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Jun 11, 2015
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Bill Clinton on ‘embarrassing’ emails

DENVER, Co., – Presiding over a two-day meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, Bill Clinton, for the most part made only the most fleeting references to his wife’s run for the White House. Still, the former president allowed himself a couple of oblique, comic nods on Wednesday to some of the more unflattering headlines that have greeted Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Former President Bill Clinton speaks in New York May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Jun 11, 2015

Bill Clinton says he will stop giving paid speeches if Hillary wins

DENVER (Reuters) – Bill Clinton said on Wednesday he would no longer give paid speeches if his wife, Hillary Clinton, is elected U.S. president.

Republicans and media commentators have criticized both Clintons for earning millions of dollars from paid speeches, saying the practice raises the possibility of conflicts of interest.

Jun 10, 2015

Clinton was too busy to do favors for foundation donors, husband says

DENVER (Reuters) – Bill Clinton gave one of his lengthiest rebuttals yet on Wednesday of allegations that his wife Hillary Clinton, now running for president, gave favorable treatment to donors to the family’s charities while she was U.S. secretary of state.

The former U.S. president also used the interviews at a conference organized by the Clinton Foundation to speak with emotional candor about their marriage and the role he might play should the couple return to the White House in 2017.

Jun 8, 2015
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Clinton downplays personal ties to overdose deaths

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks after receiving the Barbara Jordan Public-Private Leadership Award during an appearance at Texas Southern University in Houston June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Donna Carson

It has become a recurrent moment in Hillary Clinton’s speeches as she campaigns for the presidency: softening her voice to a hush, she says she wants to end the “quiet epidemic” of Americans dying from overdoses of painkillers and other drugs.

Jun 8, 2015

In discussing U.S. overdose deaths, Clinton downplays personal ties

NEW YORK, June 7 (Reuters) – It has become a recurrent
moment in Hillary Clinton’s speeches as she campaigns for the
presidency: softening her voice to a hush, she says she wants to
end the “quiet epidemic” of Americans dying from overdoses of
painkillers and other drugs.

Often, she remarks how surprised she is to find herself
discussing the problem, which is now among the leading causes of
injury death in the United States. Prescription painkiller
overdoses alone kill an average of 44 people each day according
to the federal government. Several of her rivals for the
presidency have said they plan to do something about it if
elected in November 2016.

Jun 1, 2015
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For Clinton, a big rally on a small island

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The rebuilt Roosevelt Island Tram glides into its loading dock on the first day of operation following a nine-month modernization project which replaced the previous tram system with a faster version in New York November 30, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Hillary Clinton will hold her first large rally of her campaign this month on Roosevelt Island, the little slip of land in New York’s East River best known as the site of the former New York City Lunatic Asylum.  According to an email from her campaign, the June 13 rally will be held in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, which belatedly opened in 2012, four decades after architect Louis Kahn first began designing the memorial to the former president.

May 22, 2015

Clinton attacks Republicans over Ex-Im Bank in New Hampshire

/WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton
on Friday voiced strong support for keeping the U.S.
Export-Import Bank open and accused Republican opponents who
want to close the export-promoting lender of putting American
jobs at risk.

Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential
nomination in 2016, said it would be “wrong” to dismantle the
bank because it helps U.S. businesses sell goods in a fiercely
competitive global market.

May 22, 2015

Clinton to attack Republicans over Ex-Im Bank in New Hampshire: aide

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton on Friday will voice strong support for keeping the U.S. Export-Import Bank open and accuse conservative Republicans who want to close the export-promoting lender of destroying jobs, her campaign said.

Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, plans to discuss Ex-Im at a craft brewery in New Hampshire, where she will meet with small business owners.

May 19, 2015

House Republicans ask IRS to scrutinize Clinton Foundation

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives asked the Internal Revenue Service to review whether Hillary Clinton’s family’s main charity has complied with the terms of its tax-exempt status in a letter they sent on Tuesday.

The letter follows a spate of unflattering news reports about international fundraising by the Clinton Foundation, which has come under renewed scrutiny after Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, announced her run for the U.S. presidency in April.

May 11, 2015
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More details on the Clinton Foundation’s sometimes confusing finances

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signs a button after taking part in a roundtable of young Nevadans discussing immigration, as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

In our story today on the finances of the Clinton Foundation and its associated charities, officials at the charities confirm that there is a large disparity in how the charities have reported revenue for two of the years while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. In 2010 and 2011, the charities’ audited financial statements report more than $200 million in funding than appears in their tax returns. If the journalists, Republicans and opposition researchers poring over the foundation’s records are at all  confused by what they’re looking at, this may partly explain why.