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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) threatened Thursday to pull Democrats from the House Select Benghazi Committee over comments by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) that the committee's investigation succeeded in tanking the poll numbers of Hillary Clinton.

Pelosi said McCarthy's comments show the committee was formed for political gain and is "unethical," according to a Thursday report from The Hill.

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Here’s a newsflash for liberals who first swooned over Pope Francis’s U.S. visit, only to be stunned and dismayed by reports that he had met with Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy before departing Washington on Thursday. Francis’s statements and gestures of inclusiveness for immigrants and the homeless, his exhortations to save the environment and address income inequality, his kisses and blessings to disabled children, and his meeting with Davis are all consistent with his role as head of the Catholic Church.

In other words, to use an old cliché, the Pope is still Catholic.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) reiterated his call that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) apologize for comments suggesting a political motivation behind the congressional Benghazi Committee.

"Those statements are just absolutely inappropriate. They should be withdrawn. Mr. McCarthy should apologize. I think it was absolutely wrong," Chaffetz said on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports Thursday. As chairman of of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz led an investigation into the attack, which has also been scrutinized by a select community chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

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A group opposed to Sen. David Vitter's (R-LA) gubernatorial bid will begin running a TV ad on Thursday that includes a not-so-subtle reference to Vitter's prostitution scandal.

The ad from the anti-Vitter Gumbo PAC closes with the camera panning to a crying baby wearing a diaper, noting that it "would be a crying shame for Louisiana" if Vitter were elected governor. One of the tantalizing yet unconfirmed sub-plots of Vitter's prostitution scandal was a diaper fetish.

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