It was a long Thursday, but Hillary Clinton, the House Select Committee on Benghazi and we made it through. And now we have a Lincoln Chafee announcement to look forward to! Happy Friday, everyone. The best weekend present to your friends: getting them to subscribe to For the Record. We will only fill your inbox with interesting things, we swear.

Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Oct. 22, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

You’ll be much more enthused than Clinton is when you read our emails. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

‘The #Benghazi Hearing,’ a new film by Michael Bay

The setting: A brightly lit congressional hearing room, crowded with staffers, media and your average political junkies

The characters: former secretary of State Hillary Clinton (played by Megan Fox, obviously), Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. (Bruce Willis), and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. (Samuel L. Jackson). Other committee members to be cast at a later date. We look forward to the moment when the tension explodes between Gowdy/Willis and Cummings/Jackson.

The outcome: The hearing appears to be mostly political theater, likely to leave Clinton’s standings in the 2016 presidential race unharmed (and may even have helped, says USA TODAY’s Heidi Przybyla). The film will have an ambiguous ending, with people from both sides of the aisle claiming victory and leaving it up to the audience to decide on what actually happened.

Just picture Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson here. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

Just picture Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson here. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

Lincoln Chafee has something to say

Is another Democratic candidate about to bite the dust? Lincoln Chafee, Mr. I’m-Not-Scandalous/I-Only-Voted-For-That-Because-I-Just-Got-There, announced Thursday on Twitter that he plans to address the future of his campaign while addressing the DNC Women’s Forum on Friday morning. Given that presidential campaign announcements are in vogue this week (see Jim Webb, Joe Biden), we’ll see how it goes.

Lincoln Chafee waves to the crowd while marching in the Autumn Fest Parade on Oct. 9, 2006 in Woonsocket, R.I., amid his Senate re-election campaign. (Darren McCollester, Getty Images)

Is he going to wave goodbye to his campaign on Friday?. (Darren McCollester, Getty Images)

The Donald on the record

The Man, the Hair, the Donald sat down with USA TODAY’s Susan Page in Iowa on the 100th consecutive day he’s led the polls (yes, it’s been that long). What’s on Trump’s mind? You name it, he’s probably thought about it: possible running mates, the Federal Reserve, Joe Biden and the fact that he’s going to “tone it down a little bit.” What does a toned down Trump look like? Maybe we’ll get a taste of that at next week’s #GOPDebate Pt. 3, the one before everyone and their mother started to drop out.

Two thumbs up for the man who's been leading the GOP polls for more than three months. (John Locher, AP)

Two thumbs up for the man who’s been leading the GOP polls for more than three months. (John Locher, AP)

Paul Ryan to the GOP: You’re welcome

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced Thursday that he begrudgingly will run for speaker of the House, reports USA TODAY’s Deirdre Shesgreen. “I never thought I’d be speaker,” wrote the man who has spent much of his adult life working on/nearby the Capitol campus (Tortilla Coast is, after all, just across the way from the House office buildings). Bully for him, though, and the ability to unite a fractured GOP for his leadership election. We’ll drink some swirl margaritas while he tries to get the debt limit situation under control.

Think of it this way, Paul -- you're now second in line for the presidency. (Steve Helber, AP)

Think of it this way, Paul — you’re now second in line for the presidency. (Steve Helber, AP)

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