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Friday, May 2, 2014
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Laura Ingraham
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Benghazi and Americans' Distrust of Government
"As Speaker John Boehner finally announces a select committee to investigate Benghazi, a recent Fox News poll shows that 61% of Americans think the administration has been in cover-up mode on the issue. Its pathetic handling of the attack that killed four Americans has bred more distrust and more cynicism in a public that desperately needs good news. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows that more than half of Americans think the American Dream is dying or dead. Wages are not keeping up with the cost of living, good-paying jobs are being replaced with low-paying ones, and health care costs are soaring for many Americans. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that the same poll shows that 47% of Americans think we should be less active in global affairs. As long as most Americans don't see their lives getting better, they will have no appetite to try to make the lives of Syrians or Ukrainians better. This will, in turn, make the world less stable and will empower our enemies and adversaries. Persuading Americans that we should be more active around the world requires showing them how their lives will be improving at home. We need to rebuild American confidence, which means we need politicians who focus more on what's good for America and less on what helps their own reelection."

Laura was joined by Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry, who reacted to Speaker John Boehner's decision to empanel a select committee that will investigate the Benghazi attack and its aftermath. "John Boehner had believed that regular committees could investigate this," Henry reported, "but he's now realizing that documents were never turned over by the White House or State Department. Largely because of the Ben Rhodes email and conservative pressure from his Republican caucus, he has decided to move forward with this committee. After 20 months of investigations, we still don't know the answers to a lot of key questions and the killers of the four Americans still have not been brought to justice."
More on Benghazi
With leading Democrats portraying the Benghazi investigation as a wasteful diversion, Laura turned to political scientist Jeanne Zaino for her analysis. "This wouldn't be an issue if the White House had been honest from the beginning," Zaino averred. "It's a story now because they withheld the documents and they're shooting themselves in the foot. Jay Carney saying the latest email has nothing to do with Benghazi is the height of incredulity. The communications team in the White House is dictating policy and, as a result, you have people losing trust in the president." Laura stressed that the recently released Ben Rhodes email is an extremely damning document: "The email wasn't released because it contradicted in a flagrant way what they were trying to claim early on."
More on Benghazi
Geraldo Rivera entered the No Spin Zone with his take on the Benghazi story. "One thing that was hardly mentioned over the last several days," he said, "is that this is the third anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's death. That was the foundation of President Obama's reelection campaign in 2012 - 'Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.' He was soaring towards reelection, but then we had this terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, which interfered with the triumphant narrative. The White House and the administration closed ranks to obscure what really happened and there was clearly a gross political spinning of this event." Rivera also criticized conservatives for overreacting to one aspect of the Benghazi attack: "The right is wrong to focus on the mythical possibility that the United States military could have done something to save our people after the attack began. That is absolutely false."
Donald Sterling and NAACP Fallout
Leon Jenkins has stepped down as head of the NAACP's Los Angeles chapter, which was planning to bestow a lifetime achievement award on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Laura examined the controversy with radio talk show host Richard Fowler and professor Christopher Metzler. "There was never clear proof that Sterling was a racist," Fowler claimed, "but now we see he is clearly a racist. That doesn't take away from the fact that the Clippers organization and the players have given to charities and have given tickets to inner city young people." Metzler reported that Sterling had previously been given a similar award by the same organization. "Usually I think a lifetime achievement award is given once in a lifetime, but this happened twice. And the first time he was given the award he was involved in litigation relative to blacks and Latinos at his apartment complex. The biggest problem for me is that the NAACP is 'pay-for-play,' no question about it." Laura also accused the NAACP of blatantly chasing Sterling's silver: "This guy was well known to be insensitive on racial issues and this doesn't look good for the NAACP. It looks like money talks."
2016 Preview
Some major Republican donors are reportedly urging former Florida Jeb Bush to follow in the presidential footsteps of his dad and brother. Laura pursued the possibility of a Jeb Bush candidacy with Mercedes Schlapp, former spokesperson for George W. Bush. "Chris Christie was the flavor of the month for some time," Schlapp observed, "but now Jeb is saying he'll make a decision by the end of the year, which gives donors the opportunity to step back and see what's going to happen. They believe he is one of the stronger general election candidates, but the question is whether he can unify the Tea Partiers and the Republican establishment." Laura theorized that Jeb Bush may be too moderate for many in the GOP: "The Republican establishment flopped on a whole bunch of issues, they failed economically in the second Bush term. My listeners are saying it's nothing personal, but they don't want Jeb Bush."
Culture War
Laura welcomed Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes, whose new book 'God Less America' examines the country's contentious cultural and religious landscape. "What's happening in the military under this president is very disturbing," Starnes opined. "I have documented a number of instances where Christianity has come under attack, and I've had high ranking officers tell me that they've been told to hide their faith. Soldiers have even been given training seminars in which they're told that evangelical Christianity and Roman Catholicism are examples of religious extremism. There is an all-out assault, under this president they have turned the military into a social engineering Petri dish." Starnes added that Christianity is also under siege in many schools. "In our public school system we have seen young Christian students come under fierce attack. I grew up in the South and I feel like a Duck Dynasty guy living in a Miley Cyrus world."

Laura wrapped up the week with some footage from George W. Bush's annual Texas bike ride honoring injured military veterans. "We're helping redefine PTSD to PTS," President Bush said prior to the three-day ride. "Post traumatic stress is an injury, it's not a disorder, meaning it can be treated. That's important because we want to help eliminate stigma and we don't want employers to be put off by PTS."
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