President Obama AMA

President Obama participates in a surprise open question-and-answer session on the Web community Reddit, as the subject of one of the site’s regular “Ask Me Anything” threads. Reddit’s site experienced some outages immediately following the announcement, due to increased traffic.

Site starts as WeCheck

After editing an article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune by Nicholas Kristof, Mark Devlin wonders if it would be possible to create a site that allows collaborative criticism of newspaper articles and commentary.

State Department warns Americans not to travel to Libya

The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs puts out a warning to Americans planning to travel to Libya: The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Libya. The incidence of violent crime, especially carjacking and robbery, has become a serious problem. In addition, political violence in the form of assassinations […]

Ferguson: Krugman Is Wrong

Ferguson responds to Krugman saying he did read the CBO report and that it supports his argument. He also notes that the ACA’s will add $400 billion in taxes, violating Obama’s “no new taxes on middle class” pledge, and that the CBO uses assumptions about cost projections that are not realistic.

Krugman: “multiple errors and misrepresentations” in Newsweek article

Paul Krugman reacts to Ferguson’s claim that the Congressional Budget Office had said that Obamacare would increase the deficit: There are multiple errors and misrepresentations in Niall Ferguson’s cover story in Newsweek — I guess they don’t do fact-checking — but this is the one that jumped out at me. Ferguson says: The president pledged […]

Newsweek cover story: Obama’s Gotta Go

Ferguson writes in The Daily Beast that Obama, while being a transformational figure, has not lived up to his promise and that while Mitt Romney is not the best candidate he has the business experience required to improve the country’s situation: The question confronting the country nearly four years after Barack Obama’s election is not […]

Security Officer: Militias have become ‘more brazen’

The Emergency Action Committee, responsible for security measures and emergency planning, holds a meeting where the RSO (Regional Security Officer) expresses concerns with the ability to defend the compound in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound. Those […]

SST leaves Libya

SST team leaves Libya. Team leader Lt. Col. Andy Wood has testified that Stevens wanted them to stay on.

Stevens: we are seeing targeted and discriminate attacks

A cable signed by Stevens about a month before he was killed focused on the deterioration of security in eastern Libya[1. Reuters – U.S. intended to keep Benghazi mission open through 2012]. It noted there had been an increase in violence in Benghazi but said it was not an organized campaign, and locals were […]

Buys LatAm Startup Accelerator Mexican.VC

The Company buys Mexican.VC. extending its range in Latin America and bringing Mexican.VC partners César Salazar and Santiago Zavala onto the team. According to McClure, 500 Startups made nine investments in Brazil, with another five or six in Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. With Mexican.VC, it expects to make an additional 20-30 investments in the region each year. […]

Embassy requests extra bodyguards

The embassy requested 11 extra bodyguards at an annual cost of some $330,000 to “fill the vacuum of security personnel … who will be leaving within the next month and will not be replaced.” [1. House Oversight Comittee Evidence – Cable requesting extra bodyguards – August 2, 2012]

Link to Petraeus uncovered

By late summer, after the monitoring of Broadwell’s emails uncovered the link to Petraeus, prosecutors and agents alerted senior officials at FBI and the Justice Department, including Eric Holder. The investigators never monitored Petraeus’s email accounts. When Petraeus’s name surfaced, FBI investigators were concerned that the CIA director’s personal e-mail account had been hacked and […]