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Hillary has asked the State Department to release her private emails.

(CNN) Hillary Clinton says she has asked the State Department to release emails she sent from the personal email address she used rather than the one provided by the agency.

"I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible," the former secretary of state said on her official Twitter account late Wednesday night.

kpete

Netanyahu Speech Flops As Democratic Senators Withdraw Their Support For Iran Bill

(WaPo via Politicus USA) If Hill Republicans thought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address would build broad support for having Congress review any nuclear deal with Iran, they thought wrong.

By the end of the day Tuesday, key Democratic senators had pulled their support for just such a bill after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he was fast-tracking the legislation, bringing it to the Senate floor for debate as soon as next week, short-circuiting committee deliberations that Democrats say are necessary to perfect it.

Judi Lynn

8 horrifying revelations in the Justice Department’s Ferguson report

(Salon) The Justice Department released its full report on the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday, seven months after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed African American teen Michael Brown — an event which galvanized demonstrators against racial bias in policing and triggered the Justice Department’s probe. Though a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson and the Justice Department opted not to bring federal civil rights charges in the case, the department’s report makes clear that Wilson was part of a local law enforcement system tainted by racial bias, abuses of citizens’ constitutional rights, excessive use of force, and an over-reliance on fines and fees to generate revenue.

Cali_Democrat

Republicans fail to override Obama veto of Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline

(SMH) The US Senate failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill forcing approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a setback for Republicans who've made building the $US8 billion ($10.2 billion) US-Canada oil link a legislative priority.

Supporters of the pipeline, including Republicans and some Democrats, fell short of the two-thirds super majority needed to overcome the veto by Obama, who said the bill circumvented his administration's review. The vote was 62-37.

DonViejo

Lindsey Graham makes breathtakingly sexist jab at Nancy Pelosi

(Salon) South Carolina senator and noted dreamboat Lindsey Graham poked fun at House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s appearance on Tuesday, delivering the sexist jab following Pelosi’s criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional address this morning.

“Did you see Nancy Pelosi on the floor? Complete disgust,” Graham told a group of political donors after the speech, per Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin. “If you can get through all the surgeries, there’s disgust.”

pnwmom

Hillary using private email accounts was legal, according to Archivist's sworn 2013 testimony

(Bloomberg) In an extended statement provided to Bloomberg Politics, a Clinton aide detailed ways in which Clinton did not run afoul of archival laws or the practices of her predecessors. Clinton only used her email account for non-classified information, the aide said, backing up an assertion that the State Department made earlier Tuesday.

The aide also said that assertions from the New York Times and others that different records rules applied to Clinton than to her predecessors is wrong, since the National Archives and Records Administration did not issue guidance updating its rules until fall 2013, months after she left office. The same rules applied to Clinton as had applied to Powell.

While NARA’s preference is that officials not use an email alias, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero said in sworn testimony in 2013 that “nothing in the law that prohibits them.”

“We don’t care how many accounts you have as long as those on which you’re doing federal business are captured for the record,” he also said.

NutmegYankee

Congress Approves Homeland Security Funding Without Immigration Fight

(NBC News) Congress has passed legislation that will fund the Department of Homeland Security without touching President Obama's immigration actions, bringing an end to a months-long battle that threatened to shut down an agency tasked with helping protect the U.S. against terrorist threats.

In a 257 to 167 vote, the House passed a "clean" Homeland Security funding bill on Tuesday without provisions that would curtail the president's executive orders on immigration. The Senate passed the legislation last week and the president's signature is certain.

wyldwolf

Michael Tomasky Take The Wind Out Of The Sails of Clinton Email-truthers

(Daily Beast) The (NY Times) article says that there were “new” regulations that Clinton was supposed to abide by. It notes that one past secretary of state, Colin Powell, who served from 2001 to 2005, sometimes used his personal email account “before the new regulations went into effect.”

A key question would seem to be this: When did the new regulations go into effect? Oddly, the Times article doesn’t say. It doesn’t pin the new regs down to a specific date or even year.

Now, I know enough about reporting to know how this works. If you’ve got an airtight case, then you lay it all out there. You include the date. Indeed you emphasize the date, you put it high up in your story. The fact that it’s not in there is a little fishy.

kpete

Nancy Pelosi: "I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister's speech-saddened by the insult..."

“That is why, as one who values the U.S. – Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation."

marmar

I'm Shocked! Shocked I Tell You!

(HuffPo) A Justice Department investigation has found that the Ferguson Police Department discriminates against black residents and routinely violates the Constitution and federal law, an official told The Huffington Post.

The results of the investigation were detailed in a meeting between Ferguson and Justice Department officials on Tuesday. A Ferguson official confirmed to The Huffington Post that city and Justice Department officials were meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The so-called “pattern or practice” investigation of the Ferguson Police Department was announced by the Justice Department in September, just weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

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