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PBC News & Comment: Hillary Takes Fire from GOP Opportunists

Secretary of State Clinton, taking heat for Benghazi, faces grilling from Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul–says he would’ve fired her

As Clinton defends against posturing Republicans, there is no review of US role in overthrowing Qaddafi and the blowback produced

–Clinton will likely approve the Keystone XL pipeline, with a revised route just OK’d by Nebraska governor

–House approves 90-day debt ceiling raise, with no dollar limit; adds threat of “n budget, no pay”

–GAO cannot complete audit of federal government, as the books of Defense and Homeland Security are a mess

–Panetta approves women in combat, a major change

–Slippery Republicans in state senate of Virginia imitate Tom DeLay, ram through partisan redistricting plan while one Dem senator was at the inauguration

–just-released transcripts from 2007 Federal Reserve meetings show they were unconcerned about the impending meltdown, and Geithner is exposed as tool of Bank of America

–European Union allows member states to pass tax on financial transactions, good idea for US

–Netanyahu’s poor showing in Israeli election forces him to form new government with moderates led by former journalist

–release of records from 1980’s show illegal coverup of pedophile priests by retired archbishop of Los Angeles

–Vatican forces Maryknoll order to expel Fr. Roy Bourgeois