TIME politics

Hillary Clinton’s E-Mail Trouble Started in 1997

Oct. 20, 1997, cover of TIME
Cover Credit: PATRICK DEMARCHELIER The Oct. 20, 1997, cover of TIME

The former Secretary of State is in hot water over her e-mail usage while in that office. While First Lady, she resolved to overcome a fear of computers

Possible Presidential contender Hillary Clinton may have broken the e-mail rules during her time as Secretary of State, according to a new story in the New York Times. Clinton used her own personal e-mail account to conduct government business, the Times reports.

It’s not the first time Clinton’s e-mail has given her trouble — her use of personal e-mail accounts had been made public at least two years ago, but it was almost two decades ago she didn’t hide the fact that she was, as a TIME cover story about the then-First Lady put it, “computer illiterate.”

That particular story used the First Lady’s 50th birthday as a way to discuss the Baby Boom generation’s maturation: Clinton, newly an empty-nester, was re-examining her life and deciding where to go from there. One possible direction was online:

With Chelsea’s departure, the First Lady who mastered Game Boy has resolved to overcome her phobia of computers. Her chief of staff, Melanne Verveer, lately caught her thumbing through a book called Internet E-Mail for Dummies.

At the time, President Clinton said he imagined the couple retiring one day to sit on a beach as “old people laughing about our lives”; TIME commented that such a future was unlikely to satisfy his wife, who said that she would instead “go on to do something else that I find challenging and interesting.” Years later, there’s no doubt that she made good on that prediction. She may have even overcome her fear of computers. After all, by today’s standards when it comes to “Internet E-Mail,” most people in 1997 were pretty much dummies.

Read the 1997 cover story here, in the TIME Vault: Turning Fifty

TIME Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Speech Draws Big Names

Israeli PM Netanyahu Addresses Joint Meeting Of Congress
Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by members of Congress as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

As many as 50 Democrats may be missing the speech, but Republicans have packed the house

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress felt a bit like a State of the Union.

Despite the partisan contention around the speech which led as many as 53 Democratic lawmakers to skip the speech, it proved popular with Republicans, former lawmakers and interested citizens, according to reporters tweeting at the event.

It was a hot ticket. Speaker John Boehner’s office said there were 10 times as many requests for tickets as there were seats available in the gallery.

Some former lawmakers seen on Capitol Hill Tuesday include former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former representative and current MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, former representative and current Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Reps. Michele Bachmann and Dennis Kucinich and former Sens. Joe Lieberman and Norm Coleman.

The event drew some big names in conservative circles. Casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, Weekly Standard founder William Kristol, conservative radio host Mark Levin, Republican political consultant Frank Luntz and attorney Alan Dershowitz were also spotted by reporters inside the Capitol.

The speech drew interest from outside politics too. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart.

TIME scotus

Top Lawyers Would Most Like to Lunch Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Richard Tucker Music Foundation's 38th Annual Gala
Monica Schipper—Getty Images Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of Supreme Court of the United States, attends Richard Tucker Music Foundation's 38th annual gala at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on November 17, 2013 in New York City.

RBG named as the Supreme Court Justice they'd most like to break bread with

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been voted #1 Supreme Court lunch date by hungry American lawyers, according to a new survey.

Ginsburg came out on top as the most popular potential lunch date, followed by Antonin Scalia and Sonia Sotomayor, presumably because they’re kind of in Ginsburg’s posse. Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Elena Kagan were middle-of-the-pack, like that kid you kind of know from Chemistry class who lets you copy his notes. Samuel Alito, Jr was the least popular pick, not unlike that poor kid who eats his lunch from a tray in a bathroom stall.

The survey of almost 100 leading lawyers was conducted by Super Lawyers, part of Thompson Reuters, and the organizer noted that many lawyers actually picked a Justice with whom they don’t necessarily agree. “Lawyers being lawyers, they wanted to argue, I guess,” said Super Lawyers Editor-in-Chief Erik Lundegaard in a statement. “So a choice for lunch date, like a retweet, isn’t necessarily an endorsement.”

TIME Congress

GOP to Vote on Homeland Security Bill Without Conditions

Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Feb. 26, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The vote could be as early as Tuesday

(WASHINGTON) — Republicans say the House will vote as early as Tuesday on a bill to fully fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without immigration restrictions.

Facing dwindling options, Speaker John Boehner outlined the situation for rank-and-file GOP members during a closed-door caucus meeting Tuesday morning.

Lawmakers and congressional aides said the House plans to vote on the bill despite opposition from conservatives who demanded that the measure roll back President Barack Obama’s unilateral changes on immigration.

Boehner told the caucus that he was outraged by the president’s actions, but this was the right decision “for this team and the right one for this country.”

Aides and other lawmakers described his comments.

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said “sanity is prevailing.”

TIME 2016 Election

Ben Carson Launches Presidential Committee for 2016 Run

Former neurosurgeon and grassroots favorite is preparing for a potential run in 2016

Conservative grassroots darling Dr. Ben Carson is formally exploring a bid for president in 2016, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Carson, a former neurosurgeon and author, has formed an official committee to raise money for a potential campaign. Although he has no experience as an elected politician—or perhaps because of it—he has already won the favor of some conservative voters; at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Carson ranked fourth in the straw poll.

The Gifted Hands author has also made a number of strategic hires as of late, picking up staff members for a potential campaign in early caucus states like South Carolina and Iowa.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

TIME democrats

Former Maryland Governor O’Malley Won’t Seek Mikulski’s Seat

Outgoing Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and wife Katie at the inauguration ceremony of Governor Larry Hogan in Annapolis, Md. on Jan. 21, 2015.
Linda Davidson—The Washington Post/Getty Images Outgoing Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and wife Katie at the inauguration ceremony of Governor Larry Hogan in Annapolis, Md. on Jan. 21, 2015.

The move keeps his path to the White House open

(WASHINGTON) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Tuesday he will not seek the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, keeping open his option of running for president in a Democratic primary likely to include Hillary Rodham Clinton.

O’Malley said in a statement he was “hopeful and confident that very capable public servants with a desire to serve in the Senate will step up as candidates for this important office. I will not be one of them.”

Mikulski announced plans to retire on Monday, giving O’Malley a second option if he wanted to avoid what looks today to be a longshot bid against Clinton. The surprise decision came as O’Malley has been gearing up toward a presidential campaign with upcoming appearances in New Hampshire and Iowa.

Little known outside his home state, O’Malley has yet to gain much traction in a hypothetical matchup against Clinton, who has a network of super PACs already working on her behalf and much of the party’s establishment eagerly waiting for her to announce her candidacy. Those pining for someone other than Clinton have largely focused their longing not on O’Malley, but Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — who tells everyone who asks she isn’t running.

O’Malley has deep ties to Mikulski. While in law school, he served as field director on her first Senate campaign in 1986 and his mother Barbara has worked as a receptionist in Mikulski’s Washington office since 1987. Yet the retiring senator has already endorsed Clinton.

O’Malley would have likely been the leading contender if he had pursued a Senate bid in a state where Democrats have a large voter registration advantage. But the Democratic field could be large and include members of the state’s congressional delegation, led by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, along with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a former Montgomery County, Md., council member and O’Malley appointee.

Before the announcement, O’Malley allies noted that the former governor had always enjoyed the role of executive, having served as Baltimore’s mayor for seven years before becoming governor in 2007. He has shown little interest in the past in serving in Congress.

O’Malley has said he will make a final decision on a presidential campaign this spring. He is scheduled to headline fundraisers and appearances in New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday and has separate trips to Iowa planned for March and April.

During an appearance in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Saturday, he took a veiled shot at Clinton, warning Democrats that more “triangulation” would not be a successful strategy for the party. And he suggested large financial institutions should be broken up if they pose a threat to the American economy, something Warren has called for.

“People want to see new faces. There’s a certain amount of Clinton fatigue,” said Dan Calegari, a New Hampshire Democratic activist who first met O’Malley in 1983 when both worked on Sen. Gary Hart’s presidential campaign. “They’ve been around for 30 years now. Quite honestly, I think if Martin decides to get in the race he will surprise some people.”

Calegari was organizing a small meeting of party activists with O’Malley in Manchester, N.H., on Friday night.

Even as an underdog, there is a place for O’Malley in the presidential race, Hart said.

“I am not in favor of coronations and I’m certainly not in favor of the preordination of two families in America who can govern,” Hart said. “I think it would be healthy for the Democratic party to have competition.”


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Morning Must Reads: March 3

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

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S. and his vocal criticism of President Barack Obama’s policies, especially his approach to Iran, have highlighted the deep ideological gulf between the two leaders

Clinton Under Scrutiny Over Emails

Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account while she was Secretary of State, the New York Times reports, possibly breaching a federal law

Execution Postponed in Georgia

Corrections officials have postponed Georgia’s first execution of a woman in 70 years, citing problems with the drug that would be used for lethal injection

How to Get Free Pancakes Today, Courtesy of IHOP

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of National Pancake Day, an annual event in which IHOP customers get free pancakes and millions of dollars are raised for charity. The magic combo easily makes Pancake Day one of the most beloved fake holidays of the year

Read the First-Ever Issue of TIME, From March 3, 1923

The first issue lacked the distinctive red border for which the magazine has come to be known. The cover subject was the now obscure Joseph G. Cannon, and the whole thing was only 32 pages long. Flip through the pages as TIME turns 92

ISIS Threat to Pope Exists, Vatican Police Says

The commander of the Vatican’s security forces acknowledged the existence of a real threat to the Pope from ISIS, but said there is no indication of a planned attack on the Catholic leader. “The threat exists,” Domenico Giani said

3-5 Cups of Coffee a Day May Help Keep Arteries Clear

Drinking three to five cups of coffee per day may help to reduce signs of blocked arteries, says a new study out of South Korea. The findings, published Monday in the medical journal Heart, add to the discussion about whether or not coffee is good for cardiovascular health

Jennifer Lawrence to Star in New Steven Spielberg Film

Warner Bros. is said to be finalizing a deal to bring It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War to the big screen, with Steven Spielberg attached as director and Jennifer Lawrence in a starring role. The memoir by Lynsey Addario has barely been out a month

E.U. Faces a Deadly Air-Pollution Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of people in the E.U. will suffer premature death in the next two decades because of toxic air, a report says. The European Environment Agency says in 2011 alone, over 400,000 Europeans died from pollution

Canadian Pastor Feared Detained in North Korea

Fears are growing for a Canadian pastor who has not been heard from since Jan. 31 when he was invited by North Korean officials to Pyongyang, according to a South Korean activist. The Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim is considered a highly influential Christian missionary

Over-30s Must Pay Double for Tinder’s Premium Service

Tinder launched its much anticipated premium service on Monday, but the popular dating app will cost twice as much for people over 30. Users in the U.S. can purchase the new upgrade for $9.99 a month, unless you’re over 30, in which case you’ll have to pay $19.99

NBA Suspends James Harden for Kicking LeBron James

The NBA announced on Monday that it has suspended Houston Rockets guard James Harden for one game without pay for kicking Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the groin during Sunday’s game. Harden said the kick was unintentional

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TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Only Used a Personal Email Account While Secretary of State, Report Says

Hillary Clinton Addresses National Council for Behavioral Health Conference
Patrick Smith—Getty Images Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks during the National Council for Behavioral Health's Annual Conference in National Harbor, Md., on May 6, 2014

Federal law stipulates that her emails should have been kept on departmental and not private servers

Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account while she was Secretary of State, the New York Times reports, possibly breaching a federal law mandating the archiving of all correspondence by State Department officials.

Clinton’s aides allegedly made no effort to upload her personal emails to the department’s servers during her four-year tenure, as stipulated under the the Federal Records Act, the Times says.

Instead, they reportedly went through thousands of emails two months ago, selecting which to submit as part of a renewed compliance effort from the State Department.

Attorney Jason R. Baron, a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration, told the Times that it was “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.”

Read more at the Times

TIME Congress

Schock Reimburses Government for Private Travel to Football Game

His team will continue a thorough review of his office procedures

(WASHINGTON) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock reimbursed the U.S. government for more than $1,200 in travel expenses for attending a Chicago Bears football game last November, his office said Monday. He previously had charged taxpayers for the trip.

The reimbursement comes amid new congressional reports detailing $14,000 in private air travel incurred by Schock last fall, which included plane travel around Illinois and to Washington. Schock used his taxpayer-funded account to pay those bills. His office said it was reviewing whether other charges might have been inappropriate.

Schock’s recent travel adds to the list of more than a dozen flights worth $40,000 — expensed under his congressional account or campaign funds — aboard planes owned by donors. That led to a formal ethics complaint.

Schock, a 33-year-old, rising Republican star, has been under scrutiny for using congressional funds to redecorate his Capitol Hill office in the style of the TV show “Downton Abbey.” Last week, his office said he made good on his promise of personally reimbursing those costs.

Congressional rules updated two years ago generally allow the use of private aircraft as long as trips are fairly compensated. But the latest revelations about Schock’s travel expenses raise questions about why taxpayers were billed for a trip to Chicago when he represents the Peoria and Springfield areas at least 150 miles away.

A spokesman said Schock wrote a check to the U.S. Treasury on Monday for the Chicago trip.

Newly released House records showed $10,802 incurred last November for “commercial transportation” to Keith Siilats, a New York-based pilot who flew Schock to Chicago. Siilats told the AP he flew the congressman between Washington and Peoria for a series of meetings, and attended the Bears game with Schock.

That trip was first reported Sunday by the Chicago Sun-Times. It was not immediately clear how Schock paid for his game tickets.

The records also show Schock’s office spent about $2,270 with Peoria-based Byerly Aviation, as well as $1,590 with Lobair LLC. Both were previously paid for Schock’s travel on aircraft owned by his financial contributors, records show.

The new Byerly expense aligns with a same-day journey on a plane owned by Springfield businessman Todd Green between Peoria and Quincy, Illinois, on Dec. 12, 2014. Schock toured a local dam that he said needed repairs that same day in Quincy.

Byerly was previously paid $11,433 from Schock’s office account for four days in November 2013. The AP found Green’s plane traveled to and from Washington and Peoria during that same period— and hours before Schock posted a photo about his “Schocktoberfest” fundraising event in his district.

A spokesman said Monday his team will continue a thorough review of his office procedures. Schock previously told the AP he travels frequently throughout his district to stay connected with his constituents.

The AP last week detailed those travel expenses, including Schock’s use of private planes and incurring of pricey entertainment charges. The review identified at least a dozen flights on donors’ planes since mid-2011, tracking his reliance on the aircraft partly through pictures uploaded to his Instagram account.

During one period, Green’s plane traveled to at least eight cities last October in the Midwest and East Coast — cities where Schock met with political candidates ahead of the midterm elections. Green runs car dealerships in Schock’s district with his brother, Jeff, a pilot who Todd Green said is good friends with Schock.

Lobair was previously paid $6,000 for four trips on a plane owned by Michael J. Miller, another Peoria auto dealer, and by Vonachen Services Inc., a janitorial and service firm headed by Peoria businessman Matthew Vonachen. Vonachen donated at least $11,000 to Schock’s political career, federal campaign records show.

Schock’s other official and expenses included concert tickets and mileage reimbursements, including a sold-out Katy Perry concert last June.

The House updated its ethics rules in January 2013. Earlier rules prohibited lawmakers from using office accounts to pay for flights on private aircraft, allowing payments only for federally licensed charter and commercial flights.

A liberal-leaning group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, had requested an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, an outside panel that reviews ethics complaints against House members.

Schock recently brought on board a team of campaign finance lawyers and public relations experts to address the controversy about his expenses.


Associated Press writers Stephen Braun, Jeff Horwitz and Ronnie Greene contributed to this report.

TIME Foreign Policy

‘America’s Rabbi’ Apologizes for Ad That Called White House Aide Blind to Genocide

National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaks at the Brookings Institution to outline President Barack Obama's foreign policy priorities on Feb. 6, 2015, in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite—AP National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaks at the Brookings Institution to outline President Barack Obama's foreign policy priorities on Feb. 6, 2015, in Washington.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who calls himself “America’s Rabbi,” apologized for his organization’s ad claiming that White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice is complicit in genocide.

“Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” says the ad, which ran a full page in the New York Times Saturday. The ad says she “stood by” as genocide ravaged Rwanda in 1994 when Rice was a member of President Bill Clinton’s national security team and cites an article written by Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

“I personally want to offer an apology to anyone who was offended by our organization’s ad about National Security Advisor Susan Rice,” said Boteach Monday before an event on preventing a nuclear Iran with Elie Wiesel and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. “Our disagreement with Ms. Rice is strictly over policy. It was construed by some as a personal attack that is certainly and absolutely not its intent.”

Boteach defended his ad just yesterday in an interview with CNN and his website still has a link to the ad on its homepage.

“We all have a blind spot when it comes to genocide,” said Boteach on CNN, listing those in Rwanda and Cambodia among others. “But she’s a public official … Now Iran is threatening the annihilation of the Jewish people. It is perverse that these negotiations are taking place without a demand that Iran first totally renounce their genocidal intent against the Jews.”

The back-and-forth comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the United States.

Rice said last week that Netanyahu’s scheduled address to Congress Tuesday is “destructive” to U.S.-Israel relations. House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak without first notifying the White House, and critics see Netanyahu’s speech two weeks before his election as a partisan ploy meant to undermine nuclear negotiations with Iran.

“Ms. Rice may be blind to the issue of genocide, but she should treat our ally with at least as much diplomatic courtesy as she does the committed enemy of both of our nations,” says the ad, which was paid for by Boteach’s This World: The Values Network.

The ad has been roundly condemned by Jewish organizations. The Anti-Defamation League called it an “incendiary personal attack” without justification. The American Jewish Committee called it “revolting.” The Jewish Federations of North America called it “outrageous.” After California Democrat Rep. Brad Sherman backed out of Monday’s event over “abhorrent” ad, Cruz bashed Democrats for their lack of participation.

“There is a simple reality right now which is that in Congress the number of congressional Democrats willing to stand up to this Administration on Iran is vanishingly small,” said Cruz. “For this gathering today, to be here with a Nobel laureate and morals hero like Elie Wiesel, we invited over a dozen Democrats.”

“There’s not a congressional Democrat sitting here being part of this discussion and that was not for lack of invitation, it was because the answer was no,” he added to boos from the crowd.

“We’re not here to boo anyone,” interjected Boteach, who later noted that there are “countless” Democrats who “strongly support” Israel.

Morton A. Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, said he was with Sherman in his office today and said the Congressman was indeed “unhappy” about the ad. But Klein defended Boteach when asked about the ad’s intent linking Rice to genocide.

“Someone told me it made it seem that way,” said Klein. “Of course he didn’t mean that. That’s insane. So I don’t know. I didn’t read it but I’m very careful with my ads. Maybe he’s less careful.”

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