Clinton’s ideas on race draw applause, protest on same day

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Black Lives Matter activists interrupt Hillary Clinton.

Vowing to stand against systemic racism and injustice as president, Hillary Clinton took her criminal justice platform to the south on Friday while rallying black voters in Atlanta.NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is drawing ovations and protesters while highlighting criminal justice and economic policies that the Democratic presidential candidate says are intended to treat blacks more fairly.WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began to outline her plans for criminal justice reform Friday in a speech at the historically black college Clark Atlanta University.By contrast, the late U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, never had Clinton’s personal email address to ask for added security help before he died in a terror attack Officials said on Friday that they planned to invoke longstanding precedent invoked by presidents of both parties to keep presidential communications confidential. ‘It is a principle that previous White Houses have vigorously defended as it goes to the core of the president’s ability to receive unvarnished advice and counsel,’ a White House official told The New York Times.

At a dinner hosted by the NAACP civil rights group Friday, she watched silently as relatives of the nine people killed in June by a white gunman during a Bible study a historic black church in Charleston took part in a memorial. Those emails contained communications ranging from discussions over security in Libya to light-hearted exchanges about the lack of emoticons on Clinton’s phone. Speaking from inside a packed gymnasium at Clark Atlanta University, an historically black university, Clinton initially acknowledged the group of less than a dozen protesters and responded by asserting: “Yes, black lives do matter.” But as they continued to chant and sing over Clinton, she was forced to carry on with her speech despite it being inaudible for a period of time. Currently, only the first $118,500 of income is covered subject to payroll taxes, which funds Social Security. “We need not only to extend social security benefits, we need to expand them,” he said.

Congressional Republicans are fighting to have all of the presidential hopeful’s emails released as part of its extensive investigation into the Benghazi attack. The answers, she said, include overhauling the criminal justice system, tightening gun regulations and expanding economic and educational opportunities in communities held back by generations of institutionalized racism. Clinton on Wednesday raised some eyebrows on the left during her own appearance in the Granite State when she did not categorically rule out Social Security benefit cuts or raising the retirement age. The activists disrupted Clinton’s speech for roughly 12 minutes during the rally, according to The Associated Press as Clinton tried to shout over them.

The White House said its refusal to release the emails is one that has precedent, and that a president should be free to receive advice from his top aides without fear that the correspondance will be released during a president’s tenure. ‘Direct communications by the president and his senior advisers are really at the very center of what is trying to be protected by executive privilege and the separation of powers,’ said William Burck, a deputy counsel for President George W. And she declined to endorse an across-the-board expansion of benefits, as favored by many progressives. “If there were a way to [raise the retirement age] that would not penalize or punish laborers and factory workers and long distance truck drivers and people who really are ready for retirement at a much earlier age, I would consider it. Hillary!” in an attempt to quell the interruption and when unsuccessful began shouting “Let her talk!” The moment was emblematic of how criminal justice has emerged as a pivotal issue in the 2016 presidential race. But the otherwise friendly audience at Atlanta Clark University, a historically black campus, included several protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement.

They may actually find them to their liking,” Barring the disruption, which lasted for nearly 10 minutes, Clinton was enthusiastically received by the mostly African American crowd. Meanwhile, the cap was an intentional mechanism put in place to make Social Security less redistributionary so the program would not feel like welfare to wealthier Americans. Johnetta Elzie, a prominent activist, tweeted Friday that Clinton was taking “baby steps towards addressing racial justice in a real way,” and that her efforts fell short of Sanders. In addition to calling for legislation that would ban racial profiling by federal, state and local law enforcement, Clinton also backed a plan to eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.

Her proposal would expand upon Barack Obama’s Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which reduced the sentencing ratio for individuals found in possession of crack cocaine versus those with powder cocaine. “We’re talking about two forms of the same drug it makes no sense to continue treating them differently. Republicans in the hearing underscored security lapses at Clinton’s diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, through 2012, and castigated her for allowing nearly 600 pleas for upgraded protection to go unheeded. Clinton, who earlier this year called for an end to the “era of mass incarceration”, also pledged to take executive action as president to “ban the box” in the federal hiring process. Since Sanders is likely to go after her on exactly these issues, the pressure from activists forces Clinton to distill her positions ahead of the next Democratic debate. Stevens and three other Americans died in the Benghazi attacks, which remain the most vexing stain on Clinton’s record as she runs for the American presidency.

Under the action, Clinton would bar the federal government and contractors from including questions pertaining to criminal history in the initial application stage as a means of helping those who’d been incarcerated compete for work. “It leads to repeat offenses. African-Americans could make up a majority of the Democratic electorate, or close to it, in several of those states, a potential boon for Clinton, given that her closest rival, Vermont Sen.

She was introduced by representative John Lewis, the home state congressman and civil rights activist who is backing Clinton in the Democratic primary. Although the message was likely a mass-communication to dozens if not hundreds of foreign-policy influencers – it made no reference to Clinton or the Obama administration’s Africa policy – Clinton treated it like a personal plea for assistance. ‘I’d like to respond to Ben Affleck.

Sanders further touted his support for lifting the federal ban on marijuana, pointing out that black individuals are four times more likely than white individuals to get arrested for marijuana possession. Clinton hasn’t detailed how her idea would go beyond existing law, but her campaign cited previous congressional proposals that would make it easier for alleged profiling victims to recover damages from government agencies in civil court. This draft has only been cleared thru AF [African Affairs], but I am confident about the judgments and statements in the proposed email.’ Two months later, Clinton and Affleck shared the stage at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. during a ‘USAID Child Survival’ event, and were pictured warmly embracing after Hillary’s speech. In an April 3, 2012 exchange, just a few weeks earlier, Clinton asked her communications chief Philippe Reines to help her figure out how on a new Blackberry device. ‘For email, no, I don’t think so – you need to type them out manually like :) for happy, or :-I I if you want to express anger at my tardiness,’ he explained in a reply. ‘For text messaging, the chart might be there in the lower right, next to where you type the message. Try it.’ The State Department released 4,432 emails on Friday in total, all of which once lived on the secret server in Hillary Clinton’s upstate New York home.

State Department Spokesman John Kirby said Friday’s installment contains between 200 to 300 messages that were deemed ‘classified’ by intelligence analysts. Clinton acknowledged in March that she had ordered staff to delete about 32,000 of the 62,230 messages housed on the server she operated outside official State Department systems, after lawyers determined that they were ‘personal’ in nature. The Sept. 30 release from State included 215 classified messages that Clinton housed on her unsecured server, including three classified at the ‘SECRET’ level. The Justice Department is reportedly looking into whether Clinton violated the federal Espionage Act by recklessly failing to keep classified information on secure computer systems.

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