Margaret Carlson in Bloomberg View on Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony Hillary Clinton fielded questions from some of her toughest critics yesterday when she appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to testify about last year's attacks in Benghazi. Though Clinton's answers failed to satisfy hardliners like Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Margaret Carlson thought she handled the situation with aplomb. "Throughout the two hours, which veered between a testimonial dinner and murder boards, Clinton consistently beat back the accusation that the administration moved too slowly in the hours after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack," she writes. And when Clinton firmly rebuked Johnson for politicizing the deaths of four Americans, Carlson thought it was "a satisfying flash of Chris Christie-like anger."
Susan Crawford in The New York Times on speeding up America's Internet The United States may trump other countries when it comes to high-tech innovation, but that doesn't matter much to all the Americans who lack access to high-speed Internet. The U.S. doesn't even chart on lists of countries with the fastest Internet. Susan Crawford argues that our nation's sluggish connectivity stems from over-concentrated markets, not enough competition amongst Internet providers, and weak regulatory oversight from the F.C.C. "We have allowed our affection for consolidation and profit-taking to shape our country’s ability to compete on the global stage," Crawford writes. "With a truly pro-competition agenda at the F.C.C., we could discover great reservoirs of increased productivity and new forms of making a living. Contrary to what giant companies like Comcast and Verizon would have us believe, communications regulation does not stymie entrepreneurial behavior. It unleashes human ingenuity."