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Clinton: I'm Responsible For Benghazi. Will It Take Heat Off Obama?

CNN (U.S.), AFP ( France)


Republican Senator John McCain has praised U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for taking responsibility for the security failure in Benghazi, Libya, last month that led to four American deaths.

After Clinton's statements in a CNN interview Monday night, AFP reports that McCain issued a joint statement with fellow Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham: "This is a laudable gesture, especially when the White House is trying to avoid any responsibility whatsoever."

Indeed, the same three Republican Senators who praised Clinton are insisting that the affair is a failure on President Barack Obama's part for the attacks on September 11 that left four embassy staffers dead, including that of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

The security failure in Benghazi has become a focal point in the Republicans' criticism of President Obama's foreign policy in the previous presidential and vice-presidential debates. Clinton's interview comes ahead of the second presidential debate that will take place in Hempstead, New York on Tuesday evening just three weeks before election day.

Speaking to CNN Monday night, Clinton addressed the security breakdown in Benghazi. "I take responsibility," Clinton said. "The president and the vice president certainly wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals."

Clinton also explained why the administration had repeatedly asserted that the attacks on the U.S. consulate were demonstrations against the anti-Islam film the Innocence of Muslims, even though it is now widely believed that they were deliberate attacks.

She said there is always "confusion" in the first hours after an attack, however, she ensured that security decisions were being reviewed.

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Seven Wacky (And Boozy) Races Around The World

Alcohol, food, costumes and ... wife carrying? Around the world, people have imbued weirdness and fun into the very serious sporting events that are marathons and races. Follow us in exploring the silliest ones out there.

Photograph of runners dressed up in carnival costumes during the Cape Wine Marathon​. They are running next to vineyards on a hill.

Runners dressed up in carnival costumes during the Cape Wine Marathon

Cape Wine Marathon/Facebook
Valeria Berghinz

Long distance running is an athletic feat that many associate with months of hard training, muscle strains and unbelievable breath control work. Running a marathon is no joke — except when it is.

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Around the world, lovers of athleticism have found ways to turn the sport of racing into a fun, and often outright weird, event. Sometimes it's about costumes, other times its about putting a twist on cultural traditions, and a lot of the time it's about alcohol.

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