Why now? Benghazi is back in the news

The phrase “Benghazi is making headlines yet again” has an awfully familiar ring to it. Investigations into the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the

The phrase “Benghazi is making headlines yet again” has an awfully familiar ring to it. Investigations into the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans have been plentiful — 13 public hearings, 25,000 pages of documents handed over and 50 separate briefings.

So why are we hearing about Benghazi this week?

Well, Republicans say they have red-hot proof that the White House purposefully peddled a fake account of the attack just as they’ve always suspected. Spurred on by an administration talking points memo steering former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to blame the attack on a shoddy video ridiculing Islam, Republicans are now bent on creating a new committee dedicated solely to investigating Benghazi.

Some Democrats have threatened to boycott the panel. But Democratic leadership demand a real voice and an equal number of seats on it in a letter House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer fired off Tuesday night to Speaker John Boehner.

Why does Benghazi keep cropping up in the news cycle? Depends who you ask.

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Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican from Texas, is one of the GOP spokesmen pushing the administration cover-up angle. He has a message for the White House: “If you’d be forthcoming the first time, we wouldn’t have to keep coming back to you again and again.”

The talking points memo sent via email is a case in point as far as Farenthold is concerned.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee he sits on asked for all – repeat, all –of the administration’s Benghazi papers. But they say the White House snubbed Congress by releasing newly disclosed documents to a watchdog organization in April, not to them.

The snub is a sign of ongoing aggravation between Republicans and Democrats over who’s to blame for the deaths at Benghazi and the tangled accounts of what happened there. Republicans say the White House blew it and then tried to cover up their missteps. Democrats say Republicans are on a political witch-hunt.

A former White House advisor all but implied Republicans need therapy for an unhealthy Benghazi obsession. “There’s a very loud delusional minority that’s driving our politics,” Democrat David Plouffe told ABC NEWS Sunday.

California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff wants Democrats to take their toys and play somewhere far away from any new Benghazi panel. “I think it’s a colossal waste of time. We’ve had four bipartisan investigations of this already,” Schiff told "Fox News Sunday.”

In any case, a new select committee ensures you’ll be seeing many more encores in the headlines for Benghazi.

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