Morning Action: Getting the Truth About Benghazi is Like Pulling Teeth

BENGHAZI.  The White House’s disinformation campaign on Benghazi has continued for nine months, and we still do not know for sure what happened:

Dramatic hearings are expected today as Gregory Hicks, a State Department official who was on the ground in Libya during the 9/11 attack when four Americans died, talks to a House panel.

Hicks’s testimony follows a House Republican Conference report and a detailed article on the “Benghazi Talking Points” in The Weekly Standard that further call into question the credibility of the Obama Administration’s response.

What is becoming increasingly clear is that (1) the Administration bungled security before the incident; (2) the response to the assault was disjointed and inadequate; and (3) the Administration made a consistent and considerable effort to hide these facts.

The timeline still does not add up.

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Morning Action: Getting Closer to An Internet Sales Tax

IMMIGRATION REFORM. Heritage identifies the top five problems with the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill, and offers guidelines for real immigration reform:

Once we get it right, there is strong bipartisan support that modernizing lawful immigration ought to be a priority. Congress should put its effort into accomplishing that aim—moving forward on an area of strong agreement, while allowing time to debate issues where there is not strong consensus.

Immigration reform can move forward on many fronts at the same time, focusing on some commonsense initiatives that begin to address the practical challenges of our immigration system. The key is to begin by working on the solutions on which we can all agree, rather than insisting on a comprehensive approach that divides us.

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The Story of Keystone’s Life

Stories about politicians on the Left obstructing a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline or preventing its progress are a dime a dozen.

President Obama is usually the main character – or more specifically the antagonist – but this time, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is center stage.

Despite the State Department’s March report stating that the pipeline would not accelerate oil sands production or significantly raise greenhouse gas emissions, combined with the support of 62 of his fellow senators, Sen. Menendez has “signaled that he might back off plans to hold a hearing” on the Keystone XL pipeline.  The Senator and environmental activists share the same poorly grounded concerns:

Foggy Bottom’s findings alarmed some Democrats — including Menendez — as well as green and progressive groups. They said they had questions about the State Department’s process.

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