• The Fine Print 

    In the select committee investigating the Benghazi attack, Rep. Elijah Cummings is leading the Democrats into what he described as a Republican “witch hunt,” which he believes is intended to tarnish the reputation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    “We had a hearing and it seemed like there was Republican talking points where everybody mentioned Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton,” the Maryland Democrat told “The Fine Print” in a recent interview. “It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out.”

    As the leading Democrat on the special committee, Cummings said it will be his job “to defend the truth” about the 2012 attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

    “After eight reports, 25,000 pages of documents, millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars spent on these investigations, I think the truth has been brought out,” Cummings said. “But obviously there are those who think that that's not the

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  • Top Line

    If you’ve ever woken up with a throbbing head and flu-like symptoms after a night of alcoholic indulgence, it’s no mystery what caused the unpleasant side effects.

    But there also are many mysteries surrounding the science of alcohol – including its mechanical effects on the body – and author Adam Rogers set out to find the answers in his new book, “Proof: The Science of Booze.”

    “I wrote a feature for Wired about a mysterious fungus that lives on whiskey fumes,” Rogers told “Top Line,” explaining his foray into boozy science over drinks at Washington, D.C.’s Jack Rose Dining Saloon.

    “It’s sort of a science mystery, and in the process of writing that, I got interested in a lot of the other processes that go into making and consuming alcoholic beverages,” he said.

    In the course of spirited scientific study, Rogers stumbled into alcohol’s historical story and made the case in his book that booze actually helped to civilize humanity.

    “Settling down to be able to make something, to

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  • Power Players

    A new military thriller puts its audience in the shoes of the U.S. military personnel who face complex ethical and psychological struggles in waging the country’s drone war.

    “The idea is: Where are we going with drone warfare and what is the cost - not only the cost of collateral damage, but how about the psychological costs to the people who are flying the drones?” Rick Rosenthal, the director of “Drones,” told “Power Players.”

    “Drones” follows the story of two fictional airmen operating a drone from a base in the United States as they close in on a high-level terrorist target in the Middle East. But when the order comes to pull the trigger, one of the airmen resists executing the mission with the understanding that the strike will also come at the cost of killing innocent civilian bystanders.

    “I think that combat's really changed and suddenly we're at a point where we can conduct warfare without risk,” Rosenthal said. “And that's a very, sort of, controversial concept -

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