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Pence complained about Clinton’s email server while using a personal AOL email — and it was hacked

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Vice President Mike Pence used his personal AOL email account when he was governor of Indiana, which he used for public business matters, the IndyStar reports. Pence used the private account even when discussing sensitive matters, including issues of national security.

The emails, which the IndyStar received through a public records request, were sent from the vice president’s personal account, and included discussion of matters including security gates at Pence’s home and Indiana’s “response to terror attacks across the globe.”

Pence’s personal email account was hacked over the summer, prompting concerns from cybersecurity experts about the content on his private email. According to IndyStar, advocates for government transparency also expressed concern, noting that emails sent from a personal account could not be retrieved on a state server in response to a public records request.

The Trump campaign often questioned former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while discussing matters related to her position, even calling for an investigation of Clinton. The call prompted chants of “Lock her up!” at Trump rallies on the campaign trail.

According to CBS News, Pence told “Face the Nation’s” John Dickerson he was grateful for the FBI’s renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton just days before the November election. He called the previous decision not to continue the investigation “troubling.”

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“That original decision was really incomprehensible,” he said. “To arrive at a place where even in his testimony before the Congress, and in that long press conference that he gave … that literally Hillary Clinton had classified information on a private server that she said she didn’t have … that, to me, is the kind of double standard that the American people are weary of.”

Pence also told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that the American people had a right to know what was in all of Clinton’s emails. He wondered why “Hillary Clinton continues to refuse to turn over some 33,000 e-mails.”

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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