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Then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 23. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)
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Sen. Susan Collins (R Maine) may have put it best Sunday when she told CNN that the admission of unfair targeting is “absolutely chilling” and that Obama needs to do and say more to condemn the effort. Democrats appearing on the Sunday talk shows agreed that Congress must quickly investigate.
How Obama responds to the scandal is likely to have a big role in how this situation plays out.
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But attention appears to be turning away from Clinton and toward former ambassador Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen, who co chaired the State Department’s Accountability Review Board, which initially probed the Benghazi attack.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R Calif.) is hoping to hear from the pair and quiz them on canada goose victoria parka outlet why they did not interview Clinton about her actions in the days before and after the attack. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R Mich.) said Sunday that his panel has been contacted by other whistleblowers who have information on the attack and subsequent response.
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But, as we noted last week, the latest repeal vote is designed to serve two mutually beneficial purposes for House Republicans: It will fulfill the wishes of the GOP freshmen eager to hold a vote and likely canada goose premium outlet give House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R Va.) enough political support to finally pass the “Helping Sick Americans Now Act,” which wouldredistribute millions of dollars in funding established by the health care law, but not repeal the entire law. In turn, those freshmen could go home and tell constituents that they voted to repeal the unpopular law before undoing part of it, while Cantor would succeed in advancing a bill that is part of his broader “Making Life Work” agenda.
4.) Immigration: The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to meet Tuesday to continue working its way through about 300 proposed amendments to a bipartisan measure to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.
The panel met last week for 7 1/2 hours and wrestled over 32 proposed changes focused mostly on border security and enforcement of immigration laws. Eager to demonstrate bipartisan cooperation and progress on the issue, Senate Democratic aides repeatedly alerted reporters last week when the committee approved any GOP amendments.
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