White House and State Department officials continue to take severe criticism for overestimating compound security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya – with one email exchange between a reporter and a State Department aide deteriorating into expletives after the reporter continued to poke holes in the administration's story.
Even after administration officials were forced to change their story about the origin of the outbreak in Libya from one of happenstance to admitting the attacks were planned, some reporters continued to press the issue of how secure the U.S. embassy in Benghazi was, or if there was any at all.
One Sunday morning email conversation between BuzzFeed correspondent Michael Hastings and Philippe Reines, a longtime personal aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have brought the tension on this issue between the media and Obama administration to head. more >>
Republican Mitt Romney addressed a crowd of business leaders and global policy experts Tuesday at former President Bill Clinton's Global Initiative in New York. His message to those gathered and the world was simple: Americans must "never apologize" for America's role as a world leader.
Although he never mentioned President Obama by name, Romney made a strong case that his administration would take a more proactive role in the Middle East and that America does not owe the world an apology in doing so.
"We somehow feel we're at the mercy of events rather than shaping events," said Romney. "I will never apologize for America. I believe that America has been one of the greatest forces for good the world has ever known." more >>
A love letter from Pat Tillman, who left a promising career with the NFL to join the army, has been revealed by his wife Marie in a new book.
Tillman enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 2002 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the year before.
The football player left his wife a letter to open in the event of his death, which was left unopened after two deployments. Then, during Tillman's tour in Afghanistan, he was killed at age 27 by friendly fire in 2004. It was then that she opened the final letter. more >>
The "Freedom Tower" at the World Trade Center complex in New York City officially topped the Empire State Building's height Monday, making it the tallest building in city and eventually, once the post 9/11 structure is completed, the tallest building in the U.S.
The "Freedom Tower," also known as One World Trade Center (One WTC), surpassed the Empire State Building's height of 1,250 feet when workers put steel columns in place on the structure, located in downtown Manhattan, the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Patrick Foye, executive director of NYC's Port Authority, said at a press conference Monday afternoon that One WTC shows the "hope and rebirth" of the U.S., and its ability to bounce back from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center's towers, both of which were toppled. more >>
With the U.S. Muslim population steadily rising, experts in evangelism are asserting both Christians and Muslims should first shed fear, and then work to form mutually respectful relationships as a foundation for sharing the American experience. While it is incumbent on Christians to cast fear aside and follow Jesus' call to "Love your neighbor as yourself," Muslims also have a responsibility, according to academics interviewed for this series, to take a "courageous stand" against radicals overshadowing their faith with violence.
"We're not trying to build a relationship based on theological agreement. We're building a relationship based on the need of a civil society," Bob Roberts, senior pastor of Northwood Church, located in Keller, Texas, told The Christian Post. Northwood Church has had an extensive outreach to the Muslim community for the last eight years.
Roberts' church seeks to connect with local Muslims by forming relationships around common interests, such as cooking, hunting and camping. Recently, Roberts and six other pastors partook on a hunting and camping trip with seven imams, or Islamic religious leaders. more >>
The opening of the 9/11 memorial museum, scheduled for September 2012, will most likely be delayed over development disputes between the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The museum board, associated with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was reportedly accused by PANYNJ, which is under the jurisdiction of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as WSJ pointed out, of owing the transportation agency $156 million.
The foundation reportedly denies owing the money, and claims that it is owed more than $100 million by the Port Authority on account of delays. more >>