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Learn Hillary Clinton’s Quirky Email Slang

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Charlie Neibergall—AP Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks a news conference at the Des Moines Area Community College on Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa.

Here's how she talks to close friends and coworkers

The release of thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State hasn’t just opened a window into her political decisions, it’s also revealed how she talks.

A number of emails from Clinton to her closest staffers show a private lingo, often a form of shorthand to make typing easier on a smartphone but also the kind of personal references people who work closely together develop.

Here’s a short glossary of some common Hillaryisms:

are you awake: Subject line of any email sent past 10 p.m. or so. Nothing else is in the email so that if the recipient is asleep, they don’t feel pressured to respond at 2 a.m.

berry: Clinton’s BlackBerry.

Diane Reynolds: A pseudonym used by Chelsea Clinton when checking into hotels and also for her email address on Hillary Clinton’s homemade server.

hPad: Clinton’s iPad.

HRod: A nickname for Hillary Rodham Clinton, based on one of her email addresses, hrod17@clintonemail.com. Presumably a play on A-Rod, the nickname for New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

kidlet: Children. State Department staffer Cheryl Mills often referred to her children as “kidlets” in emails to Clinton.

pls print: A request for a staffer to print out an email, often the text of a longer news story, presumably so that she can read it.

WJC: Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President William Jefferson Clinton. State Department staffers often referred to Bill Clinton by his initials, though Hillary usually just called him Bill.

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A History Lesson for the Kentucky Clerk Refusing to Grant Marriage Licenses

Mildred Loving, Richard Loving
AP A Jan. 26, 1965 photo of Mildred Loving and Richard P Loving

Not everyone immediately accepted the Supreme Court's 1967 ruling about interracial marriage, either

In recent months, as the Supreme Court considered the question of marriage equality, one particular case served as a frequent point of comparison for advocates of gay marriage rights: Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 case that struck down laws that prevented interracial marriage. The case was even cited by Justice Anthony Kennedy in his opinion in the gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, when he noted that it established the precedent that marriage is “one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.”

Now it seems that the link between Loving and Obergefell doesn’t end there. As a Kentucky county clerk continues to refuse to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples—despite Obergefell and despite a refusal by the Supreme Court to get involved with her case—it’s worth remembering that it was years after Loving before interracial marriage was actually a given across the United States.

In theory, the Loving ruling meant all anti-miscegenation laws in the United States were invalidated. At the time, more than a dozen states had such laws on the books. But three years later, when Sgt. Louis Voyer (who was white) and Phyllis Bett (who was black) tried to get married in Alabama, they were refused a license by Probate Judge C. Clyde Brittain, on the basis that Alabama law would have made such a license criminal. In fact, Alabama law still made Voyer and Bett’s coupledom criminal in itself, and the Alabama constitution actively barred state lawmakers from legalizing marriage between “any white person and a Negro, or descendant of a Negro.”

In the resulting 1970 case United States v. Brittain, the district court ruling was extremely straightforward: there was no question that the Alabama laws in question were unconstitutional and that Voyer and Bett had the right to marry. The court even held that it didn’t matter if there were some other justification for not allowing them to do so—for example, if the bride did not properly provide proof of residence—because it was so obvious that the real motivation was racial. (This point is perhaps relevant today, as the Kentucky clerk in question has worked around the Obergefell ruling by refusing to grant all marriage licenses—but she has made no secret that her motivation is related to the question of her beliefs about marriage equality.) Nor did it matter that Voyer and Bett had gone ahead and gotten married in Tennessee. There was, the court ruled, reason enough for it to issue an opinion, just to set the record straight:

Although the unconstitutionality of these miscegenation laws cannot be seriously questioned by any trained in the law, we find a situation where the chief law officer of the State of Alabama is not free (and this has been so stipulated) to advise Judges of Probate who are not members of the bar that these miscegenation laws are unconstitutional and should not be followed. Such advice could only (by force of custom if not of law) be given after the Alabama laws had been declared unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction. Given such a situation, there is no reason for this Court to delay making such a declaration until another couple in just the right circumstances next feels the pinch of these laws.

It took years for the last wave of such local tests of Loving to finally die down, as explained by Julie Lavonne Novkov in her book Racial Union. It took another decade or so for the echo of Loving‘s implications to pass through the courts. (It wasn’t until 1984, for example, that the court ruled interracial couples couldn’t be discriminated against in child-custody decisions.) And it wasn’t until 2000 that Alabama actually removed its long-unenforceable anti-miscegenation law from its books.

If the fallout from Loving is any indication, those who side with the Kentucky clerk may have years of fight left to go—but their battle will likely be a losing one in the end.

Read TIME’s original coverage of the Loving case, here in the TIME Vault: Anti-Miscegenation Statutes: Repugnant Indeed

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Why Jeb Bush Is Taking a Right Hook to Donald Trump

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush fired back at Donald Trump Tuesday with a video questioning his conservative bona fides.

The 80-second video hits Trump with a hard right hook, showing clips of him talking about living in New York City, calling himself pro-choice, praising single-payer health care and saying that Hillary Clinton is “a terrific woman.”

“I lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life, so my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa,” Trump says at the beginning of the video, a clip from his 1999 appearance on “Meet the Press.”

Bush and Trump have been engaged in a war of words, as the real estate mogul maintains his lead on the GOP field. Trump released a campaign video on Instagram juxtaposing Bush’s assertion that people cross into the U.S. illegally as an “act of love” with photos of criminals in the country without legal status.

For months, the Bush campaign has tried to ignore Trump, but it has now decided to treat him as a legitimate candidate who must be taken down. Attacking from his right flank is an attempt to both weaken the front-runner and bolster Bush’s conservative bona fides.

Some of the attacks draw on Trump’s past statements, which he has since repudiated. While the video shows Trump saying he is “very pro-choice,” he said during the August Republican debate that his views have “very much evolved” on the issue.

Another line in the video draws from that debate to show Trump arguing that single-payer health care “works in Canada” and “works incredibly well in Scotland,” although Trump went on to say that it “could have worked in a different age” in the United States.


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Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are engaged in an all-out war of words, as Trump maintains his lead on the GOP field. Trump released a campaign video on Instagram juxtaposing Bush’s assertion that people cross into the U.S. illegally as an “act of love,” with the photos of several criminals in the country without legal status. Bush’s team fired back with statements all day, and now have released a video with the “greatest hits” of Trump’s time as a Democrat. The 80-second video includes Trump expressing support for partial-birth abortion and single-payer healthcare and praising Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is targeting Bush for his refusal to pledge to abrogate the Iran nuclear deal on his first day in office, drawing fire on himself for suggesting that Bush doesn’t know where he stands on issues. Walker’s campaign was forced to clarify that he does not support building a wall between the U.S. and Canada, despite suggesting he thought it might be an idea worth considering.

Another tranche of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s emails were released late Monday, revealing the lighter side of her life in government. Between asking for the times her favorite shows appeared on television to joking about the time a criminal robbed a bank in a mask with her face on it, Clinton also received a memo outlining a plan to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and asked aides for details on how many times she voted against raising the federal debt limit.

Super PACs may be raising more than campaigns, but they’re paying a lot more to get on TV. Rick Perry‘s campaign team in Iowa has been decimated amid fundraising woes. And President Obama will run wild in Alaska with Bear Grylls.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

7 Fun Things We Learned From Hillary Clinton’s Latest Emails
The lighter side of the latest release [TIME]

Scott Walker Campaign Clarifies Canadian Wall Comments After Backlash
The campaign plays clean-up for their candidate [Wisconsin State Journal]

As His Term Wanes, Obama Champions Workers’ Rights
Obama administration works to remake labor system in final 18 months [New York Times]

Trump Upends GOP Message on Economy
Raising taxes and rolling back on trade is out of step with the party [Washington Post]

Chaos in Colorado Risks Key Senate Seat for GOP
Party drama threatens control of the Senate [Politico]

How Much for That Political Ad? Depends on Who’s Buying
The super PAC advantage erodes quickly [Concord Monitor]

Sound Off

“I think it was sloppy and unprofessional, that it reflects a lack of understanding about how easy it is for adversaries to tap into communications. She’s an intelligent woman. She spent a lot of time in the White House. You should not operate in the way she did.” — Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticizing Hillary Clinton on her email use

“They had no idea it was YOU, just some random email address so they emailed.” — Top Clinton aide Huma Abedin to the Secretary of State after the State Department technology help desk didn’t recognize her private account

Bits and Bites

Hillary Clinton Sides With Liberals on Anti-Lobbying Bill [TIME]

Karl Rove Thinks Obama Needs a New Way to Honor McKinley [TIME]

Supreme Court Rejects County Official’s Request in Gay-Marriage Case [Washington Post]

Walker Targets Bush on Iran Deal in New Video [TIME]

White House Sidesteps Hubbub About Obama’s Future Role at Columbia [New York Times]

Perry Scales Back Iowa Team to One Paid Staffer [Des Moines Register]

President Obama to Run Wild in Alaska With Bear Grylls [TIME]



Obama Calls for Expanded Fleet of Arctic Ice Breakers

White House says U.S. needs vessels in the hotly contested region to "maintain the open seas"

President Barack Obama will call for an expanded fleet of Arctic ice breakers on Tuesday, warning that the U.S. risked losing control of shipping routes, fishing grounds and pristine habitats if the Coast Guard does not strengthen its presence in the region.

The plan hastens the construction of a new Arctic ice breaker by two years and urges Congress to release “sufficient resources” to build still more vessels, the New York Times reports. The U.S. Coast Guard currently has a fleet of two active ice breakers, far fewer than Russia’s 41 vessels, with 11 more in the pipeline.

The rush to build new vessels comes amid an expansive thaw of Arctic ice, which have enabled nations to break new passageways through the region.

“The growth of human activity in the Arctic region will require highly engaged stewardship to maintain the open seas necessary for global commerce and scientific research, allow for search and rescue activities, and provide for regional peace and stability,” the White House said in a press statement.

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

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. (According to Tablet magazine writer Yair Rosenberg, Clinton was asking about a blocked U.S. shipment of carp to Israel.)

“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.

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New Hillary Clinton Email Release Contains 150 Now Deemed Classified

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.

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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.

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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.



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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.

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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.

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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.

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