The former acting director of the CIA, in his first public testimony on Benghazi, confirmed that he ignored guidance from the top CIA officer on the ground in favor of reporting from analysts far removed from the scene, in shaping the flawed "talking points" which said the attack sprung from a protest.
Mike Morell, who served as both deputy and acting director of the agency, is under increasing scrutiny over his role in forming the administration's public narrative about the attack -- a narrative which inaccurately blamed a protest from the outset. Morell is accused of heavily editing the so-called "talking points," which were the basis for then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's controversial comments on several Sunday shows after the attacks that also blamed a protest.
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The measure sponsored by state Rep. Courtney Rogers was overwhelmingly approved 90-2 on Monday.
Under the proposal, a student could express his or her beliefs about religion in homework, artwork and other written and oral assignments without discrimination based on the religious content.
Rogers said she proposed the legislation after a 10-year-old student was given an assignment to write about the person she most admires and she chose God. The teacher asked her to choose another subject.
The legislation also would allow a student to organize student prayer groups and other religious gatherings to the same degree that students are permitted to organize non-curricular activities and groups.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The last communication from missing Flight MH370 suggested everything was fine shortly before the jet, carrying 239 people, vanished from radar screens, according to a new report.
Malaysian officials told relatives of passengers that one of the pilots replied “All right, good night” after air traffic controllers told the pilots they were entering Vietnamese airspace, The Straits Times reported.T
he plane disappeared shortly after the exchange.Read more on nypost.com
Two people are dead and at least 18 others are injured after a huge explosion collapsed two East Harlem buildings Wednesday morning where residents complained of smelling gas for weeks, witnesses and authorities said.
At least dozen people are still missing and the death toll could rise, police sources said.Heavy smoke pours from the debris as the FDNY battles a huge blaze following an explosion and building collapse in East Harlem.Photo: Getty Images
The two buildings affected are a piano shop with apartments above and a building that houses a church, both located at 116th Street and Park Avenue.
The MTA has stopped Metro-North trains from entering and leaving Grand Central Terminal.Read more on nypost.com
An expert scholar on mass shootings labels the NFL’s edict banning off-duty cops from carrying weapons inside stadiums “completely crazy” and suggests the league may be unnecessarily exposing fans to dangers by transforming stadiums into gun-free zones.“Banning off-duty law-enforcement officers from carrying seems completely crazy to me,” John Lott told Breitbart Sports. “We trust these law-enforcement officers when they are on-duty, but somehow we can’t trust them as soon as they are off-duty. Here these guys are willing to offer protection for free in case there is a terrorist attack and the NFL isn’t willing to let them do it.” Read full story on breitbart.com
Can banning one school-yard word really change the world? Sheryl Sandberg says yes.
Sandberg -- the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the best-selling book "Lean In" -- is spearheading the launch of a campaign today to ban the word "bossy," arguing the negative put-down stops girls from pursuing leadership roles.
"We know that by middle school, more boys than girls want to lead," Sandberg said, "and if you ask girls why they don't want to lead, whether it's the school project all the way on to running for office, they don't want to be called bossy, and they don't want to be disliked."Sandberg said these attitudes begin early and continue into adulthood.
"We call girls bossy on the playground," Sandberg said. "We call them too aggressive or other B-words in the workplace. They're bossy as little girls, and then they're aggressive, political, shrill, too ambitious as women."
Sandberg's organization Lean In is joining forces with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez to launch a public service campaign called "Ban Bossy." The banbossy.com website gives tips for parents, kids, teachers and others about how to encourage young female leaders.Chavez said she got involved immediately after receiving a call from Sandberg, and believes the Girl Scouts are ideal partners for the new initiative. More than half of all American women were once Girl Scouts and two million girls are currently in scouting, she pointed out.
"Imagine a classroom in America where 50 kids are present: 25 girls, 25 boys," Chavez said.
"And the teacher walks into this classroom and says: 'Boys and girls, I have this really hard, difficult program that I need to solve that's gonna impact this country.' She writes the problem on the board and then turns around and escorts 24 of the 25 girls out of the room. ... She leaves one girl and 25 boys to solve that equation. That's what's happening every day in this country. Why wouldn't we want more girls to be opting in to building the right solutions this country."
The goal of the "Ban Bossy" campaign is to help girls and women feel more confident and comfortable as leaders.