Michelle Obama calls Chris Christie ‘terrific’

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: 

Benghazi back in focus: Benghazi was the focus on Capitol Hill today, with a hearing in which the No. 2 diplomatic official at the time of the attack there testified about his frustration that a request to dispatch troops was turned down. For a detailed account, scroll through our live blog of the hearing.

No court for you: There's more good news for Mark Sanford. A day after winning his old House seat, Sanford has avoided having to appear in court with his ex-wife. A dispute over trespassing has been settled.

That repealing feeling: The House will vote next week on repealing Obamacare, something it has done more than 30 times. The idea, according to GOP aides, is to allow House freshman to be able to say they cast a repeal vote and also secure support for the "Helping Sick Americans Now Act."

Michelle Obama on Chris Christie: First Lady Michelle Obama told NBC's "Today" that  she thinks New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is "terrific, and his family is wonderful, and I wish them the best." Asked about his weight-loss surgery, she said: "I try not to comment on people’s personal choices."

The joke's on me: Christie poked fun at his famous fleece and his perceived national ambitions in a Web video.

No Sanford praise here: Massachusetts Republican Senate nominee Gabriel Gomez said Sanford "seems pathetic to me." Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Ed Markey's first Senate general election TV ad is all about his work to spur competition in the telecommunications industry.

Even Stevens: Former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) are running about even in a new NBC News/Marist College poll of the Virginia governor's race. A very recent Washington Post poll had Cuccinelli up.

Rematch in Illinois: Former Republican congressman Robert Dold will run against Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), setting up a rematch of one of 2012's most competitive races.

THE FIX MIX:

Next time, he'll call you back.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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Sean Sullivan · May 8, 2013