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Cummings: Benghazi panel leaking lies

(The Hill) The top Democrat on the House committee on Benghazi says someone connected to the panel leaked false information to the media to attack Hillary Clinton.

“Documents released recently by the Benghazi Select Committee demonstrate that a Member of the Committee, a staffer on the Committee, or someone who has been given access to the Committee’s documents inaccurately described to the press email exchanges obtained by the Committee in a way that appeared to further a political attack against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Monday in a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

Ken Burch

Whitewash: New Texas history books will downplay slavery, omit KKK and Jim Crow

(Raw Story) Social studies books for Texas public schools will minimize the importance of slavery in the Civil War and omit any mention of both Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan, the Washington Post reported.

Lessons covering the Civil War will list the reasons behind the conflict as being, “sectionalism, states’ rights and slavery,” in that order.

Faryn Balyncd

They say they came to the U.S. illegally. Now they’re working on Trump’s D.C. hotel.

(WaPo) For weeks, dozens of construction workers from Latin America have streamed onto the site of the Old Post Office Pavilion in downtown Washington and taken pride in their work building one of the city’s newest luxury hotels. . .But that job site is now laden with tension after the man behind the project — billionaire developer Donald Trump — put himself at the center of the nation’s debate over illegal immigration.


Holy Moly! Holder "striking a deal" with Snowden to return to USA. This is huge.

(The Hill) “I certainly think there could be a basis for a resolution that everybody could ultimately be satisfied with,” Holder said. “I think the possibility exists.” During the interview, Holder also appeared to go further toward praising Snowden’s actions than other members of the Obama administration have been willing to do.

“His actions spurred a necessary debate,” Holder told Yahoo News. “We are in a different place as a result of the Snowden disclosures.”


Thomas Piketty: “Germany has never repaid.”

(Medium) In a forceful interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, the star economist Thomas Piketty calls for a major conference on debt. Germany, in particular, should not withhold help from Greece.


Rick Santorum: All Undocumented Immigrants Come Here With 'Bad Intent'

(Crooks and Liars) "The vast majority of people coming legally from Mexico and other places are people who want to do the right thing," Santorum observed. "People who are coming illegally obviously are coming with a bad intent. Let's just be honest, they coming with the clear intent of breaking the law."


America Ferrera thanks Donald Trump: He 'ignited a fire' in Latino voters

(LAT) Unlike Macy's, NBC and Univision, which cut ties with the pundit's various money-making endeavors, the "Ugly Betty" star called him out for being "incredibly ignorant and racist" in an open letter titled "Thank you, Donald Trump!" that was published by the Huffington Post and received much praise on Facebook and Twitter.

So why is the 31-year-old actress from "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" thanking the billionaire? Because she believes that his statements "ignited a fire" in the Latino community.


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