Wiretap: Benghazi without al-Qaeda

The must-read story on Benghazi, written and reported by David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times, tells how militias that Americans thought were friendly joined in the attack along with anti-West fighters. It’s a story of miscalculation leading to four American deaths, but a story not at all like the one that Republicans in Congress want you to believe.

Kirkpatrick reported the story for months. Among the things he learned: There was no al-Qaeda involvement.

Dan Balz looks at how the all-red and all-blue state governments tell completely different stories. Which one to believe?

Obama needs to give better — not fewer — speeches. Writes Clive Crook via Bloomberg.

Two judges come to completely opposite conclusions on NSA spying. Is either one right? Via the Atlantic.

When the mentally ill own guns, our laws help them keep them. Of course, they do. Via the New York Times.

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