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If Hillary didn't use her email for classified information, why a year for State to release?

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.

In an effort to defuse the crisis ahead of the announcement of her 2016 presidential run, Clinton said in March that she wanted "the public to see my email" and had asked the State Department to release them.

The department is also under pressure from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuits seeking the release of documents related to Clinton that haven't been made public.

For one of those lawsuits -- brought by Vice News -- the State Department on Monday produced a court-requested schedule for publicly releasing roughly 30,000 emails that Clinton handed over to it in December. Clinton provided the emails in paper form, amounting to about 55,000 pages, according to the department.

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The review should be finished by the end of the year, Hackett said, but he asked the court to accept the proposed date of January 15, 2016, in order "to factor in the holidays."

Judges in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuits still have to decide whether to accept the proposed schedule.


State claims it will take a full year to review 30,000 emails that Hillary and her team were able to got through in pretty short order. And Hillary claims she didn't use her email for classified information. Strange it will take State this long.

The death penalty is dying. The federal government will not execute Tsarnaev.

The federal government has not executed a prisoner since 2003. There were 2 in 2001. The most recent federal execution prior to that was 1963. A total of 37 federal prisoners have been executed by the US government since 1927.

Setting aside the Dubya Bush administration, who was a blood thirsty sociopath, the federal government has not bee in the business of killing its prisoners. By and large, it is just the 32 states who still kill that carry the executions.

There is a de facto moratorium on federal executions. Obama and Holder each have personal distaste with executing prisoners. Which makes their sanction of the US Attorney's blood lust against Tsarnaev all the more troubling.

The Supreme Court is coming to realize that there is no humane way to execute a prisoner. There is no non-cruel way to intentionally take a healthy human's life. And as more states and more countries cease the barbaric practice, it becomes all the more unusual.

I don't believe the federal government will ever execute Tsarnaev. I don't think it was ever really the objective. This was all simply to throw red meat to the sadistic, blood thirsty ignorant minority of this country who believe they are entitled to say who lives and dies. Whatever. The fuckers got their archaic verdict. They won't get the execution. And one day in the not too distant future, they will live in a country where no one, no matter how reprehensible their acts, will be sentenced to death for their crimes. They'll have to get their vengeful hard-ons elsewhere.

SIX Democratic Presidential Debates!

The DNC has sanctioned 6 debates for our side, starting the fall. Let's get ready to rumble.

Even with six charged, when it comes to cops, they get the kid's gloves.

In the Freddie Gray matter, six cops have been charged, but only one with murder. And he has been charged with second degree murder, not first. Maybe the Gray charges indicate the worm is turning, but we have a long way to go to repair social inequities. Had six black men killed a white man under similar circumstances, you can bet there would have been more serious charges meted out to all involved.

Maybe we are slowly moving, but remember, in Michael Brown's killing, the prosecutor gave Darren Wilson the royal treatment before the grand jury. No other defendant, none, gets that type of treatment. When prosecutors go to the grand jury in non-cop-killing-unarmed-black-man cases, they will distort and twist and withhold the evidence to ensure an indictment. They overcharge, too. Prosecutors are ambitious and vengeful and don't hold back. Unless it is a cop who has killed a black man.

We still have a long way to go. Sadly, until cops are held to the same standard that a black civilian man accused of a crime is, little will change. In a matter of weeks or months, we'll be back here again. We'll be watching another shaky video of some cops killing a black man and watching to see if another American city erupts in anger and flames.

Killer-cops must be held to the same standard when it comes to being charged.

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Amid Baltimore Violence, Hillary Clinton Set to Unveil Plan to Reform Criminal Justice System

During her first major policy speech as a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton today is expected to lay out an ambitious plan to reform the criminal justice system. The plan, according to a Clinton aide, will include calling for the “end of an era of mass incarceration” and for increasing the use of body cameras by law enforcement agents nationwide.

The former secretary of state will announce her new policy proposals – likely to be her most specific yet since launching her campaign – during a policy forum at Columbia University in New York City this morning.

The announcement of her plan comes amid unrest and riots in Baltimore, Maryland following Monday’s funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a spinal injury apparently suffered in police custody. This situation in Baltimore, like that of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, was sparked by concerns of police use of force and institutionalized racism.

At a fundraiser Tuesday night, Clinton made her most extensive comments yet on the situation in Baltimore, and called for widespread reform of the country’s criminal justice system.

“It is heartbreaking,” the Democratic presidential candidate said, according to a pool report of the event. “The tragic death of another young African-American man. The injuries to police officers. The burning of peoples’ homes and small businesses. We have to restore order and security. But then we have to take a hard look as to what we need to do to reform our system."

During her remarks today, Clinton is expected to “lay out a broader vision” for reform that will “include specific policy proposals,” according to an aide.


This is an incredibly important issue. It is good to hear that she will be laying out policy proposals.

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I am glad Warren is not running for Pres. We'll need her to fight Hillary

Warren is handling Obama masterfully on this deal. She has the Democratic President running defense as he sides with the conservatives.

We will need her leadership for the next 4-8 years. She is likely more effective in pushing a Democratic President than a repug president, who would just ignore and denigrate her. She'll be a great liberal counter to President.

This is a preview of how Warren could influence the presidential debate without even running.

Parents of 8-Year-Old Boy Killed in Marathon Bombings Don’t Want Tsarnaev to Get Death Penalty

The parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings two years ago, have writtten a plea to end the attention convicted killer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has received and spare him from the death penalty.

In an essay written for The Boston Globe, Bill and Denise Richard ask that the case come to a close, writing, “We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives.”

The essay continues:

As long as the defendant is in the spotlight, we have no choice but to live a story told on his terms, not ours. The minute the defendant fades from our newspapers and TV screens is the minute we begin the process of rebuilding our lives and our family.


Liberia Now 25 Days Without Ebola in 2nd Countdown

Liberia has gone 25 days without any new Ebola case reported in its second countdown to being declared Ebola-free.

The head of the Incident Management System team, Tolbert Nyenswah, said that Liberia has less than 20 days before being declared Ebola free as specified by the World Health Organization.

After having initially gone 28 days without a new Ebola case, the country faced a setback when on March 25, a Liberian tested positive for the virus and subsequently died.

Nyenswah said that all contacts from that case have completed their 21 days of follow up.

According to the United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response, the number of confirmed Ebola cases in the three most affected Ebola hit countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone has declined.

Nyenswah said, “Guinea currently has the highest rate while the cases in Sierra Leone have decreased and Liberia remains at zero.’’

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