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Boehner Stacks Benghazi Committee With Powerhouses

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House Speaker John Boehner’s selection of seven Republicans on a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomatic staff members in September 2012 reveals a mix of male and female lawmakers who bring a variety of experience and political power to the table.

The committee, which is being led by Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., includes Republican Reps. Susan Brooks, Indiana; Jim Jordan, Ohio; Mike Pompeo, Kansas; Martha Roby, Alabama; Peter Roskam, Illinois; and Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia, reports The Washington Post.

Boehner announced the committee earlier on Friday, including a message on Twitter inviting Americans to “meet your majority members.”

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Break: Rand Paul Denounces Voter ID Laws, Offensive to Blacks

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MEMPHIS — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party.

“Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,” Mr. Paul said in an interview. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”

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Carney: Benghazi Committee Blatantly Political and Partisan

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney criticized the new select committee formed to investigate the Benghazi attacks, calling it a “blatantly political and partisan effort.”

House Speaker John Boehner announced the panel Friday afternoon following the House of Representatives vote, which included seven Democrats.

“House Republicans, in what is a blatantly political and partisan effort, voted to start another investigation into this matter, presumably because the six previous investigations by Congress, by Republicans, were somehow not adequate,” Jay Carney said on MSNBC Friday afternoon.

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RNC Officially Backs Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks

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Continuing the bold pro-life direction of the party committee under chairman Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution Friday supporting legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The RNC resolution comes ahead of Tuesday’s one year anniversary of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder conviction — which pro-life activists say prompted a series of 20-week abortion bans at the state level.

“The Republican Party is proudly pro-life and this resolution shows our support for this straightforward, simple pro-life initiative,” resolution sponsor RNC Committeewoman Ellen Barrosse of Delaware said in a statement Friday.

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Obama Admin to Schools: ‘Equal Access’ For Illegal Immigrants

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On Thursday, President Barack Obama’s administration issued new guidance to schools, emphasizing that they cannot discourage illegal immigrant students from enrolling by requiring proof of legal status.

As Politico reported, the Obama administration noted that schools “can violate federal law by requiring Social Security numbers or birth certificates when a student wants to enroll,” but they can be compliant if they “instead ask for proof of residency in a school district, which a family can do with an electric bill or copy of a lease.”

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Mitt Romney Supports Minimum Wage Hike

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Romney makes remarks on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, in Jacksonville, Florida

Former Republican nominee for president of the United States Mitt Romney stated on Thursday that he endorses an increase in the minimum wage.

Although many economists assert that an increase in the minimum wage will increase unemployment, Romney claims he supports the higher wage “because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.” The former Massachusetts governor’s comment doesn’t jibe with the analysis of the Congressional Budget Office.

According to the CBO, although a wage hike would result in an increase in income for some, it would simultaneously mean hundreds of thousands of workers would lose their jobs.

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Morris: We’re Missing the Wrong Benghazi Talking Points

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We’ve been looking in the wrong place.

Until now, anyone trying to figure out what really happened at Benghazi has examined the “talking points” prepared by the CIA on Sept. 14, 2012 that President Barack Obama’s former UN Ambassador Susan Rice supposedly relied on.

Rice appeared on five Sunday talk shows two days later and on each show, she falsely claimed that an internet video caused a “spontaneous” demonstration that eventually erupted into the deadly violence in Benghazi.

But that never made sense, because the CIA memo never mentioned anything about a video.

So where did she get that completely erroneous information?

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