Must Reads: How GOP Infighting, White House Secrecy Revived Benghazi


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“Climate Change Study Finds U.S. Is Already Widely Affected” (Justin Gillis, New York Times)

The National Climate Assessment is out, and it ain’t good:

The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects.

Such sweeping changes have been caused by an average warming of less than 2 degrees Fahrenheit over most land areas of the country in the past century, the scientists found. If greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane continue to escalate at a rapid pace, they said, the warming could conceivably exceed 10 degrees by the end of this century.

The study was overseen by the federal government, and was released Tuesday along with the Obama administration’s John Podesta-led renewed focus on climate change, so if you see conspiracy in coordination, there you go.

“The Top Ten Global Warming ‘Skeptic’ Arguments Answered” (Dana Nuccitelli, The Guardian)

If you need to bone up on your climate change arguments, the Guardian has you covered, with helpful links.

“The Real Reason for That New GOP Benghazi Probe” (Greg Sargent, Washington Post)

Greg Sargent asks a rather pertinent question with regard to the newly-announced Benghazi select committee: if it’s so necessary after several other congressional investigations, what exactly were those previous investigations doing? Answer: largely fighting amongst themselves:

This dovetails to some degree with what Dem Rep. Elijah Cummings suggested yesterday: that the new select committee is more an effort to gain control over “internal party bickering” marring efforts to probe Benghazi than anything else.

“How the White House Helped Republicans on Benghazi” (Dana Milbank, Washington Post)

That having been said, the Obama administration didn’t help its own cause: “The White House unwittingly gave the matter new life by disobeying the first rule of crisis management,” Milbank writes. “Get all information out there, quickly.”

“The D.C. Press Corps Is Suffering From Benghazi Stockholm Syndrome” (Brian Beutler, The New Republic)

Brian Beutler has a great analysis on why the White House Press Corps is continues to feast on Benghazi, often to their own professional detriment, while more local news agencies are asking about Ukraine and the economy:

There’s a Drudge-like effect that drives reporters to tackle stories that they know will become widely consumed news products. Drudge himself is much less relevant than he used to be, but his influence is still detectable every time the press corps gloms onto a story that’s already lighting up marquee ideological outlets. In the old days, conservatives depended on Drudge to push stories from the ideological margin into the mainstream. But as media has polarized—and as electioneering has evolved from convincing the undecided to simply rallying the faithful—a meme that mainly plays out on conservative outlets is good enough for the GOP.

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“Will Republicans Try to Impeach President Obama?” (Dave Weigel, Slate)

Speaking of Benghazi, the GOP is starting to get the impeachment vapors again:

“Ever since the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks, Republicans and conservatives have compared the Obama administration’s on-the-ground failure and intra-office spin job to Watergate. Politicos compare contemporary scandals to Watergate for one of two reasons: Laziness, or to gently raise the specter of impeachment.”

Dave Weigel looks at whether it’s possible for House Republicans to exploit the specter of impeachment without looking like fools

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