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Patricia Smith speaks at the Republican National Convention.

The Republican Convention Is Weaponizing Grief

Patricia Smith was one of a staggering six total parents who appeared onstage to link the Democratic nominee and Democratic policies with the deaths of their sons, the rest of whom were killed in incidents on the U.S.-Mexico border or involving undocumented immigrants.

July 20, 2016
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Veterans’ Groups Call Out The NRA: ‘Don’t Use Our Dead To Score Political Points’

Veterans’ groups are criticizing the National Rifle Association for releasing a pro-Donald Trump ad that was apparently filmed at a national cemetery in violation of government policy, calling for the ad to be taken down and accusing the gun group of “using our dead to score political points.”

July 4, 2016
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Farewell To Fox News’ Benghazi Hoax

With the House Select Committee on Benghazi finally releasing its findings, and the report representing the eighth and (likely) final government investigation into the deadly event, the Benghazi hoax, as sponsored by Fox News for four years, finally comes to an impotent and ignominious end.

June 29, 2016
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Cartoon: The Gowdy Committee Still Searching In Benghazi

Surely, they’ll find something soon.

May 17, 2016
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Wayne Simmons, Right Wing Media’s Benghazi Expert, Pleads Guilty To Fraud

In an April 29 press release the Department of Justice noted that Simmons “falsely claimed he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency” and had pleaded guilty “to major fraud against the government, wire fraud, and a firearms offense.”

April 30, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump shows off the size of his hands as Fox News Channel moderators Brett Baier (L) and Megyn Kelly (R) look on at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Trump Makes Strange Bedfellows Of Hillary Clinton And Megyn Kelly

Clinton denounced Trump’s “attitude about — and what he has said about — so many women; the way he treated Megyn Kelly, who is a superb journalist.”

April 6, 2016
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Cartoon: Hillary’s Emails

“I’ve changed my mind…”

February 3, 2016
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Movie Review: ‘13 Hours’ Is A Lot Of Blood And Guts, But Little Politics

There’s no kill like overkill. If sheer film combat bloodshed were an antiwar commentary, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi would win the Nobel Peace Prize.

January 15, 2016
US ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens. (AP)

Ambassador Is A Dangerous Job

Many worry that the political circus around Benghazi will deter American officials from taking risks in the name of diplomacy. That would deny America its first line of defense. The best way to honor Stevens would be as a patriot-diplomat who accepted risk in service to his country.

January 14, 2016
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Benghazi Panel Continues Interviews, Surpasses Length Of 9/11 Inquiry

The committee investigating the fatal attacks in Benghazi, Libya, will interview several high-profile Obama administration officials this week, including former CIA Director David Petraeus and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

January 7, 2016
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How Fox News Plans To Use Michael Bay’s Benghazi Film To Sink Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Run

Spoiler alert: It involves lying. Treating a Michael Bay film as if it’s a documentary with bearing on Hillary Clinton’s service as secretary of state doesn’t make a lot of sense. But that’s exactly what Kelly did.

January 6, 2016
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Only Softballs? Transcript Shows Trump Lied About Democratic Debate

Not only did CNN’s Anderson Cooper pose several tough questions to Clinton, from the very beginning of the debate, but he seized every chance to pillory Hillary in framing questions he put to the other candidates. (And he did ask her — and the others — about the damned emails.)

November 3, 2015
Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Waiting For The Media’s Benghazi Mea Culpa: The Press Sponsored The GOP Charade For Years

For years, Republicans often found willing partners in the Beltway press who were also eager to overplay Benghazi and play it as a blockbuster scandal. The press cannot, and should not, simply whitewash the very important role it played.

October 27, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: ‘Jeb’s Kryptonite Is Questions’

But the even more crucial question, as Seth discovered: Does Jeb even want to be president, or is he simply running due to family pressure?

October 27, 2015
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House Democrats Will Stay On Benghazi Committee

But, they say: “Democrats will continue to participate at this point in order to make sure the facts are known and the conspiracy theories are debunked.”

October 23, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: ‘Binge-Ghazi’

Trevor Noah highlighted the House GOP’s never-ending quest to launch investigation after investigation to bring down Hillary Clinton.

October 23, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes her seat to testify in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi about the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill in Washington

A Clinton Trial Under House Fire Again

We’ve seen this movie before. First it was one Clinton. Now it’s another. Just the names are changed. Remember the matter of President Clinton’s impeachment in 1999? Seems like yesterday.

October 23, 2015
Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Benghazi Hearing: While Republicans Barked And Snarled, Hillary Smiled

By the time Rep. Trey Gowdy finally gaveled the hearing to a close, there was little doubt that Hillary Clinton’s composed, dignified demeanor — and the contrast between her and the Republicans — had notched another political victory for her.

October 23, 2015
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Clinton’s Greatest Moments — And More — From The Benghazi Hearing

By going through a gauntlet of partisan attacks face to face, and maintaining her composure throughout, Clinton will likely win over a whole new group of sincere supporters who hadn’t been on board with her before.

October 22, 2015
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Cartoon: Trey Gowdy’s Lipstick

“Hold still…”

October 22, 2015
Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Clinton Confronts Republican Critics At Benghazi Hearing

Her survival guide: Accept responsibility. Talk about the need for bipartisanship in a partisan town. And remind the audience how often she was in the Situation Room, making sensitive decisions alongside the president of the United States.

October 22, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes her seat to testify in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi about the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill in Washington

Hillary Clinton Tells Benghazi Panel U.S. Diplomats Must Take Risks

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off high-stakes testimony to a Republican-led panel on Benghazi on Thursday with an admonition that U.S. diplomats must inherently work in unstable and dangerous parts of the world.

October 22, 2015
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House Democrats Intensify Criticism Of Benghazi Panel’s Motives

“Republicans have now admitted repeatedly that they are spending millions of taxpayer dollars to damage Secretary Clinton’s campaign for president,” said Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland.

October 21, 2015
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Trump Accidentally Demolishes The Fox News Benghazi Narrative

Listening to Fox News for the last three years viewers have been led to believe the Benghazi tragedy stands as the biggest failure in American foreign policy and easily represents the darkest day in U.S. history, even though scores of attacks have claimed more Americans lives

October 21, 2015
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Landscape Altered As Clinton, GOP Prepare For Benghazi Hearing

The House Select Committee on Benghazi has been furiously preparing for months to interrogate Hillary Rodham Clinton, but on the eve of the hearing Thursday, it is the committee, not Clinton, who is on the defensive.

October 21, 2015