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Mexican Needing Transplant Twice Denied a Visa

Jose Chua Lopez, 20, has an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in 9 days

(Newser) - Family and friends sold tamales and held raffles to raise upward of $15,000 to send Jose Chua Lopez to the Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant. But the 20-year-old Mexican born with a heart defect has twice been turned down for a US visa, and... More »

Clinton Rep: Before Deleting Emails We Read Every One

Boehner plans new email probe

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's team has—somewhat belatedly—clarified that every one of the approximately 32,000 emails deemed "private" and deleted was opened and read before being chucked. The clarification comes a few days after a Time story claimed that the review involved searching by keywords and not checking... More »

Clinton Likely to Speak Out on Email Ruckus

Sources say she'll probably hold press conference in coming days

(Newser) - A tweet apparently didn't calm the storm over Hillary Clinton's use of personal email while secretary of state, so she's expected to hold a press conference in the coming days, several sources tell Politico . Sources tell the New York Times Clinton is weighing her options, one of... More »

US Ambassador Worked in Bathroom to Flout State Dept.

Scott Gration refused to use Nairobi embassy's IT, set up office in the can

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is under the microscope for conducting official State Department business from a personal email account . But she probably wasn't working out of her bathroom—unlike an ex-US ambassador to Kenya who did just that. Ars Technica resurfaces the 2012 story of Scott Gration, who balked at using... More »

State: Clinton Emails Could Reveal Rule-Breaking

Ambassador was told off in 2012 for using personal email

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton didn't automatically break the rules by using a personal email account at the State Department, according to a senior department official—but it's possible that a review of the 55,000 pages of emails she now wants released to the public could uncover violations of security... More »

Clinton Addresses Email Brouhaha

Asks State to review, release communications from private account

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's personal email account may soon head for the public domain after all. Following news that a House committee on Benghazi would subpoena her emails , the former secretary of state tweeted yesterday , "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They... More »

Clinton Only Used Personal Email at State

Staff only recently provided 55K pages of email to government

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's communications as secretary of the State Department may have broken the rules. She used a personal email account, the New York Times reports, and it seems she didn't have a government one. The Federal Records Act says her emails should have been held on government servers,... More »

After 3 Months, Hackers Still Plaguing State Dept.

Malware keeps getting tweaked, insiders say

(Newser) - The hackers that got into the State Department's unclassified email system three months ago are still there, and they seem to be harder to get rid of than bedbugs, insiders say. Investigators believe the hackers first got into the network through an infected link in an email that spread... More »

Tiny State Dept. Agency to Fight ISIS' Tweets

Obama administration expanding countermessaging against ISIS

(Newser) - The Obama administration has a plan to fight back against ISIS propaganda, and it involves what the New York Times calls a "tiny State Department agency." The Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications , created in 2011, has always been tasked with coordinating "countermessaging" against extremists, but now it... More »

Latest Federal Hacking Victim: State Department

Senior officials say unclassified email, public websites shut down for fixes

(Newser) - The good news: The hackers that recently accessed the State Department's computer networks got their hands on unclassified information only. The slightly more worrisome news: The State Department is the fourth federal agency to fall prey to computer security breaches over the past couple of months, joining the White... More »

US Paid Suspected Nazis Millions in Social Security

Benefits continue after they voluntarily leave US

(Newser) - As an incentive to get them off American soil, Nazi war criminals and suspects were in many cases allowed to keep their Social Security benefits. That left dozens of them—at least 38 of 66 suspects since 1979—to receive millions in US taxpayer dollars over the years, the AP... More »

US Fights ISIS Propaganda —With Propaganda

State Department has gotten into the business of posting graphic videos

(Newser) - A new YouTube video depicts ISIS in all its brutality, but this time ISIS isn’t responsible—bizarrely, the US State Department is, the Washington Post reports. Mock recruitment video "Welcome to ISIL-Land" is 69 seconds of graphic violence meant to undermine the abundance of ISIS online propaganda. The... More »

US: Russia Firing on Ukraine

State Department says Moscow also providing more big rocket-launchers

(Newser) - Global condemnation apparently hasn't fazed Vladimir Putin: The Obama administration today accused Russia of firing artillery from its territory into Ukraine to hit military sites and asserted that Moscow is boosting its supply of weaponry to pro-Russian separatists. "We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver... More »

US Says Russia Sent Tanks Into Ukraine

Rocket launchers, too

(Newser) - Russia keeps talking a good game about de-escalating the violence in Ukraine, but the US today says it has three hulking pieces of evidence that the talk isn't translating into reality. The State Department has concluded that three T-64 tanks spotted yesterday crossing over the Ukraine border were indeed... More »

US to Citizens: Get Out of Libya

State Department warns of 'unpredictable and unstable' situation

(Newser) - Any Americans still in Libya should get out immediately because of the "unpredictable and unstable" security situation, the State Department warns. After an attack on the country's parliament earlier this month and continued conflict between a renegade general and Islamist militias, the US is poised to evacuate its... More »

Environmentalists Happy as White House Delays Keystone Decision

It will likely wait until after the midterm elections

(Newser) - The White House was supposed to wrap up its review of the proposed Keystone oil pipeline in another two weeks. But in a surprise move today, the administration announced that the review would be extended indefinitely—and probably until after the November elections, reports the Wall Street Journal . The White... More »

US Ambassadors to Syria, Russia Both Leaving

Robert Ford, Michael McFaul will be gone by the end of the month

(Newser) - By the end of the month, the Obama administration will have lost its top diplomats in two of its most important posts. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul both announced their impending resignations today, the AP reports . Here's what you should know about each: More »

Keystone Alternative Will Kill 6 People a Year: Report

Oil trains would cause fatalities, says State Department analysis

(Newser) - An alternative to the Keystone XL pipeline could pose a danger of its own, according to a State Department analysis. If, instead of the pipeline, trains were used to transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day, the vehicles could cause six new railroad fatalities and 49 additional injuries per... More »

Keystone Oil Pipeline Clears Major US Hurdle

It passes State Department's environmental review

(Newser) - Environmentalists are going to hate this one: A State Department review of the controversial Keystone oil pipeline raises no major environmental objections, reports the New York Times . The report concludes that the proposed pipeline from Canada to Texas would not affect global greenhouse gas emissions in a significant way, reports... More »

15 of US' Benghazi Sources Have Been Killed

Senate report also concludes that consulate attack was 'preventable'

(Newser) - The US government didn't do enough to prevent the attack on the Benghazi consulate, a long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report concludes. The bipartisan report chastises the CIA for operating out of a different building than the State Department—a facility the military didn't even know about, the Washington ... More »

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