Hillary Clinton testifies before House Benghazi panel Thursday. The Wall Street Journal is ready with this viewer's guide.

The Wall Street Journal has a Benghazi hearings viewer's guide
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Most movies and TV shows would kill for the kind of advance publicity the House Select Committee on Benghazi has gotten, free of charge, for its grilling of Hillary Clinton on Thursday. Not all publicity is good publicity — as committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has lamented — but the consensus in Washington is that Clinton, Gowdy, and their respective parties all have a lot riding on Thursday's testimony. Clinton will likely try to make the committee look like a political hatchet job while trying to avoid damaging her presidential campaign, and Gowdy and his six fellow Republicans will probably try to make Clinton look bad without appearing like they are trying to make her look bad.

Sound like political theater? Well, The Wall Street Journal is breaking out the popcorn with this "viewer's guide to the Benghazi hearings." If you watch below, a pretty excited-looking Shelby Holliday will briefly explain what has happened so far, what to watch for on Thursday, and how those Clinton emails are supposed to fit into the Benghazi rubric. You'll probably need a post-game wrap-up, too, since the hearing could easily last eight hours and might well include more congressional talking than question-asking. Stay tuned. Peter Weber

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Peter Weber

Peter Weber is a senior editor at TheWeek.com, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band. Follow him on Twitter.