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Politico: 6 moments that could haunt Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, her aides will tell you, is focused solely on winning the Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton, Democratic strategists with ties to the campaign will tell you, has one eye planted on the general election in everything she says and does.

Making sure that both statements are accurate means a lot of needle-threading for the front-runner, who must fend off Bernie Sanders on her left while keeping herself electable in November.

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Fox News: Sources: Review affirms Clinton server emails were ‘top secret,’ despite department challenge

EXCLUSIVE: An intelligence community review has re-affirmed that two classified emails were indeed “top secret” when they hit Hillary Clinton’s unsecured personal server despite a challenge to that designation by the State Department, according to two sources familiar with the review.

The sources described the dispute over whether the two emails were classified at the highest level as a “settled matter.”

The agencies that owned and originated that intelligence – the CIA and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency or NGA – reviewed the emails to determine how they should be properly stored, as the State Department took issue with their highly classified nature. The subject matter of the messages is widely reported to be the movement of North Korean missiles and a drone strike. A top secret designation requires the highest level of security, and can include the use of an approved safe.

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New York Post: Hillary Clinton’s most repugnant lie

Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire: Hillary Clinton still insists she didn’t tell the grieving families of the Benghazi victims that an anti-Islam video was to blame.

Yet family members say she said just that, three days after the attack, at the Sept. 14, 2012, ceremony at Andrews Air Force base.

George Stephanopoulos asked her Sunday if she’d told the victims it was about the film. Clinton gave a flat “no.”

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Washington Examiner: Emails: Clinton learned State Dept.’s Benghazi policy through NPR

Hillary Clinton seemingly did not know the State Department’s stance toward American citizens in Benghazi until she heard it on NPR, an email made public Monday suggested.

“Since the Brits, Germans and Dutch have told their citizens to leave Benghazi, why aren’t we doing the same?” Clinton wrote in a Jan. 2013 email to a handful of aides.

“NPR just reported that we hadn’t because ‘The State Department said there were no specific warnings against Americans,'” she added. “That may be, but we didn’t think there were before.”

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Washington Examiner: Poll: Clinton trails top Republicans nationwide

Hillary Clinton trails the entire top tier of Republican presidential candidates in hypothetical matchups, according to a new surveyconducted by Fox News.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio maintains the largest margin of victory over the Democratic presidential candidate, and would beat Clinton today 50-42, according to the poll.

Jeb Bush, who has struggled to gain any traction among Republicans, still leads Clinton by 6 points. Donald Trump and Ben Carson each lead by 5 points, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz holds a 4-point lead over Clinton. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie finishes ahead of Clinton by 3 percentage points.

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The Washington Free Beacon: Clinton Aide Calls Wall Street Attacks ‘Unfair’ While Wearing $1B Financial Group Logo

John Podesta, who chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, defended his boss after she justified the millions in donations she has received from Wall Street by talking about 9/11.

While wearing a sweatshirt with the logo of a major financial group, Podesta said that it was “unfair” for opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) to question Clinton’s will to regulate the financial industry given her monetary ties to Wall Street. Yahoo reported:

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Liberty News: Poll Shows Americans Think Hillary Acted Illegally or Unethically

A new poll released by Marist showed that a majority of Americans believed that Hillary Clinton has done something wrong involving her Emails. 68% of respondents cited an ethical or illegal error on Clinton’s part.

Of this 68% of respondents, 40% believed that Clinton acted unethically, albeit not illegally. The second largest response was the 28% of Americans who believed Clinton acted illegally regarding her Emails. The last major grouping of answers was 27% who believed that Clinton had done nothing wrong whatsoever.

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Washington Examiner: Clinton’s Twitter account loaded with fake followers

An audit of Hillary Clinton’s main Twitter feed, @HillaryClinton, shows that 41 percent of her followers are not real people, a far higher percentage of fake followers than all other Republican or Democratic candidates.

The audit was done by running Clinton’s Twitter address through TwitterAudit, which quickly measures how many real people are following, and how many fake accounts are following.

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Daily Caller: Citizens United Probing New Faces In Hillary’s World

A conservative watchdog group is demanding copies of official documents about the activities of key operatives linked to Hillary Clinton, some of whom have previously escaped attention in the continuing investigations of the former Secretary of State’s relations with her family’s foundation and her use of a private email and server for official business.

Citizens United filed seven new Freedom of Information Act requests recently seeking communications among Clinton’s State Department aides and officials with the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and Teneo, a global consulting firm whose principals are long-time Clinton associates.

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Washington Examiner: Clinton: ‘I will go as far as I can, even beyond Obama’ to welcome illegal immigrants

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, pledging to go “beyond President Obama” in embracing illegal immigrants, said that she will use executive powers as president to go around Congress to end deportations.

At Saturday’s Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, she also called illegals “law abiding.”

During a period of her 25 minute address when she was listing her political promises, she turned to immigration to say that she would go farther than Obama to protect the 12 million illegal immigrants in America, especially families.

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The Washington Times: Bill Clinton scored paid speeches while Hillary made official State Dept. visits

Back when they occupied the White House, Bill and Hillary Clinton boasted that Americans “got two for the price of one.” The folks in Ireland have a good sense now what that actually costs.

As Irish businesses were arranging for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to make one of her last official visits to Ireland in December 2012, her husband, Bill, suddenly landed a half-million speaking gig for his foundation on the Emerald Island, according to newly released emails from the conservative group Citizens United that show the business of State and the business of Bill were often intertwined.

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Politico: Under the Radar: Citizens United files suit over Hillary Clinton schedules

A conservative group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Monday demanding a full set of Hillary Clinton’s schedules as secretary of state.

Citizens United sought the information from the State Department in March of this year. State agreed to “expedite” its handling of the request, but the group says it has yet to receive a response.

“When Citizens United filed this FOIA request back in March 2015, we didn’t anticipate subject matter as straight forward as Secretary Clinton’s schedule would take seven months and cou

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National Review: New Huma Abedin E-mail Address Discovered ahead of Benghazi Committee Appearance

A previously unknown e-mail address used by Huma Abedin was discovered on Thursday, just hours before the top Hillary Clinton aide prepares to testify in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Conservative watchdog group Citizens United discovered the address in an e-mail exchange that shows Clinton Foundation CEO Robert Harrison forwarding a speaking invitation for then-Secretary of State Clinton to both Abedin’s State Department account and an unfamiliar Abedin address on November 6, 2012. “I tried to send this to your ‘clintonemail.com’ address, but it bounced back as undeliverable, so here it is again,” Harrison wrote.

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Washington Examiner: Poll: Only 33% of people view Hillary Clinton favorably

Only 33 percent of people view Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton favorably, a new CBS poll found. The Democratic front-runner also has a record high 53 percent unfavorability rating. 61 percent of voters also say Clinton is not honest.

Asked about Clinton’s use of a personal server and email address during her tenure at the State Department, 71 percent of registered voters said this was not appropriate and 59 percent were dissatisfied with the explanations she has given.

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NBC: Court Hearings in Clinton Email Cases Set for February

A federal judge on Tuesday set hearings for February in two lawsuits involving the private email system used by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.

The schedule, in two of the higher profile cases, assures that the legal wrangling over the email issue, which has dogged Clinton’s 2016 Democratic presidential campaign, will continue for at least several more months.

And then the appeals could start.

They are two of more than three dozen Freedom of Information Act request lawsuits now in various stages in federal court. In one, the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch seeks information involving an employment arrangement that allowed top Clinton aide Huma Abedin to do outside consulting while working at the State Department.

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Politico: Mills shared now-classified info with Clinton Foundation

Hillary Clinton’s No. 2 at the State Department twice forwarded information to the Clinton Foundation that was later deemed classified, the latest instance of former Clinton staff transmitting now-classified information.

According to a new email chain shared with POLITICO by Citizens United, Cheryl Mills — Clinton’s former chief of state at State — forwarded State Department background information about Rwanda and the Congo to the Clintons’ philanthropic organization. Citizens United, a conservative activist group, obtained the messages via a Freedom of Information act lawsuit.
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NYT: Emails Show Hillary Clinton Adviser Sidestepping Potential Conflict

In November 2012, Kris Balderston, then in charge of the Global Partnership Initiative in Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office, sent an email about a potential joint initiative involving the State Department and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The email was sent to a group of people, including Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Mrs. Clinton, and to Thomas Shea, who at the time was one of the managing directors of Teneo, the firm where Ms. Abedin had a contract as a consultant, and which represented the Rockefeller Foundation.

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New York Post: Hillary Clinton’s email cauldron on the boil

Double, double, toil and trouble: Hillary Clinton’s email mess continues to boil.

The FBI is declining to cooperate with a court-ordered inquiry into the emails. Heck, it won’t even admit it’s actually conducting an investigation.

Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, who’s overseeing one of the Freedom of Information suits on the Clinton emails, ordered the State Department to ask the FBI what relevant info might be gleaned from the private server she used to store her correspondence, which the bureau recently took into possession.

Sorry: “We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any ongoing investigation, nor are we in a position to provide additional information at this time,” FBI General Counsel James Baker wrote back.

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Breitbart: EXCLUSIVE: HILLARY AIDES TALKED BENGHAZI WITH CLINTON FOUNDATION STAFF, WITHHELD EMAILS

Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aides turned to Clinton Foundation employees for political help in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack, and Clinton withheld those emails from the House Benghazi Committee investigating her conduct.

Clinton currently faces federal investigation for allegedly allowing people without a security clearance to access classified information, in violation of the Espionage Act. Newly-discovered emails, considered classified by the State Department, were going to Clinton Foundation staffers who did not have a security clearance to view classified information.

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The Hill: Judge scolds feds for slow-walking Clinton aide’s emails

A federal judge on Tuesday scolded Obama administration lawyers for dragging their feet in handing over documents from former top aides to Hillary Clinton.

Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for D.C. suggested that the State Department needs to divert resources to deal with the onslaught of lawsuits seeking to get a hold of emails from Clinton, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

“There has to be some reallocation of resources. There has to be,” he told a pair of government lawyers. “Because these are atypical cases.”

The State Department, he added, is treating the demands as if “it’s business as usual.”

“This case is important to the public,” Sullivan added. “The public is clamoring for the information. Everybody is clamoring for the information.

“You have to find the resources.”

The case is one of dozens of lawsuits against the department that seek information that involves Clinton’s emails.

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National Review: Clinton Foundation Asked State Department to Approve Corrupt, Putin-Allied Oligarch’s Attendance at 2012 Meeting

Bill Clinton sought State Department approval to invite a powerful, Putin-backed Russian oligarch with an expansive history of corruption to the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2012 meeting while Clinton’s wife was secretary of state, according to an e-mail newly obtained by National Review.

The June 4, 2012 message was sent by Amitabh Desai, Bill Clinton’s foreign-policy director at the Clinton Foundation and the same man who later asked the State Department’s permission for Clinton to give paid speeches in North Korea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Politico: Grassley blasts FBI over Clinton emails

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is blasting the FBI for rebuffing a judge’s request for information on the law enforcement agency’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email system.

Grassley, whose panel oversees the FBI, reacted sharply to a letter the FBI sent Monday turning aside U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan’s request for information on whether investigators have been able to retrieve records from a backup thumb drive of Clinton emails or from a server turned over by a tech company Clinton hired.

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Politico: Sen. Cornyn wants special counsel to investigate Clinton email

The Senate’s No. 2 Republican wants Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Clinton email controversy, as GOP lawmakers become increasingly skeptical that Obama administration appointees running the Justice Department will pursue the matter fairly.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general and Texas supreme court justice, asked Lynch in a Tuesday morning letter to empanel a special counsel. It could be a conflict of interest, Cornyn’s reasoning goes, for her former administration colleagues to escalate any investigation into her private email server.

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Washington Examiner: Clinton Foundation pushed for donation from Iran-linked firm

A Clinton Foundation official asked an aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if the government would allow the well-connected charity to accept a donation from an oil company with extensive ties to Iran.

Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff, did not deny the request when she received it in August 2012, instead asking the foundation official to clarify his point, according to an email obtained by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act.

The email shows Petronas, a Malaysian state-owned oil company, wanted to send CEO Shamsul Azhar bin Abbas to a Clinton Global Initiative event as a paying member.

Abbas does not appear in the Clinton Foundation’s donor record, nor does the company he oversaw.

But Amitabh Desai, the Clinton Foundation’s director of foreign policy, raised concerns about Petronas’ commercial connections to Iran amid sanctions against the country.

“For years they were shipping oil to Iran,” Desai told Mills in an email. “Would the CEO attending CGI as a paying member be of concern for [the U.S. government]?”

Mills met Desai’s request with skepticism.

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New York Post: Clinton Foundation looked to fly CEO of sanctioned oil company to US

Bill Clinton’s foundation, which sought but failed to receive State Department approval for him to give speeches tied to North Korea and the Congo, also asked that the head of a Malaysian oil company doing business with Iran be let into the United States, unsealed emails reveal.

The Clinton Foundation sought the go-ahead for Shamsul Azhar bin Abbas, the CEO of state-owned Petronas, to attend the foundation’s annual meeting in New York, despite the company’s Iran dealings — which ran counter to sanctions that Clinton signed as president in 1996.

Amitabh Desai, a foundation employee, made the request in an August 2012 e-mail to Cheryl Mills, chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The request “is just the latest indication that the Clintons will take money and do business with anyone,” said David Bossie, whose group, Citizens United, got hold of the ­e-mail through a Freedom of ­Information lawsuit.

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State Dept. to release 6,000 pages of Clinton emails

The State Department is set to release a new batch of Hillary Clinton’s private emails Monday amid a broadening FBI investigation into whether the former secretary of state mishandled classified information on her private server.

State officials have said they plan to release “6,106 or more pages” of emails Monday, according to court documents filed in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Vice News that has forced the agency to publish Clinton’s emails on a rolling basis.

The agency fell short of a court-ordered benchmark for the production of emails at the end of July, blaming the shortfall on intelligence community officials who helped review the records for sensitive information.

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The Hill: Poll: 6 in 10 doubt Clinton’s honesty

Over half of Americans think Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lacks honesty and trustworthiness, a new poll says.

The Quinnipiac University sampling released on Thursday found that 61 percent of all voters believe Clinton has neither of those attributes.

That score is her lowest on honesty and trustworthiness since the polling agency began tracking her campaign in April.

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Daily News: Hillary Clinton campaign scrambling to control damage from ongoing email server investigations

As Hillary Clinton’s email headaches hit migraine levels, her campaign is scrambling for a new strategy to contain the scandal’s damage and calm worried Democrats.

Clinton’s campaign has shifted into high gear on new messaging and outreach efforts following a rocky press conference last week and new accusations from a judge that she did violate government policy by using a private server. Frustrated allies admit that earlier attempts to stonewall what they see as a partisan witch hunt didn’t work.
“The campaign made several really significant mistakes in the way they handled it and the tone they took,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a longtime Clinton ally, said.

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Washington Examiner: Law firm representing Hillary has ties to State Dept.

An attorney who worked for the same firm representing Hillary Clinton in the legal battle over her private emails now oversees the State Department’s handling of those same emails.

Catherine Duval, formerly of Williams & Connolly, departed the Internal Revenue Service last year for the State Department, where she assumed responsibility for the release of Clinton’s emails and for the agency’s production of documents to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of both the select committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he sees similarities between the IRS investigation and the Benghazi investigation.

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Daily Mail: EXCLUSIVE: Hillary’s email firm was run from a loft apartment with its servers in the BATHROOM, raising new questions over security of sensitive messages she held

The IT company Hilary Clinton chose to maintain her private email account was run from a loft apartment and its servers were housed in the bathroom closet, Daily Mail Online can reveal.

Daily Mail Online tracked down ex-employees of Platte River Networks in Denver, Colorado, who revealed the outfit’s strong links to the Democratic Party but expressed shock that the 2016 presidential candidate chose the small private company for such a sensitive job.

One, Tera Dadiotis, called it ‘a mom and pop shop’ which was an excellent place to work, but hardly seemed likely to be used to secure state secrets. And Tom Welch, who helped found the company, confirmed the servers were in a bathroom closet.

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New York Post: Hillary Clinton’s five email lies

‘I remember landing under sniper fire.”

“I actually started criticizing the war in Iraq before [Obama] did.”

“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt.”

Hillary Clinton’s relationship with the truth has always been one of disdain, as shown by her accounts of landing in Bosnia (she was actually greeted by a child on the tarmac), her policies (she voted for the war in Iraq and only criticized it later, after the winds shifted, and after Obama) and her finances (if owning two multi-million-dollar homes is “dead broke,” then sure).

But the Democratic front-runner has really outdone herself with her varying explanations for her home e-mail server. Here are her five fabrications in the shifting story of why she hid her correspondence from public records and compromised national security.

1. “I thought it would be easier to carry one device for my work.”

Truth: This was Clinton’s excuse on March 10 for why she used a personal e-mail address for official business as secretary of state — so that all her e-mails came to one device. “Looking back, it would have been probably, you know, smarter to have used two devices,” she said.

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The Hill: Report: Top secret Clinton emails covered drones

The two “top secret” emails under review from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server include discussion of an article about a U.S. drone operation, the Associated Press reported Friday.

While the U.S. drone program has been widely reported on, the article references classified information and a Clinton adviser follows up “in a way that could possibly be inferred as confirmation,” the AP said, citing intelligence officials.

Officials offered the AP different accounts of the second email, saying it could improperly acknowledge classified information or merely show that different individuals separately got the same information.

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The Washington Post: Who had the worst week in Washington? Hillary Clinton.

“I believe I have met all of my responsibilities, and the server will remain private.”That was Hillary Clinton in March, insisting that her private e-mail server, which she used exclusively to send and receive e-mails during her time as secretary of state, was nobody else’s business.

This past week, she turned that server over to the FBI, along with a thumb drive that has on it thousands of e-mails she sent as secretary. The agency has been looking into the security of the unusual e-mail setup.

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Washington Examiner: Hillary handed over blank server

Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, now in possession of the Justice Department, contains no data from her time as secretary of state.

The emails it once contained were shifted onto a different server in June 2013 after Clinton tapped a Denver company to manage the system, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Platte River Networks assumed responsibility for the controversial email network after Clinton left her State Department post in 2013. The FBI visited Platte River’s offices last week as part of its investigation into the arrangement.

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Los Angeles Times: Hillary Clinton’s email issue: a self-inflicted wound

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision to use a private email server to transact official business as secretary of State was a serious mistake — even if it didn’t violate the law and even if the vast majority of her official communications were preserved on the government accounts of the people she was communicating with. Using a private account was bad policy and, with the server back in the headlines this week, it is proving to be bad politics as well.

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ABC: Updated: Clinton calls NH Planned Parenthood defunding vote ‘appalling’

Hillary Clinton on Monday took special aim at the “three men” on New Hampshire’s Executive Council who voted last week to defund Planned Parenthood in the Granite State.

“I want to add my voice to all those who have expressed outrage and disappointment at the decision,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in opening a news conference following her town hall meeting at Exeter High School.

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Washington Examiner: Clinton adviser on Israel had commercial ties to Middle East

A controversial Clinton adviser who faced penalties for conflicts of interests under President Bill Clinton was still assisting Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, despite the fact that his consulting firm was engaged in commercial activities in countries where she worked, emails show.

Sandy Berger, who gained notoriety when he stole classified documents from the National Archives prior to testimony before the 9/11 Commission, had Hillary Clinton’s personal email address and emailed her about Israel, Pakistan and terrorism in 2009.

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IJ Review: A Federal Judge Issued an Order Over Hillary’s Emails. How Her Former Aide Reacted is Disturbing

The ongoing investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails has taken a new twist.

A federal judge ordered the State Department to produce any records that Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, and Cheryl Mills might have in their possession regarding Abedin’s employment at State. The State Department had previously asked all three for any emails sent to or from a personal account while serving in an official capacity.

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New York Post: Hillary Clinton’s emails: The ‘old news’ keeps getting worse

The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private account for official ­e-mails has just taken a significant turn: The FBI is now actively looking into the security of her secret home server.

It also wants to know what her lawyer is doing to protect the thumb drive he’s holding — a drive holding copies of tens of thousands of her e-mails.

Clinton’s lawyer and campaign dismissed this revelation as old news, but a federal source with knowledge of the probe told The Post’s Jamie Schram and Laura Italiano it could “lead to criminal violations.”

Hmm. Instead of checking out security, why don’t the feds take the drive into custody? In fact, a conservative activist is asking a judge to do just that in order to preserve the evidence.

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New York Post: Huma planned party for Clinton pal on taxpayer’s dime

She wasn’t exactly helping her boss broker Mideast peace, but somebody’s got to pick out color schemes.

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin took on some unusual duties while working for the then-secretary of state in 2012 — apparently including arranging an event honoring famed designer Oscar de la Renta at the Clinton library in Little Rock, Ark.

Huma was being paid by US taxpayers, but that didn’t stop her from sending an email from her State Department account about the fete for the old Clinton buddy.

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Politico: Sen. Chuck Grassley asks FBI for clarification on Huma Abedin probe

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking the FBI to confirm a tip the panel received that the State Department inspector general has probed Hillary Clinton confidante Huma Abedin for criminal misconduct.

On Wednesday, the Iowa Republican sent a letter to FBI director James Comey, obtained by POLITICO, asking him to confirm any investigation of Abedin, who’s currently helping run Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

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The Washington Post: FBI looking into the security of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail setup

The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, according to two government officials.

Also last week, the FBI contacted Clinton’s lawyer, David Ken­dall, with questions about the security of a thumb drive in his possession that contains copies of work e-mails Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state.

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Washington Examiner: New documents suggest Clinton’s email server may have crashed

An email conversation between a top Hillary Clinton aide and a Clinton Foundation executive suggests the private server that Clinton and her staff used to communicate may have malfunctioned at least once during her tenure.

Huma Abedin, Clinton’s then-deputy chief of staff, complained that her private email was “down” the evening of Oct. 9 and into Oct. 10, 2012, according to an email chain obtained by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act.

“My bigger problem right now is I can’t even get into my clinton email,” Abedin wrote to Stephanie Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation, on Oct. 10, 2012.

Abedin said she might need documents Streett had sent her to be re-routed to her official State Department account given the complications with her other address.

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CBS: Judge wants Clinton confirmation on State Department emails

A federal judge is ordering the State Department to ask Hillary Clinton to confirm, under penalty of perjury, that she has turned over certain work-related emails kept on a private email server during her Foggy Bottom tenure.

“The Government is HEREBY ORDERED to: (1) identify any and all servers, accounts, hard drives, or other devices currently in the possession or control of the State Department or otherwise that may contain responsive information; (2) request that the above named individuals confirm, under penalty of perjury, that they have produced all responsive information that was or is in their possession as a result of their employment at the State Department,” U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan wrote Friday, after a status hearing over a lawsuit against the State Department.

Sullivan also ordered the department to seek confirmation from Clinton’s aides at the time, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

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The Wall Street Journal: Clinton Campaign Donors Also Big Backers of Foundation

The Clinton Foundation saw a significant increase in donations this year from fundraisers who also have volunteered to steer at least $100,000 each to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, a review of a list of the donors made public Thursday shows.

At least 14 of the fundraisers, called Hillblazers, donated to the foundation in the first half of 2015 and have cumulatively given between $22 million and $55 million since the organization started in 1999, according to a comparison of the foundation and campaign.

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The Daily Beast: The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain

There is a two-month gap in Hillary Clinton’s emails that coincides with violence in Libya and the employment status of a top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.

Among the approximately 2,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released from her private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. There are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

A State Department spokesman told The Daily Beast that for the year 2012, only those emails related to the security of the consulate or to the U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya were made public and turned over to a House committee investigating the fatal Benghazi assault. But if that’s true, then neither Clinton nor her staff communicated via email about the escalating dangers in Libya. There were three attacks during that two-month period, including one that targeted the consulate.

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The Washington Post: The 6 big issues where we still don’t know where Hillary Clinton stands

On Monday, Hillary Clinton released the first part of her vision to combat climate change — a document which left out many of the day’s controversies in the environmental world.

She proposed expanding solar panels and working to have every American home in 2027 powered by renewable energy, but she made no mention of the Keystone Pipeline, fracking and offshore drilling.

Her campaign says she plans to roll out more details later, but there’s reason to believe we might never get clarity on how she feels about some of these topics. That’s because Clinton has so far avoided taking stances on several controversial issues of domestic and foreign policy — most notably ones that divide her Democratic base.

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The Wall Street Journal: UBS Deal Shows Clinton’s Complicated Ties

A few weeks after Hillary Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state in early 2009, she was summoned to Geneva by her Swiss counterpart to discuss an urgent matter. The Internal Revenue Service was suing UBS AG to get the identities of Americans with secret accounts.

If the case proceeded, Switzerland’s largest bank would face an impossible choice: Violate Swiss secrecy laws by handing over the names, or refuse and face criminal charges in U.S. federal court.

Within months, Mrs. Clinton announced a tentative legal settlement—an unusual intervention by the top U.S. diplomat. UBS ultimately turned over information on 4,450 accounts, a fraction of the 52,000 sought by the IRS, an outcome that drew criticism from some lawmakers who wanted a more extensive crackdown.

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Reuters: House speaker: Hillary Clinton should hand over private email server

Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should “come clean” and turn over her private email server to the State Department’s inspector general.

At least four emails from the account used by Clinton while she was secretary of state contained classified information, according to a government watchdog. Clinton has said she did not send or receive any secret information using that account, but Boehner cast doubt on this.

“Despite evidence to the contrary, Secretary Clinton continues to maintain that she never had classified emails. Now let’s not be foolish,” Boehner told reporters at a regular news conference.

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The Weekly Standard: Email Issues Erodes Trust in Hillary

NBC’s Kristen Welker reported that Hillary Clinton’s email issue has eroded the trust of voters. And that it’s “becoming a big political problem for Secretary Clinton. Everytime she wants totalking about one of her policies, it’s overshadowed by more questions about her use of a private email account while she was secretary of state.”
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Washington Post: Hillary Clinton’s email excuses never pan out

There is a reason Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers show voters think she is untrustworthy: She keeps telling them things that are not true.

On the use of her e-mails, we know the long list of untruths about the private e-mail server and the e-mails, thousands of which were destroyed. She turned over everything she had. (No, about 15 documents were not given to the State Department.) She never got a subpoena. (Oh yes she did.) She did it only for the convenience of using one device. (She had multiple devices.)

The biggest untruth of them all: She followed all the rules. No she did not, The Post’s Glenn Kessler found: “In reality, Clinton’s decision to use a private e-mail system for official business was highly unusual and flouted State Department procedures, even if not expressly prohibited by law at the time. Moreover, while she claims ‘everything I did was permitted,’ she appears to have not complied with the requirement to turn over her business-related e-mails before she left government service. That’s a major misstep that she has not acknowledged.” There was no classified material. (Actually, an inspector general says there was.)

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Politico: Hillary Clinton comes out in defense of Planned Parenthood

Hillary Clinton on Thursday came out in defense of Planned Parenthood for the first time since the organization got swept up in a scandal involving videos that allege it sells fetal tissue.

“Planned Parenthood has apologized for the insensitivity of the employee who was taped, and they will continue to answer questions for Congress and others,” Clinton said during a campaign stop in South Carolina.

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Reuters: Hillary Clinton to call for more transparency in stock buybacks

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will criticize the surge in public companies using profits to buy back stocks in a speech she is due to give on Friday, her campaign said, arguing the practice comes at the expense of long-term investment.

Clinton, the favorite to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for the November 2016 election, will use her speech in New York City to decry what she calls “quarterly capitalism”, according to her campaign.

A central argument of her economic platform is that the tax code and U.S. laws currently allow or even encourage companies to focus on short-term gains in stock prices in a way that undercuts the economy’s long-term growth and harms middle-class incomes.

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The New York Times: Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account

Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.” The memo was written to Patrick F. Kennedy, the under secretary of state for management.

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CNN: Poll: Clinton trails top Republicans in battleground states

Hillary Clinton trails three top Republican presidential candidates in head-to-head matchups in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, a new survey shows.

The latest Quinnipiac University swing state polling released Wednesday shows the Democratic frontrunner trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in each of those states.

The biggest loser, the polls found, is Donald Trump, who has surged to the front of a crowded Republican primary field nationally but is viewed unfavorably, by almost a 2-to-1 margin, by voters in those states.

The results offered more indications that Clinton has a problem: Voters say they don’t trust her.

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Washington Examiner: Benghazi committee to hold hearing on State Dept. stonewalling

Members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi will hold a hearing next Wednesday to demand answers from the State Department on why it has withheld a series of documents from congressional investigators.

“The State Department has used every excuse to avoid complying with fundamental requests for documents,” said Chairman Trey Gowdy Wednesday.

“Our Committee has tried asking personally. Our Committee has tried letter requests. Our Committee has tried public hearings with other agency employees. Our Committee has tried subpoenas,” the South Carolina Republican said. “While the tactics tried have varied, the results have not.”

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Politico: Judge halts depositions for Bill and Hillary Clinton

A federal judge has blocked a conservative activist’s plans to force presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton to testify in depositions stemming from a lawsuit claiming the Clinton Foundation operated as a racketeering enterprise shaking down donors in exchange for official favors.

U.S. District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks issued an order barring legal gadfly Larry Klayman from proceeding with his plans to conduct videotaped depositions of the Clintons in Washington next week. Middlebrooks’s order, signed Monday and made public Tuesday (posted here), does not offer a reason for the ruling.

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Washington Examiner: Clinton insider faced IG probe for informal diplomacy

A longtime Clinton ally who was once under investigation for a possible violation of the Logan Act may have helped Sidney Blumenthal prepare intelligence memos for Hillary Clinton while she served as secretary of state.

Cody Shearer was the subject of a State Department inspector general probe in 1998 after he allegedly conducted rogue negotiations that “caused temporary diplomatic damage in Bosnia,” according to documents obtained by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act.

The inspector general found that Shearer, whose ties to the Clintons stretch back to the 1992 election, “may have represented himself as speaking on behalf of the U.S. Department of State” in private conversations about the proposed partitioning of Bosnia — a policy the U.S. publicly opposed.

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Washington Examiner: Clinton email answers don’t answer key question

It was lost amid news of President Obama’s Iran deal, but this week Hillary Clinton released a 3,500-word explanation of her secret email system. While it is by far the most extensive statement the Clinton campaign has made on the issue, the explanation does not touch what has become a key question, if not the key question, of the email affair: Did Clinton withhold information from Congress?

The statement is in question-and-answer form. In it, Clinton asserts that she carefully followed every law and regulation that applied to her emails as secretary of state. She did absolutely nothing wrong, she says.

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Las Vegas Review: EDITORIAL: Emails strongly suggest Benghazi obfuscation, need for investigation

To many on the left, the word “Benghazi” has become a punchline, and the Republicans’ continued investigation into the deadly events there has become a joke. In the wake of the September 2012 attack, the Obama administration made a concerted effort to convince the American public that the incident was not the result of a failure of policy, but rather that it had occurred spontaneously in response to an anti-Muslim Internet video.

This explanation was good enough for anyone who thinks anything President Barack Obama says is good enough. The explanation should not have been good enough, however, for anyone who values the truth — truth that could (and should) jeopardize then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s current quest for the White House.

The attack on the Benghazi consulate — which resulted in the deaths of four U.S. diplomats, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens — began shortly before 4 p.m. on September 11, 2012. By 10 p.m. that evening, Secretary Clinton took the lead in promoting the Obama administration lie that the attack was “a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.” Damning State Department documents recently released by Judicial Watch outline clear coordination between the State Department and the White House to blame the incident on the Internet video, rather than any failures by the State Department or the White House.

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BuzzFeed: Benghazi Committee Chairman: Clinton’s Made “Maybe Half Dozen Demonstrably False Statements”

Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Benghazi Committee, said Hillary Clinton has made “maybe” a “half dozen” false statements about her compliance with the committee’s requests and her exclusive use of a private email server during her time at the State Department.

“We’re getting up near maybe half dozen demonstrably false statements,” the South Carolina congressman said on the Mike Gallagher Show Thursday.

Gowdy said Clinton should turn her private email server over to the State Department’s inspector general for review.

“Let the inspector general make sure that the public record was intact and not your own lawyers,” said Gowdy.

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CNN: The Clintons: wrangling reporters with rope since 1992

It turns out the Hillary Clinton campaign’s reporter-wrangling techniques came from an all-too familiar playbook: Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Aides to the former president used a rope to keep photojournalists from getting too close to the Clintons on a public street during a 1992 parade, a technique campaign staffers with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 bid reprised this weekend.

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The Washington Post: Hillary Clinton’s rusty CNN interview

Stop the presses! Actually, stop our clock. Hillary Clinton spoke to the national media Tuesday in a lengthy interview for the first time since becoming a presidential candidate.

In the sitdown with CNN’s Brianna Keilar, the Democratic presidential candidate and frontrunner answered questions about her private e-mail server as secretary of state, her potential conflicts of interest with her family’s Clinton Foundation and polls that show voters don’t think Clinton is trustworthy.

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Daily News: Subpoena of Hillary Clinton’s Banghazi emails released after she said she ‘never had’ one

A day after Hillary Clinton said she’d “never had a subpoena” from the House Benghazi Committee regarding her emails, committee Republicans released a March subpoena they say proves her wrong.

“The committee immediately subpoenaed Clinton personally after learning the full extent of her unusual email arrangement with herself,” Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in an accompanying statement.

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Reuters: Clinton says Puerto Rico should have access to U.S. bankruptcy laws

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Puerto Rico’s public entities should be able to use U.S. bankruptcy laws to restructure some $72 billion in debt.

Like U.S. states, Puerto Rico, a commonwealth, cannot file for bankruptcy protection. Unlike U.S. states, Puerto Rico’s public entities, including municipalities, are not covered by U.S. Chapter 9 bankruptcy laws.

Puerto Rico’s non-voting delegate in the U.S. Congress has called for legislation that would allow Puerto Rico to access the same bankruptcy laws available to other municipalities, as has Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla.

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CNN: Clinton campaign corrals media

Hillary Clinton’s campaign used a rope to keep journalists away from the candidate on Saturday while she walked in this small town’s July Fourth parade.

The ensuing photos of journalists, including a CNN reporter, being somewhat dragged by a thin white rope as Clinton walked down Main Street caught fire online.

Initially, Clinton’s campaign was not using a rope to corral the press, allowing journalists to get close to her and ask her questions.

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Politico: Hillary Clinton: ‘I take a back seat to no one’ on liberal record

Hillary Clinton arrived in this liberal New England enclave with a message for anyone thinking about voting for Sen. Bernie Sanders of next-door Vermont: “I take a backseat to no one when you look at my record in standing up and fighting for progressive values.

Sanders, according to the latest New Hampshire polls, is trailing Clinton by just 8 points. And at the first stop of her two-day swing through the early-voting state, Clinton highlighted contrasts with her main Democratic rival without mentioning him by name.

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CNN: Clinton emails: Obama aides new of private address

President Barack Obama’s top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state, new records show.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had also asked for Clinton’s email address, and Clinton instructed her staff to give it to him.

Her use of private email was out of step with the State Department’s rules against employees regularly using personal email for work purposes. Obama officials — including Axelrod — had said they were unaware Clinton was using a personal email address. He told MSNBC this month that he would have asked questions about it if he’d been aware of her email habits.

“I knew it wasn’t a government address. I didn’t know that she used it exclusively,” Axelrod told CNN in an email.

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Politico: New Hillary Clinton emails show expansive role of Sidney Blumenthal

In her early months in office, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in contact with unofficial adviser Sidney Blumenthal more often and on a wider range of topics than was previously known, a set of about 3,000 Clinton emails released Tuesday night by the State Department revealed.

While Blumenthal’s role as a provider of off-the-books intelligence reports on Libya has stirred controversy, the newly disclosed emails show he also acted as an intermediary with officials involved in the Northern Ireland peace process and shared advice with Clinton on issues from Iran to British politics to how to blame China for the breakdown of global climate talks.

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Politico: Double trouble? IRS lawyer now heads Clinton email production.

A year ago, Catherine Duval was embroiled in the scandal over former IRS official Lois Lerner’s lost emails.

Now the top government attorney is heading up another document project in the cross hairs of Congress: the State Department’s release of Hillary Clinton’s emails and Libya documents to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

And Republican GOP investigators are raising red flags, accusing her and the State Department of stonewalling Congress by narrowly interpreting document requests and failing to disclose important information.

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Washington Examiner: Records show Clinton withheld emails about oil, terrorism.

Hillary Clinton withheld Benghazi-related emails from the State Department that detailed her knowledge of the scramble for oil contracts in Libya and the shortcomings of the NATO-led military intervention for which she advocated.

Clinton removed specific portions of other emails she sent to State, suggesting the messages were screened closely enough to determine which paragraphs were unfit to be seen by the public.

For example, one email Clinton kept from the State Department indicates Libyan leaders were “well aware” of which “major oil companies and international banks” supported them during the rebellion, information they would “factor into decisions” about about who would be given access to the country’s rich oil reserves.

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Washington Examiner: New emails show State, White House teamed up to promote Benghazi narrative

Newly-released emails between top aides to Hillary Clinton and President Obama reveal the extent of coordination between the State Department and the White House in the hours after a 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

The records, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act earlier this month, indicate then-White House deputy strategic communications adviser Ben Rhodes signed off on statements from State Department officials regarding the emerging situation in Libya.

“We are holding for Rhodes clearance,” Victoria Nuland, then a State Department spokesperson, wrote of drafted press statements the evening of September 11, 2012.

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New York Post: The latest mystery over Hillary’s missing emails.

Now this was predictable: The State Department on Thursday said Hillary Clinton failed to turn over 15 work-related e-mails from her private server, despite claiming she’d handed over everything.

Which raises the troubling question: How many more did she also, uh, “miss”?

Remember, the former secretary of state and her aides had insisted they’d sent the department all her work-related e-mails from her personal server after conducting a “careful” review.

Now it turns out she didn’t include 15 of those she’d exchanged with longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal concerning Libya.

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Daily Mail: Hillary wraps up New York fundraising swing with private shopping trip to ultra-expensive Bergdorf Goodman one day after boasting about her plans to help ‘poor people, people of color, and the elderly.’

Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric may skew toward supporting the downtrodden, but her shopping tastes are strictly LIfestyles of the Rich and Famous.

The Democratic presidential front-runner was phoographed Wednesday morning in wind-swept New York City emerging from the ultra-high-end Bergdorf Goodman department store and getting into her armored black ‘Scooby’ van with chief of staff Huma Abedin and a contingent of Secret Service agents.

‘Bergdorf’s,’ as New Yorkers with gobs of disposable income call it, is Manhattan’s ground zero for expensive brands like Gucci, Valentino, Prada and Louboutin, whose signature red-soled shoes can go for $1,000 or more per pair.

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WMUR: Hillary Clinton facing questions over involvement in Uranium One sale

New problems have arisen for the Hillary Clinton campaign following an exclusive interview with WMUR that aired on Sunday.

Critics said her answers surrounding it pose major questions.

The question posed to Clinton during the interview with News 9 Political Director Josh McElveen focused on big money paid in the form of a $500,000 speaking fee to her husband, former President Bill Clinton, by a Kremlin bank, one of the players involved in the Uranium One deal.

Her answer is sparking major questions about her honesty and leadership.

“There’s no basis for any of that. The timing doesn’t work. It happened in terms of the work for the foundation before I was secretary of state,” Clinton said in the interview. “There were nine government agencies that that had to sign off on that deal. I was not personally involved because that’s not something (the) secretary of state did.The controversy involves the sale of a Canadian company, Uranium One, to the Russian government during her time as secretary of state.

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Washington Examiner: Blumenthal emails show Clinton encouraged ‘unsolicited’ intelligence

Greetings from Kabul!” Hillary Clinton wrote to her trusted former aide, Sidney Blumenthal, on the morning of July 7, 2012. “And thanks for keeping this stuff coming!”

The secretary of state’s warm encouragement underscores concerns that members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi have expressed since discovering earlier this month that Blumenthal possessed dozens of previously undisclosed emails in which he and Clinton discussed Libya.

Roughly sixty new emails published by the committee Monday suggest Clinton relied heavily on what lawmakers have called “unvetted intelligence” from Blumenthal in the months before and after the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi. Many of the emails indicate she implored Blumenthal to funnel information about Libya to her, despite her recent claims that her “old friend” Blumenthal simply sent her “unsolicited emails.”

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National Review: Creepy Clinton Confidante Cody Shearer Wrote Key Libya Memo for Hillary

A new batch of e-mails released by the House Select Committee on Benghazi reveals that Cody Shearer — a man investigated by the State Department in the 1990s for falsely representing himself as an agent of the U.S. government while taking cash from a genocidal warlord — wrote at least one crucial intelligence memo on Libya that was sent directly to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On March 6, 2011, longtime Clinton consigliere Sidney Blumenthal forwarded Clinton a memo written by Shearer on Mahmoud Jibril, then a relatively unknown figure in the Libyan opposition against Gaddafi. In it, Shearer urges the U.S. government to make immediate contact with the Libyan politician. Clinton met directly with Jibril within days of receiving the memo. He was named head of the interim Libyan government soon after.

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The Washington Examiner: Reports downplay key Hillary aide’s role in suppressing State Dept. investigations

Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department played a role in covering up allegations that an ambassador had solicited prostitutes on the job, but it was papered over in a review of a botched inspector general probe published in October 2014.

The public version of the inspector general report suggests it was Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management, who swept the allegations against Belgian Ambassador Howard Gutman under the rug in 2011.

But an internal version of the same report obtained by America Rising through the Freedom of Information Act and shared with the Washington Examiner reveals chief of staff Cheryl Mills’ hand in protecting Gutman from an emerging internal probe.

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Washington Examiner: Benghazi investigators ponder: Is State Dept lying, or is Hillary?

Last March, when Hillary Clinton made her first public comments on the secret email system she maintained while secretary of state, she took care to say she had turned over everything to the State Department. “I … provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related,” Clinton told reporters. “I believe I have met all of my responsibilities and … the State Department will be able, over time, to release all of the records that were provided.”

The message was clear. Clinton had turned over everything, and the State Department would make it all public.

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Las Vegas Sun: Clinton says she would go further than Obama on immigration

In a speech highlighting her platforms on education and immigration, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outlined a progressive agenda that includes more education funding for preschool programs and universal voter registration for 18-year-olds.

The speech focused on two policy areas of significance to Nevada, which has a growing Latino population and one of the worst public education systems in the country.

She delivered her address today to a crowd of more than 600 at a gathering of the nonpartisan National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. The conference is being held at the Aria on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Washington Examiner: Citizens United demands answers in State Dept. coverup

David Bossie, president of Citizens United, demanded answers to questions raised by leaked inspector general documents that suggest high-level officials in Hillary Clinton’s State Department interfered with internal investigations.

“In the interests of open government, transparency and integrity, Secretary Clinton should immediately disclose the names of the senior State Department officials mentioned” as interfering with investigations in a 2012 draft of a report, Bossie said Wednesday.

Bossie cited a passage from the draft that alluded to an unnamed official who had allegedly stymied a criminal investigation into an ambassador.

Early drafts of a February 2013 inspector general report show officials removed unflattering passages in late 2012 before releasing it publicly

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Washington Examiner: These are documents Clinton’s State Dept. didn’t want you to read

State Department officials cut out embarrassing passages of a report before publishing it during Hillary Clinton’s last days as secretary of state.

Earlier drafts of the final document reveal details about the “undue influence” that is mentioned only briefly in the published version released to the public the month Clinton left office, February of 2013.

The Washington Examiner obtained a dozen drafts of the report that revealed officials under Harold Geisel, the temporary inspector general during Clinton’s four-year tenure, let sections be edited out in late 2012.

The deleted information gave details of several investigations stymied by high-level staff in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security

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Politico: Some of Hillary Clinton’s Libya emails said to be withheld from Benghazi Committee

House GOP Benghazi investigators have discovered 60 new Libya communications between Sidney Blumenthal and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a congressional source told POLITICO on Monday — suggesting that either the State Department or the 2016 Democratic presidential contender withheld correspondence the panel had requested.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi had quietly subpoenaed Blumenthal’s Libya emails. And on Friday, the longtime Clinton family friend — who is set to testify before investigators behind closed doors Tuesday morning — handed over 120 pages worth of new Libya- and Benghazi-related emails.

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National Journal: Hillary Clinton’s Identity Crisis

Hillary Clinton belatedly offered her rationale running for president last weekend, making the case that she’s an experienced fighter who will forcefully advocate progressive-minded policies to raise the fortunes of disaffected Americans. It was a well-delivered and necessary speech to counter the endless reminders about her entitled status—from her secretive home-brew email server as secretary of State to the avoidance of the press and regular voters during her initial presidential launch.

But at the same time, the speech underscored what will make Clinton‘s campaign a challenging endeavor—it was detached from the political realities of the moment. She assiduously sidestepped controversial issues dividing her party, avoided others entirely, and sounded like a born-again populist despite being one of the wealthiest women in the country. She barely mentioned her role as secretary of State or her service as a senator from New York. Far from being confident that the country has moved sharply to the left, as one of her super PAC’s top advisers pronounced, Clinton sounded as if she was hedging her bets, sprinkling liberal shout-outs over taking firm positions on specific issues.

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Washington Examiner: Two years later, Hillary’s time at State keeps getting worse

One of the remarkable things about Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State is how much worse it keeps getting now, two years after she left office.

This spring, Americans learned that Clinton used a private email system to conduct all official State business, probably violating the law; that Clinton was receiving and sharing advice on Libya from Sid Blumenthal, who at the time had business interests in that country, with top officials; and that foreign and corporate interests were making large donations to the Clinton Foundation and paying Bill Clinton handsomely for speeches at the same time they were lobbying the State Department for favors.

Now comes news that officials at the State Department’s inspector general’s office removed damning passages from an audit that highlighted some major problems within the agency. The audit, published shortly before Clinton left the Obama administration, might have been very embarrassing for Clinton if it had been published in the unexpurgated form that has since emerged

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The Hill: Bill Clinton Downplays Talk of Improper Donations

Former President Bill Clinton has defended donations to his Clinton Foundation during his wife’s tenure as secretary of State, downplaying suggestions of any conflict of interest.
“No one has ever asked me for anything, or any of that,” Clinton said in an excerpt of an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that aired Thursday.
“You never know what people’s motives are,” Clinton said on whether any donations were made to the foundation to curry favor with his wife’s State Department.
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Wall Street Journal: Hillary’s Unlawful Plan to Overrule Voter-ID Laws

Declaring that Republican-controlled states have “systematically and deliberately” tried to “disempower and disenfranchise” voters, Hillary Clinton has called for a sweeping expansion of federal involvement in elections. In a speech last week in Houston, laying out what promises to be a major campaign theme, Mrs. Clinton called for automatic voter registration at age 18, a 20-day early-voting period and a maximum 30-minute wait period to vote.

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Washington Examiner: Will Bill’s money and moderation hurt Hillary?

Hillary Clinton is facing calls even from some Democrats for her husband Bill Clinton to curtail his paid speeches. The former president said he will stop if Hillary is elected, but for now he “enjoys those things.”

Is dropping out of the paid speech business even a viable move?

“We’ve never had in American history a former president campaigning for their spouse who is the apparent nominee,” Citizens United chairman David Bossie told the Washington Examiner,” so by definition one would assume Bill would take a front and center role in her campaign as a chief fundraiser.

“Now the difficult bind that he will find himself in is that he is still affiliated with his policies so it’s hard to talk about some of his positions when they’re contradictory to your presidency.” Bossie added.

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich recommended that the his ex-boss put an end to his paid public speaking career and up his transparency as Hillary campaigns.

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Washington Examiner: Calls of State Dept. Misconduct Include Inspector General’s Office

State Department officials blocked investigations into potentially embarrassing allegations of misconduct from agency investigators and even inspector general staff during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

A former official in the State Department inspector general’s office who was involved with preparing the sanitized report said agency officials also interfered in probes originating in the Office of the Inspector General.

The suggestions of political interference into investigations conducted at the bureau of diplomatic security first appeared in an inspector general report published in February 2013, just as Clinton was leaving the State Department. A Washington Examiner review of earlier drafts of that report suggested potentially damaging passages were removed from the final document. But the State Department official suggests the intervention went further.

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Fox News: Bill Clinton Contradicts Hillary on Email Claims

Bill Clinton appeared Wednesday to contradict his wife’s claims about their personal email use, saying he’s only sent two emails in his life — despite Hillary Clinton saying some of the private messages on her personal server were from her and her husband.

The former president addressed his very sparing email use at a Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Denver.He said the “only time” he got on the Internet was to do “two emails” and order Christmas presents.

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Politico: Clinton Student Loan Reform Plan Has Warren Stamp

In weekly calls and in meetings over the past few months, Hillary Clinton’s policy team has been soliciting input from policy experts with ties to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, with the goal of making student loan reform the core of Clinton’s economic agenda.

The effort to make college more accessible — a litmus test for liberals and key to attracting grass-roots support on the left — comes as the Clinton campaign finds itself under increasing pressure to accommodate progressive demands. Yet it also could provide Clinton with a signature domestic policy issue, similar to health care for Barack Obama in 2008. With a student debt crisis climbing upward of $1.2 trillion, Clinton’s camp views the issue as one where the former secretary of state could drive the conversation and create a mandate for reform.

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The Wall Street Journal: Hillary Milhous Clinton

The political shorthand to describe Hillary Clinton’s resentful, suspicious attitude toward the press is to say that she brings to mind Richard Nixon. Like Nixon, she sees enemies everywhere (and, like Nixon did, she does have a lot of enemies). Like Nixon, she is guarded and secretive. Nixon was, by his own description, an introvert in an extrovert’s business.

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The Washington Free Beacon: New York Times’ Top Shareholder Is a Clinton Foundation Donor

Even as the New York Times reports extensively and critically on the Clinton Foundation and its activities during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, as with other news outlets, multiple high-dollar donors to the foundation are associated with the paper, including the Times’ top shareholder, Carlos Slim.

Slim, a Mexican telecom tycoon whose net worth of nearly $80 billion makes him the second richest man in the world, became the top shareholder of the New York Times earlier this year after he doubled his shares to take control of 16.8 percent of the company.

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Washington Examiner: Hillary’s Officials Cut Criticisms Out of State Dept. Reports

The edits raise concerns that investigators were subjected to “undue influence” from agency officials.

The Washington Examiner obtained earlier drafts of the report which differ markedly from the final version. References to specific cases in which high-level State officials intervened and descriptions of the extent and frequency of those interventions appear in several early drafts but were later eliminated.

The unexplained gaps in the final version, and the removal of passages that would have damaged the State Department, call into question the independence of Harold Geisel, who was State’s temporary inspector general throughout Clinton’s four years at the head of the department.

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The Columbus Dispatch: Clinton Off-Base on Ohio Voting Rules

All presidential politics aside, Gov. John Kasich is more than justified in calling Hillary Clinton’s complaints about Ohio voting laws “demagoguery” and “silliness.”

Like many Democrats, Clinton continues to hammer Ohio for a modest scaling-back of early-absentee-voting hours, mischaracterizing it as a wholesale attack on voting rights, despite the fact that Ohio has among the most-generous early-voting laws in the country.To read more, click here.

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Politico: Clintons gave $100K to NYT Fund in ’08

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Family Foundation gave $100,000 to a New York Times’ charitable fund in 2008, the same year that the paper endorsed Hillary Clinton in the hotly contested Democratic presidential primary, the Washington Free Beacon reported Monday.

The gift from the Clinton Family Foundation, the family’s charitable giving arm, went to The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, a charity run by members of the Times Company’s board of directors and senior executives. The CFF distributes more than $1 million annually to dozens of causes, though the $100,000 was larger than the foundation’s average gifts.

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Washington Examiner: State Department Ignores Lawsuit Over Records Linking Boko Haram and Clinton Foundation

A conservative group is suing the State Department in an effort to find out whether the agency’s refusal to place Boko Haram on the terrorist watch list while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state had anything to do with the fact that a high-level Nigerian official was a major Clinton Foundation donor and close friend of the former president.

Citizens United, a conservative nonprofit, brought the case to court after the State Department ignored its request for records about the Chagoury Group, a sprawling Nigerian company headed by a Clinton friend and financial supporter of Clinton causes, Gilbert Chagoury.

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CNN: Hillary Clinton’s Real Libya Problem

Hillary Clinton has another Libya problem.

She’s already grappling with the political headaches from deleted emails and from the terror attack that left four Americans dead in Benghazi.

But she’ll face a broader challenge in what’s become of the North African country since, as secretary of state in 2011, she was the public face of the U.S. intervention to push out its longtime strongman, Moammar Gadhafi.

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Fox News: State Department IG Preparing to Probe Clinton Email Scandal

Records from the State Department’s office of inspector general reveal the agency watchdog has taken early steps toward investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address and server during her time as secretary of state.

Steven Linick, State’s inspector general since June 2013, signaled his office is making “preliminary” preparations for a larger probe of the policies that allowed Clinton to determine which of her official communications she wanted to withhold from the public, according to documents obtained by the nonpartisan watchdog group Cause of Action.To read more, click here.

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Breitbart News: The Clinton Scandals Were Very Real

This op-ed was written in response to Joe Conason’s recent article in Politico Magazine entitled “The Fake Clinton Scandals Are Back.” Politico Magazine declined to publish my response.

Clinton, Inc. has ordered their surrogates to go out and try to convince the American people that all the Clinton scandals of the 1990’s were just a figment of everybody’s imagination. I’ll call it the “Keyser Soze Defense”—convince the world that they never existed. It’s chutzpah to the highest degree, but right out of the Clinton playbook. Joe Conason’s recent article entitled “The Fake Clinton Scandals Are Back” is a perfect example. The cynical Clinton machine is betting that the American people are a forgetful bunch that either won’t recall what happened two decades ago or doesn’t care to learn. I beg to differ. I believe the American people are already on to them and the desperate measures coming out of Clinton World prove it.

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The Washington Times: Bill Clinton’s Foundation Cashed in as Sweden Lobbied Hillary on Sanctions

Bill Clinton’s foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.

The Swedish entity, called the William J. Clinton Foundation Insamlingsstiftelse, was never disclosed to or cleared by State Department ethics officials, even though one of its largest sources of donations was a Swedish government-sanctioned lottery.

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National Review: Meet Cody Shearer, the Strangest Character in Hillary’s Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

And you thought Sidney Blumenthal was shady. Few people have heard of Cody Shearer, the unsanctioned diplomat, private eye, and Clinton flunky whose name surfaced in connection with the so-called intelligence reports Sidney Blumenthal was channeling to Hillary Clinton during her time at the State Department. But this shadowy fixture of the Clinton machine was everywhere in the 1990s — including war-torn Bosnia, where he became the subject of a State Department investigation after he represented himself as an agent of the U.S. government and took cash from a genocidal warlord.

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The Wall Street Journal: Hillary’s Supreme Court Litmus Test

Perhaps you remember when litmus tests for Supreme Court nominees were frowned upon, even by the most ideological candidates. That was when the litmus-testing came from the right on abortion. Hillary Clinton broke through that barrier on the left this week when she announced that support for restrictions on political speech would be make- or-break for her Supreme Court choices.

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New York Post: Hillary Clinton’s Hypocritical Bid to Settle a Grudge and Smash Free Speech

Hillary Clinton’s hypocritical bid to settle a grudge and smash free speech | New York Post

Her fans may see it as a principled stand, but we suspect it’s just Hillary Clinton holding another grudge against her critics.

According to The Washington Post, Clinton told a roomful of supporters (behind closed doors) that as president she would require her Supreme Court nominees to pledge in advance to overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision.

That’s the case where the high court upheld the right of a conservative group to air its anti-Clinton documentary, “Hillary: The Movie,” and run ads for it during the 2008 Democratic primaries.

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Breitbart News: Hillary Calls For Constitutional Amendment to Limit Political Speech, Blasts CEOs, Hedge Fund Managers

In her first campaign appearance since announcing her candidacy on Sunday, Hillary Clinton called for a constitutional amendment to restrict political speech by overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Clinton also tried to frame herself as a populist by blasting CEOs and hedge fund managers.

At a Tuesday roundtable event at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa, Clinton said that there is “something wrong” when “CEOs make 300 times” what the average worker makes and “hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates than nurses and truckers that I saw along I-80.” Clinton’s son-in-law is a hedge fund manager for a fund some may have invested in to gain favor with the Clintons.
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