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May 7th, 2014
04:32 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, May 7, 2014.

1.Kidnapped Nigerian girls. The U.S. is sending a team of experts to Nigeria to help try to find more than 200 girls abducted last month by the terrorist group Boko Haram. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the American team will provide the Nigerian government with law enforcement assistance and military intelligence. All 20 women serving in the Senate signed a letter urging the Obama administration to take action on behalf of the missing girls, and four female members of the House visited the Nigerian embassy Wednesday to demand action. Meanwhile Nigerian authorities say at least 150 people have been killed in an attack launched Monday by Boko Haram.

2. Boehner's Benghazi committee. House Speaker John Boehner says the select committee he is forming to investigate the Obama administration's handling of the 2012 Benghazi attack is not for political theater. "This is about getting to the truth. It is not going to be a sideshow. It is not going to be a circus. This is a serious investigation," Boehner said at his weekly news conference. Boehner announced the formation of the special committee after a previously unreleased White House email surfaced last week that Republicans said indicated a cover-up. The special panel will consist of seven Republicans and five Democrats.

3. Will Democrats cooperate? Although there is a split among House Democrats about how to respond to the special Benghazi committee, their leadership is slamming Boehner's decision. "There are four committees that are investigating Benghazi. I see no reason to break up all the work that's been done and to take months and months and months to create some select committee. That's my sentiment," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California. Becerra added that Boehner spoke those exact words just several weeks ago. Some House Democrats want their members to boycott the Benghazi committee.

4. GOP establishment wins round one. The Republican Party's old guard beat out the Tea Party in North Carolina's GOP primary. State House Speaker Thom Tillis, who had the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, won a three-way primary Tuesday night. He will now challenge the state's vulnerable incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan in a race that could determine whether Democrats maintain or lose control of the Senate. Still, the battle between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party isn't over. "There are plenty of fights still to come, and it's too early to proclaim a winner and a loser. But it's already clear that the pragmatist conservatives have stopped the anti-establishment's electoral momentum," says Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report.

5. She's baack. Monica Lewinsky is reflecting on her affair with former President Bill Clinton in a new essay for Vanity Fair. The former White House intern says the relationship was consensual, but that she is sorry it happened. "I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened," the now 40-year-old Lewinsky writes in the magazine's upcoming issue. She also said she does not want to episode to define her life. "I am determined to have a different ending to my story," Lewinsky said.

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