Yeah, yeah. In two weeks, anything but happy talk will be scrubbed.
By now, most of the United States has heard something via a news report, a Facebook post or an opining father-in-law about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email scandal. And half of them think her decision to use a private account and server while secretary of state was illegal, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Morning Consult, a media and technology company based in Washington, found that half of the respondents interviewed over the past week thought Clinton broke the law when she sent and received emails from [email protected] despite the State Department's then-policy that "normal day-to-day operations" should be conducted on a government account. Another 22 percent said it was legal.
Clinton herself would agree with the latter contingent. Despite concerns over the security of her server and issues with public record keeping, the candidate has said she "thought it was allowed." Clinton has also insisted she used a private email account only out of convenience and didn't see or send classified emails at the time. When her email was revealed as part of the investigation into the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the government. She'd already deleted 32,000 personal emails.
The candidate told ABC News last week what she did was a mistake. "As Ive said many times, if I could go back, I would do it differently," Clinton said. "I know people have concerns about this.
The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy has claimed the lives of over 1,030 migrants in the last week, mostly as barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and sunny skies, a migration agency said Tuesday, citing new accounts from survivors.
The staggering death toll foreshadows more disasters ahead in the next few months as the region gears up for its traditional summer-fall spike in human trafficking as the weather improves and the seas grow warmer. Aid officials said it also suggests that Libyan smuggling gangs are using even riskier tactics than before to profit from the torrent of those desperate to reach the safety or economic promise of Europe.
Making matters worse, the jaw-dropping tally is only from capsizings or shipwrecks that are known to authorities, who readily admit they simply do not know how many people are being cheated by smugglers, jammed into obviously unsuitable vessels and swallowed up by the vast waters of the southern Mediterranean.
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