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Democrats yet to decide on Benghazi panel
May 9th, 2014
05:14 PM ET

Democrats yet to decide on Benghazi panel

Will it be a boycott or a chaperone?

House Democrats remained undecided Friday on whether they would join a select committee created by majority Republicans to investigate the Benghazi terror attack.

The chamber's Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, described a split in her caucus over the matter in remarks to reporters that lambasted Republicans for what she called a "political stunt," "subterfuge" and a "diversionary tactic."

Options under consideration include participating as a minority bloc, which Republicans have proposed; having a lone member take part to register disapproval but maintain a presence, or rejecting the entire process as a partisan witch hunt.

"The question is what are the terms under which Democrats can participate," Pelosi said, citing the need for her side to concur with any committee decision to issue subpoenas. FULL STORY.

At 6:30p ET, two Congressman are in the #Crossfire; Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) join Van Jones and S.E. Cupp to debate.

Should Democrats participate in the Benghazi select committee?

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Filed under: Benghazi • Eliot Engel • Fireback • GOP • Hillary Clinton • In the Crossfire • Morgan Griffith • Political scandal • Politics • S.E. Cupp • Van Jones
May 8th, 2014
09:13 PM ET

Schock: People deserve answers to Benghazi

Reps. Aaron Schock and Xavier Becerra debate whether a special committee is needed in the Benghazi investigation.

Becerra refuses to commit Dems to Benghazi Probe
Newt Gingrich presses Rep. Xavier Becerra whether Democrats will be involved in the next Benghazi probe.

Gingrich outraged over fundraising on Veteran deaths
Newt Gingrich is outraged a Democratic representative is raising money over the VA deaths.

Benghazi witch-hunt or cover-up?
May 8th, 2014
05:06 PM ET

Benghazi witch-hunt or cover-up?

House Republicans are unlikely to bend to Democratic demands for more equity in the structure of a select committee to investigate the Benghazi terror attack, a GOP source familiar with the matter told CNN.

The House was set to vote on creating the panel later in the day that, at this point, would include seven Republicans and five Democrats.

House Speaker John Boehner called that division fair on Thursday at a briefing with reporters, and said he had spoken with Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi about her party's concerns.

Boehner said of the conversation that he "made clear that this is a serious investigation, that we wanted to work together to get to the truth." FULL STORY.

Is the Benghazi investigation a worthwhile use of taxpayer money?

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May 7th, 2014
09:48 PM ET

Nance: Hillary was the enabler-in-chief

Penny Young Nance says Hillary was the enabler-in-chief while debating the Lewinsky scandal with Ruth Marcus, Van Jones and S.E. Cupp.

Cupp: liberals are very 'cagey' over Hillary
S.E. Cupp challenged Ruth Marcus over what people are allowed to discuss when debating Hillary Clinton.

Jones outraged GOP fundraising off Benghazi
Van Jones is outraged that the GOP is fundraising off of the Benghazi tragedy.

Cupp: Hollywood's naive outrage
S.E. Cupp is outraged over Hollywood just boycotting The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Lewinsky's back
May 7th, 2014
05:10 PM ET

Lewinsky's back

Saying that "it's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress," Monica Lewinsky is writing for the first time about her affair with Bill Clinton.

"I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened," says the now 40-year-old Lewinsky in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair.

Lewinsky maintains the relationship in the 1990s was one between two consenting adults.

"Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position," Lewinsky writes.

Asked about those conversations between Hillary Clinton and Blair, Lewinsky writes: "Yes, I get it. Hillary Clinton wanted it on record that she was lashing out at her husband's mistress. She may have faulted her husband for being inappropriate, but I find her impulse to blame the Woman-not only me, but herself-troubling."

And she rejects the "narcissistic loony toon" label, saying that she refused to cooperate with interrogators offering the then-24 year old immunity from the threat of jail time in return for wearing a wire to monitor staged conversations with two of Clinton's confidantes."

"Courageous or foolish, maybe," Lewinsky writes, "but narcissistic and loony?" FULL STORY

At 6:30pm ET, Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post debates with Penny Young Nance of Concerned Women for America. Joining them are hosts S.E. Cupp and Van Jones.

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Does Monica Lewinsky speaking out help or hurt Hillary’s 2016 ambitions?

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Should Michael Grimm step down?
April 28th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

Should Michael Grimm step down?

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm failed to report more than $1 million in sales and wages at a Manhattan restaurant he once ran, using unreported cash to pay workers "off the books" to "evade taxes and keep more money for himself," a federal prosecutor said.

Grimm, R-New York, pleaded not guilty on Monday in federal court in Brooklyn to 20 counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, hiring unauthorized aliens and perjury.

A former FBI agent who used to investigate fraud, Grimm wore a dark suit and was not handcuffed during the hearing.

He was released on $400,000 bond, secured by his home in Staten Island. As conditions for his release, Grimm, 44, must surrender his guns and passport.

He told reporters that he would remain in office while fighting the charges. He's up for re-election in November.

"I'm going to fight tooth and nail ... until I am fully exonerated," Grimm said.

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Should Lois Lerner be held in contempt?
April 10th, 2014
03:53 PM ET

Should Lois Lerner be held in contempt?

Washington (CNN) – The Republican-led House Oversight Committee voted 21-12 Thursday to charge former IRS official Lois Lerner with contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about the agency's targeting of conservative and other groups. The vote sets up a full debate on the House floor, followed by possible court battle over the Fifth Amendment and a potential standoff with the Justice Department.

"This is not something that I take lightly,” said Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa of California. “We cannot tell the American people we have done all we can do to get to the truth in this investigation if we give a pass to a critical witness like Ms. Lerner.” FULL STORY

We want you to weigh in: Do you think Lois Lerner should be held in contempt over the IRS scandal?

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Filed under: Fireback • IRS • Lois Lerner • Political scandal • Political Ticker • Politics
Would you vote for politicians who cheat?
April 8th, 2014
03:07 PM ET

Would you vote for politicians who cheat?

On Monday, The Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe, Louisiana, published a surveillance video it says shows Rep. Vance McAllister and his scheduler, Melissa Hixon Peacock, passionately kissing in his office last December.

“It was just a kiss, that was all it was, but it embarrassed me and my family,” Heath Peacock, Melissa's husband said. “This guy has turned my life upside down.”

Melissa Peacock no longer works for McAllister, Heath Peacock said.

McAllister, who is married with five children, issued a statement on Monday saying, “There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.”

We want you to weigh in: If a politician is caught on tape having an affair, does it affect your vote?

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Filed under: 2014 Elections • 2016 • Fireback • Political scandal • Politics • Vance McAllister
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