Chooses 33 Companies For Fifth Accelerator Batch

The Company announces 33 companies to be accepted for its fifth accelerator class. Rather than through referrals, this group is the first to come from an open open application process. The Company received hundreds of applications, from which 500 Startups selected eight companies. The participating startups follow a few key themes: Mostly the fund’s focus […]

Aubry releases Cafe Fuego

Aubry releases Cafe Fuego Volume 1, an album described as having soulful sounds, highlighted with a world music flair, bossa-nova grooves and inspired by Latin and Cuban roots. Aubry executive produces and plays guitar along with Canadian producers/composers Les Troublemakers, Marc Bell and Cristobal Tapia. I have been so fortunate working with such talented musicians […]

Is Jeep moving U.S. production to China?

Claim On October 26, Mitt Romney told a crowd in Defiance, Ohio, that Chrysler was planning to move Jeep jobs to China. I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state Jeep — now owned by the Italians — is thinking of moving all production to China,” Romney said at […]

Sarah Palin “Shuck & Jive” comment

Sarah Palin criticized President Obama’s handling of the crisis in a Facebook post titled “Obama’s Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies”.[1. Sarah Palin – Obama’s Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies] CNN commentator Roland Martin responded by issuing a tutorial on the racially loaded nature of those words [2. Washington Post – […]

Veracity of “Facebook” email questioned

A report on CNN questions the veracity of the email mentioning the Facebook post. Aaron Zelin, a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who tracks dozens of jihadist websites told CNN he was unaware of any such claim having been posted on the official Facebook page or Twitter feed of Ansar […]

Clinton: Facebook post is not evidence

Hillary Clinton makes a statement that the Facebook posting mentioned in the third email was not hard evidence. Clinton said during an appearance with the Brazilian foreign minister at the State Department: Posting something on Facebook is not in and of itself evidence. I think it just underscores how fluid the reporting was at the […]

Reuters: Emails to State show attack immediately known as terror

Emails are released by Reuters that were sent to the State Department during the attack and confirm that it was immediately known as terrorist attack.[1. Reuters- White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack: emails] The White House declines to say when President Obama heard about the mails.[2. CNS News – […]

No.5 on under-30s UK rich list

The band is estimated to have amassed a fortune of £26.33million between them, according to Heat magazine. The quintet are this year’s highest new entry, having secured a Pepsi endorsement deal worth an estimated £11m in September. The highest earner is Daniel Radcliffe with a £53.33m fortune due to his West End and Broadway show […]

WSJ: Obama told attack was sponaneous

The Wall Street Journal reports that President Barack Obama was told in his daily intelligence briefing for more than a week after the attack in Benghazi that the assault grew out of a spontaneous protest, despite conflicting reports from witnesses and other sources that began to cast doubt on the accuracy of that assessment almost […]

Benghazi Attack timeline started

As a way to better understand the conflicting stories around the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Mark starts 2012 Benghazi Attack Timeline. The page grows rapidly into the most comprehensive timeline of the attacks and moves up Google’s search engine results until it is the second link.

Suspected Ringleader of Attack scoffs at U.S.

The New York Times reports  that Ansar al-Shariah leader and suspected Benghazi ringleader Ahmed Abu Khattala was seen in a crowded Benghazi luxury hotel sipping mango juice as he claimed that no Libya authorities had questioned him and, by the way, he had no plans to go into hiding. Witnesses, Benghazi residents and Western news […]

General Ham replaced by Rodriguez

Leon Panetta announces that President Obama will nominate General David Rodriguez to succeed General Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command.[1. Department of Defense – DOD News Briefing on Efforts to Enhance the Financial Health of the Force]

Loses job

As a result of the Gawker story, Brutsch is fired from his job. Brutsch said that he had warned his boss of the article before receiving a call Saturday telling him to not return to the office. Brutsch: All my remote access has been disabled, my health insurance and FSA were cancelled immediately (so they […]

Second Presidential Debate: Crowley Fact Check

Libya becomes a major issue in the second presidential debate. It’s the first time Obama uses the exact phrase “terrorist attack.” OBAMA: The day after the attack…I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened. That this was an […]

Clinton takes responsibility

Clinton takes responsibility for the attack, saying security at all diplomatic missions is her job, not that of the White House. She says: I take responsibility. I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000 people all over the world (at) 275 posts. However, Clinton does not resign, nor does Obama ask her to resign.

Graham: Aides covered up details

Republicans keep up their attack. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says presidential aides deliberately covered up the details of the attack so that voters wouldn’t question Obama’s handling of the war on terror.

Gawker exposes Violentacrez

Gawker outs Brutsch, a 49-year-old computer programmer from Texas, as the the real-life identity of “Violentacrez”, a Reddit moderator, who had set up more than a hundred sub-forums (called sub-reddits) where users could share links and images of underage girls, rape fantasy and upskirt photos. Brutsch shuts down his Violentacrez username after Gawker reporter Adrian Chen […]


The White House defends Biden’s “we weren’t told” debate statement; Carney says Biden was referring to the White House, the president and himself. Romney says, “The vice president directly contradicted sworn testimony of State Department officials. He’s doubling down on denial.” Romney also says: “President Obama, this is an issue because Americans wonder why it […]

Lamb: Budget considerations played “no role” in decision not to increase security

Charlene Lamb, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and head of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, testified under oath that budget considerations played no role the decision not to increase security.[1. New York Times – Focus Was on Tripoli in Requests for Security in Libya]

Joe Biden’s comments during vice-presidential debate

During the vice presidential debate, Biden says: We weren’t told they wanted more security there.” He also denies responsibility for the administration’s shifting explanation: “The intelligence community told us that. As they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment.”

NYT Public Editor scolds paper for not putting Libya hearings on front page

Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times Public Editor scolds the paper for not putting the Libya Congressional Hearing on the paper’s front page:[1. New York Times – Why Wasn’t Libya Hearing on Page A1 of The Times?] I believe that the Libya hearing story belonged on The Times’s front page. It had significant news […]

House Oversight Committee

Lt. Col. Andy Wood and Eric Nordstrom testify at a House oversight committee hearing on security lapses in Libya. They say their requests for more security were denied by their superiors in Washington, testimony confirmed by cables made public by chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

State admits there was no protest

Senior State Department officials for the first time acknowledge that there was never any protest in Benghazi during a background call with reporters. They say linking the attack to the video was “not our conclusion,” suggesting they’re blaming intelligence officials.

Sweep BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards

The band gets the award for Best British Single for One Thing and Best British Album for their debut album Up All Night. The hat-trick comes after the boys take over Radio 1 the previous day to drum up support ahead of the ceremony.

Rice blames Intel Community

In a letter to Senate Republicans demanding an explanation for the shifting rhetoric, Rice lays the blame on the intelligence community, says she “relied solely and squarely on the information the intelligence community provided to me and other senior U.S. officials.”

Kentucky signs twins

The Kentucky Wildcats sign the twins.  The Harrisons chose the Wildcats over Maryland and SMU. Andrew: We liked coach (John) Calipari’s fire to win and we want to win a national championship Aaron: Also, Coach Calipari did not guarantee anything and we liked that. The pair boost Kentucky’s recruiting class from unranked in the top 25 to No. 1 […]

Clinton stands by Rice

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Clinton stands by Rice after House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) calls for her resignation.

“Relinquishes control” of Metropolis

Metropolis magazine is taken over by Japan Partnership KK. According to a later interview, Lloyd says he “relinquished control” over his interests in Metropolis’s printed edition in October 2012, and while the same management team publishes the paper magazine, he is no longer the publisher. However, an investigation by Mark & Mary Devlin, the previous owners of Metropolis, […]