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Washington Examiner: State Dept. stonewalls release of Clinton staff's emails about temporary IG

State Department officials are battling a pair of Freedom of Information Act requests for emails and memos that discuss the agency's temporary inspector general and the influence Hillary Clinton and her staff may have had on his oversight of the agency.

Citizens United, a conservative nonprofit, also sought any documentation of high-level discussions about a February 2013 inspector general report published just as Clinton exited the State Department in the FOIA requests it filed in September of last year.

The State Department argued Friday the "nature and scope" of the group's requests were too broad to estimate how many records might have mentioned the interim inspector general, the controversial report or a Government Accountability Office report from April 2011 that raised many of the same concerns about allowing a temporary watchdog to head the agency.

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McClatchy: Republicans seek Clinton-era documents from State Department

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party is seeking documents from the State Department that could shed light on whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s office interfered with Freedom of Information Act as was reported earlier this week.

Clinton’s political staff personally reviewed and negotiated the release of public records at the department requested under the Freedom of Information Act and, in some cases, blocked documents’ release, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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Wall Street Journal: Hillary’s Supreme Court Litmus Test

Perhaps you remember when litmus tests for Supreme Court nominees were frowned upon, even by the most ideological candidates. That was when the litmus-testing came from the right on abortion. Hillary Clinton broke through that barrier on the left this week when she announced that support for restrictions on political speech would make or break her supreme court choices.

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Politico: Hillary Clinton on her emails: I want them out, too! Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/hillary-clinton-state-department-emails-release-schedule-118085.html#ixzz3aswJqLMJ

Hillary Clinton and the State Department on Tuesday insisted they are not slow-walking the public release of her emails during her time as secretary of state, while a federal judge ordered up a plan for a rolling release of the hotly anticipated documents.

“Nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do,” Clinton said to reporters in a rare instance of fielding press questions on the campaign trail. Story Continued Below

The 55,000 pages of emails have become the source of much heartburn, speculation and bureaucratic man-hours since news emerged earlier this year that Clinton used a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

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CNN: Judge considers 'rolling' release of Hillary Clinton emails

U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia Rudolph Contreras asked the State Department to file a notice that would include a proposed deadline for the release of Hillary Clinton's emails, as well as a new proposal for a schedule that involves releasing documents on a rolling basis.

A lawyer for journalist Jason Leopold, who has filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking all the emails Clinton turned over from her private server, told the judge he wanted the Benghazi emails "produced immediately" and requested that the other emails — some 55,000 pages — be released on a rolling basis. He also asked for periodic updates on the production.

The government had stated in their filings to the court that it would complete a review of thousands of pages of by Jan. 15, 2016, according to papers in an ongoing Freedom of Information lawsuit, suggesting that the full release of documents wouldn't come out until next year.

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LA Times: Clinton says she'd make Supreme Court picks aimed at campaign finance reform

Hllary Rodham Clinton was clear Monday during a campaign stop about one quality she would expect from her nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court if she were to become president – an overhaul of the rapidly evolving campaign finance system that is giving extremely wealthy donors ever more say in presidential contests.

Her position was remarkable for a candidate positioned to shatter fundraising records and push the boundaries of campaign finance law further than any Democrat who has ever run for the White House.

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Washington Examiner: State Dept. must produce emails between Clinton Foundation, agency officials by September

State Department officials must produce records of agency officials' communications with the Clinton Foundation from Hillary Clinton's time in office by September, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

The battle to obtain correspondence between three of Clinton's top staffers and officials at her family's foundation, as well as communications with a controversial consulting firm, has raged in federal court since a conservative group filed suit against the State Department on March 16.

Citizens United, a right-leaning activist nonprofit, sued the agency after it ignored a series of Freedom of Information Act requests for the records of Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Kris Balderston, all longtime Clinton insiders and key aides at Clinton's State Department.

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Greenville News: See highlights of the SC Freedom Summit

5:37 p.m.: Fiorina: "Everything sets me apart" from other GOP candidates

Carly Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive of Hewlett-Packard and the last of the political figures to meet with reporters Saturday, said "everything sets me apart" from the other possible GOP presidential candidates.

She advocates zero-based budgeting for the federal government "so that we know where our money is being spent."

"We don't have a clue," she said. "We have no idea where our money is being spent."

Fiorina also said the erosion of the economic well-being of middle-class families is real.

"People's wages haven't risen in a very long time. The labor participation rates are at levels not seen since 1976," she said. "Things that used to be within the reach of middle-class families are out of reach of middle-class families – college education, for example."

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Greenville News: Donald Trump coming to Greenville

New York business magnate and media personality Donald Trump is headed to Greenville.

He'll join a long list of Republican politicians, including two who have announced campaigns for president, at the South Carolina Freedom Summit on May 9, according to organizers, who have been announcing the speakers one at a time.

The event is scheduled for the Peace Center on the same weekend as Greenville's annual Artisphere festival.

It's being organized by Citizens United, a conservative activist group, in conjunction with U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan of Laurens.

Trump has said he may run for president this cycle, as he did in 2008 and 2012.

He's got a lot of ground to make up with South Carolina Republicans if he does decide to jump in the race, according to a recent Winthrop University poll.

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Greenville News: Scott will attend conservative gathering next month

The list of well-known politicians planning to speak at a forum for Republican White House hopefuls in Greenville next month keeps growing.

Now U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina has joined the list, according to organizers.

The South Carolina Freedom Summit is scheduled for May 9 at the Peace Center.

The list of previously announced speakers includes Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, both of whom have announced presidential campaigns.

Other Republicans who may run for president are also coming, according to Citizens United, a conservative activist group organizing the event in conjunction with U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan of Laurens.

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