There are some pressing issues (Benghazi, the Arab Spring) broached in a newly released batch of Hillary Clinton's emails, but as the AP notes, the 7,800 or so pages released by the State Department Monday also provide "a glimpse into the private side of one of the world's most public people." The missives are still being sifted through, notes Business Insider, but here are five highlights:
- The Hill notes "a virtually unanimous chorus of support for Clinton" after her 2013 Senate committee appearance on Benghazi. "I'm being flooded with emails about how you rocked. And you looked fabulous," then-deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin writes, per the AP. The lone holdout: Clinton's ex-political strategist Mark Penn, who notes maybe she shouldn't have lost her temper—to which Clinton aide Philippe Reines replies:
You did not look rattled. You looked real. There's a difference."
- In an early 2012 exchange between Clinton and confidant Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton refers to the GOP primary race in Florida between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney—but she's got pet names for them, Politico reports. "If Mittens can't beat Grinch in Florida, there will be pressure on state Republican parties to reopen or liberalize ballot access especially in the caucuses," she writes.
- A reference to her 2012 concussion appears in a back-and-forth between Clinton and Reines on Christmas Eve that year. "Hi! Miss you!" Reines responds to Clinton after receiving an email request from her. "And I miss you too! Having a cracked head is no fun at all," she answers.
- Although she insisted her injured noggin was on the mend, she apparently wanted a stylish 'do to top it. An early 2013 email noted by Intelligencer includes a link to instructions on how to make a rather intricate fishtail bun. Hillary's directive to the staff member who received this email: "Pls print."
- Reines comes to the rescue once more in October 2012, per the Guardian. His mission: help Clinton find Homeland on TV. Sent with the subject line "Stupid question," Hillary writes, "Hey, I need some help. Do you know what channel on the TV in DC is the program listing? And, specifically, what channel number is Showtime?" A few minutes later she follows up: "Because I want to watch 'Homeland.'" Reines spells out, "If you have Comcast, it's channel 339 or 340 (one is HD and one isn't) … If you don't have Comcast, I can look it up." Clinton's sheepish answer: "You won't be surprised to hear I'm not sure."
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