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Clinton mourns TV shooting, pledges to fight gun violence.

Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that Joe Biden should have “space” to make his own decision about running for president, telling reporters she has “a great deal of admiration and respect” for her one-time colleague and potential adversary for the Democratic presidential nomination. “Vice President Biden is a friend of mine. The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.ANKENY, Iowa (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said she would bolster rural economies by encouraging investment, boosting family farms’ profitability, increasing clean energy production and improving access to education and healthcare.When you think about Watergate, you think about President Richard Nixon’s downfall, underscored by a series of events that few could fathom to be accurate at the time.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is proposing more money for programs that help new farmers and she wants to increase access to fresh food as part of a rural agenda for her Democratic presidential campaign.In a “serious risk” to national security, Hillary Clinton gave her State Department emails containing Top Secret and other classified information to her lawyer, who lacked sufficient clearances to possess it and who kept it for as long as eight months, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee charged Tuesday.

Clinton’s first stop in the early-voting state of Iowa on Wednesday was at the Des Moines Area Community College, where she toured a tool and die lab before addressing a crowd of about 200. The journalists were interviewing a local official at an outdoor shopping mall for a tourism story, when, at about 6:45 a.m., morning show viewers saw her suddenly scream and run, crying “Oh my God,” as she fell.

With a backdrop of a gleaming John Deere tractor at an Iowa community college, Clinton presented a network of initiatives that would build on existing support programs for agriculture, rural development and education. Clinton has faced growing criticism for making light of her email use, which Democrats fear has become an albatross on her hopes of winning the White House. “What, like with a cloth or something?” she said to a Fox News reporter last week who had asked whether she had “wiped,” or erased, her email server before turning it over to the F.B.I. recently. “I know people have raised questions about my email use as secretary of state, and I understand why,” Mrs. Clinton said she chose to roll out her plan to improve farm-area economies at the community college instead of in front of a barn or a bale of hay to “emphasise the changing face of rural Iowa.” Clinton spends a lot of time campaigning in Iowa, which holds the first party-nominating contest ahead of the general election in 2016. President Barack Obama and some members of Congress have tried several times in recent years to tighten gun control laws in response to mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. No doubt, the players, timing, and technology may have changed but the reckless use of power, the secrecy, and the fact that both infractions took place immediately preceding presidential elections (by the candidates or potential candidates, themselves) remain, very much, the same.

His son, Beau, who died earlier this year of brain cancer urged him for years to run for president, but Biden would face a tough frontrunner in Hillary Clinton, as well as the disadvantage of jumping into a presidential contest late and without an experienced staff or organization. In emails about the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, department officials discuss sensitive matters in real time, including the movement of Libyan militias and the locations of key Americans.

Republican or Democratic representatives, alike, neither situation bodes well for the trust the nation has placed in its highest office nor how serious that trust is taken. Iowa is the world’s largest producer of ethanol, which is at the center of an environmental and resources debate about the expense and efficiency of growing corn for fuel instead of food. A fact sheet provided by Clinton’s campaign ahead of her speech says she would “strengthen” the federal Renewable Fuel Standard to promote development of advanced biofuels and improve “access” to ethanol products called E15 and E85. I should’ve used two emails: one personal, one for work.” She added: “I take responsibility for that decision, and I want to be as transparent as possible, which is why I turned over 55,000 pages, why I’ve turned over my server, why I’ve agreed to — in fact, been asking to — and have finally gotten a date to testify before a congressional committee in October.” The inspector general for the nation’s intelligence agencies found that four emails out of a random sample of 40 of the tens of thousands on her server contained information that was classified, although it wasn’t marked that way at the time.

The plan does not state how this would be done and does not address the food vs. fuel environmental debate, although it follows the section on biofuels with bullet points on Clinton’s clean energy program. The plan envisions expanded tax credits and grants for rural communities and more help for young farmers to help them start businesses or retain family farms. The campaign did not spell out how Clinton would pay for the additional help, nor did it discuss the prospects for getting congressional approval for some elements of the plan. “It’s imperative that we have a comprehensive agenda to revitalize rural America,” Clinton said. In his letter to Grassley on Monday, Kendall said that he was granted a Justice Department clearance to view Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information in November 2013 and a Top Secret clearance from the State Department in November 2014, both of which are still active.

She added that she was “going to keep talking about what the American people talk to me about, what’s on their minds, and to lay out my plans for what I would do as president to make the economy work for everybody, to make college affordable, to get the cost of drugs down, to get equal pay for equal work for women, and the whole suite of issues that I think are really at the core of this presidential campaign.” Clinton also said immigration reform would be a component of her effort to boost agriculture production, criticizing recent remarks by Republican presidential candidates on the subject. “From the orchards of California to the processing plants of Iowa to the groves of Florida,” Clinton said, farms cannot find the workers they need. “We’re talking about billions of dollars of income lost because of a farm worker shortage.” Unlike Watergate, however, where the damage done could be contained, the damage resulting from server-gate can’t even be fully surmised due to both the power of the internet. She proposes expanding access to capital for rural businesses though an existing program run by the Farm Credit Administration and new, simpler regulations for community banks that would speed loans to farms and rural businesses. “The only thing clear about Hillary Clinton’s proposal is that she wants Washington to spend even more money with no plan to pay for it,” said RNC spokeswoman Allison Moore.

To that same point, if any real criminal act is committed as a result of Hillary Clinton’s misuse of her personal server, how does one fit the punishment to actually meet the crime, given that we will never fully understand just how damaging that crime has been to our nation? Seeking to focus the debate on her policies, she interrupted her New York vacation for the campaign trip, which will also take her to the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis this week. She is spending the day in Iowa, site of the nation’s first presidential selection contest and a crucial test of Clinton’s strength as the Democratic primary becomes more competitive.

Turner have a security clearance at a sufficient level to be a custodian of (Top Secret/SCI) material.” He noted that maintaining such material “generally requires advanced protocols,” such as requiring a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, a specially designed vault for protecting state secrets. Taking certain information out of the office, especially that which is specific to a Presidential run, might not be ethical or legal … but beneficial? But Grassley pressed Kerry for “clear and complete” explanations as to how and why the department granted Kendall and his colleague security clearances and when Clinton gave them the thumb drives. He also asked whether, amid the FBI investigation, security clearances granted to Clinton and her lawyers have been suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry. After losing that nominating contest, Clinton has built the largest campaign operation of any candidate in either party and the largest branch operation in Iowa.

Why do you think the first words out of any president’s mouth (in the public or private sector) are “keep everything?” The larger the paper trail, the more he will have to produce in his defense given he needs to do so whether it be for the IRS, clients, or others. Sensitive but unclassified information requires administrative control and protection from public or other unauthorized disclosure for other reasons, according to the IG. I happen to agree that part of the noise around Hillary Clinton’s mess today does stem from her presidential run, but had she not loaded gun while in office, the pulling of the trigger by the Republicans would have resulted in nothing more than making the Republican party look bad. Neither would have been secure from hackers or foreign intelligence agencies, so it would be equally problematic whether classified information was carried over the government system or a private server, experts say. The final results remain to be seen, but to expect that consistent bad judgment will transition to sudden good judgment by that same individual placed in an even more powerful position is unlikely.

While this is not the first instance in which a federal agency has tried to shut down Inspectors General from doing their job, this time the Obama Administration is attempting to unilaterally obstruct oversight of their potentially corrupt dealings. The Justice Department issued a memo to federal agencies using that same language, which he says potentially inhibits oversight ability of each agency’s IG. Although I, too, would like to see a woman become president, I’d rather make history by electing an honest president that may or may not be a woman but who certainly puts the people first like he or she is supposed to do.

It also warrants the question, “How much more convenience is Hillary going to need if she becomes President of the United States?” Laura Wellington is a successful media and technology entrepreneur, award-winning television creator, author, major media blogger, television personality, and consultant. www.threadmb.com But even the middle-tier “secret” network is cumbersome for many in the agency, said officials who would not be quoted when discussing internal security policies. Lots of State Department information is meant for use, sharing and interaction with foreign officials, the vast majority of whom aren’t authorized to receive classified U.S. material.

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