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The Wrap: From the female soldier who beat up a would-be rapist to FAA furloughs, the week that was

  • **FILE** Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)**FILE** Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • ** FILE ** This May 26, 2012 photo shows actress Reese Witherspoon posing during a photo call for "Mud" at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. The 36-year-old Oscar winner and mother of three will receive the March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award at its Celebration of Babies luncheon Friday Dec. 7, 2012 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)** FILE ** This May 26, 2012 photo shows actress Reese Witherspoon posing during a photo call for "Mud" at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. The 36-year-old Oscar winner and mother of three will receive the March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award at its Celebration of Babies luncheon Friday Dec. 7, 2012 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
  • From left, President Barack Obama, former president George W. Bush, former president William J. Clinton former President George H.W. Bush and former president Jimmy Carter arrive for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) From left, President Barack Obama, former president George W. Bush, former president William J. Clinton former President George H.W. Bush and former president Jimmy Carter arrive for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • **FILE** President Bill Clinton emphatically denies having a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky during a White House event on after-school childcare on Jan. 26, 1998. (Associated Press)**FILE** President Bill Clinton emphatically denies having a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky during a White House event on after-school childcare on Jan. 26, 1998. (Associated Press)
  • "Real Time," hosted by Bill Maher, isn't a place to not know your stuff so come prepared to engage the other guests and defend your views, say those who have been on the show. (HBO via Associated Press)"Real Time," hosted by Bill Maher, isn't a place to not know your stuff so come prepared to engage the other guests and defend your views, say those who have been on the show. (HBO via Associated Press)
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An Emirati man looks at a lingerie display as he passes in front of Frederick's of Hollywood at a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The lingerie retailer chose the Emirates for the launch of its first international store. In only a few short years, this desert country has emerged as an unlikely first port of call for retailers looking to test their brands overseas. ASSOCIATED PRESS An Emirati man looks at a lingerie display as he passes in front of Frederick's of Hollywood at a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The lingerie retailer chose the Emirates for the launch of its first international store. In only a few short years, this desert country has emerged as an unlikely first port of call for retailers looking to test their brands overseas.
  • ** FILE ** Former President George W. Bush speaks as President Obama listens during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, Pool)** FILE ** Former President George W. Bush speaks as President Obama listens during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, Pool)
  • ** FILE ** Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, April 22, 2013. (Associated Press)** FILE ** Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, April 22, 2013. (Associated Press)
  • In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 photo illegal immigrants are seen at detention center in Filakio village, northern Greece, near the borders with Turkey. Greece launched an aggressive campaign this month to try to seal its 200-kilometer (130-mile) northeastern border, as it faces a debilitating financial crisis that has caused a swell in joblessness and a surge in racist attacks against immigrants with dark skin. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 photo illegal immigrants are seen at detention center in Filakio village, northern Greece, near the borders with Turkey. Greece launched an aggressive campaign this month to try to seal its 200-kilometer (130-mile) northeastern border, as it faces a debilitating financial crisis that has caused a swell in joblessness and a surge in racist attacks against immigrants with dark skin. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
  • ** FILE ** Carry teams move transfer cases of the remains of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, from a transport plane during a ceremony Sept. 14, 2012, at Andrews Air Force Base, marking the start of congressional and State Department inquiries into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. (Associated Press)** FILE ** Carry teams move transfer cases of the remains of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, from a transport plane during a ceremony Sept. 14, 2012, at Andrews Air Force Base, marking the start of congressional and State Department inquiries into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. (Associated Press)
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Americans looked back on the George W. Bush era as his presidential library opened, and they liked what they saw.

On the international stage, the Assad regime appears to have used sarin gas on its own people, and a female U.S. soldier beat down a would-be rapist in the United Arab Emirates.

Here's a recap, or wrap, on the week that was from The Washington Times.

• CURL: W outclasses Barack and Bill, without even trying

DALLAS — Shortly after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, a fellow reporter who’d covered President George W. Bush all eight years told me she’d had enough of the travel and stress and strain of the White House beat, that she was moving on.

We reminisced about all the places we’d been, all the crazy days and wild nights, all the history we’d seen — first hand. Just before we said our goodbyes, I asked her if she’d miss covering President Obama.

“Not at all. He’s an inch deep. Bush is a bottomless chasm, a deep, mysterious, emotional, profound man. Obama is all surface — shallow, obvious, robotic, and, frankly, not nearly as smart as he thinks. Bush was the one.”

• U.S. female sailor beats Dubai rapist bus driver into submission

An off-duty U.S. navy sailor wrestled a Dubai bus driver to the ground and beat him into submission after he tried to rape her at knifepoint on Jan. 19, a courtroom heard Wednesday.

The woman, 28, was on 24-hour shore leave in Dubai when she was attacked by a bus driver after he picked her up from the Mall of the Emirates shopping center.

• Bill Maher: Islamic violence ‘more than just a fringe element’

Comedian Bill Maher butted heads Friday night with Brian Levin, a professor at California State University at San Bernardino and director of its Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, after the late-night host took issue with comparing Islamic extremism with all fundamentalism.

“You know what, yeah, yeah,” the HBO host said. “You know what — that’s liberal [expletive] right there ... they're not as dangerous."

• Reese Witherspoon: Actress ‘deeply embarrassed’ after arrest

ATLANTA — Reese Witherspoon is “deeply embarrassed” about what she said to police officers after she and her husband were arrested during a traffic stop in Atlanta. ... 

“Do you know my name?” Witherspoon is quoted as saying in a state trooper’s report.

• 99.5% of illegal immigrants get approval for legal status; high number raises concerns about fraud

The administration has approved 99.5 percent of applications of those who have applied for legal status under President Obama’s nondeportation policy for young adults, granting legal status to more than 250,000 formerly illegal immigrants.

• Obama, Clinton blew Benghazi response: Republican report

House Republicans have concluded that the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies bear no blame for failing to halt the terrorist assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, releasing a report Tuesday that said President Obama and the State Department set up the military for failure.

The report also found that plenty of intelligence presaged the attack, but the White House and State Department — including the secretary at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton — failed to heed the warnings.

• Obama backs out of Planned Parenthood keynote address

President Obama has canceled plans to deliver a keynote address at Planned Parenthood&rsquo's annual fundraising dinner Thursday night, citing a desire to spend more time with family of the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas.

White House spokesman Jay Carney announced the decision to cancel the keynote speech at the gala during his daily press briefing with reporters Wednesday. He said Mr. Obama will still address Planned Parenthood and its supporters Friday morning.

• GOP tells Obama to release Clinton cable on Benghazi

House Republicans on Wednesday asked President Obama to release to the public a State Department cable the GOP says would show former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton approved cutting security at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, ahead of last year’s deadly attack.

• Congress tells Obama to stop FAA furloughs

The new bill orders the Transportation Department to cut $253 million from elsewhere in its budget and send the money to the FAA. The bill would also cancel a future move FAA had planned to close dozens of contract air traffic control towers. ...

Republicans on Capitol Hill accused Mr. Obama of making the furloughs as painful as possible as a political stunt. They said FAA could have focused the furloughs on employees who weren’t controllers, but instead applied them to all employees equally. They also argued FAA could have shifted the furloughs because some airports could handle the cuts better than others.

• Obama wants more proof of Syria’s use of sarin gas

A cautious White House said Friday it is trying to “firmly establish” that Syria’s dictator has used chemical weapons against his opponents, a day after the Obama administration told lawmakers that the Syrian regime likely has launched attacks with the deadly gas sarin.

• Bill Clinton joins Twitter, tweets without Colbert's help

Former President Bill Clinton decided to officially join the Twitterverse Wednesday night, posting his own tweets a couple weeks after Comedy Central funny man Stephen Colbert set the account up for him.

"Excited to join @ChelseaClinton and my good friend @StephenAtHome on Twitter!" @billclinton tweeted Wednesday.

• Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quits talking after Miranda warning is read to him

The surviving suspect in the Boston bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, quit talking to investigators right after he was read his Miranda rights, four authorities briefed on the investigation said.

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