Boko Haram: Just as the world is getting some of its first glimpses of this Islamist militant group, it’s also getting a taste of its brutality. A month after kidnapping hundreds ofNigerian schoolgirls, Boko Haram has killed hundreds in a village that troops were using as a home base for the search. Monday’s bloody attack by the militants follows a pattern of revenge-seeking against anybody perceived to have provided aid to the Nigerian government.


Not over yet: The House is expected to vote this week to approve a special committee on the September 11,2012, terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Republicans have long said that the White House knows more than it is letting on about what happened in Benghazi. A Senate report earlier this year said the attack was “likely preventable.” Hillary Clinton, who could make a White House bid in 2016, was secretary of state at the time of the attack.


Regrets and insights: Even before hitting newsstands, Monica Lewinsky’s essay in Vanity Fair provoked its share of reactions across social media, from shrugs to bemusement to outright hostility. The reactions are easy to understand when you’re talking about a former White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton threatened to bring down his presidency. Now that her essay is out, it reveals a woman still haunted by the events of nearly two decades ago. It also offers insights into someone who has moved on.

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