Obama's Europe envoy to face Benghazi questions

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A confirmation hearing Thursday for President Barack Obama's choice as chief American diplomat for Europe could provide some surprising fireworks on the administration's handling of the Benghazi attack, its plan to arm Syria's rebels and more.
   
Rarely is a potential assistant secretary of state expected to expound on such politically sensitive policy issues.
   
But Victoria Nuland's prominence as spokeswoman and adviser to secretaries of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry placed her in the middle of some of President Barack Obama's biggest foreign policy challenges recently, including last year's attack in Libya, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
   
Republicans say questions about the attack are still unanswered.
   
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told The Associated Press he plans to question Nuland about Benghazi.

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