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Who to Blame for Benghazi, and the New York Times’ 100-Year Error—THE EDGE

January 15, 2014

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc) and Laura Ryan (@NJljryan)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: A Senate Intelligence Committee report outlined what the State Department and other agencies did wrong before and after the 2012 attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Democratic Rep. James Moran of Virginia announced he will retire at the end of his term. A federal judge tossed out a long-shot lawsuit that aimed to cripple the Affordable Care Act. D.C. residents now largely support legalizing marijuana. And The New York Times had an error on its front page for an entire century.


REPORT DETAILS WHO TO BLAME FOR BENGHAZI ATTACK: The committee report said the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks were preventable, detailing how the State Department failed to increase safety at the U.S. diplomatic compound. And it found that although there have been several leads, the terrorists who carried out the attacks have not been arrested or charged. (Marina Koren, NJ)


AND RUBIO CALLS FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION: Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role in the Benghazi attack warrants even more scrutiny, saying the Obama administration was "a roadblock" during the investigation. (Jeremy Herb, The Hill)

JAMES MORAN TO RETIRE: The fiery Democratic representative from northern Virginia will end his two-decade tenure in Congress at the end of his term. The decision is largely because no one else is running. "Knowing myself, if there was a challenger, I know I wouldn't be retiring," Moran said. (Ben Pershing, WaPo)

ANTI-OBAMACARE LAWSUIT REJECTED: The suit would have blocked the health care law's insurance subsidies in 36 states, ending the main incentive for people to buy insurance. Judge Paul Friedman wrote that the argument does not "make intuitive sense." (Sam Baker, NJ)

CONGRESS BUYS A FEW EXTRA DAYS ON SPENDING BILL: Lawmakers passed a stopgap spending bill that avoids another federal government shutdown and gives them three extra days to pass the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. (Ramsey Cox, The Hill)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will speak at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at an event with first lady Michelle Obama about expanding college opportunity. Vice President Joe Biden will speak about the future of the U.S. auto industry at 9 a.m. at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will speak about the economy and the department's international agenda at 8:30 a.m. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify at a Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee hearing on President Obama's Climate Action Plan. The House and Senate are in session.

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MISTAKE OF THE CENTURY: A small typo on the front of the NYT goes unnoticed for 100 years. This is the story of one young news assistant's tireless effort to correct the error. (Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic)

D.C. NO LONGER DIVIDED ON POT: Support among D.C. residents for the legalization of marijuana is up to 63 percent. (Davis/Craighill, WaPo)

THE MAGIC TOUCH: The White House has enlisted former NBA star Magic Johnson to promote Obamacare enrollment among young people. (Sam Baker, NJ)

GOP WINS OIL-PAINTING BATTLE: Republicans didn't get everything they wanted in the 2014 spending, but they did win one important battle: official portraits. These pricey paintings cost the government $180,000 in 2012. (Jack Fitzpatrick, NJ)


-GATE OR -GHAZI? Every scandal needs a suffix. But when do we use the classic "-gate" ending, and when do we use the more recent "-ghazi"? (Alex Seitz-Wald, NJ)

HOW T-MOBILE BECAME COOL AGAIN: A mixture of luck, clever marketing, and an exciting CEO have caused the company's share price to nearly double in the last year. (John McDuling, Quartz)

A BED FOR EVERY HOMELESS VETERAN: Phoenix has led the way in ending chronic homelessness among veterans. (Fernanda Santos, NYT)


LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Conan O'Brien thinks Hillary Clinton's "hit list" might include her husband, and Obama might have a few words of advice when he meets Pope Francis. (Reena Flores, NJ)

BORN TO RUN … IN 2016? Bruce Springsteen spoofed Bridgegate on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)
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