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Oct 22, 2015

Hillary Clinton tells Benghazi panel U.S. diplomats must take risks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off high-stakes testimony to a Republican-led panel on Benghazi on Thursday with an admonition that U.S. diplomats must inherently work in unstable and dangerous parts of the world.

In her opening statement in what was expected to be a contentious and highly partisan hearing, Clinton said the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, when she was secretary of state, must not discourage U.S. action globally.

Oct 21, 2015

At odds with Republicans, Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whether it’s a fact-finding mission as Republicans insist or the political witch hunt that Democrats anticipate, the congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday will hear from Hillary Clinton, then the secretary of state and now the top candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton and many of her fellow Democrats have seized on the comments in recent weeks by Republican lawmakers as evidence that the goal of the Benghazi committee in the U.S. House of Representatives was to hurt her front-runner status in the campaign for the November 2016 election.

Oct 14, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

“Who is he?”: The candidates onstage NOT named Clinton or Sanders


For millions of voters, Tuesday’s debate was their first chance to get to know the three Democratic candidates who have received the least media coverage – indeed, in all three cases, the most frequent mid-debate Google searches involving their names were simply some variant on “Who is he?”.

So what did voters see?

There was Martin O’Malley, the governor of Maryland until earlier this year, who appeared slick and largely unflustered, the only candidate to make a point of repeatedly turning to whichever camera was on him and staring straight down the lens to speak, like a president or a news anchor.

Oct 7, 2015

Clinton says she does not support new Pacific trade pact

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday she does not support the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), rejecting a central tenet of President Barack Obama’s strategic pivot to Asia.

Clinton said during a campaign swing in Iowa that she is worried about currency manipulation not being part of the agreement and that “pharmaceutical companies may have gotten more benefits and patients fewer.”

Oct 5, 2015

Defiant Benghazi committee Democrats to release witness transcripts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Democratic minority on a U.S. congressional committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, intend to defy the committee’s Republican leaders by releasing the transcript of a closed-door interview with a former senior aide to Hillary Clinton, they said on Monday.

The announcement comes six days after Kevin McCarthy, the leader of U.S. House Republicans, went on television to boast that the federally funded investigation had successfully dented Clinton’s poll numbers as she runs for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Oct 1, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

“What does ‘FUBAR’ mean?”


By  Jonathan Allen, Roberta Rampton, Amanda Becker and John Whitesides

The latest dump of more than 3,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server show the lighter side of her job leading the State Department.

Tipped by a BBC reporter that Israeli officials were “sounding a bit cocky” on the plane ride home from a March 2010 Washington visit centered on the stalled Middle East peace process, Clinton replied: “They always sound cocky – in the air or on the ground.”

Sep 30, 2015

Hillary Clinton aides worried about private email use in 2011

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A 2011 hacking attack of Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Gmail prompted Hillary Clinton and her top aides to worry about “antiquated” government-issued laptops and the security of private email accounts widely used by government officials.

Clinton’s use of a private email account while she led the department now hangs over her campaign to become the Democratic nominee for the November 2016 presidential election.

Sep 8, 2015

Clinton apologizes for using private email as U.S. secretary of state

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – U.S. presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton for the first time apologized on
Tuesday for using a private email server at her New York home
for her official communications as secretary of state.

“That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take
responsibility,” Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic
Party’s nomination in the 2016 presidential election, said in an
interview with ABC News, while still insisting that she violated
no rules.

Sep 3, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

What Snowden thinks of Clinton’s private emails


Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government’s mass surveillance programs, has weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in her home for her work as secretary of state.
He is not impressed, he said in an interview with Al Jazeera, due to be broadcast in full on Friday, suggesting a double standard is at play.

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears live via video during a meeting about whistle blowers at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Sep 2, 2015

Another 57 Clinton email threads contain foreign governments’ information

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Here’s my personal email,” Hillary Clinton wrote to U.S. special envoy George Mitchell on a summer Sunday in 2010 as he telephoned one European official after another in an effort to keep peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians on track.

“Pls use this for reply,” Clinton wrote in her email, sent from the account she set up on an unsecured, private server in her New York home for her work as secretary of state.