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Hillary Clinton Under Fire For Exclusively Using Personal E-Mail Address While Secretary of State

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According to the State Department Hillary Clinton handled the majority of her digital communications using her own personal e-mail address while serving as Secretary of State. The discovery was made after the Clinton team shared thousands of her governmental correspondences with the State Department in accordance with the Federal Records Act. Though it doesn’t appear as if Clinton’s e-mail was ever compromised, there is no way of knowing the steps that the former Secretary of State took to protect the account other than using a password.

“Personal emails are not secure,” National Security Archive director Thomas Blanton explained to The New York Times. “Senior officials should not be using them.”

Federal law dictates that all officials of Clinton’s ranking are required to use their government-issued e-mail addresses that, in addition to being highly protected, are collected and maintained as a matter of record keeping.

“I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business,” said Jason Baron, the National Archives and Records Administration’s former director of litigation.

Baron went on to lambast Clinton's use of her personal email during her tenure at State:

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business.” 

Though Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail account comes across as a somewhat unorthodox (and perhaps unwise) she isn’t the first high-level official to maintain a person account. Her decision to forego officially sanctioned channels of communication entirely, however, is unprecedented. What penalties, if any, Clinton will face are unclear.


An Inside Look at Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign and Her Potential Vice Presidential Shortlist

ClintonAccording a cryptic Politico article, Hillary Clinton is all but done making her handpicked decisions for her potential Presidential cabinet.

Though most of the notable decisions have purportedly been made, the pick for Clinton’s communications director has yet to be decided. Current White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri, writes Politico’s Mike Allen, is being strongly considered, but Clinton remains insistent upon plotting out her campaign in “her way” according to sources close to her.

Politico also has the scoop on the Clinton team's shortlist for Vice President:

The Clinton team knows it can’t campaign with the swagger of a presumptive nominee because the air of inevitability was so damaging last time around. That said, some advisers are already privately talking up potential running mates, with Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Tim Kaine of Virginia dominating the early speculation.

Some advisers expect a push for diversity on the ticket. So the shortlist also is expected to include Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and perhaps California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running for U.S. Senate.

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George W. Bush Is Betting Jeb Beats Hillary in 2016: VIDEO

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In an rare moment back in the spotlight for an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, former president George W. Bush sounds off on a hypothetical 2016 match-up between brother Jeb Bush and "sister-in-law" Hillary Clinton.

Bush also shares his thoughts on the Eric Garner verdict, saying "it's sad race continues to play such an emotional, divisive part of life."

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Hillary Clinton Speaks To Thousands of Iowan Supporters, Hints About Presidential Bid: VIDEO

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Hillary and Bill Clinton made a public appearance at the 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa this past weekend. Despite being a tribute to retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin, the more than 5,000 attendees treated the event more like a presidential rally, sporting “Ready for Hillary” paraphernalia.

Both of the Clintons encouraged the crowd, composed of Iowans and out-of-towners from Kansas and Kentucky, to remain active and engage in the Democratic party’s Senate and congressional campaigns.

“Hello, Iowa, I’m back," Clinton intoned to the cheering crowd. “Let's not let another 7 years go by."

Clinton last spoke in Iowa after placing third in the 2008 Iowa caucuses behind Barack Obama and John Edwards. Despite not explicitly making any mention of her plans on running in 2016, Clinton took time to talk to her supporters about “that other thing.”

“Too many people only get excited about presidential campaigns,” she expressed. “It’s true, I’m thinking about it. But for today, that’s not why I’m here.”

Despite her insistence on keeping the gathering focused on Senator Harkin, Harkin himself made a point of highlighting Clinton’s career and assuring the crowd that there were “many more chapters to be written in the amazing life of Hillary Clinton.”

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WATCH: Kevin Spacey Channels Bill Clinton in 'House of Cards' Prank Call to Hillary

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In a Clinton Foundation video leading up to Bill Clinton's 68th birthday tomorrow, Kevin Spacey - in his Frank Underwood character from House of Cards - channels his inner Bill to prank call Hillary and ask what she's getting him for his birthday.

He's crossing his fingers it's a baby elephant. 

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Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise 'Colbert' Drop-In to Drop Some Names: VIDEO

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Hillary Clinton dropped by The Colbert Report last night just as Stephen was accusing her of shameless name-dropping in her book Hard Choices.  Clinton then showed Colbert that a bit of shameless name-dropping in the name of book promotion is no hard choice for her.

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