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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, seemed dismayed when discussing House Majority Leaader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) recent comments about the Benghazi panel with the Washington Post.

"I heard from him at 6 a.m. the next morning," Gowdy told the Post on Tuesday when asked about McCarthy. "How many times can somebody apologize? Yes, he’s apologized as many times as a human can apologize. It doesn’t change it. It doesn’t fix it. The only thing you can say is, instead of listening to someone else’s words, why don’t you look at our actions?"

Last week, McCarthy boasted on Fox News that the Benghazi committee had been successful in damaging Hillary Clinton's poll numbers, forcing Republicans to defend the committee's work.

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Matt Drudge, founder of the Drudge Report, joined radio host Alex Jones for a rare interview on Tuesday during which he spoke about his latest conspiracy theory.

He said that the Obama administration began referring to the Islamic State as "ISIS" so that the group would be confused with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

"We never heard of ISIS until recently," Drudge told Jones. "Do you know it was designed to be confused with Darrell Issa?"

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning jumped to the defense of his fellow Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who was criticized on Tuesday for suggesting that shooting victims work together to confront a gunman.

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Following attacks on her during the last Republican presidential debate, Hillary Clinton sent a copy of her book, "Hard Choices," to all of the Republican presidential candidates except former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.

"I’m trying to be a good fellow candidate and give them some help," Clinton said on Tuesday at a rally in Iowa about her decision to send the book to her rivals, according to Politico.

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A Republican state official in Alabama has come under fire in recent weeks for speaking to a neo-Confederate group about his efforts to return portraits of segregationist former Govs. George and Lurleen Wallace to the state Capitol rotunda.

But in a Tuesday phone interview with TPM, state Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) flatly dismissed criticism of the neo-Confederate League of the South as a hate group—and said he'd be happy to speak before the group again.

"There was no hate in that meeting except for one thing," Zeigler told TPM. "They hated it when the fried chicken ran out."

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Even as he deplored the depressing regularity of gun massacres in the United States, President Obama struck an entirely new tone for progressives in reaction to the Oregon murders:

I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save lives, and to let young people grow up. And that will require a change of politics on this issue. And it will require that the American people, individually, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or an independent, when you decide to vote for somebody, are making a determination as to whether this cause of continuing death for innocent people should be a relevant factor in your decision.

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