National News Briefs: Paul Ryan running for Speaker of the House, Hillary Clinton faces 11-hour Benghazi hearing, Aurora theater shooter assaulted by another inmate



Congressman Paul Ryan running for Speaker of the House

Paul Ryan is widely expected to succeed John Boehner and win the election for House Speaker in the upcoming week. The House of Representatives faces a budget deadline in December. If it fails to pass a budget, the government will face shutdown as it did in 2013. Paul Ryan is a favorite as he vows to create unification in an extremely divided house. Ryan wrote, “I know you’re willing to work hard and get it done, and I think this moment is ripe for real reform. I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker.”

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Hillary Clinton faces 11-hour Benghazi hearing

Hillary Clinton faced 11 hours of questioning by a committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attacks. The committee believes enough was not done by the United States government to protect the four U.S. citizens killed in the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. embassy. The committee members are investigating the unsuccessful attempts at bringing in more security when the government possessed knowledge of terrorist threats. Many believe Clinton did not do her part as Secretary of State to answer the threat with protection for the U.S. embassy staff that she sent over to Libya. So far, the committee has only unearthed the fact that Clinton was untruthful about using a private email server for government business as Secretary, exposing classified information.

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Aurora theater shooter assaulted by another inmate

Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes was assaulted at the state penitentiary. Inmate Mark Daniels lunged at Holmes and threw a few punches at him, said Adrienne Jacobson, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections. The incident happened while the men passed each other in the hallway. Holmes was being escorted from the Management Control Unit where he is allowed to spend four hours in a day hall. Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the July 2012 Aurora shooting, which killed 12 and wounded 70 others.

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