Twenty-five minutes before the start of Thursday’s hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Charles Woods stood alone behind the witness table, marveling at the chaos around him. A gaggle of still photographers was rehearsing their movements for the arrival of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Young people in smart outfits scurried about with stern looks on their faces, as if the urgency of their movement reflected the importance of their various errands.Read more
Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on President Obama’s executive action on immigration opened with a video montage. Introduced by Republican chairman Bob Goodlatte during his opening statement, the Fox News-produced video featured clips of Obama repeating several times throughout his presidency that he did not have the authority to institute deferred action without congressional approval.Read more
Rep. Ralph Hall, a 90-year-old Republican from Texas, told Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that he thought he saw her riding a tricycle in Meade, Kansas when he was in the 3rd grade:
The congressman asked, "Were you born in Meade, Kansas?"
"I was not," responded Sebelius, a former governor of Kansas. "I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. I married a Kansan -- and went to Kansas."
"I was in 3rd grade there and I thought I saw you on a tricycle there one day."Read more
At today's Capitol Hill hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder at first wasn't sure who subpoenaed the AP's phone records, but later blamed his deputy attorney general:Read more
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Stephen F. Hayes on what we learned at today's Benghazi hearing in the House of Representatives.
At today's Benghazi hearing, Congressman Mark Pocan complains of "rehashing some of the same old stories":
"Looking at this proactively, I think this is probably the ninth or so hearing that the House has had on this issue, so maybe it is time we start looking at how we make sure we protect our embassies the very best way we can, rather than going through and rehashing some of the same old stories."Read more
Two officials from the Obama administration are on the hot seat today on Capitol Hill: John Brennan, who is the president'a chief counterterrorism advisor and who has been nominated to lead the CIA, and Leon Panetta, the retiring defense secretary. For Brennan, the issue is whether he should be confirmed to be the next CIA director; while Panetta will be on Capitol Hill to answer questions about the September 11 terror attack in Benghazi that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.Read more
Vietnam veteran and ex-Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Isolation) made a stunning impression in his audition for the role of secretary of defense yesterday, though it was not quite the one that he wished. "Though he was being asked about things he had said over the course of the past 15 years, it was what Hagel said yesterday…that had his defenders reeling in shock and even his critics aghast at how poorly he handled himself," wrote John Podhoretz in the New York Post. Said Roger L. Simon, "They had to send him a note in the middle of the proceedings to remind him of the administration’s position on Iran and 'containment,' and even then [he] got it wrong."Read more
An advisor to President Obama describes Chuck Hagel's hearing as, "
Chuck Hagel, Barack Obama's nominee to head the defense department, said in his confirmation hearing Thursday that he doesn't "know much" about military programs and technology. "I've said I don't know enough about it," Hagel said, in a response to Maine senator Angus King. "There are a lot of things I don't know about. I, if confirmed, intend to know a lot more than I do. I will have to." Watch the video below:Read more
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Steve Hayes hosted by Michael Graham:Read more
Steve Hayes, with Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
During questioning by Senator Rand Paul at today's Benghazi hearing, Hillary Clinton seemed to blame her underlings for the 9/11 terror attack that killed four Americans in Libya:Read more
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