Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is turning over her private email server and copies of her emails held on a thumb drive, her campaign announced Tuesday evening, as a probe into the handling of classified information continues. The State Department announced that at least two emails on the server contained information that the intelligence community deems “top secret,” adding that they were sent to her by aides and not marked. Clinton’s direct liability is limited as long as she didn’t know that the information was in fact classified, but the probe may expand to her aides who generated the emails. The brouhaha over her exclusive use of the private server has already cost Clinton in the polls and damaged her trustworthiness ratings.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was by nearly every account the winner in last week’s debate, but he isn’t acting that way—all part of a long-term cautious strategy. Wary of over-exposure, and the scrutiny that comes with it, this early in the race, Rubio is looking to lay low until closer to the Iowa caucuses, while allowing his support to grow organically. Meanwhile, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are depending on their super PACs as never before to fund increasingly unlikely campaigns that have been unable to raise significant dollars.
Donald Trump defended Planned Parenthood’s women’s health services Tuesday—should women be thanking Trump for keeping the issues important to them front-and-center?
Here are your must-reads:
As State Department continues investigation into handling of classified information [TIME]
What he calls a “fatal error” [Washington Post]
A cautious approach [New York Times]
He’s really rich, but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to spend his fortune on the White House [Wall Street Journal]
Frontiers of campaign finance, Part 4563 [Washington Post]
“I thought that was disgusting. That showed such weakness, the way he was taken away by two young women. That will never happen with me. I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself, or if other people will, but that was a disgrace.” —Donald Trump, when asked about Black Lives Matter protests of Sen. Bernie Sanders
“Thank God for Donald Trump; 24 million people tuned in.” — Ohio Gov. John Kasich saying a recent surge in the polls is due to the exposure from a well-regarded debate performance
Bits and Bites
Why Women Should Thank Trump [TIME]
Why a Huge Los Angeles Crowd Turned Out for Bernie Sanders [Los Angeles Times]
Clinton Criticized for Being Too Vague on Policy [Boston Globe]