairman of a House panel said today.
Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III, a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, won election to replace retiring U.S. Representative Barney Frank, returning a member of the Irish-American clan to Washington after a year’s absence.