Hillary Clinton said she used two email addresses for “convenience,” but if she’s into email convenience, why didn’t she get a totally awesome Google Glass? Also, we’re still not convinced that Clinton’s email scandal isn’t just a ploy to win over millennial voters by proving that she knows more about email than all the world’s parents and grandparents combined. Democrats remained outraged that Republicans conveyed their displeasure with the president’s foreign policy to the Iranian government, a fact that heretofore had been a complete secret. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, March 10th, 2015:
CLINTON DISCUSSES PRIVATE EMAIL ACCOUNT, GOWDY NOT IMPRESSED – But when will she disclose her Whispers? Mike McAuliff: “Hillary Clinton on Tuesday defended her exclusive use of a private email system while she was secretary of state, saying she had opted for ‘convenience.’ … Speaking to a pack of about 100 journalists outside the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Clinton she stressed that she went ‘above and beyond’ State Department requirements for preserving her work-related emails. As for personal emails she sent from the account, Clinton said they dealt with family matters like planning her daughter’s wedding and her mother’s funeral, adding, ‘nobody wants personal emails made public.’ Clinton belatedly provided some 55,000 pages of email to the State Department about two months ago, and tweeted last week that she was urging officials to make the documents public. The State Department announced Tuesday that it would post Clinton’s emails on a website after reviewing them, a process that could take months. So far, that has not satisfied critics such as Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, who said there appear to be large gaps in what she surrendered. Gowdy said in a statement Tuesday that Clinton’s press conference raised ‘more questions than answers,’ and called on her to testify before his committee.” [HuffPost]
Glenn Kessler has a helpful rundown of State Department email policy, which is hard to square with Clinton’s email policy.
Also this: “Clinton on Tuesday addressed the growing controversy over a letter that Senate Republicans wrote to Iranian leaders, which critics are calling a partisan move to scuttle White House negotiations with a foreign government. ‘A recent letter from Republican senators was out of step with the best traditions of American leadership, and one has to ask, what was the purpose of this letter?’ Clinton said at a press conference at the U.N. in New York. ‘Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to commander-in-chief in middle of high stakes international diplomacy,’ the likely 2016 presidential candidate added, arguing that the move discredited the letter’s signatories.” [HuffPost’s Igor Bobic]
Two weeks ago, Clinton talked about how she currently uses multiple phones, per Philip Klein.
SENATE TO VOTE ON LYNCH NOMINATION – We wish Lynch all the best as she serves out the final ten seconds of the Obama administration. Presumably there will be a “Rudy!” chant when she finally gets in. Jen Bendery: “The Senate will vote next week on U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday. Democrats have been complaining for weeks about Republicans slow-walking Lynch’s nomination. She was nominated in November, at which point Republicans insisted that President Barack Obama wait until 2015 to submit her nomination. They waited until February to hold her hearing, and then delayed her committee vote by two weeks. It’s now been two weeks since her nomination was voted out of committee. Nearly all Democrats sent a letter to McConnell last week demanding that Lynch be given a vote. Her nomination has been pending for more than 120 days, which makes her the longest-pending U.S. attorney general nominee in three decades. If confirmed, Lynch will make history as the first female African-American attorney general.” [HuffPost]
Paul Ryan isn’t running for president because he loves poor people too much, Jon Ward reports.
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER – From DDD’s feature story about a traveling consultant who helps cities hide their homeless people: In September, Daytona police arrested a 70-year-old woman for lying down on a sidewalk. “I didn’t have any place to sleep,” the woman, Ann Regula, told HuffPost in an interview. She said she lives on $740 per month in Social Security retirement benefits and can’t afford an apartment. So she’d lain on the sidewalk outside a church. “I have no police record, and so now I do for trespassing,” Regula said. The charge shows that a city doesn’t even need an anti-sleeping ordinance when things like “trespassing” can encompass a range of activities. Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry makes no bones about the fact that part of the goal is simply to make homeless people go away. “To say otherwise would be disingenuous,” he said. “We do want to remove the homeless people from heavily populated parts of our community that are trying to do business.” [HuffPost]
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2016 GOP CANDIDATES CAN’T UNDERMINE DIPLOMATIC PROTOCOL FAST ENOUGH – This ends with Scott Walker crossing the border into Canada and pantsing the Iranian ambassador. Igor Bobic: “Two likely GOP presidential hopefuls are piggybacking onto a controversial letter sent to Iranian leaders this week by Senate Republicans. Forty-seven GOP senators sparked intense criticism by suggesting in a missive to Tehran that any nuclear agreement with the Obama administration would not be constitutionally binding, because a future U.S. president or Congress could take steps to undo the deal. Not to be outdone by their potential GOP rivals in the Senate — Rand Paul (Ky.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), who all signed the letter — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Gov. Rick Perry both announced their support for the letter on Tuesday. The office of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), the author of the letter, announced Tuesday that Jindal’s name had been added. ” [HuffPost]
Presidential frontrunner Peter King disagreed with the senators’ approach: “Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a frequent critic of President Barack Obama’s foreign policies, expressed his disapproval Tuesday of a letter that GOP senators sent to Iran trying to undermine the president’s nuclear negotiations. Forty-seven Republican senators, led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), sent an open letter to the ‘leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran’ Monday that warned them not to make any deal with Obama — because it could be overturned once he leaves office. Speaking to reporters at the International Association of Fire Fighters presidential forum Tuesday morning, King said that while he agreed with ‘the entire tone of the letter,’ he likely would not have signed it had he been in the Senate. ‘I believe in a strong presidency. I don’t know if I would have signed the letter. I don’t trust the president on this, quite frankly, though I don’t know if I’d go public with it to a foreign government,’ he said, adding that it sets the wrong ‘precedent’ to publicly go to a foreign government to undermine the president of the United States while he or she is dealing with that country.” [HuffPost]
Ted Cruz made a “two Americas” speech. No word on the cost of his haircuts.
DEMS CALL FOR RELEASE OF BENGHAZI EMAILS – Maxwell Tani: “Democrats investigating the Benghazi attacks want some of Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails to be made public. On Tuesday, the five Democrats on the House select committee tasked with investigating the 2012 terror attacks on U.S. facilities in Libya asked the State Department to expedite the release of then-Secretary of State Clinton’s correspondence related to the incident. ‘Since the department has already produced approximately 850 pages of these documents to the Select Committee on Benghazi, we request that the Department begin its review for the public release of 850 pages of Benghazi-related documents in order to make them available to the public first without waiting for the full review of all 55,000 pages of documents,’ the Democrats wrote. They also asserted that the emails do not implicate the former secretary of state in any wrongdoing. ‘[The State Department] provided the 900 pages of emails relevant to Benghazi to us. We’ve looked at those and there’s nothing at all corroborative of these conspiracy theories,’ Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who sits on the committee, told CNN on Sunday.” [HuffPost]
BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR – Here’s a dog eating a lemon.
– Brilliantly edited video that makes Gordon Ramsay look like a total hack.
– Pitbulls reenact “Jurassic Park.”r
– “Office Space” with the real Michael Bolton.
– Chuck E. Cheese remains a place of violence.
@chrislhayes: Today had a distinct first-act-of-Oedipus-Rex feel to it.
@andylevy: it takes a village to run a server
@rorycooper: Did Hillary’s press conference today make you more or less likely to vote for her for President? RT for LESS. Delete your account for MORE.
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