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3:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Week In Politics: Primary Politics And The Climate Change Report

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:45 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We turn now to domestic politics and our regular Friday commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times. Welcome back to you both.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to be here.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Democrats Divided Over Participation In Benghazi Panel

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that negotiations were continuing with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, over a Democratic role in the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 4:04 pm

Update at 1:03 p.m. Boehner Names GOP Members

House Speaker John Boehner on Friday named the Republican members of a committee that will investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks: Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Peter Roskam of Illinois, Martha Roby of Alabama, Susan Brooks of Indiana, Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.

Boehner named Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to head the panel on Thursday.

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Around the Nation
11:40 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Long After Lewinsky Scandal, Time To 'Bury The Blue Dress'?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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It's All Politics
11:19 am
Fri May 9, 2014

U.S. Spinmeisters Gear Up For Big Election ... Britain's Election

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, speaks to supporters earlier this month in London. His party and the ruling Conservative Party have both hired former advisers to President Obama in advance of Britain's national election next year.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:45 pm

In 2000, Jeff Shesol was nearing the end of his stint as a White House speechwriter for President Clinton. He went to the Democratic convention in Los Angeles, where he met a young staffer from Britain's Labour Party. They struck up a friendship.

"And so almost immediately after the Clinton administration had ended, I got a call to come over and begin writing speeches," Shesol says. "Before long, Labour was in the throes of its campaign, and I was stationed there along with them."

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Politics and Government
7:37 am
Fri May 9, 2014

All Five Oklahoma GOP House Members Vote For Benghazi Probe

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) during a May 8, 2013 hearing on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya
U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Flickr Public Domain

Oklahoma’s entire U.S. House delegation voted with their Republican colleagues yesterday to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission.

U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) said the probe into Benghazi isn't a political issue, but proper Congressional oversight.

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Politics
4:17 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Debate Endures Over Tax Exempt Status Of Crossroads GPS

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Tomorrow marks a year since the IRS admitted it have given excessive scrutiny to Tea Party and right-leaning patriot groups that wanted tax exempt status. Since then, the tax agency has been battered by firings, resignations, lawsuits and investigations. It's also been a tough year for the biggest group known to have been under that scrutiny by the IRS, the social welfare organization Crossroads GPS. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

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Education
2:43 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Books With Gay Themes Put S.C. Colleges' Funding At Risk

Protesters at the College of Charleston rally against proposed state budget cuts on April 21.
Alice Keeney Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

House lawmakers in South Carolina have voted to slash funding for two of the state's largest public colleges in retaliation for the introduction of books with gay themes into the schools' freshman reading programs.

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She Votes
2:32 am
Fri May 9, 2014

For Moms In Congress, Votes Mix With Diapers And School Pickup

Rep. Linda Sanchez, seen with her son, Joaquin, says balancing her duties as a mother and a member of Congress can be a struggle, but she's lucky to have the flexibility of being a boss.
Courtesy of Linda Sanchez

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

Just nine women have given birth while serving in the U.S. Congress.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has the distinction of having done it three times.

Her son Cole was born in 2007 with a condition called trisomy 21. Grace came in 2010, followed by Brynn this past November.

"Thankfully, she's a good sleeper and she's a good eater," says McMorris Rodgers. "That makes a big difference for a mom."

Even though she has a high-profile job as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, McMorris Rodgers insists she's just like the rest of us.

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The Two-Way
6:20 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

House Lawmakers Vote To Reopen Benghazi Probe

South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy leaves a closed-door Republican strategy meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday. Gowdy has been tapped to lead the new Benghazi investigative committee.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 6:24 pm

The House voted on Thursday to establish a new investigative committee to look into circumstances surrounding the attack two years ago on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three others.

Republicans accuse the White House of misleading the public about the nature of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack and stonewalling efforts by Congress to investigate. Democrats see the creation of the new investigative committee as an election-year political ploy to raise money and motivate the party's base.

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It's All Politics
6:09 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Latest Partisan Flashpoint: GOP Benghazi Fundraising

NRCC screenshot

The name "Benghazi" used to just inflame conservatives. Now it is demonstrating its power to outrage progressives as well, though for different reasons.

To be precise, Democrats are angered not just by the House GOP's creation of a special committee to probe the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead but by Republican fundraising in connection with the Benghazi probe.

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