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FILE - This Jan. 23, 2013 file photo shows then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  To congressional Republicans, "Benghazi" is shorthand for incompetence and cover-up. Democrats hear it as the hollow sound of pointless investigations. It is, in fact, a Mediterranean port city in Libya that was the site of an attack on an American diplomatic compound on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. That's nearly all that U.S. politicians can agree on about Benghazi. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Here comes Benghazi, The Investigation

- The Washington Times

The 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is nine days off, bringing a certain disquiet to the nation, along with newly realized resolve. Recent polls consistently reveal a public that is more hawk than dove; Americans approve of airstrikes against Islamic State fighters, while majorities say the Obama administration's approach to the challenge is not aggressive enough.

Paul Ryan's Reagan moment

- The Washington Times

Paul Ryan is currently touring the nation with his new book "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea" —and now reminding the public of his significant political pedigree.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, despite his earlier troubles this week, has been on a roll, with the media hot on his trail. (Associated Press)

Rick Perry continues his presidential saga with gusto

- The Washington Times

In less than 48 hours he's gone from a Lone Star jail to the nation's capital to the voter-centric land of New Hampshire, all the while with the news media herd trailing behind him, mooing. Texas Gov. Rick Perry arrives in the Granite State at high noon Friday, when he assumes the starring role in not one but six consecutive political events.

Romney and Ryan, together again? Fox News host Megyn Kelly will anchor a joint interview with Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan. (Associated PRess)

'Born again voters' warm to Romney

- The Washington Times

'Some emerging Republican sentiment about a certain governor would not much surprise the Utah-based "Draft Mitt" grass-roots effort. A new poll of likely GOP primary voters from Zogby Analytics shows Mitt Romney outpolling and outdistancing his nearest rivals for the nomination by a two-to-one margin.

James M. Evans, chairman of the Utah Republican Party and the pointman behind DraftMitt.org, says the site is part of a national discussion about an improved, better America under a Romney administration. (Associated Press)

Romney's route could still lead to a ballot

- The Washington Times

He just looks presidential, all confident and centered amid national turmoil, ramped up by incessant media coverage. Yeah, well. That's the Mitt Romney brand. He appears in public as a consistently reassuring presence, campaigning for assorted Republican hopefuls with ease, cheerfulness and focus.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has sympathized with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who's recent indictment for abuse of power has mesmerized news media. Mrs. Palin recalls similar charges lodged against her garnered many headlines, though she said her vindication was not nearly as well covered. (Associated Press)

Ferguson becomes major media magnet

- The Washington Times

From President Obama to news officials, everyone agrees that freedom of the press is essential in Ferguson, Missouri — particularly after journalists were arrested, prompting American Society of News Editors President David Boardman to predict, "For every reporter they arrest, every image they block, every citizen they censor, another will still write, photograph and speak."

In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds her memoir "Hard Choices" at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, during a book signing event for her memoir "Hard Choices."  Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be among her biggest challenges to a successful run for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Democrats: Prepare to batten down the hatches

- The Washington Times

It's not just political factors that suggest Democrats will not do well in the midterm elections, now 11 weeks away. Public dissatisfaction is also coming into play. A new Gallup poll finds that 76 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the current state of affairs in the nation. A mere 22 percent are satisfied — which is exactly what the level was in 2010, the year of another midterm election when Democrats lost 63 seats in the U.S. House alone.

Demonstrators at the site where Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. News crews reporting on the events have been targeted by police, as have protesters. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

What the press learned in Ferguson

- The Washington Times

The two reporters who were arrested and detained during riots in Ferguson, Missouri, quickly took to the airwaves to share their experiences in visceral style — and that's exactly what the news industry expected them to do.

Texas is "a place where you give back to your community," says Gov. Rick Perry, who called for volunteer soldiers to protect the border. (Associated Press)

Rick Perry takes on the 'narcoterrorists'

- The Washington Times

A thousand National Guard troops were called to deploy to the Texas-Mexico border to wrest control of the immigration crisis — but over twice that number have shown up to volunteer for the mission. "I called for a thousand soldiers. Twenty-two hundred of you have already said, 'Here am I. Send me.' I also tell people, this is Texas, what do you expect?

Former CIA operations officer Will Hurd has earned the support of John Bolton in his quest for the U.S. House seat in the 23rd District of Texas, which includes much of the Mexican-American border.

Ben Carson's pledge of allegiance

- The Washington Times

Run, Ben, run? The question is a staple whenever Ben Carson makes one of his calm broadcast appearances, thoughtfully answering queries about his potential White House intent, his new One Nation political action committee and the intense grass-roots support that has produced a separate unofficial super PAC with $8 million in donations and 17,000 volunteers. Now the simple are-you-running question has gone to the next level. It's got legs.

The determined military and civilian specialists aboard the specially fitted MV Cape Ray container ship have now destroyed three-fourths of the chemical weapons from Syria. (Department of Transportation)

EPA is declared a 'rogue agency'

- The Washington Times

But it seemed like such a good idea at the time: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was founded with much fanfare and good will in 1970, when green thinking and eco-mindedness was a righteous thing indeed.

Capitol Hill veteran Roger Fleming offers a tale of fiction about intrigue and illegal immigration so meticulous that it requires footnotes about policy.

The grass grows dangerous

- The Washington Times

Legalized marijuana could produce some unintended public health and policy problems. Concerned psychologists are speaking up, so much so that the topic earned its own forum at the American Psychological Association's annual convention, which ended Sunday. What lurks for grass lovers? Mental decline, poor attention and memory, plus decreased IQ, they say.

Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, says, "America is not the world's policeman. Cannot be, should not be. But we should be the sheriff." (associated presS)

'Terrorist' a foreign term among broadcasters

- The Washington Times

Historically speaking, the United States has deemed the Palestinian group Hamas "terrorists" for some 17 years. But American broadcasters? They are skittish about the T-word, say analysts from the Culture and Media Institute.

Move over, switch grass. This tricked-out motorcycle runs on organic biodiesel fuel made from converted bacon grease. (Hormel Corp.)

Help yourself to some deep-fried politics

- The Washington Times

"If you get tired of mudslinging in the pigpens and fast-talking from the carnival barkers at the Iowa State Fair, you'll have plenty of chances this month to take refuge with the politicians," advises The Des Moines Register, which has drawn two dozen politicos to grab a microphone, jump upon a straw-strewn stage at the fair and speechify for 20 minutes or so.

Cue anti-tank guns: The 5,775-pound big bruisers roll out to accentuate the "1812 Overture," the finale for the U.S. Army Band's summer concert series. (U.S. Army)

Conservatives man up and go on the offense

- The Washington Times

"The culture in Washington must change. And if we do the right things in the coming months, conservatives have a real opportunity to start calling the shots. It's time to go on offense. That is why we created a road map called the Conservative Policy Agenda," declares Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, the feisty grass-roots offshoot of the Heritage Foundation.