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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:
- Today, U.S. President Barack Obama held his first news conference since being re-elected. He faced questions about global warming, the looming financial crisis, and the scandal that brought down the head of the CIA. But it was a question about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya – specifically comments made by America's U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice – that may have drawn the most attention:
"When [Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham] go after the U.N. Ambassador, apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem with me," President Obama said.
- Israel today carried out a series of airstrikes on Gaza, killing Ahmed al-Ja'abari, the head of the military wing of Hamas. Seven other people were also killed. Hamas says al-Ja'abari's death "Opens the gates of Hell." Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, says al-Ja'abri was a founding member of Hamas and was on Israel's most wanted list:
"They ended up targeting and eliminating a very important individual. And Hamas obviously cannot – will not – let this go unchallenged."
- Since news first broke last Friday, the scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus has generated an deluge of new details. But apart from the various players involved, this story has a connection to an even bigger one: the September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Republican Senator John McCain says there are still too many unanswered questions:
"Why was the security at the consulate so inadequate? Why were U.S. armed forces in the region not ready and positioned to respond rapidly to what was a relatively forseeable emergency? Why did senior administration officials seek to blame a spontaneous demonstration for the attack in Benghazi? "