1. NOMINATION FIGHT

    House GOP Sends Anti-Rice Letter

    United States Ambassador Susan Rice speaks during a meeting on Syria in the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Speaking shortly before a Security Council ministerial meeting on the humanitarian plight in Syria, Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague told a news conference that a Turkish proposal for a safe zone requires military intervention, which the deeply divided council is unlikely to endorse at the moment.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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    President Obama hasn’t nominated U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yet, but that isn’t stopping Republicans from preemptively protesting.  Ninety-seven House GOP members—who have no say in the confirmation process—sent the president a letter arguing Rice either “willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi affair.” The letter is the latest GOP attempt to block Rice’s nomination, after Sen. John McCain vowed to keep her from the job. Rice has several defenders, who say she based her controversial comments on CIA-vetted intelligence.

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