It's been nearly two years since the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but you wouldn't know it from the news emerging out of Capitol Hill today. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the creation of a select committee to investigate the incident. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, issued a subpoena to Secretary of State John Kerry to testify about Benghazi, even though the attack occurred before his tenure. And a group of three Republican senators — John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) — sent a letter to President Obama demanding that he reveal his whereabouts on the night of the attack.
The flurry of activity comes in response to the release earlier this week of internal White House emails about the attack. Republicans claim they constitute a "smoking gun" of a nefarious White House cover-up; others disagree. Either way, my colleague Peter Weber earlier today noted that the GOP's renewed emphasis on Benghazi is curious given that the issue has largely been forgotten by the American public, epitomized by Tommy Vietor's comment on Fox News this week, "Dude, this was like two years ago."
But, of course, it hasn't been forgotten on the right, where the flames of Benghazi burn as brightly as ever. And as Lynn Vavreck noted recently at The Upshot, American elections are no longer about trying to convince the mythic "swing" voter in the middle — they're about maximizing turnout at either end of the political spectrum. So while Benghazi may seem like an odd issue to raise in 2014, it's actually perfect — so perfect that you can count on seeing it again in 2016, too. Ryu Spaeth
Donald Trump has insulted her appearance, said that listening to her for more than 10 minutes will give you a headache, and called her tenure at Hewlett-Packard "terrible, terrible, terrible," but admitted that even he would have helped Carly Fiorina up when she fell off a stage this weekend in Indiana.
Video has surfaced of Fiorina introducing Ted and Heidi Cruz during a rally in Lafayette, then suddenly disappearing from the stage. It turns out she took a tumble, and Heidi Cruz made an effort to help her back up. Ted Cruz didn't seem to notice (or, judging by the footage, just didn't care) that she was on the ground and continued to shake hands with the supporters surrounding him. "Cruz didn't do anything! Even I would have helped her, okay?" the suddenly chivalrous Trump told a crowd Monday in Carmel, Indiana. "She fell off! She just went down! She went down a long way."
Trump added that it was "really cruel" of Cruz to ignore Fiorina's fall, and accurately called it a "weird deal." Catherine Garcia
In her first year, Princess Charlotte has received everything from a $45,000 rattle to a $6 pack of diapers
When you are a princess and you're turning one, you're going to get some impressive gifts, and Princess Charlotte has received presents from world leaders, organizations, and fans in 64 different countries.
Kensington Palace released a list of all of the gifts Princess Charlotte has received on the occasion of her first birthday, as well as some she was given earlier, and said her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are "incredibly grateful." Her uncle, Prince Harry, brought back a New Zealand Rugby sleepsuit and Wellington Rugby snowsuit from his trip to the country, while her maternal aunt, Pippa Middleton, gave her a $6 pack of biodegradable diapers. British Prime Minister David Cameron presented her with a copy of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, and the government of Australia sent a cot blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool, embroidered with a floral emblem by the ACT Embroiderers' Guild. In turn, the Guild donated $10,000 to Healesville Sanctuary, a bushland haven for wildlife.
One of the most expensive gifts was a $45,000 18k white gold rattle studded with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires from the Natural Sapphire Company. The Canadian Prime Minister gifted Princess Charlotte with a book and snowsuit, and donated $100,000 in her honor to Immunize Canada, which promotes vaccinations. She also received from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key teddy bears, blankets, and booties made from Stansborough wool and a set of silk figurines depicting the Chinese story Dream of the Red Chamber from Chinese President Xi Jinping. During their trip to England last month, President and Michelle Obama presented her with a jigsaw puzzle and stuffed Bo dog, matching one already owned by her brother, Prince George. Kensington Palace said some of the items are being used by Princess Charlotte, while others are in storage or were "donated to organizations which could make good use of them." Catherine Garcia
On the day before the all-important Indiana Republican primary, Ted Cruz spent nearly eight minutes trying to change the mind of a Donald Trump supporter, who responded by asking Cruz where his "Goldman Sachs jacket" was and demanding that he drop out of the race because "Indiana don't want you."
Cruz was in Marion, Indiana, campaigning alongside Gov. Mike Pence (R), when several protesters began chanting "Lyin' Ted" and "Do the math! Do the math!" Cruz approached one man to tell him he appreciated him "standing up" for what he believes, and said he is "running to be everybody's president." The man reminded Cruz he asked John Kasich to drop out of the race, adding, "It's your turn!" and asked him "Where's your Goldman Sachs jacket? We know your wife works there."
The two continued to go back and forth, with Cruz trying to tell the man that many of Trump's products aren't made in the United States, and he told the New York Times editorial board that he would not really build a giant wall along the U.S. and Mexico border. "Sir, with all respect, Donald Trump is deceiving you," Cruz finally said. "He is playing you for a chump."
Cruz also took the time to pat himself on the back, saying, "If I were Donald Trump, I wouldn't have come over here and talked to you," he said. "I wouldn't have shown you that respect. In fact, I would have told those folks over there, 'Go over and punch those guys in the face.' That's what Donald does to protesters." The protester, unmoved, told Cruz he would find out on Tuesday that "Indiana don't want you." Catherine Garcia
No matter what you think about soccer, you have to respect a good underdog story. And the Leicester City Foxes just pulled off the ultimate feel-good sports story, winning soccer's Premier League title thanks to Chelsea F.C. fighting the Tottenham Hotspurs to a draw Monday.
How do two unrelated teams factor into Leicester City's victory? Our own Jeva Lange broke it all down here, but the short version is: The standings dictated that the Foxes needed the Spurs to lose just one of their remaining three games in order to clinch the title. And after jumping out to a 2-0 lead against Chelsea, the Spurs let Chelsea rally back to a 2-2 draw. With the draw, Tottenham forfeited its long-shot comeback bid for the title, and Leicester City — which began the season with 5,000-to-1 odds to win — claimed the crown.
Leicester City. Champions of England. pic.twitter.com/WRwfysTn2N
— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 2, 2016
The Premier League is the most-watched soccer league in the world and features the heavy hitters of the sport, such as Manchester United and Liverpool (in addition to Chelsea). The title is the Foxes' first in their 132-year history. To read more about how Leicester City made it to the top, check out David Winner's feature at Newsweek. Kimberly Alters
Full-time employees of Tennessee's public colleges and universities are now allowed to carry guns on campus with proper handgun permits, WKRN-TV reports. The law, which Gov. Bill Haslam (R) allowed to pass without his signature, is set to go into effect July 1.
"I have long stated a preference for systems and institutions to be able to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus, and I again expressed this concern throughout the legislative process this year," Haslam wrote to the House and Senate on Monday. "Although SB 2376 does not go as far as I would like in retaining campus control, the final version of the bill included input from higher education and was shaped to accommodate some of their concerns."
Donald Trump has notoriously mocked Hillary Clinton for using the so-called "woman's card," claiming she couldn't get even 5 percent of the vote if she were a man. He might not be laughing anymore, though:
Clinton campaign raised $2.4 million off of Trump's "woman's card" comments, 40% were new donors, best fundraising stretch so far, per aide.
— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) May 2, 2016
Revenge is indeed a dish best served cold. Jeva Lange
Former Gov. Jim Gilmore ended his presidential aspirations in February after earning only 145 votes while running for the Republican nomination. Now, adding insult to injury, Gilmore was also just shut out from even being elected as a Virginia delegate to the Republican national convention.
Gilmore told The Washington Post that he had been "informally assured" he would be a Virginia delegate, but that Ted Cruz's team had mobilized to seize as many supporters as they could. As a result, the Virginia state convention over the weekend elected 10 Cruz supporters and three Trump supporters to send to Cleveland. Because Trump won the state, all delegates will be required to cast their first vote for him; the delegates would then be free to vote for whoever they want on a second ballot at a contested convention.
Still, Gilmore says he will be heading to Cleveland because "technically I'm still a candidate for president."
Gilmore has not endorsed any candidate, and The Washington Post notes his neutrality might be what made both Cruz and Trump supporters wary of sending him to the convention. Jeva Lange