TIME Hillary Clinton

7 Fun Things We Learned From Hillary Clinton’s Latest Emails

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on August 28, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Adam Bettcher—Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on Aug. 28, 2015, in Minneapolis

Not all of the 7,000 emails in Hillary Clinton’s inbox released Monday were serious. A handful of them showed some of the weirder parts of her job or inadvertently revealed her personality.

Here are seven fun things we learned from the latest batch of Clinton emails.

The State Department help desk was confused by her email.

In a Feb. 27, 2010, email, a State Department help desk analyst asked if she could receive email. Clinton’s assistant, Huma Abedin, clarified in a follow-up that the help desk hadn’t recognized Clinton’s private address while troubleshooting.

“They had no idea it was YOU, just some random email address so they emailed,” Abedin wrote.

She was serious about two TV shows.

In a Jan. 3, 2010, email to State Department staffer Monica Hanley, Clinton asked when two shows aired, apparently because she was making them appointment TV: “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Wife.”

“Can you give me times for two TV shows?” she asked.

She had to ask about her own voting record.

In a Dec. 30, 2010, email to State Department staffer Miguel Rodriguez, Clinton asked about her own voting record as New York Senator and how it might relate to the looming standoff over the debt ceiling.

“Can you pls tell me how many times I voted against raising the debt limit?” she asked. (The answer was three times, plus two times she didn’t vote and one vote for a failed amendment.)

She asked staffers about gefilte fish.

In a March 5, 2010, email to State Department staffers Richard Verma and Jacob Sullivan, Clinton for some reason asked about gefilte fish, the famously controversial Jewish delicacy. (The emails provide no context.)

“Where are we on this?” she asked.

She joked about a bank robber who wore a Hillary Clinton mask.

In a December 2010 email thread, Clinton, staffer Cheryl Mills and lawyer David Kendall joked about a news story about a man who robbed a bank wearing a Hillary mask.

“Should I be flattered? Even a little bit?” Clinton asked. Mills dug into it and found 11 times bank robbers wore Richard Nixon masks “perhaps not surprisingly.”

She had high praise for one of her Democratic opponents.

In an April 25, 2010, email to Maryland Sen. Barb Mikulski, Clinton asked about then-Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is now running against her for the presidential nomination.

“How’s our friend, Martin, doing?” she wrote. “I know he has a rematch when he should be reelected by acclamation for steering the ship of state so well. Pls give him my best wishes.”

Harvey Weinstein lobbied her to watch “The King’s Speech.”

In an Aug. 20, 2010, email to a State Department staffer, movie producer Harvey Weinstein pushed for Clinton to watch “The King’s Speech,” his Oscar-bait film about how King George overcame his stuttering problem.

“It’s a fun movie that is much in the tradition of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, again I think you would both like it (and Hillary would approve because it’s PG-13 with not too many swear words,” he wrote.

TIME Hillary Clinton

New Hillary Clinton Email Release Contains 150 Now Deemed Classified

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on August 28, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Adam Bettcher—Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on Aug. 28, 2015, in Minneapolis

The State Department released 7,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server on Monday night, including 150 containing information now deemed to be classified.

The email dump, the third since Clinton handed over the work-related emails on her private server to the State Department, is the largest batch released so far.

None of the emails were classified at the time they were sent, a State Department spokesman told reporters.

Clinton has repeatedly insisted that she did not send emails marked as classified from her private server during her time as Secretary of State. Much of the content on her server has been labeled as classified after the fact, including two that have been called “top secret.”

Two inspectors general concluded that two of Clinton’s emails contained material that was classified at the time they were sent.

“I did not send or receive material marked as classified,” Clinton repeated last week at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in Minneapolis.

MORE: Hillary Clinton’s Lawyer Readies for Email War

A federal judge has ordered the State Department to release Clinton’s 55,000 work-related emails in monthly batches as they scan emails to ensure nothing publicly released contains sensitive information.

Clinton’s use of a private email server has weighed heavily on her candidacy, hurting her trustworthiness among voters and stirring up doubts among Democratic Party leaders. Her campaign has sought to frame the controversy over classified material on her server as an interagency battle over classification, insisting that Clinton followed State Department protocol at the time.

The FBI is now analyzing Clinton’s use of a private server to ensure they were handled securely, but there is no criminal investigation into her use of a server.

Read Next: The Legal Question Over Hillary Clinton’s Secret Emails

TIME climate change

Obama Focuses on Climate During Alaska Trip

"They don't get a lot of presidents in Kotzebue"

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — President Barack Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to Alaska on Monday, aiming to thrust climate change to the forefront of the global agenda with a historic visit that will put the state’s liquefying glaciers and sinking villages on graphic display.

During his three-day tour of Alaska, Obama planned to hike a glacier, converse with fishermen and tape a reality TV show with survivalist Bear Grylls — all part of a highly orchestrated White House campaign to illustrate how climate change has damaged the state’s stunning landscape. The goal at each stop is to create powerful visuals that show real-world effects of climate change and drive home Obama’s message that the crisis already has arrived.

After arriving mid-afternoon in Anchorage, Obama planned to meet with Alaska Natives before addressing a U.S.-sponsored summit on climate change and the Arctic. Later in the trip, Obama will become the first sitting president to travel north of the Arctic Circle when he visits Kotzebue — population 3,153 — to address the plight of Alaska Natives, who face dire economic conditions amid some of the worst effects of global warming.

“They don’t get a lot of presidents in Kotzebue,” Alaska Gov. Bill Walker quipped as he joined Obama for the seven-hour flight from Washington.

Aboard Air Force One, the White House unveiled a new National Park Service map bearing the name Denali where Mount McKinley used to be. As a prelude to the trip, Obama announced his administration was renaming the tallest mountain in North America and restoring its traditional Athabascan name, a move that drew applause from Alaska’s leaders but harsh condemnations from Ohio politicians angry that Ohio native and former President William McKinley’s name will be erased from the famed peak.

“You just don’t go and do something like that,” said Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate.

As he traverses Alaska this week, Obama has two audiences in mind: Alaskans, who are hungry for more energy development to boost the state’s sagging oil revenues, and the broader public, whose focus Obama hopes to concentrate on the need for drastic action to combat global warming, including a climate treaty that Obama hopes will help solidify his environmental legacy.

Whether Obama can successfully navigate those two competing interests — energy and the environment — is the prevailing question of his trip.

The president has struggled to explain how his dire warnings and call to action to cut greenhouse gases square with other steps he’s taken or allowed to expand energy production, including oil and gas. Environmental groups took particular offense at the administration’s move to allow expanded drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast — just a few weeks before coming to Alaska to preach on climate change.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with the president that Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to energy aims to facilitate the longer-term transition to cleaner, renewable fuels. “Alaska is a place where that approach is on display,” Earnest said.

Even Alaska Natives, who have echoed Obama’s warnings about environmental changes, have urged him to allow more oil and gas to be sucked out of Alaska’s soil and waters. Alaska faces a roughly $3.5 billion deficit this year as a result of falling oil prices, forcing state budget cuts that have wreaked havoc on rural services.

“History has shown us that the responsible energy development which is the lifeblood of our economy can exist in tandem with, and significantly enhance, our traditional way of life,” leaders of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, which represents Inupiat Eskimo shareholders, wrote Monday in a letter to Obama.

Following his speech Monday night, Obama was to board a U.S. Coast Guard cutter on Tuesday to tour Kenai Fjords National Park and to hike to Exit Glacier, a sprawling expanse of ice that is retreating amid warming temperatures. In southwest Alaska on Wednesday, Obama will meet with fishermen locked in conflict with miners over plans to build a massive gold and copper mine in Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest salmon fishery.

 

 

TIME Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Sides With Liberals on Anti-Lobbying Bill

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on August 28, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Adam Bettcher—Getty Images Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on August 28, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Hillary Clinton on Monday endorsed a lobbying regulation proposal beloved by the Democratic left, marking a significant win for progressive groups as they seek to shape the Democratic presidential primary.

Introduced by Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the bill is aimed at slowing the so-called revolving door between Wall Street and government regulatory positions and controlling the influence of lobbyists on Capitol Hill.

In an op-ed in the Huffington Post, Clinton and Baldwin acknowledged that “Americans’ trust in government is eroding.”

“The American people need to be able to trust that every single person in Washington—from the President of the United States all the way down to agency employees—is putting the interests of the people first,” they wrote.

The bill strengthens the wall between the private sector and government employees, with the goal of making it more difficult for the private sector to influence their former colleagues in government.

Clinton won immediate praise from progressive groups including Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, American Family Voices and CREDO Action.

Her endorsement of the Baldwin bill comes just six weeks after Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for all the presidential candidates to endorse it. Warren’s move was widely seen as specifically targeting Clinton.

MORE: Elizabeth Warren Sends Hillary Clinton a Message

Clinton’s main Democratic competitors have endorsed the bill as well. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has long supported limiting the influence of lobbyists in Washington, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has set specific anti-lobbying measures, some of which go even further than Baldwin calls for.

Introduced along with Rep. Elijah Cummings, the legislation prohibits so-called “golden parachutes,” or bonuses for private sector employees who take government jobs, a tool seen as encouraging employees to help private companies gain a potentially influential foothold in government.

It also lengthens the period in which government employees and members of Congress can lobby the government after quitting their posts from one to two years. Under the bill, federal examiners would be prohibited from accepting employment with financial institutions they oversaw for two years.

The bill also requires financial regulators to recuse themselves from actions that would benefit former employers for two years, instead of one.

Finally, it tightens the legal definition of lobbying, clamping down on former government officials who exploit loopholes in lobbying rules.

Last week, progressive groups called on Clinton to ban golden parachutes and endorse Baldwin’s bill. Democracy for America was quick to claim credit along with other progressive that have put pressure on Clinton recently, with a spokesman calling it a “pretty clear response to the letter.”

“Secretary Clinton deserves real praise for listening to Elizabeth Warren wing Democrats and taking this vitally important first step in slowing down the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington,” Charles Chamberlain, executive director of DFA said in a statement.

Baldwin is campaigning for Clinton in Iowa on Monday.

TIME Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham Qualifies for CNN Undercard Debate

Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to fairgoers during the Iowa State Fair on August 17, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Justin Sullivan—Getty Images Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to fairgoers during the Iowa State Fair on August 17, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Struggling Republican hits 1% in three polls

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s presidential campaign got a tiny bit of good news this week: He’s qualified for the Sept. 16 debate.

The South Carolina Republican hasn’t earned a spot in the primetime debate, but he did cross the threshold to get an invite to the undercard event, which will be held among lesser-polling candidates before the big event with the bigger names at the Reagan Library.

Last week, it looked like Graham might not make it. But campaign aides said Monday that Graham has met the benchmark: an average of 1% support in three national polls between July 16 and Sept. 10. CNN confirmed to them that Graham would get a podium.

Graham has struggled to find support for his bid despite four terms in the U.S. House and is in the first year of his third in the Senate. He’s among the most experienced—if hawkish—members of his party’s national security wing. Yet he, like almost everyone other Republican White House hopeful, has struggled to break through a summer that has seen itself dominated by billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump.

TIME White House

Karl Rove Thinks Obama Needs a New Way to Honor McKinley

'I would hope that he would find a gracious way to honor McKinley, who is an important figure in American history.'

One of the most well-known William McKinley enthusiasts thinks President Obama needs to find a new way to honor the 25th President after changing the name of an Alaskan mountain.

Karl Rove, a top political strategist for President George W. Bush, has a book coming out about the former President in November called The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters.

TIME spoke with Rove about Obama’s controversial decision to change the name of Mount McKinley to Denali.

Why are you so interested in McKinley?

For the 36 years after McKinley is elected President, Republicans dominate Congress and the White House. He’s a modernizer. He saw the Republican party faced a demographic challenge and that in order to win, it had to get blue collar workers and immigrants. He was a unifier. He was faced by a charismatic, slash-and-burn Democrat who attacked Wall Street and the wealthy… And yet McKinley adopted a unifying tone in his campaign. He inherited the presidency during the time of a long and dark and deep depression, where unemployment is at 15 or 20 percent and people are literally dying of starvation, and he becomes President and the country rights itself. He wins reelection in 1900 by a huge margin because the country is enjoying peace and prosperity.

What do you think of Obama’s decision to rename Mount McKinley?

In a serious vein, I would hope that he would find a gracious way to honor McKinley, who is an important figure in American history. And I’m not certain he has the authority to have done what he did; the designation was granted by law of Congress in 1917. In a more jocular way, the guy ought to be more gracious to the guy who made it possible for him to be President. [Hawaii, Obama’s home state, was annexed under McKinley’s presidency.]

How do you respond to the reasoning behind the name change to Denali, that it honors the name Alaska natives call the mountain and is a more fitting tribute than to a President who never visited the state?

Madison never visited Montana, but we have a river named after him. We have many cities, many towns, many physical places named after people who never visited there. Roosevelt, Texas, was never visited by either Franklin nor Teddy, but it’s important to honor them. I would hope that the President would be gracious enough that in his attempt to honor the native peoples of Alaska, he would also find a gracious way to honor one of his illustrious forebears.

So how should Obama honor McKinley instead?

I think that he would be well advised to sit down with the governor of Ohio and the Speaker of the House and the Senators from Ohio [McKinley’s home state], and see if he can’t arrive at a thoughtful way to honor this important figure in American history.

This interview has been edited for length.

TIME

Ben Carson Tied With Donald Trump in New Iowa Poll

Top-Polling GOP Candidates Participate In First Republican Presidential Debate
Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Donald Trump participate in the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

“These results mark a significant shake-up in the leaderboard"

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson tied real estate mogul Donald Trump for the top slot in a poll released Monday, the first time another contender has matched Trump’s lead in the state.

The Monmouth University Poll showed a groundswell of support for outsider candidates with short political resumes.

Carson matched Trump with 23% support among the state’s Republican voters, both of whom were followed by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina with 10%. None of the remaining candidates, including established political players such as Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, managed to crack the double digits.

“These results mark a significant shake-up in the leaderboard from Monmouth’s Iowa poll taken before the first debate,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute said in a public statement.

The poll of 405 registered Republicans in Iowa who voted in at least one of the last two state primary elections and said they were likely to attend the caucuses was taken from Aug. 27-30. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

TIME Scott Walker

Walker Targets Bush on Iran Deal in New Video

It's the first significant attack ads on the Republican side

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is taking aim at establishment rival Jeb Bush in a new video released Monday, criticizing him for refusing to say he’d rip up the pending Iran nuclear agreement should he win the White House.

The hit on the former Florida governor marks one of the first significant attack ads of the cycle to be produced by a GOP presidential campaign. In the web video, Bush is lumped in with “Republicans who don’t know what they stand for,” and is quoted saying he won’t pledge to rip up the agreement on his first day in office.

Walker, meanwhile, is cast as “a strong leader for dangerous times,” shown promising to “terminate it on day one.”

Abrogating the agreement hours after taking the oath of office has been one of Walker’s key campaign promises in recent weeks, and it’s one of the few foreign policy differences in the GOP field. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and real estate mogul Donald Trump have joined Bush in saying they would review the agreement, but couldn’t pledge to end it. Others, like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, have taken Walker’s position.

“Governor Bush has repeatedly said it’s a terrible deal, that Congress should reject it, and that if elected he would begin the process immediately to responsibly undo the deal and the damage it has done to our national security,” Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said in a statement.

TIME Television

President Obama to Run Wild in Alaska With Bear Grylls

During an official visit to the state

The primary purpose of President Obama’s official visit to Alaska, which begins Monday, is to highlight the effects of climate change on the region. But between a possible hike along the Exit Glacier and visits with salmon fishermen, he will also test his capacity to survive in the wilderness as he tapes a special episode of the NBC reality show Running Wild with Bear Grylls, set to air later this year.

The show, now in its second season, has brought celebrities like Kate Winslet and Channing Tatum face-to-face with the elements as Grylls, a survival expert, offers tips on how not to die from snake bites (kill and eat the snake before it eats you) and hunger (eat worms if need be). Past episodes have been filmed in places like Appalachia, Scotland and Yosemite, but Obama’s turn on the show will mark its first trip to Alaska, as well as its first appearance by a sitting president.

Obama, who has taken to exclaiming, “the bear is loose!” when leaving the White House for a coffee or a walk, can only hope that his catchphrase remains in the metaphorical realm.

 

 

TIME politics

Here’s How Denali Became Mount McKinley in the First Place

"McKinley never got near it."

President Barack Obama announced Sunday that he would restore the original Native American name to the tallest peak in North America: Mount McKinley will once again be Denali.

Ohio lawmakers vowed to battle the decision, arguing that the name change would dishonor one of the state’s most famous personages, former U.S. President William McKinley, from whom the mountain derived its name. “This political stunt is insulting to all Ohioans,” said state lawmaker Bob Gibbs.

The idea of changing the mountain’s name is not a new one—in the 1970s, for example, Alaska’s state government made a serious effort to persuade the federal government to do what Obama has just done. As explained by a TIME story about that legal battle, the name “McKinley” was itself the product of a surprisingly personal political spat:

The mountain’s name was a fluke. As local historians tell it, in 1896 W.A. Dickey, an ornery gold prospector and one of the first U.S. explorers in the area, fell into an argument with two supporters of William Jennings Bryan and his free-silver movement. The prospector retaliated by naming the mountain after the champion of the gold standard, then Presidential Candidate William McKinley. The name stuck and gradually worked its way into maps and books. Now there is virtually no resistance in the state to the proposed name change [to Denali]. Few Alaskans feel that the long-dead President deserves the honor. Says Anchorage Daily News Publisher Kay Fanning: “McKinley never got near it.”

At the time, Ohio Congressman Ralph S. Regula was the one to respond with outrage, writing to TIME to dispute the idea that Alaskans wanted the switch, and to question the relevance of whether McKinley had visited the mountain or not. “It would be interesting to see if other Alaskan landmarks—Mount Foraker, Jefferson Peak, Fillmore Peak, Mount Cleveland, Grant Peak, Lincoln Island, Wilson Creek or Point Hayes—were visited by people for whom they were named,” he wrote. “All information I find indicates they were not.”

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com