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Rep. Chaffetz to probe State Department’s transparency

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is launching a probe of the State Department’s responses to Freedom of Information Act requests amid heightened scrutiny of how they were handled during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure.

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Intelligence community watchdog reconfirms that dozens of Clinton emails were classified

The intelligence community believes that at least several dozen of the emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state contained classified material, including intelligence material classified at the highest levels, according to a new letter by the inspector general.

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Hillary Confidant Hails Ghana’s 23-Cent Wage to Textile Investors

Cheryl D. Mills, long-time friend and confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton, is promoting a 23 cents-an-hour wage in the West African nation of Ghana to lure textile and apparel industry companies to invest there even as the former secretary of state advocates a $15-an-hour “livable wage” here.

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New email headaches for Hillary as judge orders release of 29,000 pages of private messages from top aide Huma Abedin

A federal judge has ordered the release of an archived trove of 29,000 pages of emails from one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides as secretary of state.

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State Department To Review Emails From Clinton Aide Huma Abedin

The State Department has agreed to review 29,000 pages of emails from Huma Abedin, a close aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, from their days at the department, for possible public release under a new legal agreement with a conservative legal group.

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FBI’s Clinton probe expands to public corruption track

EXCLUSIVE: The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News.

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Don’t Take HUD Money: Feds Will Swallow You Whole

President Obama is taking over local government in America, and almost no-one talking about it. Obama’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation is his vehicle for the effective federalization of…well, pretty much everything.

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Whoa: Hillary e-mail instructs aide to transmit classified data without markings

Has the State Department released a smoking gun in the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal? In a thread from June 2011, Hillary exchanges e-mails with Jake Sullivan, then her deputy chief of staff and now her campaign foreign-policy adviser, in which she impatiently waits for a set of talking points.

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IRS nixes controversial plan to collect Social Security numbers of charity donors

A wave of complaints forced the IRS on Thursday to withdraw its controversial plan to have nonprofit charities report the Social Security numbers of donors who give just $250 in any given year.

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Dozens of State Dept. staff knew Clinton used private email

By the final year of Hillary Clinton’s stint as secretary of state, dozens of senior State Department officials were aware Clinton used a personal email account to conduct official business.

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CLINTON EMAIL-PROBE RESULTS FORWARDED TO JUDGES

The results of an inspector general’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server already are being forwarded to judges handling several court fights over the content of the communications because it concluded the front-runner for the Democratic nod for president “exploited a loophole” in the Freedom of Information Act processes.

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Scathing IG Report On Hillary Email Account Puts David Brock In A Bind

A damning report from the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General about the agency’s improper handling of public records requests for information on Hillary Clinton’s email account has put David Brock, one of the former secretary of state’s most dogged supporters, in an awkward position.

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Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem?

The loyal aide has spent decades at the presidential contender’s side with unparalleled access. But with a powerful Republican senator raising questions about her role in the Clinton-era State Department, Abedin finds herself the latest victim of the Stop Hillary movement.

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How Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cared for Democratic donors

Hillary Clinton kept a hectic schedule as the nation’s top diplomat, juggling international crises, public appearances and high-level meetings.

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David Petraeus provides classified testimony on Benghazi

Catherine Herridge provides insight into the testimony on ‘Special Report’

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“Military age men” at San Diego’s southern border

Among the several dozen Pakistani and Afghan men who have entered the U.S. illegally, coming into San Diego from Tijuana, two were found to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a letter sent by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Obscure law had a big political impact in 2015

While an effort to reform the nation’s open records law failed to gain much traction in 2015 after a promising start, the Freedom of Information Act still quietly shaped much of the year’s political landscape.

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New Obama vacation costs uncovered; They now exceed $70 million

As Barack, Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama, family, friends, pets and staff enjoy their half-month-long Hawaiian vacation, the Secret Service finally complied with a court order to release some Obama vacation expenses from two years ago.

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Agents nab Pakistanis with terrorist connections crossing U.S. border

When the U.S. Border Patrol nabbed two Pakistani men with ties to terrorism at the U.S.-Mexico border in September, it marked just the latest instance of illegal immigrants from so-called “special interest countries” using the southern border as a point of entry into the country.

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Obama to rack up miles on Air Force One in lame-duck year

President Obama, who likes to joke that his lease on Air Force One is running out, plans to put a lot more mileage on the costly presidential aircraft in 2016.