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Nov 6, 2015

Teneo, firm with Clinton ties, declines to answer Senate questions

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Teneo, a global consulting firm with ties to White House contender Hillary Clinton, has dismissed a U.S. Senate panel’s suggestion that it had undue influence at the State Department when Clinton was the top U.S. diplomat, calling its work in Washington “insignificant” in a letter.

The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee has been investigating since 2013 whether Teneo had improper access to the highest levels of U.S. government while Clinton, the favorite to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, was secretary of state.

Nov 4, 2015

Clinton charity, under pressure, will amend tax return errors

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s flagship health project changed its mind again on Wednesday on the matter of its erroneous tax returns, saying it would refile them with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service after all.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) said the decision to refile its 2012 and 2013 returns was in response to “recent media interest.”

Nov 4, 2015

U.S. Republicans ask IRS to audit Clinton charity’s finances

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Republican Party filed a formal complaint against one of Hillary Clinton’s family charities with the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday and is calling for an audit after the charity said this week it would not refile erroneous tax returns.

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s flagship health program conceded earlier this year it had misreported by millions of the dollars the money it was given by governments compared with non-government donors in its tax returns for 2012 and 2013.

Nov 3, 2015

Trump accuses Fed of keeping rates low to help Obama

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Republican White House contender Donald Trump on Tuesday accused the U.S. Federal Reserve of keeping interest rates low at the request of Democratic President Barack Obama.

Trump, speaking at a news conference, also called Fed Chair Janet Yellen “highly political.”

Nov 2, 2015
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Clinton charity won’t refile erroneous tax forms after all

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The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s flagship health program says it will not refile erroneous tax returns for 2012 and 2013 after all, POLITICO reported on Monday, despite telling Reuters earlier this year it was “working diligently” to get them amended.

Reuters first uncovered the mistakes in the forms filed by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in the spring, when Hillary Clinton was facing criticism over her family’s charities’ admissions they did not comply with a 2008 ethics agreement she signed with Barack Obama’s incoming presidential administration in order for her to become secretary of state.

Oct 31, 2015

White House says will not release emails between Obama, Clinton

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The White House will not allow the immediate release of emails exchanged between President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from when she was secretary of state, a senior administration official said on Friday.

The emails may be withheld until after Obama leaves office under the Presidential Records Act, according to the White House, a law that governs public access to the president’s records.

Oct 29, 2015

Are guns welcome at Trump hotels? Depends on whom you ask

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For those wondering whether they can bring their guns with them to the Trump-branded hotels and golf courses that dot the United States’ classier corners, Donald Trump may have only added to their uncertainty during Wednesday’s Republican debate.

The billionaire real-estate developer and presidential contender indicated he thought guns were not generally allowed, but should be. Several resorts bearing his name, however, have told news outlets guns are absolutely unwelcome, even for guests with permits.

Oct 23, 2015

Clinton deflects Republican criticism in marathon Benghazi hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton passed a tough political test on Thursday, calmly deflecting harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, during a testy 11-hour hearing in Congress.

In testimony that stretched deep into the night, the former secretary of state rejected Republican accusations that she ignored requests for security upgrades in Libya and misinformed the public about the cause of the attack by suspected Islamist militants that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.

Oct 23, 2015

Clinton defends her Benghazi record in face of Republican criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton deflected harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, at a testy hearing in Congress on Thursday that seemed unlikely to put a dent in the front-runner’s campaign.

At a sometimes bitter day-long hearing, the former secretary of state shrugged off Republican accusations that she ignored requests for security upgrades in Libya and misinformed the public about the cause of the attack by suspected Islamist militants that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.

Oct 22, 2015
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Clinton and the Benghazi committee: it depends on what ‘unsolicited’ means

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“What does the word unsolicited mean to you?” Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the Benghazi committee, asked Hillary Clinton during her testimony on Thursday.

Both Clinton and Gowdy are lawyers by training, a field that teaches you to pick your words carefully and pick apart the words of others with just as much attention.