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New emails reveal contacts between Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation

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Even though Donald Trump is crashing and burning, Hillary Clinton is still facing fresh questions about how her staff interacted with the Clinton Foundation while she served as Secretary of State.

The New York Times reports that newly released emails show that the Clinton Foundation asked the State Department if it could put one of its billionaire donors in touch with the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon to discuss the donor’s business interests in that country.

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In another, the foundation seemed to pressure Clinton’s aides to help a foundation associate find a job at the State Department. In that instance, Clinton aide Huma Abedin told a foundation representative that the associate is “on our radar” and “personnel has been sending him options.”

The Clinton campaign responded by saying the emails showed no wrongdoing and it noted that none of the activity in them involved Secretary Clinton herself.

“Neither of these emails involve the secretary or relate to the foundation’s work,” the campaign told the Times. “They are communications between her aides and the president’s personal aide, and indeed the recommendation was for one of the secretary’s former staffers who was not employed by the foundation.”


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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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