Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton's most influential positions have been her term as a carpetbagger in the Senate, and as Secretary of State.  Her accomplishments in those two positions have been extraordinarily sparse, mainly benefiting herself and advancing a far-left political agenda.



Judicial Watch:  New Documents Show Clinton Conflicts of Interest.  Judicial Watch announced that it has received 508 pages of documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking information about possible conflicts of interest between the actions taken by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and Bill Clinton's activities.  More than 440 pages of the documents were redacted either in full, or with only minor notations remaining.

State Department contractors detail how Clinton and her team ignored security rules.  Two State Department contractors, with decades of experience protecting the United States' most sensitive secrets, are speaking out for the first time about Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state and how the rules for government security clearance holders did not seem to apply to Clinton and her team.  "The State Department was her oyster and it was great for the [Clinton] foundation and great for the Clintons to be able to have such a great position," Dave Whitnah told Fox News.  Whitnah said he worked within the State Department's Office of Security Technology which is responsible for cameras and alarms and sweeping for bugs.  Whitnah said everyone understood the secretary of state is the primary target of foreign intelligence services.

Clinton's charity confirms Qatar's $1 million gift while she was at State Dept.  Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family's globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009.  The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors.  If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to "increase materially" its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department's ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.  Clinton Foundation officials last month declined to confirm the Qatar donation.

The Clinton E-mails Are Critical to the Clinton Foundation Investigation.  The Wall Street Journal's report that, for over a year, the FBI has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for potential financial crimes and influence peddling is, as Rich Lowry said Monday [10/31/2016], a blockbuster.  As I argued over the weekend, the manner in which the State Department was put in the service of the Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary is shocking.  It is suggestive of a pattern of pay-to-play bribery, the monetizing of political influence, fraud, and obstruction of justice that the Justice Department should be investigating as a possible RICO conspiracy under the federal anti-racketeering laws.

Four FBI Probes Related to the Clintons.  [#1] Clinton Foundation:  Four FBI field offices — New York, Los Angeles, Little Rock and Washington DC — have been involved in a lengthy probe of the Clinton Foundation charity.  "Pay to play" allegations include the charity soliciting donations from corporations and foreign countries in exchange for access and policy considerations from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which she denies.  Emails published this month by Wikileaks reflect consternation among various Clinton allies about the possible appearance of conflicts of interests.  Chelsea, the Clintons' daughter, worried about blurred lines between the charity and the for profit business of one of her father's aides.  In emails, the aide, Douglas Band, discussed how he'd arranged millions of dollars in income for Bill Clinton from foundation donors.  He referred to the arrangement as "Bill Clinton, Inc."

Clinton's State Department spent $5.4 million on 'crystal stemware'.  Hillary Clinton's State Department spent millions of taxpayer dollars on lavish goods and frivolous initiatives, such as a $5.4 million "no-bid contract for crystal stemware" and $630,000 to "increase Facebook likes on four State Department pages." [...] While wasteful spending is a familiar find at most federal agencies, Clinton presided over particularly expensive unsuccessful reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Her agency spent more than $600 million on failed projects in those two countries alone, according to the RNC memo.

FBI Notes Reveal Security Concerns Over Huma Abedin.  [Scroll down]  The security agents, who were interviewed as witnesses in the FBI's investigation of Clinton's use of an unauthorized private email server to send classified information, complained that Abedin had unusual sway over security policies during Clinton's 2009-2013 tenure at Foggy Bottom.  FBI interview notes indicate that Abedin, a Pakistani-American Muslim whose family has deep ties to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the radical Muslim Brotherhood, was granted Top Secret security clearance for the first time in 2009, when Clinton named her deputy chief of staff for operations.  Abedin said she "did not remember" being read into any Special Access Programs (SAPs) or compartments.  If Clinton wins the presidency next month, she is expected to tap Abedin as her chief of staff, a position that would give her the power to run White House operations — including personnel security and visitor access.  The position does not require Senate confirmation.

Clinton's Lavish State Department Spending.  Now, in another new report, we are learning that Hillary Clinton's State Department wasted hundreds of millions of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars on a wild spending binge. [...] These are all State Department expenditures during her tenure:
  •   $5.4 million on a no-bid contract for Crystal Stemware
  •   $167.5 million on cost overruns at the Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan
  •   Over $200 million on mostly unused police training facilities in Iraq
  •   $79,000 to buy copies of President Obama's books
  •   $53,000 to polish marble at the Brazilian Embassy
  •   $630,000 to try to make State Department Facebook pages more popular
  •   $216,000 to hire an event planner for a 4th of July party in Madrid
  •   $88,000 to send three comedians to India
  •   More than $250,000 to purchase art in Mexico
  •   $410,000 to purchase art in China

Podesta relative earned six-figure fees lobbying Clinton's State Dept. during his tenure there.  [Scroll down]  At that time, when Clinton was traveling to a record number of foreign countries, Podesta, a former White House chief of staff under President Clinton, held dual titles at the State Department: as a senior advisor — entitled to an annual salary of $130,000 never paid him, the department maintains — and as a member of a prestigious foreign policy advisory board Secretary Clinton created.  Records obtained from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management show Podesta's tenure at State extended from Sept. 25, 2011 to Jan. 4, 2014.  For several months in 2012, Clinton's final year as secretary of state, Raytheon, the leading defense contractor, hired Podesta's sister-in-law, Heather Podesta, as a lobbyist, federal records show.

Hillary is a deranged sociopathic war criminal who should be indicted for conspiracy and murder.  As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton directly oversaw the overthrow of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi via NATO bombing in support of al-Qaida-linked terror groups.  This resulted in a failed state, the murder of hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of innocent Libyan citizens — including Christians — the rise of ISIS (and other terror organizations) and the Benghazi gun-running operation that resulted in the death of American Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service operative Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Gen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods.  "We came, we saw, he died," she cackled, callously oblivious and impervious to the death, destruction and chaos she caused or the brutal and inhuman way in which Gadhafi was beaten, sodomized and summarily executed.

House Republicans are already preparing for 'years' of investigations of Clinton.  Jason Chaffetz, the Utah congressman wrapping up his first term atop the powerful House Oversight Committee, unendorsed Donald Trump weeks ago.  That freed him up to prepare for something else:  spending years, come January, probing the record of a President Hillary Clinton.  "It's a target-rich environment," the Republican said in an interview in Salt Lake City's suburbs.  "Even before we get to Day One, we've got two years' worth of material already lined up.  She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain't good."

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Tough talk is worthless unless it is accompanied by meaningful action.  If all Congressmen were like Mr. Chaffetz, a corrupt president (or federal judge) could be successfully impeached in a few weeks, but with the current crop of invertebrates, centrists and partisan obstructionist Democrats, no such action will occur.  Especially if the defendant is another sacred cow, like the one we've endured for the past eight years.

13 Times Hillary Clinton Was A Truly 'Nasty Woman'.  [#11] Prioritizing the Interests of Those Who Could Write Her Fat Checks above Those of Taxpayers:  During her time at the State Department, Hillary spent a majority of her time with Clinton Foundation donors.  It also appears Clinton delivered a speech in Morocco and pushed the U.S. government to lift an arms embargo on Bahrain in exchange for large sums of money.  Her decisions, travel schedule, and even her appointment book seem to be determined by whoever could write the fattest check to her family's slush fund rather than what was actually of interest to the American people.

The $6 Billion Clinton's State Dept LOST Was Not 'Debunked'.  Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's claim that the $6 billion the Department of State lost was "debunked" contradicts multiple investigations and audits by the agency's watchdog.  "When you ran the State Department, $6 billion was missing," Republican nominee Trump said during Wednesday's [10/19/2016] final presidential debate.  "How do you miss $6 billion?  Six billion dollars was either stolen, they don't know.  It's gone."  Clinton replied:  "Well, first of all, what he just said about the State Department is not only untrue, it's been debunked numerous times."  But it was the State Department's Inspector General (IG) who found in three investigations and two audits that an estimated $6 billion was lost to contract mismanagement, fraud and incompetence during Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

Hillary Stole State Dept Office Furniture To Furnish Her DC Home, FBI Docs Reveal.  Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill Clinton were previously caught stealing furniture from the White House when they left in 2000.  But now, it seems Hillary is a bit of a kleptomaniac.

FBI Docs:  Hillary Clinton Removed Furniture from State Department to Furnish D.C. Home.  An unnamed State Department staffer disclosed to the FBI that Hillary Clinton and her staff took lamps and furniture from the State Department to furnish Clinton's D.C. residence, according to FBI documents.  The FBI document of this exchange is part of "The Vault," which is a collection of documents providing evidence for federal investigators looking into Clinton's private email server.  Most of the documents are testimonies provided to federal investigators in interviews the agents conducted with witnesses.

Hillary Clinton accused of stealing furniture from the State Department.  Hillary Clinton swiped State Department furniture to decorate her Washington home, a former member of her security detail has alleged to the FBI.  "Early in Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, she and her staff were observed removing lamps and furniture from the State Department which were transported to her residence in Washington, DC," an agent on the detail told the FBI.  The agent "does not know whether these items were ever returned to the government," according to FBI notes.

Hillary Clinton Ran a "Shadow Government" Inside the State Department.  We already knew — based upon FBI director James Comey's egregious decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton or her aides for multiple felonies — that there's one set of laws for the oligarchy and another for the little people.  A tranche of FBI documents released earlier today under FOIA request reveal that Hillary Clinton was also running a "shadow government" inside the State Department. [...] Bribes, running "a shadow government", and a complete disregard for maintaining the security of America's national secrets:  what's not to like in a candidate like Hillary Clinton?

Companies used Clinton fundraiser to lobby State Department.  The nexus among private companies, Hillary Clinton's State Department and the Clinton family foundations is closer and more complex than even Donald Trump has claimed so far.  While it is widely known that some companies and foreign governments gave money to the foundations, perhaps in an effort to gain favor, one of the key parts of the puzzle hasn't been reported:  At least a dozen of those same companies lobbied the State Department, using lobbyists who doubled as major Clinton campaign fundraisers.  Those companies gave as much as $16 million to the Clinton charities.

Riding in Cars With Huma:  Hillary Clinton Snubbed Diplomats to Stay Near Aide.  Hillary Clinton "blatantly" disregarded security and diplomatic protocols as Secretary of State and frequently insulted U.S. ambassadors by refusing to ride with them to diplomatic events abroad, a former U.S. diplomatic security officer told FBI agents investigating Clinton's private email server.  According to FBI interview notes released Monday, the former security officer described the "stark difference" between Hillary Clinton's conduct as secretary of state and the conduct of her predecessor Condoleezza Rice, who closely adhered to the appropriate protocols.  Hillary's "abundant" protocol breaches, on the other hand, were widely known in the diplomatic security community.

Marc Turi Speaks Out About Hillary Clinton's Covert Weapons Shipments.  Marc Turi was the guy who constructed the covert weapons shipments into Libya to overthrown Mouamar Gaddaffi (2011) and send weapons to the Libyan Transitional National Government supported by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  During the original phase of the Libyan uprising, early February 2011, the first defector from the official Gaddaffi regime was a foreign justice minister named Mustafa Abdel Jalil.

Arms dealer says administration made him scapegoat on Libya operation to 'protect' Clinton.  American arms dealer Marc Turi, in his first television interview since criminal charges against him were dropped, told Fox News that the Obama administration — with the cooperation of Hillary Clinton's State Department — tried and failed to make him the scapegoat for a 2011 covert weapons program to arm Libyan rebels that spun out of control.  "I would say, 100 percent, I was victimized... to somehow discredit me, to throw me under the bus, to do whatever it took to protect their next presidential candidate," he told Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge.

FBI files reveal missing email 'boxes' in Clinton case, allegations of evidence tampering.  Buried in the 189 pages of heavily redacted FBI witness interviews from the Hillary Clinton email investigation are details of yet another mystery — about two missing "bankers boxes" filled with the former secretary of state's emails.  The interviews released earlier this month, known as 302s, also reveal the serious allegation that senior State Department official Patrick Kennedy applied pressure to subordinates to change the classified email codes so they would be shielded from Congress and the public.

Why Doesn't The Media Ask Hillary About State Dept./ Clinton Foundation Ties To Russia?  [Scroll down]  On the other hand, the media is ignoring the financial connections between Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and Russia that suggest Hillary Clinton has already shown favoritism toward Russia.  When she was secretary of state, Clinton made deals with Clinton Foundation donors, one resulted in Russian control of 20% of American uranium reserves, another gave Putin access to our military technology.  In April 2015 the NY Times disclosed a deal which enabled Russia to own about 20% of the uranium production capacity of the United States for a $2.35 million donation to the Clinton Family Foundation.  According to the report a Canadian based company Uranium One, owned the uranium assets was being purchased by Russian state atomic energy agency Rosatom — a deal which had to be approved by various U.S. agencies including the State Department.  Canadian records show that while the State Department was mulling of the deal, the family foundation of Chairman of Uranium One made four donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Family Foundation.

Justice Department drops case against arms trader who 'sold weapons to Libyan rebels' after he threatened to expose Obama and Clinton's role in arming extremists.  An arms dealer who allegedly sold weapons to rebels in Libya has walked free after the Obama administration dropped charges amid claims the White House was worried about the trial showing Hillary Clinton in a negative light.  Federal prosecutors had faced a deadline of today to turn over discovery documents to Marc Turi's legal team after he had been charged with selling weapons to Libyan rebels.  A trial was scheduled for November 8, the same day as the Presidential Election.  But late on Tuesday [10/4/2016], the Obama administration dropped the case.  'I am glad this horrific five-year ordeal is over and I am pleased to be able to move on with my life,' Mr Turi told Fox News.  'The American public has the right to know that an injustice was committed against an innocent American.'

Arms dealer who threatened to reveal Clinton's Libya dealings rips DOJ for 'injustice'.  An arms dealer who had threatened to reveal potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton's alleged role in arming Islamist militants until federal prosecutors abruptly dropped their case against him Tuesday, told Fox News the case has cost him everything.  Federal prosecutors faced a Wednesday deadline to turn over discovery documents to the legal team of American Marc Turi, who had been charged with selling weapons to Libyan rebels.  Late Tuesday [10/4/2016], an announcement came that the government was dropping the case, which was set to go to trial on Nov. 8 — the day American voters choose between Clinton and GOP nominee Donald Trump.  The move may avert a release of potentially explosive documents.

New emails show intersection of Clinton Foundation, State Dept., paid speeches.  A new batch of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department offered fresh evidence Wednesday [10/6/2016] of the pains Clinton's staff took to accommodate her husband's paid speeches and her family's foundation — just hours after Sen. Tim Kaine dismissed the possibility that the Clinton Foundation had wielded influence over his running mate.  Emails showed Clinton's aides teamed up with the foundation to perform donor maintenance, craft messaging on key policies and put together guest lists for both diplomatic and philanthropic events.  State Department staffers were often asked to advise Clinton's husband on how to handle politically-fraught speaking engagements or foundation events, such as an effort to bring the new Libyan president to a Clinton Global Initiative meeting that was held less than two weeks after the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

My single biggest takeaway from last night's debate.  Tim Kaine has to be one of the most delusional people I've ever seen.  To say Hillary Clinton stopped or eliminated the Iranian nuclear program is nuts — there is no agreement with the Iranians.  They've violated every bit of that worthless piece of paper.  And Osama bin Laden's death has meant nothing as we've seen a proliferation of the global Islamic jihad.  For Kaine to say Hillary Clinton knows Vladimir Putin... then why did she give him a stupid yellow toy with a red button?  The reset has failed.  This was all about Kaine attempting to attack Pence for being Trump's running mate — he failed miserably.

Let's play 'who lost more money': Trump or Hillary?  Hillary says she can't understand how anyone in business could ever lose $1 billion in a single year, yet somehow, according to an inspector general's report, the State Department misplaced $6 billion of taxpayer money because of inadequate internal controls.  Most of the sum was lost during Hillary's four years.  Hillary's losses cost the taxpayers much more than Trump's.

Key Hillary Clinton aide repeatedly misplaced sensitive info, according to reports.  A top aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton found herself in hot water in 2013 with the agency's security and law enforcement arm when she lost classified information while accompanying her boss on a diplomatic trip to Moscow, an incident that the FBI revisited earlier this year when it probed Clinton's own problems handling sensitive data.  Monica Hanley, Clinton's "confidential assistant" at the state department, was reprimanded and given "verbal counseling" by Diplomatic Security after she left classified material behind in the Moscow hotel, FBI documents show.  The FBI spoke to Hanley, 35, in January as a part of its investigation into Clinton's handling of top-secret and classified information when she was Secretary of State.

Hillary "Forgot" to Take Security Training While at State Department.  Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton failed to complete the highest level of security training mandated by the Department of State for the proper handling of the government's most secret documents when she entered the department in 2009, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation under the Freedom of Information Act.  The State Department released 46 pages of previously unseen documents Tuesday under a Sept. 20, 2016, order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon.

Hillary Clinton's State Department Allowed Millions of Taxpayer Dollars to Be Spent Helping Companies Outsource American Jobs.  Hillary Clinton's State Department oversaw a government agency's expenditure of millions of taxpayer dollars to help companies outsource American tech jobs to foreign countries.  In 2010, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars building schools in Sri Lanka and Armenia, specifically to increase those countries' outsourcing capacity to take away American jobs.

Hillary failed as secretary of state — why would president be any different?  Hillary Clinton boasts that her experience traveling to 112 countries as secretary of state qualifies her to be president.  Don't believe it.  Evidence shows she left the State Department in shambles and our nation weaker.  Her record at Foggy Bottom disqualifies her to be president.  Her failures go beyond leaving four Americans to die in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, the ridiculous Russian "reset" and the carnage in Syria that she and President Obama idly watched unfold — and that gets more horrific daily.

The Case Against Hillary.  Today, Betsy McCaughey lays out the case against Hillary in a newspaper column.  For all her bravado and posturing on the international stage, Hillary has nothing to show but worldwide calamity.  Is the world better off now than it was when Hillary assumed power in the state department.  As for her ability to manage the department, all reports suggest that she was incompetent.  And let's note that Hillary was not the only woman in charge.  She tends to surround herself with women.  Some will say that this does not matter.  Others will note that it probably does.

The Case Against Hillary.  For bringing more death, destruction, destitution and chaos to the world, Hillary Clinton ranks among the most incompetent American Secretaries of State.  Benghazi was obviously not an isolated case.  Hillary was responsible for the security of her ambassadors.  Either did not know what to do or did not care, but she outsourced security around the world.  Those who were providing security were not qualified to do the job.  And we did not know who they were anyway.  In Benghazi, when the attack began, they simply ran away.

Hillary Failed To Take Highest Security Training At State Dept In 2009.  Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton failed to complete the highest level of security training mandated by the Department of State for the proper handling of the government's most secret documents when she entered the department in 2009, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation under the Freedom of Information Act.  The State Department released 46 pages of previously unseen documents Tuesday under a Sept. 20, 2016, order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon.

Did Clinton Emails Get Iranian Scientist Killed?  Senator Tom Cotton fielded an explosive charge this weekend:  that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exposed one of America's spies and got him killed.  Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri was hanged by the Iranian regime after a secret trial.  His original sentence was reported to be ten years, although it was not officially proclaimed as the Iranian regime often issues secret sentences.  Secretary Clinton's emails discussed, in an unclassified and unsecure format, the fact that he had provided "useful information" to the United States.

Fewer than one in five State Dept employees with security clearance completed classified info training.  Fewer than one in five employees with a security clearance at the State Department has completed the mandated training for handling classified information as required by a 2009 Executive Order signed by President Obama, according to a new report from the government watchdog with oversight.  "Based on training records obtained from the Foreign Service Institute, the OIG (Office of the Inspector General) found that less than 14 percent of security-cleared employees had completed the required training within the timeframe considered in this review.  Moreover, only 20 percent had completed the training even one time since the outset of the training program," the report said.

Many recovered Clinton emails won't go public before election.  Hope you aren't waiting for the State Department to publish every last document from Hillary Clinton's private email server before making a voting decision — you're going to be disappointed.  A federal judge has set a schedule that will only publish 1,050 pages of recently recovered material (out of roughly 10,000 pages) by November 4th, mere days before the US presidential election on the 8th.  The Department has promised to process 500 pages per month, so you won't get the full scoop until well after the next president takes office.

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It is obvious to anyone with a calculator that the State Department is engaged in partisan foot-dragging until after the presidential election.  Here's why:  If it takes a month to read 500 pages, that's 86 minutes per page.  Does it take you an hour and a half to read every email message you get, and figure out what it means?  Is there only one person at the State Department doing this work?

Judge to State Department:  You have five days to release Hillary's records.  A frustrated federal judge ordered the State Department to begin producing within five days hundreds of documents on whether required or recommended security training, briefings or courses were completed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides.  Judge Richard Leon ruled Tuesday [9/20/2016] in favor of The Daily Caller News Foundation by rejecting the State Department's motion to dismiss TheDCNF's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit concerning production of the documents originally sought under the Freedom of Information Act.  But he also denied TheDCNF's request to depose State Department officials.  The State Department has been unable to produce any records confirming that Clinton and her top aides received mandatory annual security briefings about the proper handling of classified materials and the proper methods for conducting secure communications.

Breaking: Judge Orders Release of Clinton Security Training Docs To Begin In Five Days.  A frustrated federal judge ordered the State Department to begin producing within five days hundreds of documents on whether required or recommended security training, briefings or courses were completed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides.  Judge Richard Leon ruled Tuesday in favor of The Daily Caller News Foundation by rejecting the State Department's motion to dismiss TheDCNF's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit concerning production of the documents originally sought under the Freedom of Information Act.  But he also denied TheDCNF's request to depose State Department officials.

The Clinton Foundation has become a clear liability, as Bill Clinton mounts his big defense.  Although Clinton and supporters of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign are clearly apoplectic that a charitable foundation that has done so much good work has become a potential liability for them in 2016, the fact remains that it has.  Bill Clinton emphasizes that no direct financial benefit was involved — "Nobody in my family ever took a penny out of this foundation, and [we] put millions of dollars in," he told NPR this week — but a clear majority of Americans believe the foundation, at best, raises concerns about conflicts of interest.  And they say, by a huge margin, that Hillary Clinton did favors for its donors during her time as secretary of state.

Documents appear to implicate State Dept. in cover-up on Clinton emails.  The U.S. State Department waited over a year before producing emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server despite 17 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, "in August 2013, State Department officials were aware of 17 FOIA requests relating to requests for Clinton correspondence, including four that 'specifically mention emails or email accounts.'  "Despite the large number of FOIA requests and growing concern among top agency officials, the State Department did not formally request that the former secretary of state produce the emails on the clintonemail.com server until October 2014."

Under Secretary Clinton, U.S. Permanently Resettled 31,000 Somali Migrants.  Reports have identified the suspect responsible for stabbing nine people at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota as Dahir Adan, a recent immigrant from Somalia.  According to Ahmed Adan, the suspect's father, his son immigrated to the United States 15 years ago.

From Whitewater to Benghazi:  A Clinton-Scandal Primer.  Before becoming Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills worked for [Hillary] Clinton on an unpaid basis for four months while also working for New York University, in which capacity she negotiated on the school's behalf with the government of Abu Dhabi, where it was building a campus.  In June 2012, Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin's status at State changed to "special government employee," allowing her to also work for Teneo, a consulting firm run by Bill Clinton's former right-hand man.  She also earned money from the Clinton Foundation and was paid directly by Hillary Clinton.  In a separate case, ABC News reports that a top Clinton Foundation donor named Rajiv Fernando was placed on State's International Security Advisory Board. Fernando appeared significantly less qualified than many of his colleagues, and was appointed at the behest of the secretary's office.  Internal emails show that State staff first sought to cover for Clinton, and then Fernando resigned two days after ABC's inquiries.  Judicial Watch released documents that show Doug Band, a Foundation official, trying to put a donor in touch with a State Department expert on Lebanon and to get someone a job at Foggy Bottom.

Bill Clinton admits: 'Maybe' some donated money to influence State Dept..  Bill Clinton on Sunday acknowledged that some of the donors to the Clinton Foundation likely made those donations in order to influence foreign policy, when Hillary Clinton led the State Department.  But in a Sunday interview with NPR, Clinton insisted that the donations never influenced policy.  "Well, since we had more 300,000 donors, it would be unusual if nobody did," Clinton said when asked if some of the donors might have been trying to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons.

Judge blasts State Dept for slow-walking Hillary emails.  A federal judge blasted the Obama administration for slow-walking the release of some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, saying in court Monday that the government appears to be withholding information from voters ahead of the election.  U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the State Department in not "being all that cooperative," and told the Justice Department lawyers to get the State Department to shape up and do its duty.  "Get with the program, so to speak, so that the people of this country can have the information they need," he ordered.  "The State Department needs to start cooperating to the fullest extent possible.  They are not perceived to be doing that."

Leaked papers appear to reveal Dem 'pay for play' scheme.  The same Democratic law firm working with Google to provide people with election information may have helped the Obama administration to run a "pay for play" operation that could explain how ambassadorships were awarded during Hillary Clinton's tenure at the State Department, according to new leaked documents purportedly from the Democratic National Committee.  The revelation about the Seattle-based Perkins Coie was included in a batch of documents leaked Tuesday [9/13/2016] by Guccifer 2.0, a hacker who holds information on both the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Democrats have warned some of the papers might be counterfeit, but Guccier 2.0 has leaked other papers that were not disputed by Democrats.

Clinton's experience with classified data contradicts 'unsophisticated' excuse.  "She doesn't come into this as your average person.  She comes in as someone who served on the Armed Services Committee, who has been privy to classified information in the past before she became secretary of state, and, by the way, she was a former first lady," said Sen.  Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican who sits on the same committee, and who said she found Mrs. Clinton's explanation to be incredible.  The latest evidence confounding those trying to understand Mrs. Clinton's handling of emails comes from the FBI, which released notes of its criminal investigation last week showing the former secretary remarkably unaware of her own classification powers as secretary.

The US promised to rebuild Haiti after the earthquake. Here's what actually happened.  Promoted by Bill and Hillary Clinton through the work of the Clinton Foundation and during her tenure as secretary of state, the 600-acre, $300 million Caracol Industrial Park was meant to be the U.S. government's flagship reconstruction project in the Caribbean nation.  At its star-studded opening in 2012, then-Secretary Clinton called it "a model not just for Haiti, but for the world." [...] The State Department and its partners said the park would create 65,000 jobs when fully operational.  Nearly four years later, there are just over 9,000 employees.  Workers that Circa spoke with make the equivalent of $3.81 per day.

Nixonian: Hillary Clinton Had Secret Blacklist of People to Be Kept From State Department Jobs.  Of course we'll never find out who was on the list, because transparency!

Clinton's Campaign Manager Kept Blacklist of Potential State Dept Hires.  Hillary Clinton's campaign manager maintained a secret blacklist of people he deemed unqualified to work at the State Department as the former secretary of state was beginning her tenure under the Obama administration, the New York Post reported Tuesday [9/6/2016].  "We are beginning the process of separating people we may want to hire from people we do not want to hire at all," Robby Mook wrote in an email to Clinton aides on Feb. 23, 2009, two weeks after Clinton started in her role as secretary of state.  "Below is a list of people we are proposing NOT to hire (the 'no-offer' list), along with the name of the person who submitted their resume," he continued.

Judge gives State until after election to release some Clinton docs.  A federal judge on Tuesday [9/6/2016] gave the State Department until February 2017 to release the full 1,600-page file of records about official events during Hillary Clinton's tenure, assuring that the full batch is not public by Election Day.  Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia declared that the State Department will have to release at least 300 pages of the records per month to the Republican National Committee (RNC), which has sued the Obama administration over the materials.  The order is nonetheless a setback for the RNC, which had pleaded with the court in August for the entire slate of records to be made public well before the November election.

$6 Billion Vanishes From State Dept.  Under Hillary Clinton.  In a mind-boggling example of how the government blows — or perhaps steals — our tax dollars, billions vanished from the U.S. State Department mostly while Hillary Clinton ran it, according to a new alert issued by the agency's inspector general.  Could the former Secretary of State be using the cash to fund an upcoming presidential campaign?  In all, $6 billion are missing and it's highly unlikely any of the money will ever be recovered.  The cash was supposed to be used to pay contractors but it just disappeared and documents that could help track the dough cannot be located.  How convenient!  The paper trail, which federal law says must be maintained in the case of government contracts, has been destroyed or was never created to begin with.

Clinton Accused of Misleading Senate to Get Herself Confirmed as Sec. of State.  [Scroll down]  Senator John Cornyn made the statement to The Hill during a recent interview published on Monday.  In the interview, the Texas Senator essentially said he felt Clinton pulled fast one lawmakers eight years ago during her confirmation hearing to become Secretary of State.  Back in 2009, Sen. Cornyn held up Clinton's nomination until he was satisfied that proper safeguards were in place to address concerns over conflicts of interest regarding foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation.

New questions arise about Clinton Foundation ties to State Department.  A top aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department agreed to try to obtain a special diplomatic passport for an adviser to former President Bill Clinton in 2009, according to emails released Thursday [9/1/2016], raising new questions about whether people tied to the Clinton Foundation received special access at the department.

FBI Report Reveals Clinton Didn't Know What 'C' in Emails Meant.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday [9/2/2016] released notes from its 3½ hour interview with Hillary Clinton about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.  The agency released 58 pages of emails from Clinton, of which 14 were redacted due to their sensitive nature.  Judicial Watch director of investigations Chris Farrell called the timing of the FBI release "classic Washington D.C. style" and is disappointed at the agency's approach.

State Department to release all Clinton schedules before election.  The State Department agreed Thursday to turn over all the planning schedules from Hillary Clinton's time serving as secretary of state to The Associated Press by mid-October in an abrupt reversal from U.S. government lawyers' warning last week that hundreds of pages would not be released until after the presidential election.  The decision will make available all of Clinton's minute-by-minute schedules before the presidential election.  Those planning documents offer a detailed look at Clinton's daily routine during her four-year tenure as secretary of state between 2009 and 2013.

The Editor says...
Watch for this document dump to occur on a Friday evening.

Breaking: Judge Orders State Dept To Release Hillary's Security Training Records, Or Be Deposed.  A federal judge ordered the Department of State Wednesday [8/31/2016] to produce for The Daily Caller News Foundation the security training records of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin within two weeks, or face direct deposition of multiple government officials.  "I'm sure you can appreciate Mr. Lee, there is a certain time sensitivity on this issue," U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon told Department of Justice Attorney Jason Lee, representing the State Department.  "We're looking down the barrel of a presidential election from now in two months."

How Journalists Protect Hillary Clinton From Bad News.  It took six years and a court order for the Associated Press to dislodge Hillary Clinton's schedule from the State Department.  What it showed is that Clinton entertained a parade of visitors who were major donors to the Clinton Foundation.  As thanks for this important investigative work, the AP is being viciously attacked by other journalists.

Under Hillary, State and the Clinton Foundation were one seamless entity.  The Democratic nominee obviously didn't set up her server with the express purpose of exposing national secrets — that was incidental.  She set up the server to keep secret the details of the Clintons' private life — a life built around an elaborate and sweeping money-raising and self-promoting entity known as the Clinton Foundation.  Had Secretary Clinton kept the foundation at arm's length while in office — as obvious ethical standards would have dictated — there would never have been any need for a private server, or even private email.

The Clinton Foundation Was Designed For Two-Way Bribery.  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has begun to attack the Clinton Foundation, the global nonprofit corporation Bill and Hillary Clinton started after Bill left the White House in 2001. Trump characterized the foundation, to which he has donated, as a "business to profit from public office," and called it a threat to American democracy.  Trump and members of his campaign staff have called for the foundation to be shut down.  Trump's comments strike at Hillary Clinton's most obvious vulnerability.  One of her deepest flaws as a candidate is that the voters do not trust her.  The reason for that distrust, by and large, is her long record of lying in public.  Most of those lies, since she and Bill left the White House, have been about the Clinton Foundation and how its activities and fundraising overlapped with her duties as secretary of State.

Trump, GOP calls on Clinton to have full State Dept schedule released.  The Donald Trump campaign and Washington Republicans are calling on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to have all of her daily schedules as secretary of state released before Election Day, after the State Department said Friday it cannot comply with the court-ordered release until after voting.  The Associated Press reported earlier this week, after analyzing schedules released so far, that more than half the people outside the government who met or spoke by telephone with Clinton while she was secretary of state had given money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation.

Emails reveal Clinton Foundation officials asked for favors from Hillary's team during the nominee's time as secretary of state.  A series of new emails have shed light on the relationship between Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation during the former's time as secretary of state.  Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Doug Band, a former high-ranking official with the foundation and adviser to Bill Clinton during his presidency, exchanged emails between June 2009 and March 2011.  In one of the email conversations, which were released as part of a lawsuit filed by the conservative group, Citizens United, the two spoke about passing on a message from a generous foundation supporter to the U.S. ambassador to Malta, ABC News reports.

Clinton's full State Dept. schedule won't be released until after Election Day.  Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to begin releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, the government told The Associated Press it won't finish the job before Election Day.

Clinton Email Scandal Widens — "The Access" Is the Quid Pro Quo.  The "pay-to-play" scandal between the Clinton Foundation and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been defended by claiming Secretary Clinton took no actionable steps to change State Dept. policy as a result of payment to the Foundation.  However, as the relationships between the Foundation and the State Department gain increased scrutiny the "access" to Clinton appears to be the purpose for the payments.  Sooner or later someone is going to mention the mysterious 2012 "Thanksgiving Holiday Fire" directly above Hillary's office in the State Dept.

Trump: Clinton ran a 'vast criminal enterprise' at State Department.  Donald Trump launched a searing attack against Hillary Clinton on Thursday, describing the State Department under her leadership as a "vast criminal enterprise."  "This has been a very historic week in American politics," the Republican presidential nominee told a crowd in Manchester, N.H., where his meteoric rise to the top of the GOP ticket first began.  "This week the curtain was lifted," he continued.  "The corruption was revealed for all to see.  The veil was pulled back on a vast criminal enterprise run out of the State Department by Hillary Clinton."

Hillary's Secret Kremlin Connection Is Quickly Unraveling.  Recent headlines have brought attention to the seedier side of Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state during President Obama's first term.  This scheme, which gives every appearance of being about pay-for-play, solicited donations from foreign big-shots in exchange for access to the boss of American foreign policy.  I'll leave to others to assess the legality of this shady business — for now it's the national security implications we need to discuss.

Here's how cozy State Department was with Clinton Foundation.  A senior executive at the Clinton Foundation left nearly 150 messages for one of Hillary Clinton's top aides at the State Department over a two-year period, according to newly released call logs.  The Clinton Foundation's chief operating officer, Laura Graham, kept in close touch with Cheryl Mills, one of Clinton's closest aides when she was secretary of state, according to the logs analyzed by Fox News.  An August 2011 message the Clinton Foundation official left for the government worker references "our boss," suggesting both women worked for the same person.

Hillary State Dept.  Helped Jailed Clinton Foundation Donor Get $10 Mil from U.S. for Failed Haiti Project.  The new batch of emails showing that the State Department gave special access to top Clinton Foundation donors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state brings to mind the case of a shady Miami businessman serving a 12-year prison sentence after scamming the government out of millions.  His name is Claudio Osorio, a Clinton Foundation donor who got $10 million from the government after the Clinton State Department reportedly pulled some strings.  Osorio got the money from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a federal agency that operates under the guidance of the State Department, to build houses in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.  The OPIC supposedly promotes U.S. government investments abroad to foster the development and growth of free markets.

Clinton State Department Stonewalled AP for Three Years.  Today's blockbuster report from the Associated Press about Hillary Clinton's meetings with Clinton Foundation donors during her time as Secretary of State contained the following nugget:  "The AP sought Clinton's calendar and schedules three years ago, but delays led the AP to sue the State Department last year in federal court for those materials and other records."  Three years ago.  The long wait was in keeping with a practice of slow-walking such requests for information.

State Dept.  Spox:  Emails Not Evidence of Clinton Foundation Pay-to-Play, 'Simply Evidence of the Way the Process Works'.  The spokesman for the State Department had a difficult time during Monday's [8/22/2016] hostile and at times uncomfortably awkward briefing with reporters as he attempted to explain away the relationship between the State Department under Democratic nominee for president Hillary R. Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.  At times, Mark C. Toner, the department's deputy spokesman, looked at his shoes or had his eyes closed as he took deep breaths between answers to reporters asking about revelations from 725 pages of emails released by Judicial Watch.

Clinton's State Department Blew $6 Billion In Contracts, And We're About To Learn Why.  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may soon have to answer questions about an estimated $6 billion in contract mismanagement, fraud and incompetence that happened under her watch at the Department of State.  Non-profit government watchdog Cause of Action Institute (CofA) filed a Freedom of Information Act request Friday [8/19/2016] for records related to a March 2014 management alert issued by the department's Inspector General.

Clinton Foundation bombarded Hillary's top aide with calls when she was Secretary of State, phone records reveal.  Hillary Clinton's chief of staff Cheryl Mills's received nearly 150 phone messages from Clinton Foundation's operations director Laura Graham during a two year span at the State Department, according to phone logs — a significantly higher number of calls than from any other individual during that time frame.  The phone logs, which were obtained by Fox News and cited by reporter James Rosen during the State Department press briefing on Monday, raise fresh questions about the close contact between the Clinton Foundation and Clinton's State Department office during her tenure.

Clinton Foundation executive left 148 phone messages for Hillary Clinton's top aide.  A review of State Department call logs for Cheryl Mills, the longtime Clinton confidant who served as chief of staff for the entirety of Clinton's four-year tenure as America's top diplomat, reflects at least 148 messages from Laura Graham — then the Clinton Foundation's chief operating officer — between 2010 and 2012.  No other individual or non-profit appears in the logs with anything like that frequency or volume, the review found.  One of the messages Graham left for Mills, in August 2011, referenced "our boss" — without further identifying that individual.

Casey Wasserman Mentioned in New Batch of Clinton Emails.  Sports marketing executive Casey Wasserman appears in the latest batch of Clinton emails, which show close ties between Clinton Foundation donors and the U.S. State Department.  Wasserman, whose charitable organization donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, asked Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band for help setting up an interview for one of his high-profile clients with the U.S. Embassy in London, the emails show.  The client's name was redacted by the State Department.

Emails reveal Clinton aide gave foundation donors 'special' access, group says.  Newly released emails reveal more instances of the Clinton Foundation appearing to reach out to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's State Department for favors involving wealthy donors — including Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain — according to a watchdog group that fought to obtain the emails.  Judicial Watch, which released the documents Monday, said in a statement that the messages show Clinton aide Huma Abedin "provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state."  The documents include exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department.

Hillary Clinton Deleted More Emails Than She Sent to the State Department.  Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post confirms a data point implicit in today's news that the FBI has found 15,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's unsecure homebrew server, from which she conducted the work as Secretary of State and housed classified information.  She hid more emails from the State Department than she handed over to it for mandatory federal records keeping.

White House:  State Dept. responsible for Clinton's ethics.  President Obama's chief spokesman said Monday that the White House bore no responsibility for ensuring that Hillary Clinton didn't violate federal ethics rules, including stopping her from allegedly providing special access to Clinton Foundation donors while she was secretary of state.  Josh Earnest, President Obama's press secretary, said he would not "get into" debating the propriety of Clinton's interactions with Clinton Foundation donors while she served as the nation's top diplomat.

Least surprising revelation of the year:  Hillary & aides didn't take required ethics training at State DepartmentAnother federal law skirted by Hillary Clinton?

What The Media Won't Tell You:  A Real Comparison of Trump vs.  Clinton on Russia.  New revelations regarding Hillary Clinton's conflicts of interest just keep on coming, regardless of the Democratic candidate's attempt to stem the flow.  Yet Mrs. Clinton lied to Fox News' Chris Wallace in a recent interview, saying that "there is absolutely no connection between anything that I did as secretary of state and the Clinton Foundation."  In fact, there are a number of obvious connections between the Clinton Foundation, Clinton Foundation officials, and her State Department.  In 2009 Clinton Foundation official and co-founder of Teneo Holdings Doug Band pushed for an associate to get a job with the State Department.  "The subject line on the email read 'A favor...'" reports Breitbart.  Band also communicated with Clinton's aides via email to put Gilbert Chagoury, a Lebanese-Nigerian businessman, in touch with the State Department's "substance" person in Lebanon.  The response from the Clinton campaign is that these emails don't "involve the Secretary or relate to the Foundation's work.  They are communications between her aides and the President's [Bill Clinton] personal aide..."  This is typical obfuscation by the Clintons, not supported by the facts.

Fact Check:  Were Obama and Hillary Founders of ISIS? You Bet.  Even the left-stream media is now acknowledging that Donald Trump "has a point" when he blasts Hilary and Obama for creating ISIS.  "Hillary Clinton is vulnerable.  ISIS did gain strength during her time as Secretary of State," said ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz.  Conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt tried to give Mr. Trump an out.  "I know what you meant," he suggested.  "You meant that he [Obama] created the vacuum, he lost the peace."

Senator Rand Paul Discusses Potential For Clinton Indictment Based on WikiLeaks Claim.  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has stated his organization believes they are in possession of emails which prove Hillary Clinton was aware of the transfer of weapons from Libya, through Turkey, into Syria.  If Assange is accurate, the prior congressional testimony of Clinton becomes another example of her deception and fraud.

Hillary's top State Dept. aide interviewed job applicants for Clinton Foundation.  Like drums pounding a rhythm to the brain, charges of corruption and misconduct swirl around Hillary Clinton, with the latest revelation being that one of her top aides while at the State Department took on the role of interviewing job applicants for the Clinton Foundation[,] despite rules established to avoid such blurring of the lines.  While serving as secretary of state, Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, traveled to New York to interview two high-level business executives being considered to run the nonprofit foundation, CNN reported.  This taking place despite Clinton and the Clinton Foundation setting up rules ahead of time to avoid scenarios that would "create conflicts or the appearance of conflicts for Senator Clinton as Secretary of State."

Stunning revelation:  Wikileaks hack shows that Soros called the shots on US policy toward Albania.  Who was in charge of U.S. foreign policy when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state?  That is a legitimate question to consider in light of the most stunning revelation yet mined from the Wikileaks hack.  George Soros is suggesting an intervention in domestic Albanian politics, and getting his way!

Obama, Clinton and the power of mendacity.  Over the weekend, the Iranian regime unexpectedly announced it executed its former nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri.  As reports of Amiri's demise make clear, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton may very well be partially to blame for his death.  Amiri spent several months in the US between 2009 and 2010, when he returned to Iran.  Then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton claimed at the time that Amiri came to the US willingly.  US government sources told the media that Amiri, who worked on Iran's nuclear program, was a longstanding US intelligence agent.  Amiri, they said, received $5 million for his information.  He left the funds in the US when he returned to Iran.

Exclusive: Hillary Aide Cheryl Mills OK'd Oil Deal That Put $500K In Bill's Pocket.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly defended an embattled banker during an official visit to Bangladesh while Clinton Foundation officials tried to steer money from an Abu Dhabi oil company into the banker's coffers.  A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation traced the convoluted payment by TAQA — formally known as the the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company — to Muhammad Yunus' Grameen Bank.  Yunus is a long-time friend and Clinton Foundation donor.  The oil company deal eventually put as much as $500,000 into President Bill Clinton's pockets via a speaking fee he got in Scotland.

Email batch provides additional evidence that Clinton Foundation donors got access at State Department.  Newly released State Department emails shed additional light on the relationships Hillary Clinton and her top aides maintained with her family's foundation during the years she served as secretary of state.  The emails, obtained by the conservative group Judicial Watch as part of a public-records lawsuit, included one in which a longtime aide to Bill Clinton sought a State Department meeting on behalf of a major foundation donor.  The aide, Doug Band, who played a role in expanding the foundation's reach, wrote to Hillary Clinton's State Department staff requesting a meeting for a wealthy Nigerian businessman of Lebanese descent who has given the Clinton Foundation $1 million to $5 million in donations, according to disclosure reports.

Where Did the Clinton Foundation End and the State Department Begin?  [Scroll down]  People had been speculating that the Clinton Foundation had become a private version of the State Department, offering easy access to the State Department policy decision-making process for the wealthy and well-connected throughout Obama's first term.  At no time did the U.S. State Department ever say to Bill Clinton that any of his unbelievably lucrative speaking gigs represented a conflict of interest — even if there was reason to believe a foreign government or entities closely allied with a foreign government were paying.

Yes, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Did Create The Rise of ISIS — It Is an Indisputable Fact.  In 2015 we noted an article at Real Clear Politics which hit on one of the key aspects of the Benghazi fiasco media have been hell-bent on hiding; Hillary Clinton, not President Obama, is actually the person responsible for the crisis in Libya.  When we watched the House Select Committee on Benghazi hearings, it was interesting to note how no-one really went 'there' to give Clinton full ownership of the 2011 Libyan Intervention; ownership she deserves.  So let's review Clinton's ownership.

Cleveland, cockroaches and the Clintons.  [Scroll down]  Athletic coaches stress that mere activity is different from production.  The former marks time, the latter propels one to a goal.  Likewise, political campaigns market a candidate's resume — as opposed to a candidate's successes (progress).  Keep this distinction in mind while pondering Clinton's reminder that she visited 112 countries while secretary of state.  Now ask yourself how many of these visits produced a positive outcome for the U.S.

Clinton Ignored Obama's Order To Get Security Training While Sec of State, Filing Shows.  Over the past year and half, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly said that she understands the importance of handling classified materials and that she took it seriously.  But now we learn that she didn't even bother to get the security training required of every top official who handles classified materials.

Exclusive: Hillary Completed No Security Briefings Or Courses At State Dept.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton completed no security briefings or courses on the proper handling of classified materials and how to conduct secure communications while at the Department of State, according to new Obama administration legal filings before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  The surprise admission was released late Friday and could reignite the controversy over Clinton's "careless" handling of classified materials as asserted by FBI Director James Comey, which has already been a central part of the presidential race.

Why Putin hates Hillary.  When mass protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin erupted in Moscow in December 2011, Putin made clear who he thought was really behind them:  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  With the protesters accusing Putin of having rigged recent elections, the Russian leader pointed an angry finger at Clinton, who had issued a statement sharply critical of the voting results.

Exclusive: State Dept Can't Find Evidence Hillary Was Trained To Handle Classified Documents.  A senior Department of State official claimed there is no documentation showing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ever received training in the proper handling of classified materials, according to a June 30 Department of Justice filing in U.S. District Court.  The disclosure could buttress FBI Director James Comey's testimony before a congressional committee that Clinton was perhaps not "sophisticated enough" to understand that the marking "C" on an email meant it was a classified document.

Huma Abedin admits that Hillary Clinton burned her schedules while she was secretary of state.  Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's longtime aide, testified last week that her boss burned her schedules while serving as secretary of state.  'If there was a schedule that was created that was her Secretary of State daily schedule, and a copy of that was then put in the burn bag, that ... that certainly happened on ... on more than one occasion,' Abedin told lawyers representing conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, according to the New York Post.  While Clinton admitted to deleting personal emails from her homebrew server, this is the first time anyone in Clinton's State Department inner circle admitted to destroying public records while on the job.

Huma Abedin admits that Clinton burned daily schedules.  Hillary Clinton's closest aide revealed in a deposition last week that her boss destroyed at least some of her schedules as secretary of state — a revelation that could complicate matters for the presumptive Democratic nominee, who, along with the State Department she ran, is facing numerous lawsuits seeking those public records.  Huma Abedin was deposed in connection with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit into Clinton's emails — but her admission could be relevant to another lawsuit seeking Clinton's schedules.  "If there was a schedule that was created that was her Secretary of State daily schedule, and a copy of that was then put in the burn bag, that ... that certainly happened on ... on more than one occasion," Abedin told lawyers representing Judicial Watch, the conservative organization behind the emails lawsuit.

Huma: Hillary Flouted Protocol, Used Burn Bags To Destroy Documents Prohibited By Federal Regs.  Huma Abedin, a top aide to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, says that the former secretary of state routinely used burn bags to dispose of personal documents during her time at the State Department.  Abedin's revelation came when she was deposed by watchdog group Judicial Watch on June 30.  "If there was a schedule that was created, that was her Secretary of State daily schedule, and a copy of that was then put in the burn bag, then that certainly happened," Abedin stated.  "On more than one occasion."  Abedin also admitted to being "aware of [her] obligation not to delete federal records or destroy federal records."

Clinton sought secret info on EU bailout plans as son-in-law's doomed hedge fund gambled on Greece.  Hedge fund manager Marc Mezvinsky had friends in high places when he bet big on a Greek economic recovery, but even the keen interest of his mother-in-law, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wasn't enough to spare him and his investors from financial tragedy.  In 2012, Mezvinski, the husband of Chelsea Clinton, created a $325 million basket of offshore funds under the Eaglevale Partners banner through a special arrangement with investment bank Goldman Sachs.  The funds have lost tens of millions of dollars predicting that bailouts of the Greek banking system would pump up the value of the country's distressed bonds.  One fund, exclusively dedicated to Greek debt, suffered near-total losses.

Jihad's Beltway Allies.  [Scroll down]  The memo — filed in the "dissent channel" set up in the Vietnam era as a way for employees to register their protest without fear of reprisal — did not offer a scenario for a post-Bashar Syria.  It simply asserted that "the moral rationale" for ending the death and suffering is "evident and unquestionable."  The memo advocated "a credible threat of military action to keep Assad in line" (as his downfall was being arranged) and to bolster the fight against the Islamic State by helping the "moderate Sunni" forces.  Reportedly, many of the "dissidents" are Hillary Clinton's liberal-interventionist appointees from her tenure at the State Department.  In view of her vocal support for "robust" U.S. action is Syria, their memo appears to be a preemptive bid to curry favor in advance of her anticipated victory in November.  The document reflects all the flaws, inconsistencies, and outright idiocies of Mrs. Clinton's Middle East policies, past and present.

Clinton — a loyal oligarch and a handpicked president.  In 2016, The Cairo Review wrote a report on Clinton titled Hillary the Hawk:  According to the Cairo publication, "Clinton's hawkish views go well beyond her strident support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequent occupation and counter-insurgency war.  From Afghanistan to Western Sahara, she has advocated for military solutions to complex political problems..."  Below is a sampling of her disastrous record on foreign affairs:
  •   Clinton said Obama was wrong not to launch missile strikes on Syria in 2013.
  •   Clinton pushed for the overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011.
  •   Clinton backed the escalation of the war in Afghanistan.
  •   Clinton voted for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
  •   Clinton encouraged the use of killer drones.
  •   Clinton consistently backed Israel's military initiatives.
Trump is a wolf and proud of it.  Clinton is a wolf in sheep's clothing and seems to have the backing of the ultimate authority, a global cabal.

The Gaps in Hillary Clinton's State Department Calendar.  Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state has been an ongoing controversy in the United States.  Add to that an Associated Press report published on Friday calling into question omissions in her official State Department calendar.  According to the AP, a number of events and meetings with private individuals, including chief executives of various companies, are missing.

With Clinton at helm, State Dept. got 'prestigious' award for record-keeping.  At the same time then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was storing emails on a personal server in violation of the rules, her department twice received a "prestigious" award for its record-keeping practices — an honor that, in retrospect, has watchdogs scratching their heads.  The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) gave the so-called Archivist Award to the State Department in 2010 and again in September 2012, toward the end of Clinton's tenure.  During the 2012 ceremony, NARA Chief Records Officer Paul Wester described the honor, also bestowed upon the Treasury Department, as "prestigious."

Bombshell!  Clinton kept secret State Department agenda.  Hillary Clinton has been accused of having a secret agenda by critics for years — and they were right.  That's according to a new report that revealed Clinton had two calender's — one for public record, and one he used to hide names and events from her historical record of her daily activities as secretary of state.  Television cameras rolled when Hillary Clinton appeared on the central balcony of the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell — just minutes after she attended a private breakfast in September 2009 with influential Wall Street and business leaders.  But the identities of her breakfast guests would be left off of her official State Department calendar — a dozen chief executives, most of whose firms had lobbied the government and donated to her family's global charity, the Clinton Foundation.  The event was closed to the press and merited only a brief mention in her official calendar, which omitted the names of all her guests — among them Blackstone Group Chairman Steven Schwarzman, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and then-New York Bank of Mellon CEO Robert Kelly.

Clinton staff removed donor meetings from State Dept. schedules.  Hillary Clinton scrubbed at least 75 meetings with campaign and Clinton Foundation donors from the official calendars she kept as secretary of state, raising further questions about the extent to which she disclosed her political interactions.  The Associated Press, which obtained Clinton's State Department schedules through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit dating back to last year, discovered dozens of instances in which Clinton's staff listed dinners with donors and gatherings with corporate executives only as "private meetings" in the calendars.

Hillary's Huge Libya Disaster.  Prior to the February 17, 2011, "Day of Rage," Libya had a national budget surplus of 8.7 percent of GDP in 2010, with oil production at 1.8 million barrels per day, on track to reach its goal of 3 million barrels per day.  Currently, oil production has decreased by over 80 percent.  Following the revolution, the Libyan economy contracted by an estimated 41.8 percent, with a national deficit of 17.1 percent GDP in 2011.  Before the revolution, Libya was a secure, prospering, secular Islamic country and a critical ally providing intelligence on terrorist activity post-September 11, 2001.  Qaddafi was no longer a threat to the United States.  Yet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly advocated and succeeded in convincing the administration to support the Libyan rebels with a no-fly zone, intended to prevent a possible humanitarian disaster that turned quickly into all-out war.

Ex-CIA officer facing jail in Italy claim Clinton, State Department ignored her pleas.  A former CIA officer and diplomat who has repeatedly denied playing a role in one of the most notorious U.S. counterterrorism programs is set to become the only American held accountable for it — and claims the Obama administration has abandoned her.  Sabrina De Sousa, who is stuck in Portugal and awaiting extradition to Italy over her alleged role in the rendition of a terror suspect years ago, claims the State Department has ignored repeated requests to intervene on her behalf.  She and her lawyers are particularly critical of Hillary Clinton, who still has not commented on the case.  Mark S. Zaid, an attorney who previously worked with De Sousa, told FoxNews.com his firm made "multiple efforts" to reach out to the State Department — specifically then-Secretary of State Clinton — and that "every time we were completely rebuffed with silence."

Stunning Emails Reveal How Clinton Foundation Donor Bought Seat As Hillary's Nuclear Weapons Advisor.  Forget Hillary's personal email server:  this is what true cronyism and criminal corruption looks like, and this is the biggest threat from a Hillary presidency.  It has been widely speculated, if not proven, that donors to the Clinton Foundation who over the years have transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to the "charitable organization", bought political favors with the Clintons in exchange for their generosity.  That has now been confirmed thanks to a stunning ABC report which reveals how a major foundation donor — one who previously had practically no experience on intellgience matters — mysteriously ended up as a nuclear weapons advisor to Hillary during her tenure as Secretary of State.  Worse, the person in question Rajiv K. Fernando, had been the head of a high frequency trading company, Chopper Trading (recently acquired by HFT powerhouse DRW), which may explain the unprecedented pull of the HFT lobby throughout all ranks of the US political apparatus.  In other words, Fernando bought a seat to not only have advance knowledge of all US foreign policy, but to directly shape it, something he could then parlay in the forms of massive policy frontrunning profits thanks to his trading company.

Email Scandal:  Stock Trader Bought Role as Hillary's Nuclear Weapons Advisor.  Several revelations from the newest release of a batch of Hillary Clinton's emails show both astonishing cronyism and lackadaisical indiscretion with national security.  Confirming longstanding allegations the ubiquitous Clinton Foundation serves as a front for political and domestic and foreign policy favors, ABC News reported that a wealthy Foundation donor — with zero prior experience in matters of intelligence — inexplicably received an appointment to serve as a nuclear weapons advisor to Hillary during her tenure as secretary of state.  Rajiv K. Fernando's experience to land this crucial position included fundraising for a plethora of Democratic politicians and for the Clinton Foundation, as well as heading a powerful trading company — but nothing concerning intelligence, much less nuclear weapons and strategy.  However, according to ABC News:  "Fernando's history of campaign giving dated back to at least 2003 and was prolific — and almost exclusively to Democrats.  He was an earlier supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2008 bid for president, giving maximum contributions to her campaign, and to HillPAC, in 2007 and 2008.  He also served as a fundraising bundler for Clinton, gathering more than $100,000 from others for her White House bid."

Emails Show Major Clinton Donor Put On Intelligence Board Despite Lack of Experience.  When presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, a committee dealing with nuclear arms issues was staffed by many experts in the field, and one securities trader from Chicago with no known intelligence background.  State Department emails, released as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by Citizens United, revealed some details behind how this may have happened, ABC News reported.  Rajiv K. Fernando had given substantial contributions and raised money for Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign.  He also gave up to $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation before his appointment to the State Department board.  In 2011, ABC News asked the Department how Fernando was selected for the board, and some of the released emails showed how Department officials reacted to the question.

ABC: Did Hillary sell access to key national-security board for foundation donor?  Meet Rajiv K. Fernando, a one-time member of the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), a group which oversees US nuclear and security policies.  The members of ISAB have top-secret clearances commensurate with their expertise in these fields, but Fernando appeared to have no such background.  "We had no idea who he was," one board member told ABC News when they first began looking into Fernando's credentials in 2011 — and when they did, he suddenly resigned from ISAB.

ABC News drops new Hillary Bombshell.  It's easy to become numb to all of the scandals surrounding presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton — even for those who are wide awake to the dishonest, self-serving fraud that she is.  So when a new revelation is enough to jolt even the mainstream media awake, you know it's big.  A newly-released batch of Hillary's State Department emails reveal the new bombshell that the former secretary of state rewarded one of her large donors with a position on a sensitive government intelligence board — yeah, one involving tactical nuclear weapons and on other crucial arms control issues — despite having no relevant experience.  Nepotism — not to mention compromising our nation's intelligence and security — at its finest.  And, here's a shocker, when asked about the situation, Clinton's staff sought to "protect the name" of the Secretary, while "stalling" the reporter.

"Failed And Dangerous": Hillary Clinton Ironically Describes Her Own Foreign Policy Disasters.  When Hillary Clinton highlights what a dangerous and failed foreign policy looks like today, she might as well just talk about her failed record with President Obama.  Any examination of her four years as Secretary of State would illustrate how her disastrous leadership made our country less safe at home and more unstable abroad.  She failed before as America's top diplomat and her failure then makes her disqualified to be president now.

A window on Hillary's revolving door.  The Hillary Clinton email investigation is entering a critical phase.  The FBI has already interviewed some of Mrs. Clinton's key aides when she was secretary of state and reports have said they will soon be interviewing Mrs. Clinton herself.  At this juncture, it's not a question anymore of whether any crimes were committed, because it has been well reported that Mrs. Clinton's reckless use of a private email server and her gross mishandling of classified information was criminal behavior.  I believe that what the FBI is really honing in on now, or should be examining, is the revolving-door State Department access that Mrs. Clinton gave her top donors and closest friends.  When the FBI interviews Mrs. Clinton and her aides, they will be able to question her about both the substance of the emails and the use of the private email and server.  With respect to the substance of the emails, there has been plenty of focus on the classified ones, but there are also several that pose very serious ethical challenges.

In Tense Briefing on Clinton Audit Report, State Dept.  Spokesman Can't Seem to Speak.  State Department spokesperson Mark Toner was by turns taciturn and defensive in an awkward press briefing Wednesday afternoon [5/25/2016], as he addressed the leaked audit report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  The audit report by the State Department Inspector General had been leaked to members of the media one day before it was due for public release — a state of affairs that left Toner "at a bit of a disadvantage" and "somewhat limited" in his responses, he said.

Revealed: The State Department's Hidden Hillary Donors.  Hillary Clinton may have suspended her political career temporarily when she became secretary of state.  But the Clinton fundraising machine was in full swing and raising millions of dollars for the State Department under her watch, an analysis by The Daily Beast has found.  More than a dozen donors to Clinton's non-profit foundation and her various political campaigns poured money into an endowment she launched into 2010 to pay for the upkeep of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms.  The 42 sumptuous salons at State Department headquarters in Washington, decorated with 18th and 19th century American furnishings, are used to welcome foreign dignitaries, conduct diplomatic meetings and swearing-in ceremonies, and host official dinners.  By the following year, the campaign had raised more than $20 million to permanently fund restoration and maintenance for the rooms and their collections of rare American artwork, thanks largely to reliable Clinton donors.

$6 Billion Dollars Missing From The State Department on Hillary Clinton's Watch.  The mainstream media would have reported it but they're busy campaigning for her.

New State Department Documents Reveal Clinton Top Political Operative Pushed For Hire of Pagliano at State Department.  Judicial Watch announced today [5/9/2016] that it has obtained Department of State emails showing that top Clinton aide Laura Pena helped push through the political appointment of former Clinton for President IT director Bryan Pagliano to a Schedule C position at the State Department in 2009.  The new documents also show the involvement of Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, in Pagliano's hiring.  The emails show others in the State International Resource Management (IT division) in which Pagliano would work questioned why a political appointee was being placed in the office.

Hillary's Libya debacle.  She cannot be blamed for Vladimir Putin's criminality or, therefore, for the failure of her "reset" with Russia, which was perhaps worth trying.  And she cannot be primarily blamed for the calamities of Iraq, Syria and ISIS, which were incubated before her State Department tenure.  Libya, however, was what is known in tennis as an "unforced error," and Clinton was, with President Obama, its co-author.

Dianne Feinstein Has To Use Google To Look Up Hillary's Senate Accomplishments.  California Sen. Dianne Feinstein had to turn to Google during an interview earlier this week when asked to name her former colleague Hillary Clinton's accomplishments in the Senate.  Feinstein, who met with The San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board on Tuesday [3/29/2016], ultimately said that Clinton was not in the Senate "long enough... to do more."  Clinton was elected to the Senate from New York in 2000.  She left in January 2009 to serve as secretary of state.

Clinton skipped special cyber briefing in 2011, documents show.  Even as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was warning department employees about the threat from cyber-attacks, she opted to skip a special 2011 cyber briefing that the department security team put together just for her, according to congressional investigators and an unclassified letter from the State Department.  The briefing was a sign of how serious the cybersecurity threat to U.S. government systems had become. The briefing was drawn up during the same year an internal 2011 State Department cable from Clinton, first reported by Fox News, told State Department employees not to use personal email because of the hacking threat.  Yet, Clinton was conducting all official government business on her unsecured personal account.

Giuliani: Hillary Clinton helped found the Islamic State.  Hillary Clinton could be considered a founding member of the Islamic State, according to Rudy Giuliani.  Speaking to Bill O'Reilly on Fox News, the former New York City mayor said that the Democratic front-runner "helped create ISIS" through her involvement with President Barack Obama's efforts to withdraw from Iraq.

Role of tech who set up Clinton's server unknown to bosses at State.  The technician, Bryan Pagliano, was running the off-grid email server that Clinton had him set up in her New York home for her work as secretary of state.  But even as years passed, Pagliano's supervisors never learned of his most sensitive task, according to the department and one of his former colleagues.

Exclusive: Clinton Trained On Classified Docs Just ONCE At State, Breaking Protocol.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received no security briefings on the proper handling of classified materials in three of her four years at the State Department, according to documents released by department officials to The Daily Caller News Foundation under a Freedom of Information request.  Clinton's sole briefing occurred on January 22, the day after the Senate confirmed her to the post.  On that date, as the nation's top diplomat, Clinton signed a document acknowledging she received a security briefing.  "I hereby acknowledge that I have received a security indoctrination concerning the nature and protection of SCI," or the nation's highest classified materials, was part of the pledge in the document.

Clinton Email Scandal: Here's One Thing Hillary Was Trying To Hide.  Judicial Watch released 276 documents Tuesday [3/22/2016] that had been obtained through one of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.  Among the material are emails that show the State Department under Clinton was coordinating with the Clinton Foundation staff and how foreign governments sought favor through the intertwined State Department-Clinton Foundation link.  As we've said before, it looks as if Clinton used her job at the State Department to funnel cash into her family's nonprofit organization.

State Department Documents Show that NSA Rebuffed Hillary Clinton's Attempts to Obtain a Secure Blackberry.  Judicial Watch announced today [3/16/2016] that it obtained State Department documents revealing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly sought to obtain "Blackberry-like communications," but was rebuffed by the National Security Agency due to security and cost concerns.  The National Security Agency's Information Assurance Directorate response was "shut up and color."  The emails show that Clinton demanded Blackberry devices that could be used by her and her staff in her office's Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

Clinton tried to change rules to use BlackBerry in secure facility for classified information.  Less than a month after becoming secretary of state, and registering the personal email domain that she would use exclusively for government business, Hillary Clinton's team aggressively pursued changes to existing State Department security protocols so she could use her BlackBerry in secure facilities for classified information, according to new documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.  "Anyone who has any appreciation at all of security, you don't ask a question like that," cybersecurity analyst Morgan Wright told Fox News.  "It is contempt for the system, contempt for the rules that are designed to protect the exact kind of information that was exposed through this email set up."

High Hopes for Hillary Clinton, Then Disappointment in Haiti.  [Scroll down] Among the litany of complaints being laid at their feet: Fewer than half the jobs promised at the industrial park, built after 366 farmers were evicted from their lands, have materialized.  Many millions of dollars earmarked for relief efforts have yet to be spent.  Mrs. Clinton's brother Tony Rodham has turned up in business ventures on the island, setting off speculation about insider deals.  "A vote for Hillary Clinton means further corruption, further death and destruction for our people," said Dahoud Andre, a radio show host in New York who has helped organize protests against the Clintons.  "It means more Haitians leaving Haiti and not being able to live in our country."

Another debate, another pack of lies from Hillary Clinton.  Looks like Hillary Clinton means to squirm out of tough questions all the way to Election Day.  Start with her use of a home-brewed server for all her work emails.  "It was not prohibited," she said at the last Democratic debate.  "My predecessors did the same thing."  "Not prohibited"?  Univision's Jorge Ramos had just finished noting that she'd personally sent a department-wide memo warning against any use of a non-secured, unofficial system — the kind she always used.  And, no, no other secretary of state has relied on a home system for all his or her work — especially not the classified stuff.

RNC Sues for Hillary's State Dept Records.  The government failed to answer the Republican National Committee's request for Hillary Clinton's State Department records last October and December, so they are sending Washington a friendly reminder.  The RNC filed two lawsuits Wednesday [3/9/2016] under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain Clinton's files during her tenure as secretary of state.

Citizens United Sues For Clinton Campaign Finance Director's State Dept. Emails.  Before and after Dennis Cheng served as one of Hillary Clinton's top campaign fundraising directors, he worked under her as deputy chief of protocol at the State Department as well as chief fundraiser at the Clinton Foundation.  Now, Citizens United wants to know if all of those jobs, especially the State Department gig, carried the same responsibilities.

Lynch: FBI, DOJ Investigating 'How Information Was Handled by State Department'.  "If the FBI makes the case that Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information, put American security at risk, will you prosecute the case?" Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a budget hearing on Wednesday [2/24/2016].  Lynch never mentioned Clinton.  Instead she talked about "how information was handled by the State Department."  "With respect to our investigation into how information was handled by the State Department — how they handled classified information — as I'm sure you know, that matter is being handled by career, independent law enforcement agents — FBI agents — as well as career, independent attorneys at the Department of Justice," Lynch responded.

Did Clinton aides try to pick [the] State [Department]'s inspector general?  Hillary Clinton's private emails indicate the former secretary of state and her closest aides may have played a role in selecting inspectors general that oversaw work from their agency.  In a 2010 exchange between Clinton and Cheryl Mills, then her chief of staff, the two discussed an unnamed "IG candidate" and whether he would be a good fit for the agency.

Hillary DID NOT Want To Leave Hamptons Vacation To Attend Crucial Libya Meeting.  Hillary Clinton was not pleased that her Aug. 2011 Hamptons vacation was to be interrupted by a trip to Paris to discuss efforts to help Libya's transitional government, emails released by the State Department on Friday [2/19/2016] show.

Hillary Clinton Emails: Secret Negotiations With New York Times, Trade Bill Lobbying Revealed In Latest State Department Release.  The latest batch of emails dating back to Hillary Clinton's tenure as U.S. secretary of state shows her appearing to lobby members of the Senate on controversial trade bills and her office communicating with the New York Times about holding a sensitive article.  The State Department release of documents on her private email server Friday [2/19/2016] came the day before the Democratic presidential candidate heads into the Nevada caucuses.  In response to an inquiry made by the Times, Clinton aides discussed to what degree to cooperate with the newspaper, concerned that a story about a U.S. plan to retrieve Americans could lead to its failure.

Hillary Clinton Is Now Tied To At Least Four Investigations By Federal Agencies.  The State Department's inspector general last year subpoenaed the Clinton Foundation for documents related to work that required approval from the Hillary Clinton State Department, making it now at least four investigations involving the Democratic presidential candidate being conducted by federal agencies.  According to The Washington Post, the State Department inspector general's subpoena, which was filed in the fall, also sought records related to longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin's concurrent employment in 2012 with the State Department, the Clinton Foundation, and Teneo Holdings, a Clinton-connected consulting firm.

Plans For Hidden IT Network To Help Clinton Skirt Rules Uncovered by Judicial Watch.  Judicial Watch announced today [2/1/2016] that it recently received records from the Department of State disclosing plans by senior State Department officials to set up a "stand-alone PC" so that Clinton could check her emails in an office "across the hall" through a separate, non-State Department computer network system.  Referencing the special Clinton computer system, Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, writes Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, "The stand-alone separate network PC is a great idea."  The emails are from January 23-24, 2009, a few days after Clinton was sworn in as Secretary of State.

'This was all planned': Former IG says Hillary, State Dept. are lying.  The State Department is lying when it says it didn't know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal emails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency email address for her in the first place, the department's former top watchdog says.  "This was all planned in advance" to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency's inspector general from 2005 to 2008.  The Harvard-educated lawyer points out that, from Day One, Clinton was never assigned and never used a state.gov email address like previous secretaries.

State Dept. Records Show John Kerry Sent Hillary A 'SECRET' Email From His iPad.  Emails released by the State Department on Friday [1/29/2016] show that in 2011, then-Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry sent then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton an email from his iPad that has been deemed to contain information classified as "Secret."  While previous releases of Clinton's emails have shown that she and her staff communicated directly with Kerry when he was a senator, the new email is the first from Kerry that the State Department has determined contains sensitive information.

Video suggests Clinton shared info that 'would never be on an unclassified system' normally.  A 2013 video, obtained exclusively by Fox News, raises fresh questions about how Hillary Clinton handled sensitive information at the State Department.  In the video, veteran diplomat Wendy Sherman reveals that in the interest of speed, Clinton and her aides would share information that "would never be on an unclassified system" normally.  The questions surround a 2013 speech in which Sherman compared the technology differences between serving at the State Department in the administrations of President Bill Clinton and President Obama.

Is Hillary too Paranoid to Be President?  [Scroll down]  The job of Secretary of State had never meant anything to her except as a stepping stone to the White House.  She took it to fundraise and build up her resume while maintaining total control over her emails, in violation of the law, while displaying no regard for national security by storing highly classified materials on her own server.  But instead of protecting her campaign, the cover-up created its biggest challenge.  The revelation that emails containing beyond top secret intelligence from "special access programs" ended up on her server, which according to a former CIA officer placed the lives of intelligence sources in danger, shows that Hillary's paranoia not only endangered national security, but even risked lives.

The story of Hillary Clinton's national security failures deserves to be told.  With the 2016 election season upon us, I can no longer sit by and watch Hillary Clinton re-write her tenure as America's top diplomat.  Clinton's performance and record as Secretary of State was abysmal.  Since she is asking the American people for a promotion, we should judge her record honestly and decide whether or not she deserves to lead our nation at this critical point in history.  I have concluded that her record clearly shows she has already failed us.

Hillary Clinton's Trust Issue.  While both Pew and Gallup Polls indicate that trust in government is at historic lows, the Democrats are saddled with a notorious untrustworthy leading candidate — Hillary Clinton.  This article could have a 3-page bibliography of polls and articles about Hillary's problems with trust; certainly books will be written examining Hillary's (and Obama's) lack of character — in her case going all the way back to rumors about being fired for unethical behavior on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate Hearings up to the current informed speculation that the FBI will soon be forwarding a recommendation to the Justice Department that she be indicted for her misconduct as Secretary of State.

State Dept jumped through hoops to allow Hillary attorney to keep classified info.  Normally, anyone storing classified material in unauthorized and unsecure facilities would face charges.  When the State Department first discovered that Hillary Clinton's secret e-mail system contained such information, Patrick Kennedy requested that her attorney, David Kendall, destroy all copies of the files in his possession.  Kendall refused, and in a "quite unusual" move, the State Department instead tried to accommodate his possession of classified material by supplying him with a secure safe, according to The Daily Beast's Shane Harris and Tim Mak.

Former U.S. Attorneys Predict Criminal Charges in FBI's Probe of Clinton Server.  Two former U.S. attorneys said the FBI will likely reach a determination in the next few months in its investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server, and based on publicly available evidence said the bureau could have a strong criminal case.  "I expect the FBI to conclude the investigation within 60 to 90 days and make a recommendation to the Justice Department, and I believe they will recommend a series of charges involving the classified information," said Joseph DiGenova, who was U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia during the Reagan administration.  The FBI has been investigating whether classified information was mishandled over Clinton's private email server since at least August.  The probe reportedly has expanded to include contracts awarded by the State Department in relation to Clinton Foundation donors.

How the State Department Caved to Hillary Clinton's Lawyer on Classified Emails.  The State Department put up virtually no resistance when Hillary Clinton's private lawyer requested to keep copies of her emails — even though those emails contained classified information, and even though it was unclear whether the attorney was cleared to see such secrets.  Experts on the handling of classified information tell The Daily Beast that the seemingly chummy arrangement between Clinton's lawyer and her former State Department aides was "quite unusual."

Nine times Clinton Foundation donors got special access at State.  Hillary Clinton has forcefully denied reports that the FBI is expanding its investigation of her private email network to include allegations of "public corruption" involving the Clinton Foundation.  But thousands of emails made public by the State Department between May of last year and Friday [1/8/2016] indicate donors to the Clinton Foundation were often given personal meetings, generous contracts or special consideration that was seemingly not afforded to the same number of private groups that had not written checks to the charity.

Soros-Tied Hillary Confidante Proposed Staging Mass Palestinian Demonstrations to Pressure Israel.  During her tenure as secretary of state, a Hillary Clinton confidante presented the politician with a scheme to secretly foment Israeli and Palestinian protests.  The aim was to push the Israeli government into negotiations to create a Palestinian state.  The details were contained in the latest batch of emails released by the State Department.

Clinton Considered Secret Plan to Spark Palestinian Protests.  Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton considered a secret plan created by her then-advisers to foment unrest among Palestinian citizens and spark protests in order to push the Israeli government back to the negotiating table, according to emails released as part of the investigation into the Democratic presidential frontrunner's private email server.  In a Dec 18, 2011, email, former U.S. ambassador to Israel Thomas Pickering suggested that Clinton consider a plan to restart then-stalled peace negotiations by kickstarting Palestinian demonstrations against Israel.  Pickering described the effort as a potential "game changer in the region," recommending that the United States undertake a clandestine campaign to generate unrest.  Clinton requested that his email be printed.

The Clinton Standard: Third World Corruption.  It is most likely liberal philosophy that is causing our political leaders — excepting Donald Trump — to refuse to defend the country against literal Islam.  The refusal of our government to see the plain truth of the matter — that we are under attack — beggars understanding.  But this flight from reality and from past American practice raises another possibility:  are our leaders, or an important number of them, being bought off by our enemies?  In the past, this would have been an absurd question, a calumny.  But not today given practice in office that is — apparently — accepted as the new normal by the political elite.  Look at one example:  Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State.

Do Hillary Clinton's Emails Expose A Scheme To Trade US Secrets For Political Influence?  Back in August, I wrote a post titled The real email question: Did Hillary Clinton sell US secrets?  As much as I loathe Hillary, this was a very serious question based on the facts that we know.  The IG representing the 17 US intelligence agencies identified two emails residing on Hillary Clinton's private, unsecure email server as being properly classified as TS\TK, that is, the were classified Top Secret and compartmentalized under the code words Talent Keyhole which indicates that it is imagery deriving from a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite.

The real email question: Did Hillary Clinton sell US secrets?  While the media is focusing your attention on the shiny object that is her email server, the real story is not being told.  The circumstantial evidence indicates that Hillary Clinton, or members of her inner circle with her connivance, purloined highly classified US intelligence and either sold it, traded it, or used it for personal gain.  This is not a conspiracy theory and it is not hyperbole.

Blumenthal urged Clinton to use Hurricane Isaac as a political prop.  Sidney Blumenthal, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unofficial adviser, advised Clinton in 2012 to use an impending hurricane as a prop to make President Obama look good. [...] Blumenthal, who the White House rejected as a formal State Department employee, wrote Clinton a six-page memo on Aug. 26, and summarized it in an email to Clinton a day later.  "All Obama needs to do is turn up, surrounded by commanders, on the Gulf Coast, post-hurricane, on Saturday," he wrote.  "The hurricane is the counter-convention."

State Department Deceitfully Covered Up For Hillary.  [Scroll down]  Instead, the IG report, released Thursday [1/7/2016], beats around the bush, describing "lack of oversight by leadership" as one of the factors that "appear to contribute to inaccurate and incomplete responses."  The Office of the Secretary's Executive Secretariat, which is responsible for Freedom of Information Act requests regarding the secretary and other high State officials, "has not taken any corrective actions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of FOIA searches," the report noted.  The Obama administration pledged to be the "most transparent" ever, but the inspector general found that a March 2010 Associated Press FOIA request "for copies of all of former Secretary Clinton's public and private calendars and schedules" were responded to in November of that year "with records that were nonresponsive."  Responses "that were nonresponsive"?  Did Groucho Marx write this report?

Hillary Clinton's $13M fail as Secretary of State.  It turns out that Bill Clinton raked in millions from entities with matters before Hillary Clinton's State Department.  Oh, and the Clinton Foundation collected millions more from the same bunch.  In total, The Wall Street Journal reports, two dozen companies and groups, plus the Abu Dhabi government, gave Bill more than $8 million for speeches, even as they were hoping for favorable treatment from Hillary's bureaucracy.  And 15 of them also gave at least $5 million total to the foundation.  At her confirmation hearing, questioners raised the issue of her hubby's global business.  Hillary vowed to take "extraordinary steps ... to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest."

[Hillary] Clinton [was] advised to consider resigning as secretary of state after Obama's Russia comments.  A key Hillary Clinton adviser told her that she may have to consider resigning as secretary of state after President Obama was caught telling Russia's president off-mic early in 2012 that he could make more concessions on missile defense after November's U.S. elections.  In addition, Mark Penn told Mrs. Clinton that Mr. Obama's not-so-secret words "may be about the stupidest thing ever said by a president in foreign policy."

Judicial Watch Sues for Info on Team Hillary at State Department.  Earlier this month Judicial Watch announced the filing of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking ethics and employment records of Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, the longtime and ethically-challenged aides of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The lawsuit was filed after the State Department failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted on August 18, 2015.  Judicial Watch is seeking access to the following records on Mills:  ["]All SF-85s and 85Ps; SF-86s; SF-450s; certificates of divestiture; individual waivers or any other applicable ethics statues, regulations, guidelines or agreements.["]  A separate FOIA request, submitted on August 19, 2015, seeks access to Abedin's and Mills' OF-109 forms, which are signed, under penalty of perjury, by departing government employees stating they have turned over all official documents and records to the State Department.  The OF-109 form records are not limited to classified material.  It requires that all records must be left in the hands of the State Department, including emails.

Hillary Clinton Once Called Assad a Reformer, Now Says He Can't Stay in Power.  Hillary Clinton blamed the rise and growth of the Islamic State on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad during the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday night [12/19/2015] after calling Syria's ruler a "reformer" four years earlier when she was secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton: The criminal investigation keeps moving forward.  While the country has been fixated on Donald Trump's tormenting his Republican primary opponents and deeply concerned about the government's efforts to identify any confederates in the San Bernardino, California, killings, a team of federal prosecutors and FBI agents continues to examine Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state in order to determine whether she committed any crimes and, if so, whether there is sufficient evidence to prove her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  What began as an innocent Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, a D.C.-based public advocacy group promoting transparency in the executive branch, has now become a full criminal investigation, with Clinton as the likely target.

Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul: Hillary Clinton 'Responsible' for Islamic State.  Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) blames President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the rise of the Islamic State.  "I would say that she and the president are responsible for ISIS rearing its ugly head," McCaul said, during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters in Washington D.C. this morning [12/9/2015].  He argued that any Republican nominee for president would have a huge advantage over Clinton in 2016 as it was clear that the issue of national security was paramount among voters.  "I think Mrs. Clinton has a lot of weaknesses because she was the architect of the Obama administration's foreign policy," McCaul said, referring to her role as Secretary of State.

Clinton opened State Department office to dozens of corporate donors, Dem fundraisers.  As secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family's global charity, according to State Department calendars obtained by The Associated Press.

Did Clinton State Dept. properly probe ambassador who solicited prostitutes?  Sen. Chuck Grassley pressed the State Department Monday on why an internal investigation into whether an ambassador solicited prostitutes in Belgium was seemingly shut down by Hillary Clinton's top staff in 2011.  In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Grassley demanded to know why Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff, was one of only two officials permitted to interview the Belgian ambassador after he was accused of "routinely ditching his protective security detail in order to solicit prostitutes in a public park in Belgium."  The other official, Patrick Kennedy, halted the initial investigation two days after it began and kept the probe out of the hands of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the inspector general by downgrading the matter to a "management issue."

State Department Documents Reveal Rushed Approval of Hillary Clinton Memoir, Classified Information Concerns on Book's Iran Chapter.  Judicial Watch today [11/18/2015] released documents from the Department of State revealing that State Department officials ordered rushed approval of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's manuscript for her memoir Hard Choices.  The documents show a key State Department official had concerns about the disclosure of classified information in the book concerning Iran and an effort to destroy draft copies of Clinton's book in State Department files and from State Department computer systems.

Helping Hillary Clinton Figure Out Her 5 Greatest Accomplishments.  Of course, the real problem Hillary has isn't that she doesn't have achievements; it's just that they're not exploits that anyone would want to base a run at the Presidency on. [... For example,] She was one of the worst Secretaries of State in U.S. history:  Donald Trump calls her "the worst Secretary of State" in American history, but this is an old country that has had a lot of people in that position; so that may be unfair.  Maybe she's just one of the worst Secretaries of State in American history.  Look at what happened on her watch.  We helped radical jihadis take over in Libya and that country is falling apart.  Benghazi also happened and while she was publicly telling the world a video caused it, she was privately telling people it was a terrorist attack.  Additionally, we backed a radical jihadi takeover of the government in Egypt that thankfully fell apart.  We pulled all our troops out of Iraq, which set the stage for ISIS to move in.  Our relationship with the Israeli government deteriorated.  So did our relationships with China and Russia.  To top it all off, the State Department lost track of 6 billion dollars while she was Secretary of State.

Judge: State Dept. 'lackadaisical' in processing Clinton files.  A federal judge scolded the State Department Tuesday for being "lackadaisical" in processing the emails turned over by former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as messages and notes from other department officials.  Judge Rudolph Contreras said the department has had Mrs. Clinton's emails since December, and he wondered why it is only now beginning to hire additional reviewers to go over her messages and the tens of thousands of other documents that are being sought as the Obama administration faces an avalanche of open-records requests concerning her time in office.

DCNF Sues State For Hillary, Aides Security Training Records.  The Daily Caller News Foundation filed a lawsuit Monday [11/9/2015] in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia over the State Department's failure to release records showing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides passed all mandatory security courses on handling classified materials.  The DCNF previously filed an Oct. 9, 2015, Freedom of Information Act request for the training records, but the department did not respond to the request within the 20 days allowed by the law.

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

Clinton Signed NDA Laying Out Criminal Penalties for Mishandling of Classified Info.  A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for "any unauthorized disclosure" of classified information.  Experts have guessed that Clinton signed such an agreement, but a copy of her specific contract, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and shared with the Washington Free Beacon, reveals for the first time the exact language of the NDA.

Clinton Signed NDA Laying Out Criminal Penalties for Mishandling of Classified Info.  As the nation's chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that "negligent handling" of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job.  A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for "any unauthorized disclosure" of classified information.

Hillary Clinton's Secrets Contract Should [End] Her Candidacy.  Massive government is usually viewed as functioning top-down:  The elected politician tries to guide the bureaucracies, directives routinely get distorted, and the end result includes horrors such as little old ladies being manhandled as potential terrorists at airports.  In the case of Clinton becoming secretary of state in 2009, however, it worked bottom-up, and accomplished something quite sensible.  Thanks to an open records request by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a key non-disclosure agreement the beleaguered front-runner for the Democrats' presidential nomination signed is now public.

Hillary signed State Department contract saying it was HER job to know if documents were classified top secret.  Hillary Clinton's claim that she was unaware top secret documents on her private email server were highly classified took a hit on Friday [11/6/2015], with the revelation of a State Department contract she signed in 2009.  The 'Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement,' which Clinton inked during her second day as Secretary of State, declared that she was personally responsible for determining if sensitive documents in her possession were classified at the government's highest level.

Whitewashing Hillary — step one in shutting down the FBI's probe.  Hmm.  [James] Clapper answers to the president — who issued clear marching orders months ago, announcing that Clinton's server scam was "not a situation in which America's national security was endangered."  Oddly, news of Clapper's finding got leaked to Politico soon after the Washington Free Beacon reported Clinton did indeed, right after taking over at State, acknowledge her responsibility to properly guard classified info — and that "negligent handling" of it could bring criminal penalties.  Until the Beacon broke that news, even the State Department was unclear on whether Clinton ever signed the Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement.  By so doing, she promised not to put classified info at risk — by, say, storing it on a home-brewed email server.

Did Hillary Emails Put State Department In Compromised Position?  Government officials routinely make Friday afternoon document dumps knowing that the news coverage and public interest will be weak.  It's their way of hiding what should be out in the open.  Friday's [10/30/2015] deposit of emails might turn up the evidence many are looking for.  But it will take time before the entire tranche can be scrutinized.  If there's gun in there that's still smoking, it's unlikely to be uncovered right away.

Granny Catlady, who lost $6 billion while running the State Dept., blames budget cuts for Benghazi attack.  One of the many rehearsed lies Hillary Clinton recited during her testimony last week was particularly galling.

Clinton: I didn't have a computer in my State Dept. office.  Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she did not conduct most of her official business as secretary of state via email, during her testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, remarking that she did not even have a computer in her Foggy Bottom office.  During questioning from Indiana Republican Susan Brooks, Clinton was asked to account for the relative lack of emails to and from State Department officials regarding the situation on the ground in Libya from 2011 to 2012, as the situation deteriorated.

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There's an easy way to refute this claim:  Bring in the current Secretary of State, put him under oath, and then ask him if there was a computer in his office on his first day as Secretary, and ask him if there were any work-related files on that computer when he got there.  This is one of the most transparent lies Hillary Clinton has ever told.  Name one (other) cabinet-level official, at any time in in this century, who did not have a computer in his or her office.  For that matter, name one federal bureaucrat in Washington without a computer in his or her office.  I await your answer.

4 Times Sidney Blumenthal Was More Than Just 'A Friend' To Hillary Clinton.  Why is this important?  Remember:  Blumenthal didn't work for the State Department.  In fact, he was persona non grata in the White House.  Clinton wanted to hire him, but President Obama refused to allow him to serve under his administration.  That didn't stop her from communicating with him about how things were going in war-torn Libya.  Coincidentally, (or not-so-coincidentally) Blumenthal was working as an adviser to a shady business venture that sought to work with Libyan rebels.

Hillary Had No State Department Computer. Was She Ever Really Sec. of State?  One of the weirdest moments in today's House committee hearing came when Hillary Clinton testified that she did not have a computer in her State Department office: [...] But of course, that isn't what Hillary did.  She had a computer, she was on the internet, she used email.  Just not in her office and not using the government system, which was at least semi-secure.  Rather, she had her own incompetent home-brew arrangement that was a virtual invitation to invasion by hostile powers.  A home-brew system, moreover, for which Sid Vicious had the address, but Chris Stevens didn't.  Which shows Hillary's priorities.

Hillary Clinton: 'I Did Not Email During The Day'.  Hillary Clinton says she did not generally send or receive emails during the daytime during her tenure as Secretary of State, despite copious evidence to the contrary.  "I did not email during the day except on rare occasions when I was able to," Clinton said.  Clinton spent a chunk of time at Thursday's [10/22/2015] House Benghazi Committee hearing defending herself against the suggestion that she exposed classified information on email, saying that she did not conduct the business of the U.S. government on email.

The Benghazi hearing.  If you watched closely enough you could tell how isolated Clinton was in her own department.  When talking about State Department employees, she stressed that they were not her staff.  She surrounded herself with partisan loyalists to an extent that should trouble voters.  What was clear is Sidney Blumenthal, her hatchet man and political fixer had a whole lot of access, showering her with e-mails.  In what was surely Clinton's worst moment, Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) asked her why she sent on one of Blumenthal's memos to the White House, removing an "identifier" showing it came from Blumenthal.

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.

Clinton State Department approved U.S. weapons shipment to Libya despite ban.  The State Department initially approved a weapons shipment from a California company to Libyans seeking to oust Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 even though a United Nations arms ban was in place, according to memos recovered from the burned-out compound in Benghazi.

Group Sues State Department to Release Clinton Schedule.  A conservative nonprofit group is suing the Department of State to release details about Hillary Clinton's schedule during her tenure there, according to court documents filed on Monday [10/19/2015].  Citizens United initially submitted a public information request for the information on the former secretary of state last March, but the State Department has yet to turn over any documents.

Beyond Clinton: Cybersecurity Failures Are Widespread Under Obama.  Under continued fire for her use of a private, unsecured email account to conduct official State Department business, Hillary Clinton now faces charges that cybersecurity suffered at the State Department during her time as secretary.  The Associated Press gathered various internal audits over the years, and found that the department's compliance with federal cybersecurity standards "grew worse each year of her tenure."

State Dept. network security lax under Clinton.  The State Department was among the worst agencies in the federal government at protecting its computer networks while Hillary Clinton was secretary from 2009 to 2013, a situation that continued to deteriorate as John Kerry took office and Russian hackers breached the department's email system, according to independent audits and interviews.

State Department's Cybersecurity Got Worse Under Hillary Clinton.  During Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, the State Department was one of the poorest performing federal government agencies when it came to securing its computer networks.

Surprise: Cybersecurity Deteriorated Under Hillary Clinton.  In an Associated Press exclusive, Ken Dilanian notes just how bad cybersecurity was during Hillary's tenure as Secretary of State.  The article is primarily published in local news sites, though the NY TImes does have it as a web only piece, not in their published paper.  Other national news outlets, such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Washington Post, MSNBC, for instance?  Not at this time[.]

Emails show Qaddafi son offered talks — but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,' source says.  New emails obtained by Fox News show that in March 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring revolution inside Libya, dictator Muammar Qaddafi's son Saif was willing to talk peace from the ground in Libya — but a source told Fox News the offer was rejected by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  In the years since Qaddafi was forced from power, Libya's government has collapsed, and extremist groups including ISIS have exploited the power vacuum.  While the Obama administration has promoted the use of "soft power" and diplomacy, the documents suggest the option was not vigorously pursued here.

How Hillary Clinton kept her wealthy friends close while at State Department.  The note to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from liberal financier George Soros demanded "urgent attention from the highest levels of the U.S. government."  Clinton swiftly alerted a top aide to what she described as a "very forceful message which is good — and needed."  The e-mail exchange, in which Soros warned of growing unrest in Albania, illustrates how Clinton interacted with major donors to her family's causes during her tenure at the State Department, staying in touch with her political network before her 2016 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.  And they show how these donors, some of them with interests before the U.S. government, gained high-level access to press their policy concerns inside the Clinton-led State Department.

Clinton Wrecked State Department's Post-9/11 Digital Information Security.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official diplomatic business created many national security problems, but they may pale by comparison with the wreckage she left behind in her department's main digital information security office.  Harold W. Geisel, the State Department's acting Inspector General, issued eight scathing audits and investigation reports during Clinton's tenure, repeatedly warning about worsening problems and growing security weaknesses within the Bureau of Information Resource Management, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

Judge Napolitano: Hillary's Troubles Just Keep Cascading Down Upon Her.  There are new questions if Hillary Clinton committed perjury when she said in a sworn statement that she turned over all of the official correspondence from her secret email server, deleting only personal emails.  The State Department said Friday [9/25/2015] that it recently obtained a series of emails that Clinton did not turn over.  The messages were exchanged with retired Gen. David Petraeus when he headed the military's U.S. Central Command.  They began before Clinton entered office as secretary of state and continued into her first days at the State Department.

Hillary Clinton Can't Name A Top Accomplishment While Secretary Of State.  Hillary Clinton could not name her "number one accomplishment" while she was secretary of state during her first live interview of the campaign season with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Thursday [9/17/2015].  Clinton instead said that anyone who is interested in her accomplishments should "read my book 'Hard Choices.'"

Form SF-312 and its potential consequences for Hillary Clinton.  Back in March, as the Hillary Clinton email scandal heated up, the question arose whether Clinton executed Form OF-109 when she left the State Department.  This is the form in which a departing official certifies, under penalty of perjury, that she has "surrendered to responsible officials all unclassified documents, and papers relating to the official business of the Government acquired by me while in the employ of the Department."  Hillary indisputably did not surrender all such documents when she moved on from the State Department.  Thus, as we noted (per Shannen Coffin), if Hillary signed this form, she's vulnerable to the charge of perjury.

State Department Is Mum On Whether Hillary Signed Important Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement.  Amid the many unanswered questions in the Hillary Clinton email scandal is whether the former secretary of state signed an official document acknowledging that she turned over all of the classified information in her possession to the State Department when she left office in Feb. 2013.  The "Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement" — Special Form 312 — also requires incoming government officials to acknowledge that classified information can be either "marked" or "unmarked" as such.  But finding out whether Clinton signed the document has been difficult.

State Dept. concedes 'gaps' in Clinton emails; contradiction could result in perjury charge.  The emails former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton turned back over to the government last year contained "gaps," according to internal department messages evaluating her production.  Mrs. Clinton took office on Jan. 21, 2009, but the first message she turned back over to the department was dated March 18, and the earliest-dated message she herself sent was on April 13, or nearly three months into her time in office, according to a message obtained through an open records request by Judicial Watch, which released it Monday [9/14/2015].

Exclusive: State Department 'Email Czar' Received Classified Hillary Clinton Emails.  The "email czar" hired by the State Department to handle the agency's response to the Hillary Clinton email scandal has a second hidden conflict of interest: she received some of the same classified emails that were also sent to Hillary Clinton via her private email system, Breitbart News has learned.  Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Janice L. Jacobs this week to serve as a non-partisan, non-political "transparency coordinator."  The recently retired bureaucrat will lead the State Department's political response to the various Clinton email investigations in Congress and the various civil lawsuits filed by transparency groups.

Hillary Clinton Knew Benghazi Terrorists Used Video as 'Cover'.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was warned that the Benghazi terrorist attack was carried out by a terrorist group using Youtube video protests as "cover," in a memo that she received the day after the attack.  Nevertheless, Clinton still went ahead and pushed the false talking point that spontaneous protests incited by the Internet movie Innocence of Muslims caused the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

Has Hillary Clinton created a national security disaster?  Most coverage of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server (including mine) has focused on whether she lied about her usage and whether she violated the law.  This focus is natural because Clinton is running for president.  Presumably, only partisan Democrats are likely to support a liar and even some of them might balk at backing a criminal.  But Stanley Kurtz looks at a different and vital question, namely the nature and scale of the damage to American national security caused by Hillary's mishandling of classified information.

Hillary's Emails: How Big a National Security Disaster?  Has Hillary Clinton been lying about her e-mail system and did she violate the laws against mishandling classified material?  Coverage of Clinton's e-mail scandal has been focused on those questions, but shouldn't we be paying more attention to the nature and scale of the damage to American national security caused by Hillary's carelessness with classified information?  We're not focused on the details of the security damage because it's difficult to know whether and to what extent Hillary's communications were intercepted, and more difficult still to make public whatever our intelligence agencies may have figured out on that score.  But maybe we already know enough to conclude that Hillary's e-mail scandal constitutes one of the most serious American national security disasters on record.

Could This Be the Scandal That Finally Sinks Hillary Clinton?  Secretary of State is the only executive office Hillary Clinton has ever held.  When she lost the Democratic primary in 2008, this was the position she wanted as her stepping stone back to the presidency.  It was an office in which she could rack up experience doing something that seems presidential — dealing with foreign policy — without having to take responsibility for whatever Obama messed up in domestic policy.  This scandal takes the one big thing Hillary Clinton has done in the past ten years to demonstrate her credentials to run for president, and it turns that one big asset into a big liability.  It turns her tenure at the State Department into something she cannot mention without raising questions about all the classified information she potentially laid bare to Russian and Chinese hackers.

Hillary and Obama Own the Tragic Libyan Exodus.  Last week, in one incident, as many as 180 men, women and children drowned when the boat carrying them capsized off the Libyan coast.  "Libya is a major transit route for migrants hoping to make it to Europe," reported Reuters.  "Smuggling networks exploit the country's lawlessness and chaos."  What Reuters did not explain, at least in any detail, is "why Libya?"  In this, Reuters was hardly unique.  The same media that gleefully blamed Iraq's post-Saddam disorder on George Bush refuse to even address the question of who is to blame for the "lawlessness and chaos" in post-Qaddafi Libya.

Unofficial adviser regularly sent Hillary Clinton anti-Israel articles.  A former aide to President Bill Clinton regularly sent articles decrying Israeli leadership to Hillary Clinton when she served as secretary of state, a new batch of emails released by the State Department revealed Monday evening [8/31/2015].  Sidney Blumenthal, who appears to have served as an unofficial adviser to Clinton during her tenure at the State Department, sent the former secretary of state an assortment of articles, many of them penned by his son, Max, regarding Middle Eastern politics.  Max Blumenthal has not only accused Israel of committing war crimes, but he has also described the nation as an apartheid state.

Clinton tapped foundation donors to fund State Dept. project.  Hillary Clinton tapped into the vast network of donors cultivated by her family's foundation to fund one of her first major initiatives as secretary of state:  constructing the U.S. pavilion at the 2010 World's Fair in Shanghai.  Emails included in the 7,000 pages of records published by the State Department Monday [8/31/2015] suggest Clinton's close relationships with corporate executives helped bring in the $61 million needed to build the pavilion.

State Department IT staff among those in the dark about Clinton's private email address.  Members of the State Department's information technology staff were among those who were unaware that Hillary Clinton was using a private email address during her time as secretary of state, the latest release of messages from Clinton's private server revealed late Monday [8/31/2015].  In one email, dated February 27, 2010, an IT worker on the State Department's computer "help desk" sends a message to Clinton's email address inquiring about why one of Clinton's correspondents has been getting a "fatal error" when she tries to send messages to the secretary of state.

Top State Department Staff Used Personal Email to Send 'Sensitive' Data.  Senior State Department officials at the U.S. Embassy in Japan have been caught sending "sensitive" information over personal email accounts, subjecting the information to potential hacking attacks and other cyber threats, according to a new report by the department's inspector general.  Embassy staff, including the U.S. ambassador to Japan, were found to conducted "official business" via their personal email addresses, highlighting an issue of concern among national security experts and officials in the wake of disclosures about Hillary Clinton's email habits during her tenure as secretary of state.  The use of personal email among Obama administration officials has raised concerns about the protection of sensitive data, which could be stolen by hackers and foreign governments.

Hillary Clinton's State Department IG Was More Lapdog than Watchdog.  Without the House Select Committee on Benghazi's initial probe into Clinton's communications, even the fact that she used a private e-mail account to conduct government business may have remained a secret.  It's puzzling.  At the time, many State Department employees did appear to know of Clinton's private account, yet the State Department inspector general (IG) only opened an investigation into the scandal in April 2015, years after she had left office.  Before then, the agency's top watchdog had given no indication that it was either aware of, or concerned by, Clinton's e-mail practices.  Why?

Another Lie: State Dept. Never Told DHS About Hillary's Server Despite The Rules.  Seems to make sense:  The DHS required regular updates about the security of email systems so they could audit them to discover if they were secure or if they were hackable.  Grandmonster Hillary never told them about this key system, upon which she conducted all of her  official State business  Pinterest-based Yoga Routine Research.

If there was no classified material, Clinton wasn't doing her job.  "There is no classified material."  That's how Hillary Clinton put it when asked in March.  To anyone who knows what the secretary of state actually does, this seemed strange, to put it mildly.  Then the Clinton line was:  "I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time."  Notice that she is reduced to pleading mere recklessness as a defense against possibly mishandling confidential material.  Well, to begin with, classified material does not need a label to make it so.

DHS has no record of State Dept. giving info for Clinton server audit, despite rules.  All federal government agencies are mandated to submit a list of systems, vulnerabilities and configuration issues to DHS every 30 days.  The department then performs a "cyberscope audit" to ensure security, a responsibility the agency has had since 2010.  FoxNews.com learned of the lapse as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request submitted June 11.  It is not clear if State Department officials in charge of compliance with the DHS audits knew of their boss's server, which has been shown to have included "top secret" information in emails.

Hillary's security breach, and why it matters.  Perhaps you've heard of Sergey Lavrov — or perhaps you haven't.  He has been Russia's foreign minister since March 9, 2004.  Imagine what U.S. intelligence agencies might have gained if they'd had access in real time (or even with some delay) to every email and direct message Lavrov sent or received from Jan. 21, 2009 through Feb. 1, 2013.

How Obama and Hillary made the Arab world safe for radical Islam.  Far from being "spontaneous" and "indigenous," the uprisings known as the "Arab Spring" that swept North Africa and the Middle East were long planned and planned from abroad with the Muslim Brotherhood's role hidden in plain sight.  The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 as a Sunni Islamist religious, political and social movement.  According to Lawrence Wright in his book "The Looming Tower," its founder Hassan al-Banna "rejected the Western model of secular, democratic government, which contradicted his notion of universal Islamic rule."  The fundamental goal of the Muslim Brotherhood remains Islam's global domination, an effort that quickly turned violent and eventually spread to over eighty other nations.  For example, one Muslim Brotherhood splinter group was responsible for the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for his peace treaty with Israel and another offshoot is the terrorist organization Hamas.

Hillary's State Department Routinely Hid Emails On Purpose.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's State Department routinely failed to preserve its own emails in order to intentionally hide them from official records.  Clinton-era email use at the State Department was fraught with widespread, intentional concealment, according to an October 2014-March 2015 semiannual report to Congress filed by the State Department's office of inspector general (OIG).  Only a fraction of the messages sent by email were stored as "record emails," according to the report.

White House: China's been hacking our emails since, oh, around the time Hillary began using her own insecure email server.  Completely unexpected news o' the day:  it would appear that Red China's cyber-warriors have been hacking sensitive White House, State Department, and related diplomatic emails since — you guessed it — Hillary Clinton began operating her own private email server to conduct official government business. [...] In fact, a wide variety of cybersecurity experts had claimed that it was a virtual certainty that Clinton's private email server had been hacked by China, Russia, and Iran.

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.

Judge Orders State Department Turn Over Thousands of Clinton Documents Before Democratic Primary.  A federal judge has ordered the State Department to release thousands of documents to the Associated Press related to former secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the next few months.  The AP reported that U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon on Friday [8/7/2015] set the schedule for the federal agency's release of the documents, which are related to longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin's employment status in addition to Hillary's schedules, appointments, and call history while at the State Department.  In March, the Associated Press filed a lawsuit against the State Department, accusing the government agency of failing to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for thousands of documents related to Clinton, one of which was made more than five years ago.

Judge Sullivan is not amused.  It's hard to keep up with the news bearing on Madam Hillary's use of a private email account/server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

Should Clinton's lawyer have classified info in his possession?  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seems to be taking more questions from the media these days — but will the media continue to ask her questions about her State Department emails?  During a press avail earlier this week — there wasn't one question asked on that topic.  And now we have new questions about whether her attorney should be allowed to have the 30-thousand emails turned over to the State Department from her private server in his possession on a thumbdrive.

Hillary mishandled secret reports from 5 different agencies.  Classified emails that were transmitted on Hillary Clinton's private email server contained information that belonged to five different intelligence agencies.  The National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA each claimed data that appeared in emails sent to and from Clinton's server, according to McClatchy.  In a classified Benghazi-related email that was improperly made public May 22, the NSA, DIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency had information at stake, the report said.

Is Obama taking Hillary out?  The Clintons and the Obamas have a long history of bad blood, dating to the 2008 primary race.  After Mr. Obama creamed her, he offered her the plum gig of secretary of state.  Friends close, enemies closer.  She tried to get her dirty tricks consigliere, Sidney Blumenthal, a top position in the State Department, which Mr. Obama pointedly denied.  So she hired him anyway through the Clinton Foundation.  Through Mr. Blumenthal, she was fed all kinds of intelligence on global hotpots such as Libya, much of it inaccurate, as she circumvented traditional government communication chains via her private email server.  What was she hiding from Mr. Obama?  And why?  Perhaps because she trusted Mr. Obama about as much as she trusted Bill.

Sandy Berger urged Hillary to portray Bibi as obstacle to peace.  Sandy Berger, a former national security adviser for President Bill Clinton who pled guilty to stealing and destroying classified documents, advised Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state on how to portray Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the obstacle to peace and how to make his political life "uneasy."  The revelations came in a new batch of Clinton's emails released on Friday [7/31/2015] by the State Department.

Facts in Clinton's 'secret' emails came from five intelligence agencies.  The classified emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server contained information from five U.S. intelligence agencies and included material related to the fatal 2012 Benghazi attacks, McClatchy has learned.  Of the five classified emails, the one known to be connected to Benghazi was among 296 emails made public in May by the State Department.  Intelligence community officials have determined it was improperly released.

Cause of Action Sues State for Clinton Records Failure.  A whistle-blowing organization is suing Secretary of State John Kerry and the National Archivist for failure to properly preserve former Secretary Hillary Clinton's electronic trail.  Cause of Action (COA), a non-profit and nonpartisan government accountability organization, filed a lawsuit against the agency, claiming it did not perform its due diligence in ensuring that Clinton followed record keeping protocol.  COA executive director Dan Epstein said the suit was necessary to ensure transparency in future administrations.  "This case is about no government official being above the law and the duty of Secretary Kerry and Archivist [David] Ferriero to fulfill their statutory obligations to hold former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accountable for misusing taxpayer funded federal property," Epstein said in a release.

New Clinton email batch contains dozens of classified sections.  Dozens of Hillary Clinton emails from a new batch released by the State Department Friday [7/31/2015] contain retroactively classified sections, dealing with everything from post-coup Honduras to meetings with Middle East allies.  The release underscores concerns, which have mounted in recent days, that the Democratic presidential candidate's private email account contained sensitive information — though Clinton stresses she never sent or received anything that was classified at the time.  In the emails made public Friday, the government censored passages to protect national security at least 64 times in 37 messages, including instances when the same information was blacked-out multiple times.  State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Friday that this information was all retroactively upgraded to "confidential."

Hillary Must Explain Her 2-Month Email Gap.  Hillary Clinton assured the country in March that she had turned over every single work-related email from her private server.  So why are there no emails for two months during a critical time at State?  Here's what Clinton said at that March press conference.  "I ... provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related, which totaled roughly 55,000 printed pages, even though I knew that the State Department already had the vast majority of them.  We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department."  Now it turns out that there are two months during which — if Clinton's statement above is to be believed — she apparently didn't send any emails at all while Secretary of State.

A curious — and coincidental — two-month gap in Hillary e-mails.  Has there been a Rose Mary Woods at work in Hillary Clinton's management of her e-mails?  The State Department insists that they have made public all of Hillary's e-mails pertaining to the security of the Benghazi consulate and the Libya mission from 2012.  If that's true, The Daily Beast's Alexa Corse and Shane Harris report, then no one on Hillary's team — including the Secretary of State herself — bothered to communicate for two months about the rise in violence in the spring that precipitated the attack on the consulate itself at the end of the summer:  [...]

Not Just Hillary — Clinton Staffer Delivers 20,000 Work-Related Emails From Private Account.  Philippe Reines, Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin all used non State Dept. email accounts during their tenure within the Clinton led State Department.  It appears all of them joined with Hillary Clinton to avoid FOIA investigative inquiry into their activity.  Reines turns over 20 boxes of hand-selected emails for review.

The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain.  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.

Reported two-month gap in Clinton emails coincides with escalating Libya violence.  A State Department spokesman told The Daily Beast that only emails related to the security of U.S. diplomats in Libya or the consulate in Benghazi were turned over to the House select committee investigating the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack.  If true, that means neither Clinton nor her staff communicated via e-mail during a period that saw three attacks on international outposts in Benghazi, including one on the consulate itself.  That attack, on June 6, 2012, involved the detonation of an improvised explosive device outside of the consulate, prompting the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to warn Americans about the "fluid security situation in Libya."

"We Need A Woman of Your Special Skills".  The woman who "discovered" all of those deleted emails at the IRS was the one person the State Department felt it had to have onboard to "vet" Hillary's emails?  I wonder why.

Federal Judge Declares State Department Will "Answer For" Any Destruction of Clinton Emails.  Judicial Watch announced today [7/20/2015] that a federal judge warned the State Department that it will "have to answer for" any destruction of Hillary Clinton email records. [...] At the hearing, attorney Chris Fedeli pressed Judicial Watch's concerns about the preservation of records, especially email records that were not part of the 55,000 pages of records turned over by Mrs. Clinton to the State Department late last year.

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.

State Dept. stonewalls emails tying Clinton to Benghazi talking points.  The pair of undisclosed emails came to light in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the conservative nonprofit Judicial Watch after the State Department told the group it planned to withhold the records.  The select committee confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the records had not been given to Congress.  Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said the agency's refusal to release the two emails to either his group or the select committee suggests information about Clinton's involvement is being covered up.  "There is something here that is scandalous, otherwise they would have released it," Fitton said.

Time to Arrest Hillary.  Hillary Clinton led the charge in the Obama administration to go to war in Libya.  Her objective was to overthrow the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.  Not one to be deterred by opponents in the Pentagon and Congress to her reckless interventionist plans, Hillary decided to end-run them.  Her State Department helped facilitate what Andrew P. Napolitano in his scathing article has called "Hillary's secret war."  When the secret war began to backfire, as arms ended up in the hands of anti-American jihadists, Hillary Clinton and other senior members of the Obama administration engaged in lies, obstructions of congressional investigations and scapegoating to cover their tracks.

Paul: 'Very good chance' Clinton lied about knowledge of arms to rebels in Libya, Syria.  Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Wednesday [7/8/2015] that he believes "there's a very good chance" Hillary Clinton was lying when she said in 2013 that she didn't know about the alleged U.S.-backed flow of weapons to rebels in Libya and Syria when she was secretary of state.  Recently released emails detail Clinton's interest in arming Libyan rebels in 2011 and show the 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful appearing to endorse the idea of using private contractors to her then-deputy chief of staff.

Medical Bill: Mystery donor picked up $150G tab for 2010 Clinton speech.  It was a big coup when a nonprofit medical trade group landed Bill Clinton as a speaker at its 2010 annual conference in Chicago — so big that some members wondered how the former president was being paid.  Not to worry, members of the Radiological Society of North America were told:  An anonymous donor footed his bill.  The $150,000 fee was a mere fraction of the $48 million Clinton took in from 215 speeches between 2009 and 2013, while his wife was secretary of state.

House Speaker John Boehner: Hillary Clinton is lying about State Department emails.  House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday [7/12/2015] accused former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of lying about the email scandal that is hounding her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.  "She is not telling the truth.  She had an obligation to turn these e-mails over," Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Clinton emails reveal U.S. wanted to set up back channel after 2009 Honduran coup.  In the aftermath of the 2009 coup that overthrew Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requested the assistance of a prominent D.C. lobbyist to act as a back channel with the interim government in Tegucigalpa, even as the United States was denouncing the putsch.  According to emails released this week from Clinton's private server, the former secretary of state and presidential candidate asked if Lanny Davis, a lobbyist and former White House Counsel to Bill Clinton, could help in the talks with then-interim Honduran President Roberto Micheletti.

State Department Hid Clinton Aide's Special Job Status, Grassley Charges.  State Department officials "failed to disclose" a special employment status granted to Cheryl Mills who was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, according to Sen. Charles Grassley.  Mills was designated a "Special Government Employee," and may have "abused her access" for the benefit of former President Clinton and the Clinton family's foundation, Grassley, the Iowa Republican, charged Tuesday [7/7/2015] in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.  Grassley is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Latest Batch Of Hillary Clinton Emails Reveals More Lies.  While the latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails contains many embarrassments — like her troubles with a fax machine — it also exposes still more deceptions on her part and by those around her.  Clinton might have hoped she put that whole silly email kerfuffle behind her when she deigned to hold a press conference in March to answer questions about all the official email correspondence as secretary of state that took place on her personal account.

RNC Plans Sustained Attack on Hillary Clinton's Record at State Department.  The Republican National Committee has been looking into Mrs. Clinton's record and polling in battleground states to see whether she is be vulnerable when it comes to her tenure running a large bureaucracy, the State Department, in President Barack Obama's first term.  The RNC wants to highlight concerns raised about various management practices and oversight during Mrs. Clinton's watch.

Peter Schweizer: Deleted Hillary Emails Probably Relate to 'Clinton Cash' Transactions.  During a C-SPAN interview on Sunday, July 5th, Clinton Cash author and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer addressed the renewed interest in Hillary Clinton's private email server, saying the scandal "works hand in glove with the issues raised" by his bestselling book.

State Dept. withholding content of Obama/Hillary call from night of Benghazi attack.  Some of us remember that Barack Obama jetted off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas on the night our consulate in Benghazi was attacked by terrorists associated with Al Qaeda.  Now you might be able to offer this defense of the president:  He can do his job from anywhere.  He has communication capabilities wherever he goes, and he has the freedom to use them any time he wants.  And, yes, that's true.  And on the night of September 11, 2012, he did make use of his communication tools to talk with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about what was happening in Benghazi.  Not only that, but it turns out there is a transcript of that call in the possession of the State Department.

Hillary Spox: We Don't See The Need To Turnover Email Server.  On Monday's [7/6/2015] broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Hillary Clinton presidential campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri discussed the controversy regarding the Clinton campaign, including roping the media off in an event over the weekend, the state of the Clinton campaign and her Democratic presidential race opponent Bernie Sanders.  Palmieri also discussed the issues involving Clinton's email server and said she didn't see the need for Clinton to turn over the email server from she set up from her time at the State Department.

Vicious Sid's State Department.  The big find in the first dump of emails from Hillary Clinton's secret email server, aside from a few insulting comments about Cuban Floridians, is the fact that The New York Times was on to a much bigger story in May than it realized.  Sid Blumenthal, the former Clinton hatchet-man from the 1990s, was not just sending Secretary of State Clinton briefings about the situation in Libya, but was briefing her about nearly every corner of the globe.  Though barred by President Obama's minders from any official job in the administration, vicious Sid had constant access to Clinton.

Dozens of Hillary Emails Classified.  Michael Schmidt of the New York Times reported this morning that dozens of Hillary Clinton's emails are now be labeled classified.  Clinton, of course, said that none of her emails were classified.

Hillary: The More You Know....  E-mails revealed that Blumenthal, who was forbidden employment by the Obama White House, essentially functioned as a State Department employee, advising Clinton about Libya and messaging on crucial issues.  We also reported yesterday [7/1/2015] on the proof that White House aides weren't forthcoming about being aware of Clinton's private e-mail account.  Both Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod were in the know about the e-mail system as far back as 2009.

Hillary Clinton: How much longer can she hide the truth?  Because [Hillary] Clinton used her husband's computer server for all of her email traffic while she was the secretary of state, a violation of three federal laws, few in the State Department outside her inner circle knew what she was up to.  Now we know.  She obtained permission from President Obama and consent from congressional leaders in both houses of Congress and in both parties to arm rebels in Syria and Libya in an effort to overthrow the governments of those countries.  Many of the rebels Clinton armed, using the weapons lawfully sold to Qatar by Turi and others, were terrorist groups who are our sworn enemies.  There was no congressional declaration of war, no congressional vote, no congressional knowledge beyond fewer than a dozen members, and no federal statute that authorized this.

Blumenthal's State Dept. role went far beyond Libya.  New emails released by the State Department late Tuesday [6/30/2015] reveal a controversial aide played a much larger role in advising Hillary Clinton than the former secretary of state originally suggested.  Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton confidante whose potential employment at the State Department was nixed by Obama administration officials, advised Clinton on the content of her speeches, on political developments in a number of countries and even on how her policies were playing in the international press.

Blumenthal gave diplomatic advice to Hillary Clinton as early as 2009, emails show.  Controversial aide Sidney Blumenthal was sending then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advice on sensitive diplomatic matters much earlier than previously known, even as the White House was blocking him from becoming a part of her staff, according to emails released late Tuesday [6/30/2015] by the State Department.  The emails, which make up the first in a number of document dumps of Clinton's private email server, from which she controversially conducted official State Department business, also show that Clinton paid special interest to the attempt to hire Blumenthal.

Attorney in Charge of IRS' Email Production Now in Charge of State Dep't Emails.  Catherine Duval, the attorney in charge of the Internal Revenue Service's email production to Congress, has changed jobs: She now manages the State Department's email production to Congress, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday, June 25.  Both the IRS and State Department have come under congressional scrutiny over their email production amid suspicions that critical documents may have been withheld or destroyed.

State Dept admits Hillary did not turn over all emails; Gowdy calls news 'troubling'.  [Scroll down]  The documents contained an admission that Libya-related emails between Clinton and longtime associate Sidney Blumenthal that Blumenthal turned directly over to the Benghazi committee had not been given by Clinton to the State Department.  The discovery of the emails proved that Clinton, contrary to her public claim, had not turned over all her emails "that could possibly be work related."

State Dept. Gets Libya Emails That Hillary Clinton Didn't Hand Over.  The State Department said on Thursday [6/25/2015] that 15 emails sent or received by Hillary Rodham Clinton were missing from records that she has turned over, raising new questions about whether she deleted work-related emails from the private account she used exclusively while in office.  The disclosure appeared to open the door for Republicans on Capitol Hill to get more deeply involved in the issue.  Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who is running for president, said he planned to send a series of questions to the State Department about the missing emails and about why it allowed her to use the personal account.

State received Libya emails Clinton did not disclose.  The State Department has received 15 emails involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton it did not previously possess, a new report says.  A State official admitted Thursday evening [6/25/2015] that the agency could not previously find the messages from Clinton's tenure as secretary there, according to The New York Times.  It said State discovered it lacked the communications following the House Select Committee on Benghazi's release of roughly 60 emails it had acquired Monday.

Clinton Aide Worked on UAE Project While at State Department.  Hillary Clinton's top aide Cheryl Mills held several outside roles, including a board position with a UAE-funded university in Abu Dhabi, while working as chief of staff and counselor at the State Department, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.  After joining the State Department in the beginning of 2009, Mills continued to serve as general counsel for New York University for several months.  She also sat on the board of the "NYU in Abu Dhabi Corporation," the fundraising arm for the university's UAE satellite campus.  The school is bankrolled by the Abu Dhabi government and has been criticized by NYU professors and human rights activists for alleged labor abuses.

Hillary and History.  There are no sure things in politics, but Hillary Clinton is the closest thing to a sure thing to become the Democrats' candidate for president in 2016.  This is one of the painful but inescapable signs of our time.  There is nothing in her history that would qualify her for the presidency, and much that should disqualify her.  What is even more painful is that none of that matters politically.  Many people simply want "a woman" to be president, and Hillary is the best-known woman in politics, though by no means the best qualified.  What is Hillary's history?  In the most important job she has ever held — Secretary of State — American foreign policy has had one setback after another, punctuated by disasters.

Author Eviscerates Hillary Clinton's Sgt. Schultz Defense.  For example, Manchester, NH television host Josh McElveen asked Hillary to explain the reasons for her State Department's approval of the sale of 20 percent of all U.S. uranium to Vladimir Putin's Russian government.  Hillary's response:  she claimed she had no involvement.

'Clinton Cash' author demolishes Hillary's self-defense.  Grave incompetence or brazen dishonesty?  Those are the only two conclusions one can reasonably come to after reviewing Hillary Clinton's stunning Sunday [6/21/2015] interview on local New Hampshire TV.  When WMUR local TV host Josh McElveen asked Clinton why her State Department greenlit the transfer of 20 percent of all US uranium to the Russian government, Clinton claimed she had no involvement in her own State Department's decision to approve the sale of Uranium One to Russia.  "I was not personally involved because that wasn't something the secretary of state did," said Clinton.

New emails show possible Benghazi deception by Hillary Clinton, Obama admin.  Congressional Republicans released nearly 200 pages of emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying Monday [6/22/2015] they raised questions about whether the Obama administration and the Democratic presidential candidate herself were truthful when they said they turned over all of her email communications on Benghazi.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is looking into the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya, said the new emails were obtained directly from Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton confidant, and demanded to know why they weren't turned over first by the State Department.  He ordered the department to search its files to see whether it has them but failed to turn them over, or whether Mrs. Clinton never released them in the first place, which would contradict her public statements.

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 [6/22/2015] 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.

Benghazi panel releases 60 emails from Clinton adviser Blumenthal.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi on Monday [6/22/2015] released roughly 60 emails that former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal sent to the secretary of State during her tenure.  Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) challenged the State Department to say whether or not it already possessed the messages from Blumenthal, which were sent to Clinton's personal email server while she served as the nation's top diplomat. [...] Gowdy gave the department until the end of the day on Monday [6/21/2015] to determine whether it has copies of the 60 emails.

Benghazi investigators ponder: Is State Dept. lying, or is Hillary?  The message was clear.  Clinton had turned over everything, and the State Department would make it all public.  Then State sent Clinton's emails that concerned Libya to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Chairman Trey Gowdy immediately expressed skepticism about the claim that everything had been turned over.  "There are gaps of months and months and months," Gowdy said.  Gowdy's suspicions appear to have been confirmed.

Hillary's Islamic connection.  So many lies, coincidences and distractions, so little time.  Perhaps the most serious (who can keep count?) of the new Hillary revelations are that Huma Abedin's emails are among the missing from Hillary's private email server.  Were Ms. Abedin's emails trashed to cover a conflict of interest when she was taking pay as a private consultant while on the State Department payroll as an aide to Hillary?  Ms. Abedin was traveling chief of staff and "body woman" during Mrs. Clinton's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.  That's her role in this campaign.  That intimacy, long demonstrated, has been a crucial contribution to the Clinton decision-making process, both before and after her service in the Obama administration.

Blumenthal's E-Mail to Hillary on Spinning Qaddafi's Fall.  Although Hillary Clinton prefers to describe Sidney Blumenthal as nothing but "an old friend," NR has obtained an exclusive copy of one of the now-infamous e-mails he sent Clinton on the war in Libya, and it suggests otherwise.  The e-mail, which Blumenthal provided to Benghazi Committee investigators earlier this week, shows him advising Clinton on a most delicate matter:  How she should respond to the fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi.

Blumenthal email confirms: Libya was to be Hillary's crowning accomplishment.  Paul [Mirengoff] wrote earlier today [6/18/2015] about the trove of Libya-related emails that Sidney Blumenthal has turned over to a House committee.  The emails are embarrassing to Hillary Clinton because she received the emails from Blumenthal, but apparently failed to produce them to the committee.

Benghazi investigators ponder: Is State Dept lying, or is Hillary?  [Trey] Gowdy's suspicions appear to have been confirmed.  As part of the committee's questioning of Clinton friend and defender Sidney Blumenthal, who exchanged many emails with Clinton on the subject of Libya, Blumenthal turned over a bunch of emails with Clinton that the committee had never seen before.  The State Department had not given them to the committee when State originally turned over what were purported to be all of Clinton's Libya-related emails.  Which led investigators to ask:  Did the State Department fail to turn over all the Clinton emails it had pertaining to Libya?  Or did Clinton not give all her Libya-related emails to the State Department, which in turn could not pass them on to the committee?

Documents challenge Clinton claim no classified intel on personal emails.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her personal email account to handle high level negotiations in 2011 for a no-fly zone to help topple Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, according to a series of emails obtained by Fox News, challenging her claim the private server did not hold classified information.  The emails [...] conflict with Clinton's statement that she did not put national security at risk by using a personal account.  "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email.  There is no classified material," Clinton, now a candidate for president, told reporters in March.  "I'm certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material."

Blumenthal advertised that he sought Libya info for Clinton.  Sidney Blumenthal, an embattled former Clinton aide, made it known to associates that he was collecting information about Libya for the purposes of passing it along to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  An executive manager at the consulting firm that employs Tyler Drumheller, the man whom Blumenthal has claimed was the real author of the intelligence memos he sent to Clinton, said Blumenthal began working with Drumheller to gather information about Libya as early as 2009 and did not hide the fact that he was providing the information to Clinton.

Sources: Clinton confidant who sent Libya memos paid $200G by Brock network.  The Clinton confidant under scrutiny on Capitol Hill over detailed Libya memos he sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told lawmakers earlier this week he has been pulling in $200,000 a year from Clinton ally David Brock's media operation, congressional sources tell FoxNews.com.  The figure is far higher than initially reported.

Records suggest Hillary chief of staff blocked probe of ambassador nominee.  Top State Department staff under Hillary Clinton allegedly blocked an investigation into the president's nominee for ambassador to Iraq.  The ambassador-designate, Brett McGurk, was accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior with a reporter from the Wall Street Journal and funneling her information he was not authorized to disclose.  McGurk withdrew his name from consideration for the ambassadorship in the face of a growing scandal over emails that revealed his extra-marital affair with the reporter, Gina Chon.  His relationship with the journalist prompted concerns among Republican lawmakers, although the extent of the internal cover-up of his conduct was not then known.

Official sued to keep Clinton State documents secret.  Harold Geisel, the temporary inspector general of the State Department during Hillary Clinton's tenure, sought to keep early drafts of a controversial watchdog report under wraps in federal court.  Geisel also invoked an executive privilege in an attempt to protect the drafts from prying eyes, after it became clear watchdogs had gotten a hold of them.

Bush says Clinton failed as secretary of state.  In his New Hampshire debut as an official candidate, [Jeb] Bush commended Clinton as tough and smart Tuesday [6/16/2015] but labelled her record as secretary of state "a complete failure" and said she didn't accomplish much as a New York senator before that.

Two years later, Hillary's time at State keeps getting worse.  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.

Three Pinocchios:
Bill Clinton's claim that Hillary did economic diplomacy because there was no Commerce Secretary.  Former President Clinton exaggerated when he claimed that for "much of the time she was secretary," there was no commerce secretary.  For three out of the four years, there was a Senate-confirmed commerce secretary sitting near Hillary Clinton at Cabinet meetings.  Moreover, the secretary of state is supposed to engage in economic diplomacy, whether or not there is a commerce secretary.  Yes, there was some turnover in the leadership of the commerce department.  But Clinton's assertion that if not for Hillary Clinton, "nobody would have been doing" economic diplomacy is quite a stretch, given the dominant role of the Treasury Secretary on international economic issues.

Hillary Clinton's fifteen biggest scandals.  The Clintons have been no stranger to scandals, some dating back to when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas.  But there are many scandals that originated in Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

State Department Has No Record of Clinton IT Security Training.  The State Department has no record of former Secretary Hillary Clinton or her two top aides receiving IT security training while Clinton led the department, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.  In response to a Freedom of Information request filed by the nonprofit Competitive Enterprise Institute in March, State said it could not locate any record of Clinton, chief of staff Cheryl Mills, or deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin undergoing any sort of IT security training.  "One former, senior executive branch personnel official contacted me to point out the requirement that appointees take this training, and that if Mses. Clinton, Abedin or Mills had deigned to follow the law, a record of this would exist," explained CEI senior fellow Chris Horner, who filed the FOIA request.

The Editor says...
Someone who can't be fired is under no obligation to report for training, and someone who is confident of her immunity from criminal prosecution is unaffected by the law.

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.

Hillary's officials cut criticisms out of State Dept reports.  State Department Inspector General officials edited out passages of a high-profile report in 2013 that could have embarrassed Hillary Clinton just days before she quit President Obama's Cabinet.  The officials excised details of a cover up of misconduct by Clinton's security team.  The edits raise concerns that investigators were subjected to "undue influence" from agency officials.

Hillary's officials cut criticisms out of State Dept. reports.  State Department Inspector General officials edited out passages of a high-profile report in 2013 that could have embarrassed Hillary Clinton just days before she quit President Obama's Cabinet.  The officials excised details of a cover up of misconduct by Clinton's security team.  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.

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.

Another Controversy Over Hillary Clinton's Time at the State Department.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did nothing to stop the sale of a Michigan battery company to a Chinese firm, despite making complaints about it on the campaign trail last month, the Detroit Free Press reported.  A123 Systems was sold to Wanxiang in early 2013.  During a campaign stop in New Hampshire last month, Clinton raised concerns about the sale during a town hall meeting.

Hillary Clinton's State Department Increased Chemical Arms Sales To Middle East Countries That Gave To Clinton Foundation.  As Egyptian democracy protesters massed in the streets of Cairo in 2011, provoking a bloody crackdown from the authoritarian regime of Hosni Mubarak, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented herself as a champion of human rights.  Clinton was "deeply concerned about the use of violence by Egyptian police and security forces against protesters," she told reporters at the State Department.  "Egyptian authorities," she urged, should not impede "peaceful protests."  But behind the scenes, Clinton pursued contrasting aims.  She cautioned the White House about backing the ouster of President Mubarak, whom she had previously described as a family friend.  Her State Department cleared Egypt to continue purchasing arms the U.S. government classified as "toxicological agents," a broad designation that included chemical and biological weapons, as well as vaccines — this, at the very moment Mubarak's forces were unleashing one toxicological agent, tear gas, against protesters demanding his ouster.

Why Hillary Can't Run on Her State Department Record.  Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state became a hot-button issue this week after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Bloomberg Television that the Barack Obama administration's failed "reset" policy with Moscow was her "invention."  Here's why it matters:  Her campaign chairman, John Podesta, gave an interview to Bloomberg View's Al Hunt in April in which he said holding up the "major accomplishments" from her State Department tenure would be a centerpiece of her campaign.  Podesta may want to reconsider that plan.  Running on Clinton's signature diplomatic initiatives is fraught with risks because, on closer inspection, most that he mentioned don't hold up to scrutiny.

Hillary Gave Sweetheart Arms Deals To Clinton Foundation Donors.  Here's an interesting coincidence, countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation "just happened" to get approvals for a bigger cache of weapons from the Hillary Clinton-run Department than the countries that didn't donate.  And the real interesting part about this revelation was it was discovered and published by the ultra-liberal Salon.  The Secretary of State is in charge of "the continuous supervision and general direction of sales" of arms, military hardware and services to foreign countries.  In practice, that meant that Clinton was charged with rejecting or approving weapons deals — and when it came to Clinton Foundation donors, Hillary Clinton's State Department did a whole lot of approving."

The Long, Partisan Journalism Career of Sid 'Vicious' Blumenthal.  If Hillary Clinton becomes president of the United States, she will undoubtedly bring with her to the White House her long-time trusted aide, confidant, and spinmeister, journalist Sidney Blumenthal.  Blumenthal served in Bill Clinton's White House as a special advisor, and was recently a staff member at the Clinton Foundation.  Perhaps the most noteworthy revelation coming out of Hillary Clinton's e-mails from the time she was secretary of state is what they show about her relationship with Blumenthal.

Hillary Clinton, Lord of War.  While presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was America's top diplomat the Department of State that she oversaw approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments forked over millions of dollars to the now-embattled Clinton Foundation.  According to an International Business Times report by David Sirota and Andrew Perez, "at least seven foreign governments that received State Department clearance for American arms did donate to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary."  The article identified the seven nations as Algeria, Australia, Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Qatar, and Thailand.  Mainstream media's surprisingly probing coverage of the unfolding Clinton Foundation donations-for-favors scandal suggests that reporters have turned on the Clintons in the age of Obama.

Remembering Libya: Hillary's Iraq.  If you're a Republican planning to run in 2016, you're going to be asked about Iraq — and you're expected to say it was mistake.  While it is legitimate to ask members of the party chiefly responsible for a military venture that cost hundreds of billions of dollars and over 4,000 American lives whether they would do it again, there's another failed foreign intervention that's getting conveniently overlooked this election cycle — even though one of its architects is running for president.  That adventure, of course, is the U.S.'s 2011 foray into Libya.

Clinton's empty 'old friend' excuse on Sid Blumenthal.  To hear Hillary Clinton tell it, Sidney Blumenthal was no more than an old friend trying to help out by dropping her an occasional unsolicited e-mail with advice.  And the only reason she listened, she said, was to keep from being "caught in the bubble" of hearing only from "a certain small group of people."  Now we know better.  Turns out Blumenthal was no casual correspondent:  He was repeatedly plying her with dubious "intelligence" on Libya — much of which turned out to be false, but which she nonetheless passed on to State Department underlings.

How Hillary and Bill Have Democrats Legally Conned.  [Scroll down]  The amounts involved are breathtaking.  According to Sirota's accounting from public records, the Clinton-led State Department authorized $165 billion in sales to 20 nations that donated to the foundation.  State also authorized another $151 billion in "Pentagon-brokered deals" with 16 nations that coughed up cash for the family charity.  Some of the defense contractors involved also donated to the foundation, and a few of them paid big money to Bill Clinton for speeches.  The US routinely conducts arms sales to allies, but this wasn't a case of business as usual.  Comparing the three full fiscal years of Hillary's tenure at State to the corresponding timeframe of the Bush administration's second term, Sirota found that the State Department nearly doubled the sales to those nations, and increased the amount of Pentagon sales by 143 percent.

Hillary's Libya Emails.  Hillary Clinton has sought to avoid public scrutiny of her emails since before she was sworn in as secretary of state.  When she did turn over some of her emails to the State Department, it was Clinton and her lawyers who decided which ones they would make available and which they would withhold.  While it might be useful for Clinton defenders to pretend otherwise, there was no expectation that Clinton would voluntarily share incriminating emails, especially now, in the first weeks of her presidential campaign.

Emails show Clinton's interest in arming Libyan rebels despite prohibitions.  Recently released emails detail then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's interest in arming Libyan opposition groups using private security contractors before the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011 — though at the time, the opposition was not formally recognized by the U.S. or United Nations, which prohibited arming without following strict guidelines and oversight.  The issue remains so sensitive that the emails recently released by the State Department redacted a key line on the matter.  But the unredacted version of the same email, released to the congressional Benghazi Select Committee and first posted by The New York Times last Thursday, showed Clinton appearing to endorse the idea of using private contractors to her then-deputy chief of staff, Jake Sullivan.

Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton's State Department.  Even by the standards of arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia, this one was enormous.  A consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to the United States' oil-rich ally in the Middle East.  Israeli officials were agitated, reportedly complaining to the Obama administration that this substantial enhancement to Saudi air power risked disrupting the region's fragile balance of power.  The deal appeared to collide with the State Department's documented concerns about the repressive policies of the Saudi royal family.

What Hillary Clinton's e-mails tell us about her management style.  For those who have worried that Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign would be a repeat of the chaotic operation she ran eight years ago, her advisers have often pointed to her time in between at the State Department — which by comparison was an archetype of crisp managerial efficiency.  But a trove of newly released e-mails suggests that one of Clinton's tendencies persisted during her time as secretary of state — an inability to separate her longtime loyalties from the business at hand.

While Hillary Slept.  The White House noted that Clinton had been a "critical voice on Libya," working closely with the president, NATO, and a number of contact groups both during the coalition intervention and in its aftermath.  And when officials received a presidential briefing three days after the September 11, 2012 attack that took the life of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, Hillary Clinton was asleep.

While Hillary Slept.  [Scroll down]  Clinton was asked if she was ever "specifically briefed on the security implications" of using a private email to conduct State affairs.  To this inquiry, Clinton launched into a response that centered on the fact that she had never sent classified information over the one "homebrew" server of which the public was aware.  "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email," Clinton insisted.  "There is no classified material.  So I'm certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material."  Once again, America, whether Clinton engaged in any impropriety depends on what the definition of "is" is.  No one asked Clinton about classified information, per se.  And it was revealed this week that Clinton had, in fact, received sensitive/unclassified materials via her email account.

Hillary's Real Benghazi Problem.  Why were Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans murdered?  Because by September 2012, Libya was a terrorist playground.  Since then, things have only gotten worse.  Libya has become a failed state, a 21st century source of boat people, as refugees from ubiquitous violence stream across the Mediterranean.  Libya is now a haven for ISIS and other terrorist groups; it was on the Libyan coast that ISIS beheaded 30 Christians.  Some of the "refugees" now making their way into Europe are, in fact, ISIS agents.  In short, Libya is a disaster.  Whose disaster?  Hillary Clinton's.  It was Hillary who, more than anyone else, pushed to overthrow Moammar Qaddafi.  Why?  No compelling reason.

'Chris Smith' — Hillary Mixes Up Slain Ambassador's Name In Email To Aides.  Emails released Friday by the State Department show that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mixed up the names of the Americans murdered at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.  Clinton sent an email with the subject line "Chris Smith" shortly before midnight to three top aides, Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Victoria Nuland.

Granny Hillary Didn't Even Know Murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens' Name.  Clinton couldn't even be bothered to learn the name of the man killed by terrorists.  This is the woman that Democrats want to make President.

8 things we learned from the Clinton emails.  The highly selective trove of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department Friday [5/22/2015] revealed both the seemingly strong influence Sidney Blumenthal wielded over the secretary of state and the preoccupation with media coverage exhibited by her closest aides. [...] The emails show that Clinton's staffers often circulated and debated press clippings amongst themselves and occasionally discussed how to respond to certain media criticisms.  They also provide a narrow glimpse of how the State Department's top ranks operated in the weeks before and after the greatest crisis of Clinton's tenure.

Top Aide's Pre-Benghazi Email: Hillary Clinton Had 'Leadership/ Ownership/Stewardship of This Country's Libya Policy From Start to Finish'.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had "leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country's Libya policy from start to finish," says an email written by one of Clinton's top aides — and forwarded to Clinton herself — as the Libyan rebellion that sought the overthrow of Muammar Qadhafi appeared to be nearing a triumphant moment.  The email is one of those the State Department has thus far given to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Clinton emails silent on deadly danger facing Americans in Benghazi.  The newly released Hillary Clinton Benghazi emails do not contain any communications relating to security from the critical last month before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. facility in Libya.  During that period, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who along with three other Americans would die in the attack, warned Clinton and other State Department officials of a growing danger, indeed a security emergency, in Libya.  Stevens specifically noted that the possibility of an attack on Americans was growing, and, if such an attack occurred, the U.S. contingent did not have the strength to repel it.  But to judge from the emails made public Friday [5/22/2015], Clinton gave not a thought to the matter.

More about Benghazi.

Bill doubled speaking fees from foreign groups while Hillary was secretary of state.  Former President Bill Clinton netted millions in speaking fees from appearances around the world while his wife served as secretary of state, but earned far less from abroad in the years since Hillary Clinton left the State Department.  Bill Clinton took in $2.2 million from just six international speeches in 2014, according to financial disclosure forms released Friday as required by Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy.  By contrast, the former president reportedly earned more than twice as much for appearances made across borders while Hillary Clinton was in office.

Hillary Clinton takes tough questions, gives easy answers.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her silence Tuesday on scores of questions dogging her campaign, from her State Department email to foreign donations to her family's charity and the massive wealth she's amassed.  Mrs. Clinton's exclusive use of a private email account to conduct official business as secretary of state garnered fresh attention this week when the State Department said it likely would not be able to release the 55,000 pages of emails until January.  The candidate balked at the delay, which would make the emails public just before the first nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.

State Department: We need until January 2016 to release Clinton emails.  The State Department says it needs until next year before it will be ready to publicly release tens of thousands of Hillary Clinton emails from her time in charge.  The uproar over Clinton's exclusive use of private, rather than official, email during her tenure as Secretary of State erupted earlier this year and is still rumbling on.

Hillary's crisis of competence.  Named secretary of state by Obama in 2009 after having failed in her first attempt to be president, she began her term trying for a 'reset' with Russia, in which even finding the right Russian word became an embarrassment.  She supported regime change in Libya that proved catastrophic, and failed to foresee, prepare for or deal with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2012 in Egypt and Libya that killed our ambassador and three other Americans.  She insisted for over a week later that the riots were caused by a video made in America, which she surely had known was a lie.

Hillary Caught in Another Email Lie: New Docs Reveal She Used Second Private Account While Sec. of State.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been caught in another lie regarding her private email accounts that she used during her tenure at the agency.  Though her lawyer David Kendall told the House Select Benghazi Committee that Clinton's "hrod17@clintonemail.com" email address "was not an address that existed during Secretary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State," new emails obtained by the New York Times show that Clinton did indeed use that email address for official business.

Hillary's Next Scandal: Passenger Lists of Her Flights Ordered Released by Judge.  There seems to be a connection between donors to the Clinton Foundation and contracts from foreign countries receiving favorable treatment from the State Department.  Sixty companies contributed $26 million to the foundation.  Forty four of those companies also contributed to a 3.2 billion dollar fund for the Clinton Global Initiative, which is a wing of the foundation.  At least twenty five companies made contributions to fifteen private/public partnerships set up by Clinton and guess who administered them?  The State Department.

Is [the] State Department Protecting Hillary's Presidential Bid?  The State Department is dragging its feet with unusual delays in releasing records pertaining to presidential contender Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.  Some requests are up to four years old.  It's not as if the Associated Press and others that filed the Freedom of Information Act requests were asking for Clinton's private diaries or the encryption codes used by the State Department.  Among the requests are such seemingly innocuous things as schedules, appointment, travel records, where and when she traveled, and who she traveled and met with.  There are items, however, that a 2016 presidential candidate might prefer to remain out of sight and out of mind for as long as possible.

Why Hillary Will Flop.  The sole executive experience of Hillary in her life has been as Obama's secretary of state.  During those years, she did nothing but leave a dreadful legacy for America.  In 2016, it is certain that American foreign policy will be seen almost universally as a huge failure.

Clinton Foundation donors while Hillary was Secretary of State had ties to foreign governments, report says.  The Clinton Foundation raised millions of dollars from individuals with ties to foreign governments and state-owned companies while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, according to a published report.  The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday [3/19/2015] that more than a dozen such individuals, along with their foundations and companies, gave between $34 million and $68 million in the years after Clinton became America's top diplomat in 2009.

State Department: On second thought, we didn't vet those Clinton Foundation donations.  In fact, the only submissions for review that came from the Clinton Foundation during Hillary's tenure related to paid speeches given by Bill Clinton — hundreds of them, plus a few consulting deals for Bill.  Let that sink in a bit.  Which foreign governments paid Bill to speak, and how much did the Clintons pocket through that process from governments with business at State?

State Department walks back claim on Clinton Foundation review.  The State Department is stepping back from a spokeswoman's comment last week suggesting that the agency's ethics lawyers signed off on donations to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.  Asked at a daily briefing Thursday about the foundation's failure to submit a $500,000 donation from the country of Algeria for a conflict of interest review in 2010, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the department did such reviews whenever the non-profit founded by former President Bill Clinton sent in information about a potential gift.  "We like to review — and we have reviewed every donation that was submitted," Psaki said.

State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m.  A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.  According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday [7/30/2014] in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton's proposed speeches did not object to a single one.

Donation to Clinton Foundation while Hillary was Secretary of State violated ethics agreement, report says.  The Clinton Foundation was on the defensive Wednesday after disclosing that it had accepted millions of dollars from several foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, including one donation that violated the foundation's ethics agreement with the Obama administration.  Most of the contributions — which had not previously been detailed by the foundation — were possible due to exceptions written into the organization's 2008 agreement with the White House that limited donations from foreign governments, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the contributions.

Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept..  The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday [2/25/2015].  Most of the contributions were possible because of exceptions written into the foundation's 2008 agreement, which included limits on foreign-government donations.

Donors list raises fears over Hillary Clinton role as Secretary of State.  Bill Clinton has raised millions of dollars from governments and politicians in the Middle East and Asia, raising fresh concerns about the impartiality of his wife's role as Barack Obama's Secretary of State.

Rubber-Stamp Approval Slips Over Hil's Chasms of Conflicts.  "The (William J.) Clinton Foundation exists as a temptation for any foreign entity or government that believes it could curry favor through a donation," cautioned Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana.  "It also sets up potential perception problems with any action taken by the secretary of state in relation to foreign givers or their countries...."  Therefore, he concluded, in a sharp reversal of his own logic, "I believe that every member of this committee will seek ways to support Senator Clinton's work as secretary of state."  Huh?

The Decline and Fall of Hillary Clinton.  If President Obama's goal in appointing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State was to neutralize his biggest rival, he has certainly succeeded.  Clinton looks a shadow of her former self, and has been the most low-key Secretary of State in recent times.  Her immediate predecessors Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell were far more prominent figures on the world stage during their first six months in office.  Clinton, in contrast, looks tired, disinterested, and largely going through the motions.

Hillary's Ego:  Bigger Than the Congo.  The plot of our secretary of state's early-August diplomatic trip to Africa can be summarized as follows:  she arrived, toured several nations, acted like a spoiled princess, and then refused to apologize for her abhorrent behavior.

Hillary Salutes the Saudi King.  Amid all the coverage of President Obama's address to the United Nations, we should also note the obsequious "salute" that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave yesterday to Saudi King Abdullah. ... No mention was made of the fact that Saudi Arabia remains the only country in the world without a public church, or that is has been singled out by the State Department as one of the world's worst religious persecutors.

I find this very hard to believe.
Hillary Clinton:  No more president runs.  Hillary Clinton has made her first, and last, run for the presidency.  The secretary of state replied "no" when asked in an interview that aired this morning on NBC's "Today" show whether she'll run again.  "This is a great job," Clinton said of being secretary of state.  "It is a 24/7 job.  And I'm looking forward to retirement at some point."

Undiplomatic Diplomacy.  Isn't a diplomat supposed to be — you know — diplomatic? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doesn't seem to think so.  On her current visit to Pakistan, she managed to insult both her own government and Pakistan's in the space of a few minutes.

No class, bad memory.  Hillary Clinton continued her farcical visit to Pakistan today [10/31/2009] by blaming Obama's failure to make any progress with respect to Israeli-Palestinian relations on George W. Bush.

Hillary Clinton scrubs Ronald Reagan from history.  It's bad enough that President Obama could not be bothered to attend the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  But Hillary Clinton's refusal to even acknowledge the role played by Ronald Reagan in the Wall's demise as well as the downfall of Communism was highly insulting towards one of the greatest figures of our time, and reeked of petty and partisan mean-spiritedness.

Prosecuting American 'War Crimes'.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed "great regret" in August that the U.S. is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC).  This has fueled speculation that the Obama administration may reverse another Bush policy and sign up for what could lead to the trial of Americans for war crimes in The Hague.

Hillary Clinton has gone AWOL on the Iranian front.  One would have thought that with a potential revolution on the streets of Tehran, and with scenes of horrific and savage brutality against protesters by the Iranian regime, that Washington's official voice on international affairs might at least have expressed an opinion.

Where Oh Where Is Hillary?  Nile Gardiner at the Daily Telegraph writes:  "The White House should send a search party to track down Hillary Clinton.  America's foreign policy chief has been missing from the world stage for several days, and has become as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel at the height of the French Revolution."  Come to think of it, we haven't seen or heard from her since the Flight 253 bombing attack.

Obama's Dangerous Diplomacy.  As a presidential aspirant, Hillary Clinton condemned "cowboy diplomacy" that alienated America's allies; as secretary of state in the Obama administration, she has practiced it...

U.S. allies find Obama a frosty friend.  Hillary Clinton, America's secretary of state, was in Canada the other day.  She criticized Ottawa for not inviting Aboriginal groups to a meeting on the Arctic, and for not including the facilitation of abortion in the Canadian government's "maternal health" initiative to developing countries.  These might seem curious priorities for the global superpower at a time of war...

Hillary:  Bull In China Shop Diplomat.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is often described as sidelined from the big jobs in foreign policy, given her political rivalry with the president.  But to look at the areas where she is active shows a lot of messes.

Hillary Invades Canada!  Canadians hosted hundreds of American air passengers whose planes were grounded on 9/11.  They opened their hearts and their homes to us.  During the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-81, fearless Canadian diplomats in Tehran helped smuggle out of that maddened country endangered Americans.  None of that seemed to matter this week.  Not content with putting an end to America's historic "special relationship" with Britain, nor with bullying the U.S.' only reliable ally in the Mideast, Israel, the Obama administration has launched an attack on our Northern neighbor, Canada.  Their unguided missile landed squarely on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  It was Hillary.

What, No Hillary?  The White House very quickly got out in front of a story.  There is no truth to the rumors that President Obama might name Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Supreme Court. ... Senators on the Judiciary panel might be most interested to learn what, if any, role Hillary Clinton played in the 2001 Marc Rich pardon.  Remember him?  He's the fugitive felon who got a pardon after his ex-wife, Denise, made some hefty contributions to the Democratic Party.

Secretary Clinton Helps Islamic Terror Supporter Enter U.S..  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed an order allowing a radical Islamic man with terrorist ties to tour cities in the United States in spite of a six-year ban, according to a report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police's Terrorism Committee.

Taxpayers foot State Department's stiff liquor bill.  Months after President Obama urged federal agencies last year to cut wasteful spending, the U.S. Department of State paid $3,814 to fill an order of Jack Daniel's whiskey for gratuities at one of its many overseas embassies.  The booze buy wasn't unusual.  Last year alone, the State Department sent taxpayers tabs totaling nearly $300,000 for alcoholic beverages  — about twice as much compared to the previous year, according to an analysis of spending records by The Washington Times.

Hillary Clinton:  'We Have a Lot to Learn' About Energy Policy From Other Nations .  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told officials from more than 32 Western Hemisphere nations on Thursday [4/15/2010] that the United States is looking to those nations to develop better energy policies and practices.  "For our part, we believe the United States has a lot to learn," Clinton said at the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas in Washington.

Treason Season at the State Department.  The Obama administration appears to be unable to distinguish between the reasonable Arizona immigration law and the acts of merciless dictators in China.  It's a vivid illustration of Obama's 'Blame America First' policy.

State Dept. Changes Passport Policy to Accomodate People Who Change Gender.  The U.S. State Department is marking lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender "Pride Month" by changing its policy concerning gender change on passports and consular reports of birth abroad.  As of June 10, the State Department no longer requires that individuals provide proof that they have had sex reassignment surgery, but only requires certification from an "attending physician" that the individual received "appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition," which may or may not include surgery.

Hillary Clinton:  Secretary of Your Estate.  When it comes to your income, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes what's hers is hers and what's yours is hers.  If Obama is a "citizen of the world," Hillary Clinton wants to be the tax collector of the world.  During a recent speech at the Brookings Institution, Clinton said, "The rich are not paying their fair share in any nation that is facing the kind of employment issues, whether it's individual, corporate, whatever the taxation forms are."

Hillary to World:  Raise Your Taxes! Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her push for higher taxes around the world, asserted facts about Brazil's economy that are contradicted by her own department's official profile of the South American country.  Clinton has taken on an odd diplomatic priority by urging the U.S., and other countries, to raise taxes.  She said during a trip to Pakistan that the country needed to increase taxes.

What Side Is She On?  Hillary Clinton assured Ecuadoreans the U.S. would sue Arizona if it tried to enforce federal immigration laws.  She said it just as the feds ceded part of Arizona to Mexican traffickers.

Clinton pledges to defend gay rights at home and abroad.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged to end violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians at home and abroad Tuesday [6/22/2010], as the Obama administration moves to extend further benefits to gays working in the federal government.

The New Math Of Hillary Clintonomics.  With job creation in the U.S. basically at a standstill aside from some government hiring of temporary census workers, even after a trillion-plus in stimulus spending, Hillary Clinton's answer for more growth and more jobs is to remove even more money from the people who earned it and hand it over to the federal government.

The Anti-Women Agenda of Hillary's State Department.  Secretary Hillary Clinton's State Department has proven that the only 3:00 a.m. calls that they are willing to answer are calls that further a dangerously misguided progressive agenda.  During the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton proudly proclaimed that she'd be "ready on day one," but she neglected to mention that she'd only be ready to push dogmatic ideological movements.  Two examples in the past month alone attest to that fact.

Can Chelsea Clinton receive gifts from foreign heads of state for her wedding?  [Scroll down]  So in other words, yes, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the sitting secretary of state and the former president, can receive all the gifts she likes from foreign heads of state, or even "international organizations."  The confidentiality agreements would make it very easy for someone outside the country, say, to pay for all of the flowers in the wedding without public scrutiny.  Not that we should worry about that, Brooks explained, because we have to presume that the activities are above board.  On the other hand...

State Department:  Taliban is not a terrorist organization.  A new State Department report designating terrorist organizations notably excludes one group:  the Taliban.  The U.S. has been fighting a war in Afghanistan for almost a decade aimed at "defeating the Taliban," Taliban members repeatedly have threatened and killed American citizens and lawmakers have increased pressure on State to add the Taliban to the list.

The State Department's Islamic Supremacist.  It's unbelievable but true: the imam of the projected Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero, Feisal Abdul Rauf, is on a grand tour to Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates — paid for by the U.S. State Department with taxpayer money.  The State Department confirmed Tuesday [8/10/2010] that they were sending Rauf on this mission.

Hillary and the Ground Zero Mosque Imam.  It is time for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to step up to the plate and investigate Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who is currently touring the Middle East at the expense of American Taxpayers as an envoy of her Department of State.  Claudia Rossett, one of America's premier journalists, today reveals several disturbing facts that more than warrant an official investigation.

Critics attack State Department program sponsoring Ground Zero imam's trip.  Amidst the contentious debate surrounding the building of a mosque and Islamic community center at Ground Zero, it was revealed that the imam behind the project — Feisal Abdul Rauf — will soon be departing on a State Department-sponsored trip to the Middle East — and American taxpayers will be footing the bill.

'Ground Zero' imam on Mideast tour to make Islam 'Americanized'.  The imam behind the plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero surfaced yesterday far from the controversy — in Bahrain, where he's on a taxpayer-funded trip to the Middle East to spread good will.  Appearing in public for the first time in weeks, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, speaking at a mosque near Bahrain's capital of Manama, said he wants to "Americanize" Islam — but dodged questions about the uproar over his planned mosque and community center.

Cashing In On Ground Zero.  Among the prime planners of a $100 million Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero, it's not just Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who is visiting the Middle East this summer at U.S. taxpayer expense.  The State Department is also about to send Rauf's wife and Cordoba Initiative fellow director, Daisy Khan, on her own taxpayer-funded "public diplomacy" trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Clinton Invokes Climate Change Debate to Explain Pakistan Floods.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other officials are pointing to the devastating floods in Pakistan and other extreme weather events as signs that climate change is getting worse.  Clinton, in an interview with Pakistan's Dawn TV, said "there is a linkage" between the recent spate of deadly natural disasters and climate change.

Secretary Clinton's Climate Con.  Our secretary of state tells the world the devastating Pakistani floods are caused by man-made global warming as the U.N. plans to exploit the crisis to restart stalled climate talks.

Obama administration indicts America.  Move over Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria.  The State Department has made it official:  The United States violates human rights.  In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration submitted a report to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights detailing the progress and problems in dealing with human rights issues in this country.  The document is a strange combination of left-wing history and White House talking points.

The State Dept.'s Campaign Brochure.  When the president violated all traditional comportment and protocol in his State of the Union address in January by blasting Supreme Court justices sitting a few feet away from him, he said he didn't think "American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse by foreign entities."  Now his administration has reversed that image.  Our own State Department has had the taxpayers bankroll what amounts to an Obama campaign pamphlet concocted for the consumption of a foreign entity:  the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Human Rights Kowtow.  President Obama and his State Department have been widely criticized for downplaying human rights in their efforts to engage abusive regimes in Iran, China, Russia, Burma and even Sudan.  But there's at least one country whose human rights record merits the Administration's minute scrutiny:  the United States.

Human Rights through the Looking Glass.  During this past year, under the guidance of our HRC, Hillary Rodham Clinton, "senior representatives" from "more than a dozen" federal entities wandered the country listening to the self-serving laments of various liberal pressure groups.  At the end of the process, they compiled these gripes into a 29-page report and sent it to the U.N. HRC for review.  Among the reviewing states of the HRC are human rights luminaries like Cuba, Russia, Red China, Saudi Arabia, and — when not busy sending "emergency transaction" e-mails — Nigeria.  Our State Department calls the UPR [Universal Periodic Review] process "a unique avenue for the global community to discuss human rights around the world."  Any sane person would call it a self-deluding boondoggle and, if its recommendations are followed, a self-destructive one as well.

U.N. report clearly not treason, just treasonous.  Apparently the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton's State Department consider our republican form of government a human rights deficiency.

Hillary Clinton:  United Nations Is 'Single Most Important Global Institution'.  In a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on Wednesday [9/8/2010], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the work of the United Nations and said it is "the single most important global institution."

U.N. Human Wrongs.  The U.S. State Department is holding up Arizona as America's human rights problem, fishing for applause from the likes of Cuba and Libya.  But Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer isn't taking it lying down.

Clinton to unveil funds for clean cookstove push.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce on Tuesday a U.S. contribution of more than $50 million toward providing clean cooking stoves in developing countries to reduce deaths from smoke inhalation and fight climate change.

The Editor says...
(1) Every dollar that goes toward the fight against "climate change" is a wasted dollar, since the climate has always been in a continuous state of flux.  (2) The United States has no business spending tax dollars on other countries' problems.  (3) What fuel will be used in these "clean cooking stoves" that will add any less to "climate change"?  Petroleum?  Natural gas?  Coal?  Aren't these the very same energy sources the Democrats so vigorously oppose?  (4) If people are dying from smoke inhalation, using the fires they now have, they must be cooking indoors, so why won't the new stoves be just as hazardous?

Hillary Clinton Wants Global Standards For Cookstoves.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Tuesday [9/21/2010] at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.  The goals of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves are multi-tiered.  "First, a major applied research and development effort to improve design, lower costs and develop global industry standards for cookstoves", Clinton said.  "Second, a broad-based campaign to create a commercial market for clean stoves, including reducing trade barriers, promoting consumer awareness and boosting access to large scale carbon financing."

The Editor says...
Will "global industry standards for cookstoves" make the stoves cheaper and more accessible?  Of course not.  Government regulations always make prices increase.  If the end users are currently burning firewood and dung, how bad could a new stove be, with or without global standards?

Hillary Clinton stays away from mid-term elections.  Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, will be several thousand miles away from American shores on election day in a move some are interpreting as a deliberate way of literally distancing herself from the result.

Why is Hillary Clinton hiding?  As Toby Harnden reports, Hillary Clinton has opted to stay well clear of today's midterms, sitting them out in a two-week tour of Asia and Australasia.  In fact she's been as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel in the past few days.  That's a perfectly astute move from her point of view.

What President Obama Didn't Learn at Harvard.  [Scroll down]  Hillary Clinton made it a point to get out of town.  She didn't want to be near the wreckage.  Her patronizing put-down of the American people was similarly the product of our elite Ivy grad schools.  She said we had a petulant "Goldilocks" attitude.  Some of us say Obama's policies are too hot.  Some say they are too cold.  And the impatient electorate is too demanding; we want him to get it just right.  How insulting.  How arrogant.  But it is typical of the way liberals talk down to Americans.

Hillary Clinton:  Secretary of State is "My Last Public Position".  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has once more reiterated that she will not run for president in 2012, going so far as to refer to her current role in government as "my last public position."  At a town hall meeting appearance in Manama, Bahrain on Friday, Clinton denied intentions to run for either president or vice president on the ticket with President Obama, who defeated her in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.  Some experts have also speculated that she could replace Robert Gates next year when he retires as secretary of defense.

Hillary's Puppy-Dog Diplomacy.  Whatever happened to America's most-driven woman, whose post-Lewinsky scorn would lead to the sweetest revenge ever as first female president?  Where is the first lady who reputedly threw lamps at her cheating chief executive husband, and who wouldn't say die in the primaries against Barack Obama?  Where, for that matter, is the relentless, Nixonian secretary of state WikiLeaks tells us ordered her underlings to spy on a foreign head of state and U.N. personnel?

Hillary's Long Goodbye.  For the moment I am still consigning the rash of stories writing Hillary Clinton's political obituary to the too-good-to-be-true file.  Yes, the Secretary of State has openly stated that Secretary of State will be her "last public position."

Liberal Math.  Hillary Clinton, a multimillionaire, given her past lucrative books deals and sales, and her husband's near $100 million in honoraria after a near decade of speaking fees, is now hawking signed DVDs of her convention speech in 2008.  Apparently she hopes to pay off her sizable campaign debts that still exceed $9 million.  Questions arise:  the Clintons this summer were just negotiating to buy a $11 million Westchester County mansion, despite owning luxurious homes in Washington and New York.  Cannot the Clintons defer purchase of such upscale estates until they pay what they owe, since the cost of the estate and the debt owed are about equal?

Hillary Pitches Signed DVD for Money.  Over two years after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got shellacked by Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries, she remains in debt and has gone the Home Shopping Network path to raise money:  Selling signed copies of a DVD recording of her Democratic Convention speech.

Hugo Chavez Admires Hillary Clinton's 'Spontaneous Smile'.  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez bumped into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Brazil this weekend at the inauguration of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, and the two shook hands and chatted.  "She had a very spontaneous smile and I greeted her with the same effusiveness," Chavez later explained.

Hillary & Hugo's Handshake.  What is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton doing shaking hands with Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez?  The two exchanged pleasantries in Brazil during the inauguration of its new President Dilma Rousseff.

Hugo Feels The Love.  If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, how is one to characterize Hillary Clinton's latest grip-and-grin encounter with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in Brazil on Saturday?

The Worst Secretary of State.  Simply by virtue of being married to Bill, being a woman, and being as left-wing and progressive as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton gets a pass on pretty much everything.  The media swoon over what a trailblazer she's been, how brilliant she is, and what a spectacular job she's doing as Secretary of State.  None of those things are true, particularly that last one.

With Hillary Clinton in charge of the State Department, this is what happens:
Heather has two passports.  The Obama administration's war on traditional values is picking up steam.  Just three days before Christmas, the State Department buried an announcement that "mother" and "father" were being banished from the bureaucratic lexicon.  In their place, politically correct terms intended to appeal to the vanity of homosexual activists will be inserted.  Application forms for documents such as passports will use "parent one" and "parent two" or "parent A" and "parent B" instead of supposedly obsolete concepts like mother and father. ... Obama administration officials are all in favor of breaking down the distinctions between men and women and any role they might play in society.

Cultural vandalism.  Lost in the wake of the horrific shootings in Tucson was a modest battle in the culture war:  The State Department quietly decreed that some passport applications would henceforth be gender neutral.  No more "mother" and "father"; such terms were apparently too retro, too judgmental for the Foggy Bottom bonzes.  Instead, Parent One and Parent Two would do just fine.  O Brave New World, that has such bureaucrats in it.

Hillary's foot-in-mouth moment as a climate scientist.  In August, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that the floods that were ravaging Pakistan at the time were linked to global warming. ... [But] There's a peer-reviewed paper about to be published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and in the press release about the paper, they don't even mention the word "climate."  Simply put, a rogue storm system, part of the normal chaotic nature of weather on this planet, was the cause of last summer's devastating floods.  Nothing else.  Anyone who claims that the storm was part of "climate change" is simply flat wrong, and that includes Hillary.

Hillary and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Why would a proto-feminist Secretary of State be silent on the very real potential of a patriarchal Islamist system like the Muslim Brotherhood gaining power in Egypt?  Hillary Clinton's deafening silence in full view of her boss's Muslim sympathies as well as her own complicity in dialoguing with those who wish to subjugate women worldwide has left even die-hard Hillary supporters baffled and disgusted.

Pathetic.  The secretary of state steps up to the plate on Libya — and whiffs.

Obama-Inspired Chaos.  According to Hillary Clinton, "the safety and well-being of Americans has to be our highest priority."  Oh, really?  That comment, proffered by our secretary of state Tuesday [2/22/2011], is overshadowed by the serious jeopardy U.S. citizens now encounter thanks to the ideological blindness and national security incompetence of the Obama administration.

Rip Van Clinton.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is complaining that Iran is subverting the upheavals in the Middle East.  So what else has been new for the last 30 years?

Hillary Clinton not on board for second term.  Hillary Clinton really, really, really doesn't want to be president or vice president, or to become defense secretary or to continue serving as secretary of state if President Barack Obama is elected to a second term, she made clear in an interview Wednesday [3/16/2011].

Hillary's Moment.  Inside the Obama administration, a debate is raging.  In the face of the uprisings in the Middle East, Barack Obama has opted to sit on his hands.  He has a talent for that.  Robert Gates, who is extremely wary — one might even say, excessively wary — of commitments abroad, is happy about the President's passivity; Hillary Clinton, who had hoped that we would act to tip the balance in Libya, is not.  It would not be hard to imagine her resigning from the cabinet over this issue.

The Obama Administration's Ineptness.  On Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — when asked about why we're involving ourselves in Libya but not Syria — said this about Bashar Assad:  "Many of the Members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he's a reformer."  For understandable reasons — more about that in a moment — those comments didn't fly very well.  So it was time for a retake.  Yesterday [3/29/2011], when asked about her statement at a press conference, Secretary Clinton said, "Well, first, Jay [Solomon], as you rightly pointed out, I referenced opinions of others.  That was not speaking either for myself or for the administration."  As walk backs go, this one was unusually clumsy and obviously untrue.  Mrs. Clinton could simply have said her previous comments were wrong and she was revising them.  Instead we get a response that no one believes.

Ladies Who Launch.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with a little help from her friends, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and National Security Advisor Samantha Power, is being hailed as a decisive leader for persuading an indecisive President Obama to use military force against Libya in order to prevent "a potential humanitarian crisis" by Muammar Gaddafi against his own people.  Who knew that feminists would go to war against anyone but white male Republicans and Clarence Thomas?

Who's wearing the pantsuit at the White House?  In the end, the call didn't come at 3 a.m.  But the Decider in Chief who answered the phone made sure that everyone in the White House knew who wore the pantsuit around there.  And just as in the (first) Clinton presidency, the leaks began to pour out.  It was Hillary — not the former junior senator from Illinois — who forced the decision to intervene in Libya, "according to senior administration officials speaking only on condition of anonymity" to the New York Times.

President Obama's New Anti-American Secretary of State.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made it clear that she will not serve another term under President Obama.  Who can blame her?  She has become the face of a fecklessly reckless administration, a pathetic press relations lackey for the worst foreign affairs president in the history of the country.

Leave No Limo Behind.  They are buying limousines in Washington.  Lots of them.  The number of government limousines increased by 73 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration.  The official justification for the acquisition (with borrowed Chinese money) of all this rolling stock is "security."  Our bureaucrats, it seems, are not safe riding around in ordinary vehicles or, perish the thought, driving themselves to work.  This, it seems, is especially true of those brave souls who toil at the State Department, which is where most of the limos have been put into service.

A Marriage Made by Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood?  [Scroll down]  In 2008, Hillary Clinton was running for president.  There were widespread insinuations that she was involved in a romantic and/or sexual relationship with Abedin, her ever-present personal assistant.  Those whisperings persisted into Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State.  Abedin's 2010 marriage to [Anthony] Weiner, at which Bill Clinton presided, put those rumors to rest.  In Islamic law, a Muslim must officiate a marriage ceremony; hence if Bill Clinton was the only one officiating, the marriage was not valid according to Islamic law.  Huma Abedin would undoubtedly have known that.  Thus, if no Muslim was officiating along with Clinton, Weiner would not have had to convert to Islam, as the whole thing was a charade from the outset, apparently entered into with the full awareness of all parties concerned.

Weiner's In-Laws' Secret Muslim Brotherhood Connections.  Was Huma Abedin — wife of Anthony Weiner and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton — unaware that her mother was reported as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood?  Did Western media miss what has been revealed in several Arab newspapers and left secret in American government circles?

Politician seeks answers on Weiner wife Huma Abedin's private consulting gig.  One of the Senate's most aggressive investigators is probing longtime Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin's employment status, asking how she got a sweetheart deal to be a private six-figure consultant while still serving as a top State Department official.

The Other Weiner.  If Anthony Weiner hadn't decided to run for mayor, we might never have learned about the cushy deal Hillary Clinton's State Department arranged for his wife.  But that deal has now caught the attention of Sen. Chuck Grassley.  And the Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican has sent State a letter asking 18 specific questions about how and why Huma Abedin was allowed to work simultaneously for Foggy Bottom and private clients.

Questions on the Dual Role of a Clinton Aide Persist.  Ms. Abedin, 37, a confidante of Mrs. Clinton's, was made a "special government employee" in June 2012.  That allowed her to continue her employment at State but also work for Teneo, a consulting firm, founded in part by a former aide to President Bill Clinton, that has a number of corporate clients, including Coca-Cola.  In addition, Ms. Abedin worked privately for the Clinton Foundation and for Mrs. Clinton personally.

The Threat We Face.  [Scroll down]  This is why — to take one disturbing example, I know that Hillary Clinton's right hand, Huma Abedin, the former deputy secretary of state, and chief foreign policy adviser on Muslim Affairs is a Muslim Brotherhood operative.  Huma Abedin's late father was a Muslim Brotherhood leader, and her mother and brother still are. [...] Huma Abedin has never to my knowledge uttered a word of disapproval about the Muslim Brotherhood's desire to rid the world of Christians and Jews or to bring all infidels under the heel of totalitarian Islamic law.  Her spiritual adviser Yusef al-Qaradawi is the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood.

What About Huma?  [T]he new House Select Committee on Benghazi must focus on the nature and consequences of Hillary Clinton's conduct with respect to the policies that led up to the attacks of September 11, 2012; what transpired that evening; and the cover-up that followed.  To really get to the bottom of these matters, however, Chairman Trey Gowdy and his colleagues must also examine with care the role played by a top Clinton lieutenant who has, to date, been almost completely unmentioned in the reporting, leaking, and congressional inquiries about Benghazigate:  Huma Abedin.  This is all the more curious since Ms. Abedin has extensive family and personal ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Whose Side Are You On, Hillary?  Our secretary of state questions the patriotism of those criticizing the administration's Libyan policy and disregard of the War Powers Act.  Remember when dissent was the highest form of patriotism?

State Department Funds Anti-American Propaganda.  While other U.S. departments and agencies waste tax payer money, no other department does it with quite the counter-productive flair of our friends in Foggy Bottom.  First, there was the issue of U.S. money going to pay salaries to jailed Palestinian terrorists, including those who murdered Americans.  Now, it turns out that the State Department is paying money to the United Nations Development Program...

Hillary Clinton: 'I'm Trying to Increase the Number of Visas' for Iranian Students.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told BBC Persia Wednesday that the State Department plans to set up a "virtual embassy" in Tehran by the end of the year to answer questions about how Iranians can study or travel in the United States.  "I'm trying to increase the number of visas for students so that we have more Iranian students coming to study here.  We're trying to reach out to the Iranian people, and we've tried to reach out to the government, just not very successfully," she said in an interview with BBC Persia's Bahman Kalbasi.

The Editor says...
Oh yes, the Muslims are coming to this country to study, all right.  They're coming here to study the airports, the subways, the water supplies, the power plants, and the tallest buildings.

Hillary Clinton: 'Religious Beliefs' Are 'Standing in the Way of Protecting Human Rights of LGBT People'.  Religious beliefs and cultural values do not justify the failure to uphold the human rights of homosexuals, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday [12/6/2011].  "Now, raising this issue, I know, is sensitive for many people and that the obstacles standing in the way of protecting the human rights of LGBT people rest on deeply held personal, political, cultural, and religious beliefs," Clinton said.

Hillary's Surreal State Department.  Hillary Clinton was once seen as a radical busybody, clamoring for this or that absurd invented right, such as the right of children to sue their parents.  Now she is seen as a safe establishment figure.  But the truth is that she hasn't changed.  She is still a radical scold.  Back in the days of the Clinton presidency she pushed the world to embrace an international right to abortion.  These days her ambition is to impose upon all the nations of the earth "LGBT" rights.  Bill Clinton's State Department was famous for its Christmas trees adorned with condoms as ornaments.  Hillary's State Department is even more radical; it seeks to turn the world into San Francisco.

Obama's war on decency:  [Scroll down]  The second news item was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech in Geneva on Tuesday [12/6/2011], announcing that American taxpayers will be paying for homosexual activism around the world through a $3 million Global Equality Fund.  That's right.  In a time when the United States is facing massive debt, plus a rising China and militant Islam, we're going to use foreign aid money to promote "gay rights" to the world.

A Shameful State Department Initiative.  Today [12/12/2011] the Islamized State Department will be meeting with the Islamic supremacist Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss strategies and develop action plans in which to impose the restriction of free speech (or blasphemy, as truthful speech about Islam is considered in Islamic law) under the Sharia here in America.  Photos accompanying news reports about the upcoming meeting shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at a meeting last summer in Istanbul.  Such prominence is given to this totalitarian organization.  That photo reminds me of Neville and Adolf.

Hillary Clinton: 'I've Made Women a Cornerstone of American Foreign Policy'.  During her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton says she's instructed U.S. diplomats and development experts to "partner with women to find ways to engage and build on their unique strengths, help women start businesses, help girls attend school" and "push" women to get involved in peace talks and elections.  "I've made women a cornerstone of American foreign policy," Clinton told a 'Women in the World Summit' in New York City on Saturday [3/10/2012].

Is Hillary Clinton becoming an embarrassment as Secretary of State?  The pictures of Hillary Clinton dancing the night away in Colombia during the Summit of the Americas are now all over Twitter, and were first reported by ABC News.

Obama's Overseas Travel Turning Into Campaign Stops.  [Scroll down]  Lastly there were photos of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dancing at a Cartagena club and knocking back a beer.  Undignified in a diplomatic context, they are perfect images in a populist campaign context.

Hillary Clinton Playing Russian Roulette with the Russians.  [Scroll down]  It would be hard to imagine more errors in a single answer.  Russia's change of leadership?  What change?  Putin has been in charge since New Year's Eve 2000.  That has never been in doubt.  The Obama administration made much — too much — of its closeness to Medvedev, even giving the appearance of disrespect to Putin in the process.  That's like cozying up to the monkey in the hopes of showing up the organ grinder.

Hillary and Barack Kneel at China's Altar.  If anybody, anybody with sense, actually believes that Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng is happy to be staying in China, or that he and his family will be safe for longer than a few months, that person is, in the old terminology, a "useful idiot" for the Communist cause.  The American agreement that sends Chen back from the U.S. Embassy is a craven capitulation to Chinese Communist thuggishness.

Will Obama Leave The US In Shambles If He Loses the Election?  Just like a spoiled child who doesn't know the word "NO", I believe that if Obama loses the upcoming election, he and his communist regime will do everything in their lame-duck power to destroy America to a point of no return for the incoming President.  New information on five treaties that are currently being negotiated by Hillary Clinton and other members of the regime's state department could spell grave danger to the soverignty of the United States of America.

Hillary Clinton Needs A New Global Warming Travel Agent.  Our Secretary of State said she was on a mission to see for herself the impacts of global warming.  That being the case, she should have started her trip in Iowa, in the heart of the World's Breadbasket.  Why Iowa?  Because as the world has warmed, crops have responded with ever-improving yields.  Nearly every year, important crops set yield-per-acre records in the United States and elsewhere.  This is consistent with the basic science that carbon dioxide is aerial fertilizer.  It is also consistent with longer growing seasons and the improvement in soil moisture that accompanied warmer temperatures.  Want to see for yourself the impacts of global warming, Secretary Clinton?  Start in Iowa.

The LOST sinkhole.  Like those who say climate change is an emergency too obvious and urgent to allow for debate, some proponents of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, a.k.a. the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), say arguments against it are nonexistent.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says any such arguments "no longer exist and truly cannot even be taken with a straight face."  Favoring condescension over persuasion, she ridicules people who she says think that, because the treaty was negotiated under U.N. auspices, "the black helicopters are on their way."

Hillary Clinton Breaks Secretary of State Travel Record.  Hillary Clinton will travel to Latvia on Thursday [6/28/2012], the one-hundredth nation she'll visit as Secretary of State, reports CBS.  With still six months to go and a ticket to ride pretty much anywhere, she's already bested Madeline Albright's record of 96 nations visited as President Bill Clinton's Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001.

Hillary Clinton's Legacy.  Bret Stephens has a devastating column in today's Wall Street Journal questioning the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton has been a good secretary of state.  He goes down a litany of trouble spots and shows that the strategic position of the United States has declined as a direct result of Clinton's decisions, policy, and direction.

State Dept. Advisers: Let's Cut Nukes Some More.  A State Department advisory board report made public Tuesday shows that the Obama administration is studying cuts in U.S. strategic arsenals to "very low" levels and ultimately eliminating nuclear arms.  The advisory board, headed by former Defense Secretary William Perry, reflects themes promoted by liberal arms control and disarmament officials in the administration and calls for a new U.S. nuclear doctrine dubbed "mutual assured stability" based on better relations with Russia.

The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration.  If anyone needed evidence that Hillary Clinton is in the pocket of the Muslim Brotherhood, the events of the last few days should be more than sufficient.

Hillary Doubled Down on Egypt 'Apology'.  [Secretary of State] Clinton reiterates an apology issued earlier today [9/11/2012] by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo — now deleted — which said:  "We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims."  "The U.S. deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others," Clinton said.  "Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation," she added.  However, the White House has distanced itself from such apologies, according to Politico, saying that they were not "cleared by Washington."  Evidently, there is some discord in Washington.

Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, it's time to wake up and smell the global jihad.  There are people in this world — and not a small number of them — who share the vision bin Laden had and have the will and means to act.  No amount of apologizing for America, embracing our adversaries or mistreating our allies will change that.  It is worth recalling that Cairo, the city where a mob entered the US embassy compound and burned an American flag, was the epicenter of what critics call Obama's "apology tour."

Obama and Clinton Must Resign — NOW!  The damage they have done to America, worldwide, may be irreparable.  We cannot allow them to continue to charge around like blind bulls in the proverbial china shop.  Republicans, speaking as one, must demand their resignations, and any Democrat who still has a vestige of patriotism and love of country left must join with them.  We cannot let another day go by with people so obviously unqualified and unsuited to occupy positions of power and authority continuing to do so.

Colonel: Hillary Made Decision Not to Post Marines at Benghazi.  In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Fox News military analyst Colonel David Hunt laid the blame for the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the Benghazi, Libya American mission on Hillary Clinton and the State Department.

Chaos at the State Dept?  I spoke with a well-placed journalist last night whose sources describe the situation at the State Department in one word:  "Chaos."  The working assumption is that several American embassies may have been penetrated, or are vulnerable to attack, because so many of them rely on local residents for staff needs at the embassy, and as such may be in a position to breach security if they have been recruited by Al Qaida.

Hillary Clinton Should Resign.  [T]his Secretary of State has irrefutably proven herself to be naïve, weak, and grossly incompetent.  And no, it doesn't matter that the Secretary has said she wishes to leave the Obama administration if the President is re-elected.  Hillary Clinton has to go.  Now.

Now Hillary Clinton strongly hints that Libya consulate WAS attacked by Al Qaeda.  In a humiliating admission, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said today [9/26/2012] that there was an explicit link between the al Qaeda network in North Africa and the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya, backtracking from what the State Department had said previously.

Hillary: 'Loosen Regulation' Because 'Too Many People Still Can't Find Jobs' — In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya.  Speaking to a group of foreign ministers from Arab nations at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed support for loosening regulations, particularly on small businesses, because "too many people still can't find jobs" — in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

What Did Hillary Tell Obama on 9/11?  On Friday [10/12/2012], a CNN reporter asked Hillary Clinton what she was doing as the attack occurred, and Clinton responded with a 400-word answer that avoided the question.

Hillary Clinton: Accomplice to Liars.  What has Hillary Clinton done to invite such high levels of praise and esteem?  HillaryCare?  Stuck by her husband (who also polled at 66% favorability!) who lied, straight-faced, to the American people?  Hurriedly "moved" to New York so she could become that state's next U.S. Senator?  Slammed Barack Obama on the primary campaign trail, only to turn around to become his Secretary of State, supporting his every move to denigrate America throughout the world?  Ignored the pleas for additional security from our ambassador to Libya as 9/11 approached, then covered up the real events that led up to his murder by blaming an obscure, cartoonish video as well as the First Amendment?

Mark Steyn: Hillary Clinton used Libyan ambassador's dead body 'as prop to peddle a false narrative'.  On Hugh Hewitt's radio [program] last week, National Review columnist Mark Steyn accused the Obama administration of using slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens as a political prop. [...] "Aside from anything else, it's a wonderful example of how shriveling and corrupting politics is — that in the end, her great friend Chris, his coffin, his body, assuming they're not lying to us about the body being in there. [..."]

White House: Buck Stops With Hillary on Libya.  Today, the White House finally revealed its policy on embassy security:  keep President Obama out of the loop so he can claim plausible deniability and blame Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for any problems.

Did Biden Hang the State Department Out to Dry at the Debate?  Everyone loves Hillary Clinton these days.  She's got an approval rating way higher than that of Joe Biden or of President Obama, who can barely muster 50 percent on a good day.  But what if the most politically significant foreign-policy failure of Obama's presidency is actually due to a failure of the diplomatic-security strategy at the Clinton-run State Department?  That's certainly what all the evidence suggests.

Obama bites the hand that feeds him.  [Scroll down]  Hillary's leverage is at its peak now, when Bill is leading the Obama reelection charge and when a sudden resignation would represent a huge setback for Obama.  The Clintons can try to use this leverage to halt White House efforts to scapegoat Hillary.  Then, they can hope the issue blows over.  However, the Benghazi story isn't likely to blow over.

More about the Benghazi attack.

Will Hillary resign?  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stepped forward to say she accepts responsibility for the fact that our consulate in Benghazi was refused enhanced security.  This is another example of her willingness to take one for the team.  But what does it mean?  Will she "accept responsibility" by resigning her office?  This is what is meant by accepting responsibility in most parliamentary democracies.  As secretary of state, she surely knows that any of her NATO colleagues who accepted responsibility for such a debacle would immediately surrender his office.

Hillary Makes the Smartest Political Move of this Cycle.  [Scroll down]  It undermines Obama by making her look strong, and [Obama] look weak.  He is now forced to make some kind of statement second as a response.  It's the 3 AM phone call with her answering while he goes to Vegas.

Passing the buck on Benghazi.  Mrs. Clinton said she was taking responsibility to avoid a political "gotcha."  The Benghazi tragedy was far more than just a "bump in the road," as President Obama described it.  If Mrs. Clinton wants to accept the blame, she also should accept the consequences.

Hillary Clinton calls on Iranian gov't to release jailed filmmaker and 'all political prisoners'.  Although Secretary of State Clinton is facing criticism of her own when it came to making sure that filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef was arrested and placed in jail, it has not stopped her from calling on Iran to release their own imprisoned filmmaker.

Benghazigate Reveals the Perfidy of Obama and Hillary Clinton.  Over the last five weeks, three distinct stages have unfolded in the Benghazi cover-up revealing the inner Obama and Clinton.  At first blush, we thought Benghazi exposed the amateurish and irresponsible nature of the Obama administration.  For Mr. Obama, "responsibility" does not mean precluding terrible events from happening, rather responsibility to appoint a commission to investigate what already happened, with a likely outcome exonerating the President.

State Dept. Official to Attend OIC Meeting Today on Banning 'Defamation of Islam'.  After the disaster of trying to blame an obscure YouTube video for the attack on the CIA operation in Benghazi and Obama's prophecy at the UN that "the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam," Hillary Clinton's State Department appears to be taking another run at the First Amendment free speech rights of American citizens.

A Fine Mess at Foggy Bottom.  While Hillary Clinton coasted for much of her term on the good press that comes with being a Clinton, until the last couple of months she was having a decidedly average run as secretary of state.  But the Benghazi debacle — which was in large part the result of Clinton's incompetence and lack of attention — followed by the expected defection of most of our European allies at the UN vote on the Palestinians today [11/29/2012], reveals a State Department marked by ineptitude and surprising irrelevance.

Clinton to Testify on Benghazi Attack at Open Hearing.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will soon testify before US lawmakers at an open-door hearing about the deadly September attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, a top lawmaker said.  Clinton will appear before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs "to discuss, in an open hearing, the findings and recommendations" in a State Department report on the attack, committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said on Friday [12/7/2012].

Jeanine Pirro Blasts Hillary For Benghazi Cover-up.  Unlike most in the media, Judge Jeanine Pirro has not let the Benghazi story go.  She's still on the case, keeping it alive until the new congress convenes in January and they take it up, again.

Hillary's fortuitous fall from her Benghazi Stonewall.  The alleged fainting spell and subsequent concussion of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears a bit fortuitous, if not downright suspicious when factoring in all of her stonewalling and obfuscation to this point.  It all started on September 16th, when U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice — instead of Hillary — appeared on five Sunday talk shows to give demonstrably false information about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Clinton calls in sick again, innoculating possible 2016 run against Obama Middle East policy.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced another sudden illness, marking the third time since Sept. 11, 2012 that she has distanced herself from President Barack Obama's faltering Muslim-outreach strategy.  The illnesses — and her pending departure from the job — have protected her from growing criticism about the Middle East strategy [...]

Hillary in Hiding.  The U.S. Secretary of State, suffering from a sick stomach, has reportedly fainted and bumped her head.  As a result, her spokespeople have already announced that she will be unable to testify at the Benghazi hearings, although she was not due to appear until December 20, many days after the vaguely reported fainting spell.  Already, the internet is resounding with a chorus of "How convenient!"

Hillary Clinton faints and suffers concussion  just days after insisting she's not too old to run for President in 2016.

Benghazi report could tarnish Clinton's legacy.  [Scroll down]  "The Board found that certain senior State Department officials ... in critical positions of authority and responsibility in Washington demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability appropriate for the State Department's senior ranks," the report concludes in its section on accountability of personnel.

Clinton And Kerry Get A Free Ride From The Press.  [Hillary] Clinton claims she can't testify for Congress on Thursday because she fell down over the weekend and got a concussion.  Maybe so, but thus far no one's seen a medical report.  What's more, it's the second time Clinton has put off crucial congressional testimony about the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other U.S. officials by Islamist terrorists in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11.  The previous time, she had more pressing business, tasting wine in Australia and checking up on East Timor.  It looks like avoidance of responsibility to preserve her own political viability.

Bolton: Clinton Suffering from 'Diplomatic Illness' to Avoid Benghazi Testimony.  Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton implied Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is exaggerating her illness so that she does not have to testify before Congress about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

Hillary Clinton's head fake.  Clinton's story beggars belief:  While traveling in Europe, she contracted a stomach virus ... which made her dehydrated ... which made her faint at home ... which caused her to fall and hit her head ... which gave her a nasty concussion.  So Clinton's deputies will appear in her stead before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday to explain the State Department's failures.  That is not nearly enough.

Benghazi Report Disqualifies Hillary For White House.  A less-than-adequate independent review cites "grossly" inadequate leadership, "systemic failures" and "management deficiencies" that mean our secretary of state isn't ready for that 3 a.m. call either.

A diversionary announcement to draw attention away from the Benghazi scandal:
Obama Wants 100,000 American Students to Study in Communist China.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday [1/24/2013] will celebrate the launch of a newly rebranded organization called the "100,000 Strong Foundation," which aims to have 100,000 American students studying in China by 2014.  Thursday's event will "underscore the importance of study abroad in China and the benefits to our strategic relationship with China as well as the personal benefits individuals receive through these exciting experiences," the news release said.  Until now, the 100,000 Strong Initiative — announced by President Obama on his trip to China in 2009 — has operated inside the State Department.  Thursday's 1 p.m. ceremony marks its transition to a non-profit, nongovernmental organization operating independently.

Yesterday, Hillary Showed You All of Her Flaws.  Like Barack Obama, Hillary is completely unqualified for the position she holds. In fact, her entire career in the Senate, her run at the Presidency and the job she now holds are all owed to the fact that she married the right man, as opposed to any accomplishments of her own. [...] Hillary had no accomplishments or even stands of note while her husband was President, did nothing special while she was in the Senate and has done nothing worthwhile since she became Secretary of State — yet, she's probably the most likely candidate to be nominated by the Democrats for the presidency in 2016.

Things Only a Democrat Could Get Away With.  In her joint appearance with Obama on 60 Minutes, [Hillary] Clinton claimed that her critics were not living in an "evidence-based world".  This is the same world of which she wrote in her goodbye letter to her State Department colleagues; "I am proud of what we have accomplished together."  Those accomplishments are hard to find among the debris of three failed wars, two failed containment policies in Iran and North Korea, and more attacks on American diplomatic facilities than ever before.

The Democratic Disgrace.  Every job has a minimum requirement.  The absolute very least that anyone can do without being considered a complete and utter failure. [...] The minimum requirement for a Secretary of State is to at least pretend to care why such an attack took place.  Hillary Clinton failed that minimum requirement by declaring that it didn't matter why the attack happened. [...] For her, what happened at Benghazi made no difference because she knew that she could not and would not be held accountable for it.

The Hillary standard.  It shouldn't take two dead diplomats in just seven months (and seven other US fatalities) before someone in Washington understands that there's a serious problem in keeping our envoys safe.  This is not about finding political scapegoats.  It's about protecting Americans who serve our nation.

Rep. Issa: Politics Clearly Played a Part in Obama Admin's Handling of Benghazi Attack.  A witness is expected to testify at a Congressional hearing Wednesday that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to cut the department's own anti-terrorism unit out of the loop on the night of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Democrats' Agenda for Benghazi Hearing: Protect Hillary at All Costs.  Ahead of Wednesday's long-awaited hearings at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the Benghazi terror attack of Sep. 11, 2012, Democrats have a clear agenda: protect Hillary Clinton at all costs.

Benghazi Witness: 'You Should Have Seen What (Clinton) Tried to Do to Us That Night'.  Mark I. Thompson will make the allegation that Hillary Clinton "tried to cut the department's own counter-terrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making" as they responded to the Benghazi attacks.

Hillary Clinton — culpable for Benghazi from beginning to end.  When it first became clear that the CIA's Benghazi talking points had been altered, many of us viewed the White House as the prime suspect.  After all, it served President Obama's political purposes to claim, at the height of a political campaign in which he was taking credit for the fall of al Qaeda, that the death of a U.S. ambassador was down to spontaneous outrage over a video, rather than pre-planned terrorism.  It turns out, however, that the State Department was the prime culprit.

On CNN, Mother Of Slain Benghazi Victim Excoriates Hillary Clinton: 'I Blame Her'.  Pat Smith, mother of slain State Department officer Sean Smith, who died in the September 11, 2012, attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, tore into the federal government and their efforts to investigate that deadly attack on Tuesday.  In an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper, Smith said that she blames former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for failing to ensure her staff was secure and for not taking blame for that failure after they were killed in the line of duty.

Brit Hume: 'No way' for Hillary Clinton to escape responsibility for Benghazi.  Senior Fox News political analyst Brit Hume laid out why this week's testimony on last September's terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya could be problematic for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Hume, speaking on Tuesday's [5/7/2013] broadcast of "America Live," said there is no feasible way for her to escape any responsibility since she had to be involved in the crafting of the talking points that came out after the attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including then-U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Reminder: Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi while standing in front of the victims' caskets.  [Video clip]

Dems' Benghazi Hearing Mission: Help Hillary For 2016.  Congressional Democrats will go all-out to protect their likely 2016 presidential nominee.  They won't ask why a 10-man SWAT team was sent to arrest a filmmaker while pleas for help in Benghazi were ignored.

Why Benghazi is a Blow to Obama and Clinton.  The administration's response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. installations in eastern Libya was inaccurate, irresponsible and shrouded by campaign-style spin.  It belied President Obama's oft-broken promise to run a transparent government.  If nothing else, Benghazi is a blow to the credibility of the president and his potential successor, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

From Bimbos to Benghazi.  [Scroll down]  Close to the top of said liberal agenda, on the political side, is the preservation of Mrs. Clinton's reputation and record as Secretary of State.  A necessity for her presumed 2016 presidential candidacy that is thoroughly entangled with both the record and long-term historical legacy of the Obama presidency itself.  Thus, the tactics used to smear Bill Clinton's women — his "bimbo eruptions" as the phrase of the day went — are now being wheeled out to deal with Hillary Clinton's Benghazi whistleblowers.

Hillary Hasn't Heard the End of Benghazi.  While nothing said at the hearing was the "smoking gun" that some in the GOP suspect will eventually bring senior administration officials down because of the Libyan tragedy, enough questions were raised to keep the fires stoked on the issue for the foreseeable future.

Paul: Hillary Clinton 'should never hold high office again'.  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wrote Friday [5/10/2013] that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "should never hold high office again" in the wake of criticism over the administration's handling of the lead up and aftermath of the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Paul made the comments in an op-ed Friday in The Washington Times.  Testimony from several whistle-blowers at at hearing before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday contradicted Clinton's account of the events surrounding the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, as well as the version of events put forward by the administration.

Hillary Clinton's Allies Come to Her Rescue Over Benghazi.  Longtime allies of Hillary Clinton are coming to her defense amid new reports suggesting the State Department, under her stewardship, altered talking points about the attacks in Benghazi to remove references to terrorism and al Qaida. [...] Some of the defenses sounded reminiscent of Clinton's own famed allegations of a "right-wing conspiracy" in the late-1990s after reports her husband had an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

The moment of responsibility for Hillary Clinton.  When I took Hillary Rodham Clinton to task in January for the mishandling of security in Benghazi, Libya, I told her that if I had been president at the time, I would have relieved her of her post.  Some politicians and pundits took offense at my line of questioning.  During those hearings, I reminded Mrs. Clinton that multiple requests were sent to the State Department asking for increased security measures.  I asked if she had read the cables from Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens asking for increased security. She replied that she was busy and had not read them.  I find that inexcusable.

Kerry Pledges to 'Leave No Stone Unturned' on Benghazi Culpability.  Amid potentially damaging new revelations about the State Department's early assessments regarding attribution for the Benghazi consulate attack, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Thursday that if any disciplinary action is found to be necessary, he will ensure it happens.

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That's meaningless:  Hillary doesn't work there any more, so she is immune from Secretary Kerry's "discipline."

Could Benghazi impact Hillary Clinton in 2016?  Gregory Hicks, the number two diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, described being in constant contact with then-Secretary of State Clinton the night of September 11, 2012. And yet he said his requests for military resources to be deployed to Benghazi were repeatedly denied.

Benghazi Continues: Hillary de Medici.  Some folks on the right, because they have been so accustomed to failure in the face of a monolithic media, will be ready to throw in the towel.  That group is particularly disturbing because they are the very people who should be pushing this forward.  Without realizing it, their proclamations of pessimism are a self-fulfilling prophecy.  I urge them to overcome it for the sake of our country, because — trust me — Benghazi is not over.  It has only just begun.

The Clintons' Fixer.  If the GOP congressmen and whistleblowers who spoke at Wednesday's hearing are correct, [Cheryl] Mills stands at the center of the Obama administration's attempt to put the lid on the Benghazi scandal.  Ohio congressman Jim Jordan described Mills as "the person next to Secretary Clinton," tracing the growing scandal to the highest echelons of the State Department.

The Whistleblower Blocker: Cheryl Mills.  Who is Cheryl Mills?  She was general counsel and chief of staff to Secretary Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi attack.  She is also one of the ultimate Clinton insiders.  Here are six things you should know:  [#1] She's been working for the Clintons on and off since 1992.

Mother of Benghazi victim: I blame Hillary.  One woman still looking for answers about the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is Pat Smith.  Her son Sean Smith, a State Department information officer, was one of four Americans killed during the attack.  "I blame her," said Smith, referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  "That's her department, she's supposed to be on top of it, and yet she claims that she knows nothing, it wasn't told to her," said Smith.  "Who's running the place?"

White House hopes under fire.  The Clinton political machine is in full campaign mode already, preparing for 2016 and hoping voters forget by then that she had a key role in the Obama administration's handling of the terror attack.

Hillary Clinton's Shameful Intimidation Of Gregory Hicks.  The secretary of state in the most transparent administration in history has her chief of staff warn a Benghazi whistle-blower to not spill the beans on Benghazi to a U.S. congressman.

Hillary Misled Congress — But Not Under Oath.  Wednesday's testimony on the Benghazi terror attacks by State Department whistleblowers before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform contradicted several statements by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in testimony before House and Senate committees in January.  However, while Clinton may have misled Congress in her testimony, she likely did not commit perjury because she never actually testified under oath.

Hillary 2016: Another Benghazi Casualty.  Well, we've finally settled on that elusive Clinton Doctrine:  "We leave our diplomats and soldiers behind."  Or, alternatively, "What difference does it make?!"  Unfortunately for Clinton, it translates to a potentially devastating blow to whatever 2016 presidential aspirations she had.

Hillary Clinton: I certainly did not know of any reports that contradicted Susan Rice talking points.  Considering that Gregory Hicks, the original source of all information coming out of Libya the night of the Benghazi attacks, testified that he never suggested or said there was a protest that morphed into a terrorist attack, and that he also said the YouTube video was a non-event in Libya, it does appear that this is a lie by Hillary Clinton.

Benghazi Talking Points: A Lie Hillary Agreed Upon.  At least a dozen rewrites of the Benghazi talking points were made, with all references to al-Qaida and prior attacks removed at the direction of the secretary of state's office.

Benghazi Whistleblower Attorney: Congress Must Subpoena Hillary Clinton to Testify Again.  Earlier today [5/10/2013], we learned about a bombshell report that said the CIA's Benghazi talking points were changed 12 times, with extensive input from the State Department.  It comes after State Department whistleblower Gregory Hicks testified Wednesday that he was shocked when he saw Susan Rice blaming a protest for the attack on numerous talk shows.

Hillary Clinton — culpable for Benghazi from beginning to end.  When it first became clear that the CIA's Benghazi talking points had been altered, many of us viewed the White House as the prime suspect. [...] It turns out, however, that the State Department was the prime culprit.  It was State that pushed back hard against the original talking points.  The White House, probably for the political reason cited above, took its side.  Why did State want the talking points changed?  Because it had ignored warnings about rising terrorist activity in Libya and had reduced security rather than beefing it up, as our embassy requested.

Why did Hillary Clinton tie Benghazi to video on 9/11/12 if she talked to whistleblower during attack?  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement that attributed the Benghazi attack to the now-infamous anti-Islam YouTube video in a statement on the day of the assault, even though she talked to a State Department official in Libya about the attack as it was unfolding.

Obama-Hillary Axis Exposed As Purely Self-Serving.  President Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put the common good before political ambition by teaming up — or so we were told.  An updated book-length expose indicates the opposite.

CBS News: U.S. State Department Cover-Ups Range From Prostitution Charges to Drug Rings.  Uncovered documents show the U.S. State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal behavior ranging from sexual assaults to an underground drug ring.  CBS News reports that is has unearthed documents from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), an internal watchdog agency, that implicate the State Department in a series of misconducts worldwide.

Hillary's sorry state of affairs.  A State Department whistleblower has accused high-ranking staff of a massive coverup — including keeping a lid on findings that members of then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's security detail and the Belgian ambassador solicited prostitutes.  A chief investigator for the agency's inspector general wrote a memo outlining eight cases that were derailed by senior officials, including one instance of interference by Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.  Any mention of the cases was removed from an IG report about problems within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security [...]

Whistleblower: Hillary's Chief Staff Quashed State Dept. Scandal Investigation.  A former senior investigator with the State Department's criminal investigative unit has turned whistleblower and alleged to both the media and Congress that senior staff within State Department covered up investigations into appalling behavior committed by members of Hillary Clinton's security staff and our ambassador to Belgium.  One of those alleged to have interfered was Cheryl Mills, Hillary's chief of staff.

Hillary's State Department Sex Scandal.  Public anger about the lies that were told about the Benghazi terror attack as well as her failure to provide adequate security to diplomats that were placed in harm's way was bad enough.  But the latest State Department scandal linked to her office is the sort of thing that could begin the process by which Clinton's status as the inevitable Democratic presidential nominee starts to unravel.

Two New Obama Scandals in a Single Day.  White House Dossier last week noted a total of 20 significant Obama administration scandals, but that was before these latest two and the revelation that the government is keeping track of telephone calls and Internet traffic.  In one the fresh scandals that came to light Monday, CBS News revealed that State Department investigations into misdoings by officials overseas — several having to do with sex — were manipulated or quashed.

Alleged Pedophile Ambassador Protected By State Dept Is Major Obama Bundler.  We are being governed by a bunch of sickos.  There's no other way to look at this.

Tweet This! Hillary Scandals Explode.  Prime among those scandals is Benghazi.  Clinton's failure to adequately protect her own diplomats in Libya and the multiple lies told about the terrorist attack are bad enough in themselves to warrant multiple investigations.  But now it turns out that there was an entirely different kind of scandal brewing in the State Department's halls and embassies during her tenure:  Multiple sex scandals, including charges — not proven — that Howard Guttman, a longtime Democratic supporter who now serves as ambassador to Belgium, solicited sex from prostitutes and even children.  CBS News has reported that investigations into a number of sexual misconduct charges on the part of both ambassadors and security officers were quashed by order of Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.

No Word From Kerry on State Dep't Sexual Misconduct and Coverup Claims.  Amid continuing fallout over allegations that senior State Department officials tried to stop investigations into personnel misconduct, Secretary of State John Kerry kept a low profile Tuesday, making no public comment on the controversy. [...] The suspected misconduct, which occurred during the tenure of Kerry's predecessor, Hillary Clinton, included the alleged use of prostitutes by Clinton's security personnel during foreign trips — a practice described as "endemic" — and the alleged solicitation of prostitutes, including minors, by a Europe-based U.S. ambassador.

Damage control: Hillary Clinton loyalists suspected of criminal cover-ups for diplomats.  Congress and the State Department's inspector general are examining allegations that senior officials working under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton may have suppressed investigations into suspected criminal activity among U.S. diplomats abroad — including the alleged solicitation of prostitutes by an ambassador in Europe.

State Dept. Pushes Back on Report of Prostitutes, Cover-ups.  The State Department is strongly denying allegations from a former department investigator who claimed top officials tried to halt or delay several potentially damaging investigations.  Aurelia Fedenisn, the whistle-blowing former investigator, also claimed that when the department's Office of Inspector General tried to expose the interference in a report, that language was scrubbed.

Clinton confidante at center of Benghazi damage-control tied to probe of suspected diplomat crimes.  A longtime confidante of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton who reportedly played a key role in the State Department's damage-control efforts on the Benghazi attack last year is also named in accusations that department higher-ups quashed investigations into diplomats' potential criminal activity.  Cheryl Mills, who served in a dual capacity in recent years as general counsel and chief of staff to Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state, was accused of attempting to stifle congressional access to a diplomat who held a senior post in Libya at the time of the attack.

'Criminals' hired by State Dept.  The State Department has hired an alarming number of law-enforcement agents with criminal or checkered backgrounds because of a flawed hiring process, a stunning memo obtained by The [New York] Post reveals.  The background problems are severe enough that many of the roughly 2,000 agents in State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security can play only limited roles in agency efforts to police bad conduct and prosecute wrongdoers.

State Department Whistleblower Seeks Congressional Protection After State Threatens Her Kids.  The State Department whistleblower is Aurelia Fedenisn.  She worked in the department's inspector general's office until her retirement in December 2012.  According to USA Today, she has sought protection as an official whistleblower after the State Department directly threatened her, once at her home.  It threatened her with criminal charges when she turned over documents to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) showing evidence that the department had watered down her report, in which she alleged that the department at the highest levels had scuttled eight investigations into a range of criminal wrongdoing.

More State Department Cover-up: Shooting of Two Pregnant Women and Two Men.  Things for the State Department just keep getting worse.  First we learned from CBS News that Department official covered up and interfered with inspector general investigations of sexual misconduct, including the soliciation of prostitutes by an ambassador.  Then we learned those sexual solicitations involved minors.  Now, we're learning State Department officials covered up the shooting of four Hondurans.

Hillary Clinton's Legacy of Scandal.  In the midst of the eruption of near-daily scandals involving the Obama administration, let us not forget that until just a few months ago, Hillary Clinton was the most significant persona within that administration besides the president himself.  Let us not also forget that notwithstanding the scandal-grenades going off all around us, Mrs. Clinton diligently plans her run for the presidency, even while several of those scandals are obviously and entirely her responsibility, exposing the State Department during her tenure as an utter sewer of corruption, cronyism, and fatal incompetence.

Foreign Affairs Chairman: Give Me the Unedited Memo on State Dept. Misconduct.  House Foreign Affairs Committee Chariman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) has asked the State Department's inspector general to elaborate on the "undue influence" found to have been exerted by higher-ups to interfere with investigations into department misconduct.  The final OIG report that Congress got lacked any references to the specific cases of criminal and other misconduct apparently detailed in an October 2012 OIG memorandum, Royce noted.

Did senior State Department security officials commit perjury?  Two top officials at the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service (DS) — the federal law enforcement agency that protects American diplomats and investigates allegations of criminal misconduct by State Department employees — gave sworn testimony earlier this year that appears to be evasive at best, and untrue at worst, according to evidence obtained by Fox News.

'Atmosphere of secrecy' pervades State Dept. office, audit finds.  A key State Department bureau that manages the official face presented by the U.S. to the rest of the world is rife with management problems that have left "an atmosphere of secrecy, suspicion and uncertainty," according to a department watchdog review released Thursday [6/20/2013].

The Never-Ending Clinton Sex Scandals.  A State Department whistleblower has claimed that Hillary's people covered up multiple scandals, including the sexual abuse of minors by an ambassador who donated money to Hillary and Obama, as well as sexual assault and sexual harassment cases worldwide.  And then there are the reports that Hillary's security detail routinely hired prostitutes on international diplomatic visits.

State Department's Sex Trafficking Scandals.  Pssst, did you hear?  President Obama is replacing Ambassador Howard Gutman in Belgium.  You remember Ambassador Gutman, don't you?  He's the big Democrat donor President Obama nominated to represent his policies in Belgium and who, it is alleged, trolled for prostitutes — some of them children! — in a park near his official residence.  Late in the day on Friday, June 21, the White House released a list of new nominees for various posts, and Denise Bauer was listed for the United States Ambassador to Belgium post.

Cameras Catch Mystery Break-In at Whistleblower's Law Firm .  The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend.  Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm's file cabinets.  But silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident.

Watergate-style burglary hits State Dept. whisteblower's law firm.  Remember Aurelia Fedensin?  She's the former investigator for the State Department Inspector General who blew the whistle on Hillary Clinton's State Department covering up scandals and squashing investigations around the world.  Fedensin and her family have already been hassled with intimidating displays of force by the same State Department that seemed relatively untroubled by an ambassador allegedly chasing underage prostitutes through the streets of Belgium.  Knowing that her allegations would be explosive, Fedensin wisely retained the services of a law firm called Schulman & Mathias of Dallas, Texas.  Which just got robbed in a Watergate-style break-in.

Security Cameras Catch Break-In at Whistleblower's Law Firm.  The Dallas law firm representing the State Department whistleblower's had file cabinets and computers stolen but the thieves left behind valuables like silver bars.

Obama Scandal Machine's Own Amateurish Break-In?  [Scroll down]  [Aurelia] Fedensin's allegations touch former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton more directly than anyone else currently in the Obama administration.  Clinton was SecState when the eight investigations that Fedensin alleges were scuttled by senior department members, were scuttled.  The scandals even touch Clinton's own security detail as well as her long-time fixer, Cheryl Mills.

State Department's Credibility Remains in Tatters.  After the news broke that the ambassador to Belgium and members of his security detail had allegedly been soliciting prostitutes, including in some cases minors, President Obama quietly announced that he would reward another major fundraiser, Denise Bauer, by naming her as the replacement for that post.  Bauer had been "finance chair for Women for Obama and raised more than $500,000 for the president's re-election campaign" — classic qualifications, apparently, for the President who was going to change the way Washington does business. [...] There is another disturbing aspect to this story.  The whistleblower who revealed the cover-up of these investigations, Aurelia Fedenisn, has borne the brunt of State Department bullying as a result of her efforts to bring the cover-ups to light.

MSM protecting Hillary from scandal taint.  A former member of then- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's protective detail has been sentenced to a year in prison, extending the strong of scandals that have engulfed the agency since Mrs. Clinton's tenure began.  The diplomat had faced a possible 7 year term, but pleaded guilty, sparing the expense and delay of a trial and perhaps shortening his sentence.

Whistleblowers.  So what did whitleblower Aurelia Fedenisn blow the whistle on?  She is a former investigator in the Inspector General's office in the State Department.  Agents for the department had been working on investigations that uncovered serious and criminal wrongdoing.  Their work, they said, was subject to influence and manipulation by higher-ups at the department.  Agents told the IG's office they were told to stop investigating a U.S. ambassador in a sensitive post who solicited prostitutes in a public park.  Fedenisn, a 26 year veteran at State, went public.

The Watergate of Whistleblowers that could bring down Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Being a whistleblower under the tyrannical rule of Barack Hussein Obama seems to be getting a bit "dicey" these days.  So too is being a law firm representing such whistleblowers.  If you're not subjected to extravagant 21st century NSA surveillance technology, you just might end up being the victim of a less-glitzy, low-tech 1970s Watergate-era style burglary.  According to the mainstream media under Obama, of course, these things simply don't happen.  Oh, except that they do, but you're just not supposed to know about them.

State Department agency deemed 'critical' to information security is a mess, report shows.  An obscure little State Department agency whose work is called "critical to the Department's information security posture" has been in a shambles for years, and is still in chaos, according to an audit report by the department's inspector general released yesterday [7/19/2013].  As one result of all the bumbling and inaction, the security checks that the agency is supposed to perform and subsequent approvals for use that it is supposed to bestow every three years on 36 of those State Department systems have lapsed entirely, meaning that they are operating, in effect, illegally.

Hillary Clinton, Queen of Profit (Cattle Futures Aside).  Hillary Clinton is getting $200K per speech.  I think that qualifies as "cashing in."  I also think it qualifies as "trading on one's public office."  I have used some pretty old-fashioned phrases here.  We heard them in 1989, when Ronald Reagan went to Japan for a week and came back with $2 million.  (An old Reagan hand described this as "the Reagans' retirement fund.")  There was a storm of condemnation.  Has there been any storm over Hillary Clinton?  Over Bill Clinton, and Al Gore?  Haven't they made tens of millions or hundreds of millions of dollars?

Huma, Hillary & hiring.  Thus far, the State Department has stonewalled.  It claims the questions can't be answered because of issues of employee confidentiality.  In fact, the issues these questions about [Huma] Abedin's employment raise have to do with conflicts of interest and State's accountability to the elected representatives of the American people.

Hillary's $500K Saudi jewelry.  World leaders lavished President Obama and top administration officials with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewels, artwork and other extravagant gifts last year, the State Department disclosed Thursday [8/29/2013].  Most of the gifts are turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration or the General Services Administration (GSA), though recipients are allowed to retain many for official use or buy them for their personal collections.

Jeb Bush to Award Hillary 'Liberty Medal' on Eve of Benghazi Anniversary.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will honor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with this year's Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center.  The award will be presented to Clinton on September 10th, the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

Hillary Clinton heckled on Benghazi during award ceremony.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fielded hecklers who hounded her on Benghazi at the tail end of an award acceptance speech she delivered at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday evening [9/10/2013].  Mrs. Clinton was accepting the 2013 Liberty Medal, an honor to recognize her career in public service and advocacy for women's rights, CBS reported.

D.C. executive linked to secret 2008 aid to Hillary Clinton.  The D.C. businessman at the center of an ongoing city corruption investigation secretly spent more than a half-million dollars on get-out-the-vote efforts for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, according to interviews and court documents filed Wednesday.

Clinton Muslim Brotherhood Operative Arrested in Egypt.  The arrest of Gehad el-Haddad for inciting violence is a sobering reminder not just of how close Hillary Clinton's network is to the brutal Muslim Brotherhood, the Left's favorite Islamofascist cell, but also of the extent to which Islamist enemies of the United States have infiltrated the American political establishment.

The Clintons Employ Muslim Brotherhood Officials? You Can't Be Serious.  I don't know who is more shocked about this, me or Huma Abedin, but it turns out that a former top Clinton Foundation official is also ... a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who has just been arrested for — you'll never guess — inciting violence in Egypt.  Not to worry, I'm sure it was only moderate violence.

Second Hillary Clinton aide got special 'status' at State Department.  A longtime adviser and confidante of Hillary Clinton had "special government status" while the former Secretary of State was at Foggy Bottom, allowing her to work on a targeted project about women's issues while she maintained her own business, officials told POLITICO.  Maggie Williams, who has been in Hillary Clinton's orbit for years and who took over her campaign after a shakeup in the 2008 presidential race, was granted "SGE sta tus" to work with the Global Women's Issues office, officials said.

State Department swept sex scandals under the rug.  Months after whistleblowers accused the State Department of covering up employee sex scandals, most of the cases have been ignored or swept under the rug, critics charge.  Records show that staffers were given cushy jobs or allowed to retire, and watchdogs say the feds have hardly bothered to investigate since the shenanigans came to light this past summer.

Hillary Clinton's Lucrative Goldman Sachs Speaking Gigs.  Hillary Clinton spoke at two separate Goldman Sachs events on the evenings of Thursday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 29.  As both Politico and the New York Times report, Clinton's fee is about $200,000 per speech, meaning she likely netted around $400,000 for her paid gigs at Goldman over the course of six days.

Hillary's Odyssey.  Hillary Clinton is no doubt a talented speaker.  She recently went into what the left wing sees as the heart of darkness of the American 1 percent at Goldman Sachs, purportedly gave two brief chats, and walked away with a reported $400,000 in fees.  Such compensation is almost as profitable as Hillary's long-ago cattle-future trading, in which as a talented rookie speculator she beat one-in-several-million odds by parlaying an original $1,000 investment into a $100,000 profit.

Paul: Benghazi should disqualify Clinton from holding higher office again.  Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's decisions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, "should preclude" her from holding higher office again. [...] "There were still people alive and fighting for hours upon hours, and there were some people in Tripoli who could have gone.  I don't think that decision was made by a military person.  I think it was made ultimately by a politician."

Sen. Rand Paul gets applause with anti-Clinton remark at The Citadel.  Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul drew applause from The Citadel's Corps of Cadets on Tuesday [11/12/2013] when he said Hillary Clinton should be disqualified from running for president because of the Benghazi affair.  "Her failure to provide our ambassador and his mission with adequate security should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office again," Paul said of the former secretary of state in connection to last year's fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city.

Hillary Clinton Supporters Slowly Realizing She Didn't Do Anything as Secretary of State.  Hillary supporters are actually so desperate and neurotic that they're already trying to take credit for Kerry's disastrous bungling.  But at least Kerry did something.  Bad, bad things.  But he did them.  Still, what difference does it make?

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2013.  [Scroll down]  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:  On January 23, 2013, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified to congressional committees regarding the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which led to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American citizens.  At times evasive, at other times defensive and aggressive, Clinton delivered her version of events in the days before and after the murders in Benghazi.  And, in the end, the Secretary of State pretended to take "responsibility," but gave a predictable response regarding who is to blame:  "...the level of responsibility for the failures...was set at the Assistant Secretary of State level and below," Clinton said, referring to an investigation of the incident.  In other words, this was not my fault.

CNN's Jake Tapper says Hillary will have to answer for Benghazi.  CNN anchor Jake Tapper said Monday [1/6/2014] that if or when Hillary Clinton runs for president, "there will have to be some questions answered about [Benghazi]."  Tapper spoke with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday about the former Secretary of State's prospects for the presidency.  One of the few mainstream media reporters to challenge the Obama administration's deflections over the deadly September 2012 attack in Libya, Tapper noted that it won't be easy for Clinton to shed her Benghazi baggage on her way to the White House.

Hillary's Hit List.  It would be political malpractice for the Clintons not to keep track of their friends and enemies.  Politicians do that everywhere.  The difference is the Clintons, because of their popularity and the positions they've held, retain more power to reward and punish than anyone else in modern politics.

What did Hillary really accomplish at State?  Aside from her already noted record setting pace for racking up frequent flier miles, what did she really do?  Was there any great peace deal brokered somewhere?  Some breakthrough in trade or normalization of relations with a previously hostile nation?  Or even the submission of one to international pressure brokered by the US?  Nothing seems to jump to mind.

$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department.  The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.  In a special "management alert" made public Thursday [4/3/2014], the State Department's Inspector General Steve Linick warned "significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.  The alert was just the latest example of the federal government's continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors.

"What difference, at this point, does it make?"
State Department misplaced $6B under Hillary Clinton.  The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report.  The $6 billion in unaccounted funds poses a "significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department's contract actions," according to the report.  The alert, originally sent on March 20 and just released this week, warns that the missing contracting funds "could expose the department to substantial financial losses."

Carter dismisses Clinton's State work.  Former President Carter says Hillary Clinton "took very little action" as secretary of State to bring about peace.  Carter, 89, made the remark about the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic front-runner in a phone interview with Time magazine Wednesday night after he spoke at the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas.

Reporter Asks State Dept for One Accomplishment from Hillary Clinton's Big Review Process.  When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton instituted a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.  The first one was completed in December 2010.  Nearly four years later, AP reporter Matt Lee asked State Department Jen Psaki to name one thing that Clinton's QDDR accomplished.  Just one.  She can't.  [Video clip]

Hillary Clinton's Accomplishments.  I challenge you to name a single accomplishment from Hillary Clinton that isn't personal in nature.  From her years as Secretary of State?  From her years as a Senator from New York?  Even her time as a simple lawyer... remember why she got fired from the Watergate investigation?  Her employer, Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat said, "Because she was a liar.  She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer.  She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality."

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Is the Republican nominee going to describe Hillary Clinton as a carpetbagger, or talk about the laundered bribe disguised as a brief investment in cattle futures?  There is a lot of dirt in the Clintons' past, I predict the Republican nominee will be too polite to talk about any of it.

State Department spokeswoman can't name Hillary Clinton's diplomatic achievements.  Hillary Clinton's legacy as secretary of state is thin, judging from a press conference Tuesday [4/22/2014] in which the State Department's chief spokeswoman couldn't articulate any of the future presidential candidate's achievements on the job.  She's not alone, with experts of all political stripes finding it difficult to bolster Clinton's resume as America's top diplomat.

State Department gets second chance to list Hillary Clinton accomplishments. It doesn't go well..  With plenty of time to prepare, the State Department came up with a number of mostly bureaucratic reorganizations as the legacy of Secretary Clinton's QDDR.  [Associated Press reporter Matt] Lee was not impressed.  "Were there any of these that didn't simply involve rearranging of the bureaucratic deck chairs or shuffling responsibilities between one bureau to another or creating a new level of bureaucracy?" he asked.  "Were any of the accomplishments in — outside of that, those areas?"

Clinton's State Department resisted labeling Boko Haram as terror group.  The kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by radical Islamic terror group Boko Haram has drawn international condemnation, including that of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  "Abominable," is how she described the kidnapping, calling it an "act of terrorism" that merits "the fullest response possible."  But the State Department, under Clinton's leadership, repeatedly resisted and blocked efforts to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group.  Those who pushed for the designation as early as 2011 are now saying the department missed a major opportunity to track and target the deadly organization as it grew.

Hillary Clinton's State Dept. Blocked Terrorist Designation for Boko Haram.  "We must stand up to terrorism," bleated Hillary Clinton a few days ago in a tweet expressing outrage against Boko Haram, the jihadist organization that has abducted hundreds of young girls in Nigeria.  Yet, when she was actually in a position to stand up to Boko Haram's terrorism as secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton instead protected the group.

Hillary Clinton's State Department refused to brand Boko Haram as 'terrorists'.  Under then-Secretary Hillary Clinton, the U.S. State Department repeatedly refused to add the Nigerian al-Qaeda affiliate group Boko Haram — the organization responsible for the recent kidnapping of more than 300 young girls — to its official list of terrorist organizations.  In November 2013, current Secretary John Kerry did what Clinton wouldn't.  Boko Haram is the group that has claimed responsibility for kidnapping hundreds of girls in Nigeria, promising to sell them into slavery.

Hillary's State Department Refused to Brand Boko Haram as Terrorists.  The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for two years.  And now, lawmakers and former U.S. officials are saying that the decision may have hampered the American government's ability to confront the Nigerian group that shocked the world by abducting hundreds of innocent girls.

State Department compared Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis to religious minorities in United States.  When congressional leaders asked the State Department to tailor American assistance to Nigeria in such a way that would protect Christians from religious persecution at the hands of Boko Haram, an extremist group that kidnapped hundreds of Christian girls last month, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's team dismissed the idea on the theory that the organization was not motivated by religion.

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Hillary Clinton apparently does not understand that Islamic terrorism is motivated by Islam.  This alone disqualifies her for the office of President, or Secretary of State, or carpetbagging Senator from New York.

Hillary and the Face of Terror.  Hillary Clinton, under attack for refusing to label brutal and murderous Nigerian Al Qaeda affiliate, Boko Haram as a terrorist organization during her tenure as Secretary of State, resurrected the old poverty-causes-Jihadism myth, rebranding it as "social justice."  Though later, during her now iconic Congressional testimony about Benghazi, Hillary slipped up and admitted that we are facing a "spreading Jihadist threat."  Of course, Hillary is not the only Obama Administration Official to trot out this demonstrably false canard.  President Obama himself infamously voiced the same nonsense right after 9/11, while still a state Senator in Illinois; current Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated it last fall, and Code Pink has also attempted to recently perpetrated the myth.

Hillary Clinton Protested Designation of Boko Haram as Terrorist Group.  While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton fought hard against officially designating the Islamists of Boko Haram as a terror group — placing her in the camp of far-left activist group MoveOn.org. [...] The African terror outfit is again in the news last month by kidnapping and selling into sexual slavery upwards of 250 Nigerian girls.  The group did this because these girls dared to go to school and gain an education, something Islamic fundamentalists oppose.  The name "Boko Haram" means "Western education is sinful."

The Obama State Department's Understanding of Boko Haram Was Even More Delusional than You Thought.  A news article in today's [5/9/2014] New York Times sets out to explore why the United States waited until November 2013 to designate Nigeria's Boko Haram as a "foreign terrorist organization."  In light of the group's latest atrocity — the kidnapping and enslaving of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria's Borno state last month — this is a very good question.  The article makes the point that the terrorist designation was made after Hillary Clinton resigned as secretary of state, and confirms reporting that it came after a two-year debate in which "the Justice Department, the F.B.I., American intelligence officials and counterterrorism officials in the State Department" all called for the designation but State ultimately opposed it.

Why Hillary Clinton's State Dept. didn't list Boko Haram as a terrorist group.  The US lists Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization.  But that designation occurred only last year, under John Kerry's State Department.  An earlier proposal by a congressional committee that the group be placed on the US terror list was studied but ultimately denied in 2012 by Mrs. Clinton's State Department.  The Clinton State Department did add three Boko Haram leaders to the US list of individual terrorists, including Abubakar Shekau — the leader who issued a video this week in which he claims the mass kidnapping and vows to "sell in the market" the 276 girls though to still be under his control.

Hillary Revising History of Her Iran Sanctions Role, Senator Claims.  Hillary Clinton is exaggerating her role in imposing sanctions on Iran when she was Secretary of State in what one Republican said today was a "blatant revision of history." [...] "The truth is that Hillary Clinton's State Department fought tooth and nail against the very congressionally imposed sanctions that she is now boasting about," Rubio spokesperson Alex Conant said in a statement.

Hillary Clinton and the release of thousands of criminal aliens.  In effect, the administration has, as Bill Otis puts it, "unleashed its own crime wave."  But who within the administration was responsible for this for wanton indifference to public safety?  One responsible party is Hillary Clinton. [...] [F]ederal law requires the secretary of state to stop issuing visas to the citizens of any country that refuses to take back its nationals.  Refusing to issue visas to citizens of a foreign country would provide a powerful incentive for that country to take back its nationals and thus create a significant likelihood of removal in the foreseeable future.  This, in turn, would enable the U.S. to avoid releasing criminal aliens onto our streets.

Hillary Clinton, Boko Haram, and Obama's Most Dangerous Lie.  Hillary Clinton, we now know, strongly opposed placing Boko Haram on the State Department's official list of foreign terrorist organizations.  According to Josh Rogin, the Justice Department (including the FBI), the CIA, and more than a dozen senators and congressmen wanted Boko Haram designated a foreign terrorist organization, but Clinton successfully resisted.  Boko Haram wasn't so designated until late this year, after Clinton had left Foggy Bottom.  Now that Boko Haram is holding more than 200 Nigerian girls, forcing some to convert to Islam and threatening to make sex slaves out of others, Clinton takes a different view of this outfit.  Recently she tweeted:  "Access to education is a basic right [and] an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls.  We must stand up to terrorism."  But why didn't Clinton stand up to Boko Haram's terrorism by designating it a foreign terrorist organization when she was in power?

The Obama Administration's Ethics Problem.  Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton left office with American foreign policy in shambles.  She has been unable to make the argument that a single initiative — reset with Russia, lead from behind in Libya, red lines on Syria, deadlines to Iran, complete withdrawal from Iraq, pressure on the Israelis, outreach to radical Islam and Latin American Communist dictatorships — had met with success.  Clinton infamously dismissed the lingering mysteries surrounding the Benghazi deaths with "What difference at this point does it make?"  She also refused, despite numerous entreaties, to place the now-infamous Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram on a State Department terrorist watch list.

Hillary Clinton's Speaking Circuit Payday: $5 Million (and Counting).  Since leaving [the] State [Department], Clinton has made more than 90 speeches and notable appearances.  Her hosts have included private equity firms, investment banks, nonprofit galas, trade association conventions, and a slew of colleges and universities.  At least two-dozen of those were paid speeches.  With her usual fee of $200,000 a speech, Clinton has banked close to $5 million for her speeches and appearances in the last 15 months.

Hillary's big economy speech forgets about Obamanomics.  [Scroll down] And this is the inherent vulnerability of a potential presidential run:  All the long-term problems she'll mention haven't really gotten any better under the current Democratic president.  So, to use Bob Dole's 1996 phrase, she needs to be a "bridge to the past," to the bubbly, booming 1990s.

NBC's Richard Engel: 'Hard Pressed' to Name Country with Which Hillary Improved Relations.  On Thursday, NBC News' award-winning foreign correspondent Richard Engel was pressed by Home Depot founder Kenneth Langone to "name one country" with which the United States has better relations today than it did when President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took office in 2009.  Engel noted the increasing number of nations with which the U.S. has worse relations, but said he was "hard pressed" to identify a relationship which has improved.  "I think you'd be hard pressed to find that," Engle said after noting that bilateral relations with most European countries "have gotten worse."

Hillary Clinton's Senate years curiously missing from her memoirs.  Next week Hillary Clinton will release "Hard Choices," a memoir of her years as secretary of state. [...] Clinton's first book covered the period from her birth in 1947 through 2001.  Her second book covers 2009 through 2013.  What about the eight years in between, from 2001 to 2009?  That was the time Clinton served as a U.S. senator, and it is the only part of her life she has not seen fit to write a book about.

The Post-Achievement Politics of Obama and Hillary.  Obama and Hillary don't just suffer from a shortage of accomplishments.  They're also burdened with a surplus of failures.  Benghazi worries so many Hillary supporters because there is nothing to balance it against.  There is no, "But look at all the good she did."  Hillary didn't do any good.  She didn't do much of anything except tour countries and pose for photos.

Hillary Clinton: We were dead broke.  Hillary Clinton, who recently raked in $5 million dollars in speaking fees in 15 months, recounted to Diane Sawyer the sad tale of her former destitution, telling her, "We came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt."  According to Clinton, she and her husband, who has made over $100 million since leaving the White House, "struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea's education, you know, it was not easy."

2001 was Hillary's Year of Great Fortune, not of being "dead broke".  The problem is not that the Clintons made a fortune.  This is America, after all.  People are entitled to make a fortune so long as they do so lawfully, and we've not yet reached the point where the law dictates when people have made enough.  The problem is that Hillary is not being straight with the public. [...] In mid-December 2000, a month before Bill left office, Hillary signed a book deal with a near record $8 million advance.

Hard Knocks Hillary.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thinks everyone should shut up and stop second-guessing her (and her husband's) voracious appetite for money.  Clinton, who charges up to $200,000 to give one-hour speeches to Goldman Sachs executives and others, claims that she and Bill were "dead broke" and in debt following their eight years in the White House, and "struggled" to pay the mortgages on their multiple mansions and finance their daughter Chelsea's education at Stanford, Oxford, Columbia, and Oxford (again).

Hillary Clinton doubles down on poverty claim and says 'relentless persecution' by Republicans made them 'deeply in debt'.  Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton told the German magazine Der Spiegel on Tuesday that she and her husband Bill were indeed 'deeply in debt' when they left the White House and blamed 'relentless persecution' by Republicans for her legal bills after his presidency.  The claim has added fuel to the fire Clinton herself touched off last month when she claimed they were 'dead broke' after their time in the White House.  The former first lady earns $200,000 or more every time she makes a public speech.  The former president has earned a reported $104 million in speaking fees since he left the Oval Office behind him.

Senator: Clinton State Dept. Broke Law, Lied About Boko Haram Terror Threat.  A leading senator has charged that Hillary Clinton's State Department broke the law by intentionally obfuscating and downplaying to Congress the terror threat posed by the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram, which recently gained international infamy for violently kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls.  Sen. David Vitter (R., La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, petitioned Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday to explain why Clinton's State Department misrepresented and downplayed key information about Boko Haram's terrorist activities in its annual reports to Congress.

More to 'Hard Choices' than Benghazi.  It took a village of handlers to produce Hard Choices, dumbed down to the point of explaining that winter in the southern hemisphere occurs at a different time of year.  The book is highly autohagiographical, bulked with gossipy filler such as half a page on Benazir Bhutto's shalwar kameez, [...]

Billions In Taxpayer Dollars Spent On 'Lyrical, Poetic' Embassy Architecture Overseas.  Under the Obama administration, embassy construction costs have exploded even while security — a major issue in the Benghazi scandal — has grown worse.  Now we know why.  A video released by the State Department in 2012 shows exhibits the philosophy behind a campaign begun under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to build fancy buildings overseas to enhance the nation's reputation.

Show us the receipts.
Hillary Clinton Says She's Donated All University Speaking Fees.  "All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work.  So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation," Clinton said when asked about the criticism she and her husband have faced recently for their wealth.  Hillary Clinton reportedly makes roughly $200,000 for each speaking engagement.  And recent reports show that she has made much more from some of the country's top universities.

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It's always amusing to hear a key figure in the Abortion Party talk about his or her "life-saving work," and it's always "for the children."

Hillary's disturbed.  Hillary Clinton says she's "deeply disturbed" by the Supreme Court decision this week to uphold Hobby Lobby's rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Basically, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state is saying the court is letting bosses who oppose contraception impose their religious views on employees.  Of course, it does nothing of the kind.  For one thing, Hobby Lobby has no objection to — and continues to pay for — 16 forms of birth control.  It's just one reason The Washington Post gave Hillary "Two Pinocchios" for her claims.

Hillary Clinton donates big speaking fees to a nonprofit foundation — her own.  To give the organization its full name, that's the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation (originally, the William J. Clinton Foundation).  Set up the year after Bill Clinton finished his second term as president, the Clinton Foundation says its mission is "to bring people together to take on the biggest challenges of the 21st century," including economic development, global health, climate change, and empowering women and girls.  The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the foundation has collected between $750 million and $1.7 billion over the years.  That's a lot of clout for influencing the public — i.e., political  — discussion on major issues, something any other politician with presidential stars in his or her eyes could only envy.

Hillary: Gaza's Small Size Justification for Hamas Housing Rockets in Schools.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Fusion TV's Jorge Ramos that part of the reason Hamas hides rockets in schools and civilian areas is "Gaza is small."  [Video clip]

15 Brutally Hilarious Amazon Reviews On Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices'.  Hillary Clinton's book, Hard Choices, has been something of a hot topic lately, although not in a positive sense.  With abysmal sales and a clear message throughout the book which implies she will be running for President in 2016, it is safe to say that Hillary has been having a "hard time" promoting her book.

State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m.  A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.  According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday [7/30/2014] in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton's proposed speeches did not object to a single one.

Hillary Clinton: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down was "terrorism".  "They were equipped by the Russians.  They were trained by the Russians.  There may have even been Russians on the ground with them and the result was this horrible attack," Clinton told Fusion during a wide-ranging interview.  "And yes, it is a form of terrorism... When you have armed militants, aided and abetted by a major country like Russia, able to use surface-to-air missiles to bring down a commercial airline."

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This is a transparent attempt to dilute the definition and concept of terrorism by lumping senseless Islamic barbarism together with ruthless (but commonplace) acts of war and calling either one "terrorism."

Hillary Clinton and the Decision to Intervene in Libya.  Hillary Clinton has been working full-time to control the story of her time as Secretary of State.  That was the point of her clunky, largely unread book, and the point of her awkward, gaffe-laden book tour.  Clinton argues (plausibly) that she wanted a more activist approach to Syria than that served up by her boss.  She argues (implausibly) that she wasn't really sold on the "reset" with Russia.

Say, the Clintons' 'Speaking Fees' Sure Look Like Hefty Foreign Bribes.  Hillary Clinton claims that when she and Bill left the White House, they were "dead broke."  Well, what's One Broke Girl to do with a youthful yet retired husband and lots of legal bills to pay?  Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.  Bill Clinton set up a foundation, which is tax-exempt.  Through that foundation, Bill booked a pile of extremely lucrative speaking engagements all over the world.  Hillary's State Department approved all of them, according to documents FOIA'd into the light by Judicial Watch and the Washington Examiner.

JW Forces Release of Clinton State Department Conflict of Interest Docs.  Judicial Watch announced today [7/30/2014] the release of more than 200 conflict-of-interest reviews by State Department ethics advisers of proposed Bill Clinton speaking and consulting engagements during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. [...] "These documents are a bombshell and show how the Clintons turned the State Department into a racket to line their own pockets," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  "How the Obama State Department waived hundreds of ethical conflicts that allowed the Clintons and their businesses to accept money from foreign entities and corporations seeking influence boggles the mind.  That former President Clinton trotted the globe collecting huge speaking fees while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy is an outrage.  No wonder it took a court order to get these documents.  One can't imagine what foreign policy issues were mishandled as top State Department officials spent so much time facilitating the Clinton money machine."

So Why Is Hillary Doing Stupid Things?  [Scroll down]  Now, with President Obama's poll numbers sliding, and especially as his foreign policy doves are coming home to roost, his former chief diplomat is trying to tell Americans that she is not on board with the current direction of U.S. foreign policy.  The Post describes her move as her "most forceful effort yet to distance herself from an unpopular administration."  This attempt to swim away from the wreckage is hardly believable.  She was an architect of the policies we now see so obviously failing.  She boasts that the "reset" with Russia was a "brilliant stroke."

It may be impossible for Hillary Clinton to distance herself from Barack Obama.  By their admission, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden inherited a war that had been won.  In 2011 Mr. Obama said America was "leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq," and Mr. Biden proclaimed Iraq "one of the great achievements of this administration."  Mr. Obama then committed a massive error in judgment by withdrawing all U.S. troops.  That allowed the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, the world's most formidable, merciless and dangerous terrorist army.  ISIS is now establishing an Islamist caliphate that stretches from Aleppo in Syria to Fallujah and Mosul in Iraq and beyond.

State Department can't account for $6 billion in last 6 years.  After six months, the search for missing State Department accounting records continues.  Multiple websites, including the American Thinker, reported in early April 2014 that, "There has been, in the most charitable interpretation, grave sloppiness in spending and accounting for money at the cabinet agency run by Hillary Clinton."  The sloppiness involves $6,000,000,000.

Charge: Benghazi Boiler Room Operation Hid Documents.  A top former State Department official is charging that senior aides convened an after-hours Foggy Bottom operation to sift through Benghazi-related documents and separate out those that might be damaging to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The documents were supposed to be turned over the the Accountability Review Board, an internal State Department probe that has been criticized for not addressing the potential culpability in the Benghazi matter of Clinton or President Obama.

Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review.  As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation:  Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to "separate" damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

State Dept. inspector general: More evidence of rampant mismanagement under Hillary Clinton.  The State Department's Office of Inspector General has released another "management alert" detailing rampant mismanagement within the agency, much of it during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure.  The inspector general's latest "management alert" — the third released by the agency's internal watchdog in a little over a year — warns that the State Department's management and oversight of grants has become a serious financial liability.

Hillary's reputation for competence as Secretary of State erodes from within.  Hillary's tenure as Secretary of State continues to draw internal criticism.  The former Secretary of State is coy about her 2016 POTUS candidacy intentions, but the department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) continues to identify administrative incompetence concerning financial and information security matters during her tenure.

Account of Clinton Aide's Benghazi Document Sifting Familiar to Career Public Servant.  To Sonya Gilliam, a recent account of improper sorting of Benghazi-related documents at the State Department brought back vivid memories of her own encounters with high-level government officials who withheld, deleted or destroyed public records.  And one name stood out for its familiarity:  Cheryl Mills.  A former deputy assistant secretary of state had told The Daily Signal that Mills was present during an after-hours document operation in a basement room of the State Department in October 2012.  Mills was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Milking the State Department's cash cow.  The liberal media is ignoring the developing story detailing the fiduciary incompetence of the Department of State (DOS) during Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State.  Meanwhile, the Inspector General (IG) of the DOS, Steve A. Linick, appears to be taking his job quite seriously.

Delays plague Hillary Clinton's State Dept. Files.  The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state that The Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ahead of her presumptive presidential campaign.

Veterans Group: Hillary 'Can't Hide' From Failures As Secretary Of State.  Could Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state come back and bite her with veterans in 2016?  A conservative veterans group behind a new anti-Clinton video series thinks so.  "As veterans, when we have friends who are still on active duty still going back to these conflicts without a clear mission it very much upsets us," Dan Caldwell, Marine Corps veteran and legislative director for Concerned Veterans for America, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  "The fact remains that Hillary Clinton was at the table and helped craft, drive, and implement a lot of these failed national security policies.  She cannot walk away from that, and she cannot hide from that."  Caldwell said that Clinton has tried to spin her involvement with the botched foreign policy maneuvers of the Obama administration, but he said veterans won't forget Hillary's failures if she runs for president.

Hillary's State Department OK'd Bill's big-money speeches.  Less than a year after Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, former President Bill Clinton asked the State Department to approve a paid, videotaped speech he was asked to make at a gala in Shanghai, sponsored by a Chinese sports foundation.  Wealthy hedge fund manager Kai Jiang wanted to pay the former president an undisclosed amount through a charity fund set up by his wife, Crystal Huang, a Chinese TV and film star who regularly serves as fodder for the Chinese tabloids.

Lying About Benghazi Was Hillary's Only Accomplishment.  Documents from Judicial Watch show that Hillary Clinton's closest advisers knew from the onset, before she launched an inflammatory video lie, that Benghazi was a terrorist attack for which Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility.  'Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment," Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and prospective 2016 GOP presidential candidate, asked Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

How Many Straws on Hillary's Back?  Polls show that right now Hillary would both win the Democratic nomination and be elected president.  But that likelihood assumes that four considerations will go her way.  The first is that she will not have to run on her record as secretary of state.  Instead, she is betting that her iconic status and her years in Washington as first lady and then as a senator will trump her four years as Barack Obama's chief foreign-policy architect.  Her record as secretary was dismal — perhaps the worst since the tenure of Cyrus Vance under Jimmy Carter.  The Obama/Clinton reset diplomacy with Russia ended with Vladimir Putin gobbling up Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and starting a bitter new Cold War.  Her idea of bombing Libya without congressional approval and in excess of the limited U.N. resolutions proved a disaster, especially when the U.S. let the ensuing mess on the ground fester.

Clinton confidante Huma Abedin sure had a lot of special deals set up for her at the State Dept..  According to a New York Times investigation, Abedin was the beneficiary of a special arrangement in which she was allowed to consult outside of the State Department while she served as an agency employee.  That practice is not prohibited, but State Department officers are required to disclose any income that they make while consulting outside the agency.  Abedin, however, was not.  "Ms. Abedin did not disclose the arrangement — or how much income she earned — on her financial report," The Times reported.

Could Boko Haram be Hillary Clinton's Biggest Scandal?  One senator wants to know if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deleted her emails regarding the very delayed designation of Boko Haram as a terrorist organization — and if a very well-heeled donor influenced that policy.  The query is not new for Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), but it's now reflected in some additional disturbing lights:  the admission by Clinton that she used personal email while the nation's top diplomat and screened which ones to keep or discard, and the ascension of Boko Haram to an ISIS affiliate.

Bloomberg: Don't forget that State had no independent IG under Hillary.  How did the State Department get away with so many failures during Hillary Clinton's leadership?  They ran a consulate in Benghazi with substandard security even for normal locations, let alone in the collapsed-state region of eastern Libya in 2011-12.  Hillary herself and her closest aides didn't use State Department e-mail systems despite both policy and legal requirements to do so.

One More Question on Hillary Clinton E-Mails: Where Was the Watchdog?  One of the many unanswered questions of the Hillary Clinton e-mail story has been:  Whose job was it to raise and address concerns about her exclusive use of a private account?  According to open government advocates, it would have been the agency's permanent, independent Inspector General — someone nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate — if such a person had existed.

Investigators Probe Clinton's Hiring Practices While at State.  A federal watchdog just opened an investigation into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke the law by allowing one of her top advisors, Huma Abedin, to work at Teneo, a private consulting firm while serving in an influential role at State.  The investigation comes at the request of the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who asked the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linek to dig into whether the former secretary committed any wrong doing by hiring Abedin and others through a special federal program.

'Genocide' charged as up to 700 drown while trying to flee Libya.  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were directly behind the destabilization of Libya.  Hillary Clinton "falsely claimed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was planning genocidal attacks against his domestic enemies" in order to justify attacks by a US-led NATO coalition.  Obama went so far as to proclaim the death of the dictator a 'foreign policy success'.



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