• Big Day for Hearings on Capitol Hill; GM, Benghazi & Fast & Furious Take Center Stage

      Several important hearings today on Capitol Hill.

      Former CIA Director Mike Morell will testify for the first time today on the Benghazi embassy attack that left four Americans dead in 2012.

      1000EDT -- House Intel Cmte holds hearing on "The Benghazi Talking Points and Michael J. Morell's Role in Shaping the Administration's Narrative." Fmr CIA acting dir Mike Morrell testifies. LIVE / LIVE STAKEOUT via LiveU +TAPE

      We'll also hear today from the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director Todd Jones about the "Fast & Furious" gun running operation.

      0930EDT -- House Oversight & Govt Reform Cmte holds hearing on "Undercover Storefront Operations: Continued Oversight of ATF's Reckless Investigative Techniques." ATF dir B. Todd Jones testifies. LIVE

      GM's CEO Mary Barra got quite a grilling on Capitol Hill yesterday. She wouldn't say much about the string of recalls going back to the early 2000's of GM vehicles, but she's back on the Hill today for another hearing.

      1000EDT -- GM CEO Mary Barra testifies for a second day on the Hill, speaking on General Motors' potentially deadly defect that led to recalls of over 800,000 cars in the US and over a million globally. Barra apologized, telling a House Energy Subcmte yesterday "I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced in that (small-car) program, but I can tell you that we will find out." Barra promised "When we have answers, we will be fully transparent with you, with our regulators and with our customers." NHTSA acting admin David Friedman and DOT Inspector Gen Calvin Scovel III also testify. LIVE

      The White House did a big victory lap yesterday afternoon over the Affordable Care Act. President Obama said more than 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health care coverage under Obamacare. President Obama saying, "the law is doing what it's supposed to do. It's working." The President went on to attack Republican opponents of the law. The President went on to say, "I don't get it. Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of people health insurance?"

      But GOP critics remain unconvinced. Many are calling the signup numbers inflated. There are also many fears about what the ACA will mean to costs and benefits.

      A big earthquake off the coast of Chile had governments around the world worried about a potential tsunami, but those fears have eased somewhat. Still at least 5 are dead, and there's been damage inside Chile.

      The death toll is rising in Washington state as the area where a major mudslide hit dries out. 28 are dead, and another 20 are still missing.

      Update on the Stiletto murder case. Prosecution is expected to wrap its case against woman accused of murdering her boyfriend five and half inch heeled size nine blue suede pump.

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