Republicans Announce Their #Benghazi Action Team

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
May 9 2014 12:48 PM

Republicans Announce Their #Benghazi Action Team

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., springs into action.

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The news was broken on Twitter:

Pompeo, an ambitious member of the class of 2010, was the guy rumored to be taking over the House Select Committee on Intelligence during the week. Susan Brooks is a freshman, who came to Congress after a stint as a US attorney. None of these committee members, actually, was elected earlier than 2006. There are no "old bulls," no one from swing seats, and no one retiring this year. There are reasons for this. This committee will be highly watched and frequently televised, and everyone here is good on TV. This committee might also last beyond the 2014 elections.


Democrats now have the right, according to the resolution passed this week, to appoint five members of their own. There's a growing (but time-limited) argument going on about whether they should boycott, and in my own conversations with Democrats I've heard almost exclusively derision about the existence of this thing. None of them thinks, say, he'd be helped in a future bid for governor or Senate because he appeared on the Benghazi select committee. But the just-play-ball faction seems to be winning out. Rep. James Clyburn, who denounced the committee before a crew of reporters this week, was saying today that the decision had yet to be made.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics



Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?


Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

One of Putin’s Favorite Oligarchs Wants to Start an Orthodox Christian Fox News

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

Trending News Channel
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Oct. 20 2014 8:14 PM You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola Don’t panic. Here are all the signs that the U.S. is containing the disease.
Oct. 20 2014 7:23 PM Chipotle’s Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing
Dear Prudence
Oct. 21 2014 9:18 AM Oh, Boy Prudie counsels a letter writer whose sister dresses her 4-year-old son in pink tutus.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don't Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:25 AM The Brilliant Fake Novels of Listen Up Philip
Oct. 21 2014 8:38 AM An Implanted Wearable Gadget Isn’t as Crazy as You’d Think Products like New Deal Design’s UnderSkin may be the future.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 21 2014 7:00 AM Watch the Moon Eat the Sun: The Partial Solar Eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.