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Powell: Clinton 'Trying to Pin' Email Fiasco on Me

Says she was using private server long before he sent her a memo

(Newser) - Colin Powell thinks Hillary Clinton is trying to turn him into a scapegoat for her email trouble. The issue first made headlines Friday thanks to an account in the New York Times alleging that Powell had advised Clinton near the beginning of her tenure as secretary of state to use... More »

Source: Clinton Emails 'Didn't Contain Secrets'

She joins Sanders, O'Malley at SC forum

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders will be pleased to hear that the Hillary Clinton email saga may be finally nearing its end: A source tells Politico that intelligence agencies no longer believe that two emails sent from her private server contained classified information. "The initial determination was based on a flawed... More »

Historic Somalia Visit Constrained to Airport

John Kerry becomes first secretary of state to visit African nation

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia today, becoming the first top US diplomat to ever visit the country. It marked a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Shabab and end decades of war. Kerry arrived at Mogadishu's airport shortly before noon... 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 Also Used Her Own Email Server

AP digs into Internet records

(Newser) - Yesterday brought the news that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account——during her time as secretary of state. Today comes a new wrinkle: the revelation that the computer server that handled her emails traces to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua,... 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 »

Papers: Kissinger Made Plan to 'Smash' Cuba

Infuriated secretary of state sought airstrikes because of Angola incursion

(Newser) - The co-author of a new book about negotiations between the US and Cuba says Henry Kissinger was the secretary of state who tried the hardest, in secret, to establish normal relations with Havana, NPR reports. So when Castro launched a military mission in Angola in late 1975, Kissinger was "... More »

Kerry: Plane Crash Probe 'Grotesque,' 'Compromised'

Also, Fox busts secretary of State with hot mic moment

(Newser) - John Kerry is off and running on the media blitz known as appearing on all five Sunday talk shows, and—with developments breaking this morning from Israel to the Malaysia Airlines plane crash—he has no shortage of things to discuss. Highlights, as per Politico :
  • On the crash site : "
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Kerry to Syria: 'Threat of Force Is Real'

Secretary warns of consequences if US-Russia deal isn't carried out

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry today sent a strong warning to Syria, saying "the threat of force is real" if it does not carry out an internationally brokered agreement to hand over its chemical weapons. Kerry issued the warning during a stop in Jerusalem, where he briefed jittery Israeli... More »

Kerry Confirms Sarin; Assad 'Joins List of Hitler, Saddam'

Says 'case is building'

(Newser) - The Syrian regime used sarin gas on its own people, John Kerry confirmed today, saying that blood and hair samples from first responders in Damascus had tested positive for the chemical agent and that the evidence had come to the United States independently, and not via the UN. "Bashar... More »

Kerry: Assad Must Be Punished

He says the US has 'high confidence' Syria used chemical weapons

(Newser) - John Kerry said today the US is sure that Bashar al-Assad gassed his own people in Syria, and that letting him go unpunished would set too dangerous a precedent for the world. The secretary of state said the US has "high confidence" in its intelligence and urged people to... More »

Heinz Kerry Discharged From Hospital

Poised to fully recover after seizure

(Newser) - Teresa Heinz Kerry, who was hospitalized following a seizure early this month, is out of the hospital, and doctors are expecting a full recovery, says a rep for John Kerry in a statement. "It was amazing, a miracle," says Heinz Kerry. She'll take a "a period... More »

Kerry to Visit Slain Diplomat's Parents

Stopping in Chicago during return from Japan

(Newser) - John Kerry will today meet with the parents of Anne Smedinghoff, the young diplomat killed earlier this month in Afghanistan while carrying textbooks from a military base to a school. The secretary of state is making a stop in Chicago as he returns from Japan, the AP reports. Smedinghoff was... More »

Clinton Inks Memoir Deal for Years at State

Book publicity expected to boost speculation about presidential run

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's memoir of her time as secretary of state is on its way, with Simon & Schuster announcing the deal today and tentatively aiming to publish it in June 2014, reports USA Today . Financial details of the book were not disclosed, but Clinton earned $8 million for her... More »

Kerry: Time for Iran Nuke Talks Is 'Finite'

UN watchdog prevented from entering Iran military site

(Newser) - Talks with Iran on its nuclear program can't simply drag on forever, John Kerry and the Saudi foreign minister are warning. "There is a finite amount of time," Kerry said during a Riyadh press conference on his first overseas trip as secretary of state. Diplomacy, he said,... More »

Kerry: Americans Have 'a Right to Be Stupid'

Freedom of speech applies to wingnuts, too, says secretary of state

(Newser) - Life, liberty, and the pursuit of ... stupidity? These are all-American rights, secretary of state John Kerry explained to a German audience today. Reuters has the full quote:
  • "People have sometimes wondered about why our Supreme Court allows one group or another to march in a parade even though it'
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Kerry Heads Out on 1st Trip

'Listening tour' centers on Syria solution, will hit 9 nations

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry is off and racking up the frequent flier miles, embarking on his first official overseas voyage in a diplomatic mission to bring new ideas to European capitals and the Middle East on how to end nearly two years of brutal violence in Syria. Kerry today... More »

Clinton Slams Benghazi Critics in Exit Interview

Calls politics a 'contact sport,' but doesn't speculate about political future

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is going out swinging. In her last one-on-one interview before stepping down as secretary of state today, Clinton yesterday told the AP that the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was the low point of her tenure—and slammed Republicans who subsequently "politicized" the killings of Chris... More »

Senate Confirms Kerry, 94-3

He will replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state

(Newser) - Maybe the only surprising thing about John Kerry getting confirmed to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state is that it wasn't a unanimous vote in the Senate. Instead, Kerry had to settle for a 94-3 mark, with Republicans Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, and James Inhofe voting against him.... More »

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