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“I think it would be great if she were on ‘The View.’ But I wouldn’t expect it tomorrow. Maybe she could take my place. You know, ‘The View with Whoopi Goldberg and Monica Lewinsky,’” Ms. Walters told CBS late-night host David Letterman.

MR. KING EXPLAINS ALL

An Iowa Republican who supports secure borders and condemns immigration amnesty has drawn Democratic ire.

“Every time any Republican raised the possibility of action on immigration reform in the House, Steve King is there, in his own words, ‘manning the watchtowers 24/7’ to make sure nothing can be passed to fix our broken immigration system,” Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, told his peers in a floor speech Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid chimed in as well.

“Once again, I’m flattered by Senator Schumer, and now Majority Leader Harry Reid’s attempt to insult me, yet give me 100 percent of the credit for blocking their amnesty agenda,” Rep. Steve King says in reply. “Their goal is to bait Republicans into passing amnesty. I want to remind our Republican leadership that there is a hook in the bait that Schumer and Reid are dangling — and you are smarter than to take it and get caught. Their goal always has been and always will be to divide Republicans and unite Democrats.”

Mr. King continues, “The only way the American people lose is if [House Speaker] John Boehner and the rest of our Republican leadership take the bait dangled before them on the Senate Floor again this week. I have stated time and time again, and my resolve could not be stronger — I will continue to focus on restoring the rule of law above all else in this immigration debate and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”

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POLL DU JOUR

• 78 percent of American voters say questions about the way the Obama administration handled the Benghazi attacks is a serious matter; 89 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats agree.

• 67 percent of voters overall approve of a special congressional committee to investigate the attacks; 83 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats agree.

• 63 percent overall say Republicans investigating the attacks are hoping for “political gain;” 38 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of Democrats agree.

• 54 percent overall say the administration tried to “deceive” the nation about the attacks; 82 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of Democrats agree.

• 51 percent overall say the administration “knowingly lied” about the attacks; 81 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of Democrats agree.

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