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All Benghazi, All the Time — Until the Jobs Report Comes Out

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:31 pm

Tomorrow’s jobs report is important, and the economy is still issue #1 — but this Benghazi thing is hard to ignore, isn’t it, Mr. President (try as you might)?

You had a meeting the day before September 11 about 9/11 threats. We’re all kind of wondering what you were told in that meeting. Did Libya come up?

(I’ll note one other thing that happened on September 10: Marc Thiessen was asking why, unlike President Bush, you skip about half of your daily intelligence meetings.)

And why didn’t you convene the Counterterrorism Security Group on 9/11?

CBS News has learned that during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Obama Administration did not convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG).

“The CSG is the one group that’s supposed to know what resources every agency has. They know of multiple options and have the ability to coordinate counterterrorism assets across all the agencies,” a high-ranking government official told CBS News. “They were not allowed to do their job. They were not called upon.”

Information shared with CBS News from top counterterrorism sources in the government and military reveal keen frustration over the U.S. response on Sept. 11, the night ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans were killed in a coordinated attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

The circumstances of the attack, including the intelligence and security situation there, will be the subject of a Senate Intelligence Committee closed hearing on Nov. 15, with additional hearings to follow.

We’ll get to the bottom of this, er, after the election!

Except I want to know now. Why wasn’t it convened? Ace has a suspicion: “It was decided from the first moments that this wasn’t terrorism, because it would be politically harmful if it were terrorism.”

Well, sir, if you won’t tell us, all we can do is speculate.

That should be enough to keep us going until the jobs report. Hey, last month is going to get revised upward, isn’t it? So we can see an increase in employment this month. Did I guess right?

UPDATE: Upward, not downward. Duh.

Daily Caller: Democrat Senator (Under)Paid for Sex

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:41 am

The Daily Caller:

Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.

In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.

Has this man learned nothing from the Secret Service? Don’t short-change the foreign prostitute.

His spokesholes are calling the women liars:

Asked about the allegations, Menendez spokeswoman Tricia Enright refused to answer any questions on the subject. “We’re not going to respond to a completely false accusation,” she wrote by email.

OK then.

THE REAL OUTRAGE: I’m less offended by the payment for sex than I am by his breaking his word. Why, if he can’t keep a promise made to a hot prostitute from the Dominican Republic (there are no pictures, but we all have our mental images from the Secret Service incident), how, I ask you, can he be expected to keep his promises to the voters, with whom he doesn’t even want to have sexual relations (with the admitted exception of a handful of housewives in Trenton)?

Again: I ask you.

These Senators. They woo you with compliments (you’re “beautiful”; I need your vote), get you to compromise yourself, and then you get only 20% of what you were promised.

And then he short-changes you to boot! (Rim shot.)

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