U.S. Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the North Texas Presidential Forum hosted by the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTS50MU
The House Select Committee on Benghazi has gone through its share of indignities over the past few weeks. Its claims to fairness and impartiality were sullied by wild-eyed and overly ambitious partisan actors in Congress, its credibility has been undermined by a disgruntled whistleblower, and press examinations of the committee’s activities showed it to be slow-moving and predominantly political in nature. The long-running investigation is struggling to deal with the one thing it had hoped to avoid: scrutiny. But there’s one casualty of the Benghazi committee’s political reckoning that, until now, had gone unnoticed: chairman Trey Gowdy’s feelings.
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes part in a discussion after speaking about the Iran nuclear deal at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, on September 9, 2015. Clinton expressed firm support for the nuclear accord with Iran, calling it flawed but still strong. Clinton added that the agreement must be strictly enforced and said that if elected president next year, she would not hesitate to use military force if Iran fails to live up to its word and tries to develop a bomb. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)