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The Clinton email scandal: what you need to know

Credit: Cliff Owen via APFBI Director James B. Comey made headlines earlier today when he announced that his agency would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information as secretary of state. The director stated that his investigation "did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information," a standard he considers necessary for criminal charges to be brought. However, he added, "there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."

Mr. Comey noted seven email chains that were classified at the top secret, special access program level at the time they were sent and received, and stated that Secretary Clinton both sent and received emails about these matters. He was highly critical: "There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position, or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding about those matters, should have known than an unclassified system was no place for that conversation."

Response to his announcement was swift.

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Benghazi report: can you trust the media?

Credit: Tom Williams via AP ImagesThe House Select Committee on Benghazi released its 800-page final report on the 2012 attacks this week. However, Democrats on the committee released their own version the day before. And conservatives on the committee, claiming that the report does not go far enough in blaming then-Secretary of State Clinton, released their own addendum.

So, which version of the tragedy is correct?

Reading about the report in various news outlets is not likely to clear up our confusion. The New York Times, famous for its liberal leanings, headlined: "2-Year Panel on Benghazi Ends, Finding No New Fault by Clinton." However, conservative Fox News disagreed: "House Benghazi report slams administration response to attacks." Other outlets reported the news according to their own biases.

The same has happened with Crisis of Character, a book on the Clintons written by one of their former Secret Service agents. Most liberal outlets have ignored the book or published Clinton campaign statements refuting it. However, conservative outlet Breitbart headlined, "Secret Service Expert Confirms Exclusive Report of Raging Clinton Details from Byrne's Upcoming 'Crisis of Character.'"

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Veteran Forcibly Removed from Ceremony because of God

Credit: www.firstliberty.orgAir Force veteran Oscar Rodriguez Jr. was "forcibly removed" from a military base because he invoked God in a speech. During a flag folding ceremony, Rodriguez was set to offer remarks at Charles Roberson's retirement ceremony at Travis Air Force Base. Though he attempted to clear the speech with higher authorities at Travis beforehand, he received no response. . . that is, until the ceremony.

The ceremony went on as planned, until Rodriguez started giving his speech. Rodriguez told the Daily Caller it was one of the most humiliating experiences of his life as they took him away during his speech. In a press release prepared by his lawyers, Rodriguez noted:

"I have given more than three decades of service to the military and made many sacrifices for my country. To have the Air Force assault me and drag me out of a retirement ceremony simply because my speech included the word 'God' is something I never expected from our military."

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House Members Shout during Moment of Silence

Credit: CSpan via NYDailyOn Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan led the House of Representatives in a moment of silence to honor the forty-nine people who died in the Orlando atrocity on Sunday. However, the silence was not to be as the chamber erupted into shouting. Namely, some expressed frustration over the lack of votes to restrict guns by chanting "Where's the bill?" Some lawmakers even walked out of the chamber in protest before the moment of silence began, including Rep. Jim Himes.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Himes wrote: "If the House of Representatives had a solitary moral fiber, even a wisp of human empathy, we would spend moments not in silence, but screaming at painful volume the names of the 49 whose bodies were ripped apart in Orlando, and the previous victims and the ones before them."

Writing that he knows that mass killings are complicated, potentially involving a number of issues, Himes had enough. "All I know is that the regular moments of silence on the House floor do not honor the victims of violence. They are an affront. In the chamber where change is made, they are a tepid, self-satisfying emblem of impotence and willful negligence. It is action that will stop next week's mass shooting. I will not be silent."

Hines and his House colleagues were not alone in their frustration. On MTV, Carvell Wallace offered his opinion of politicians' prayers for Orlando. "In the public prayers of the politicians, they effectively dump the responsibility for protecting the people they serve on God, as if God is a henchman doing the work they seemingly refuse to."

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Stanford Rape Case: The Need for and Loss of Sacredness

Credit: Rahim Ullah via The Stanford Daily

Sex is not a carnival ride. A carnival ride can be fun, but has the potential to strike fear, cause sickness, and produce undesirable memories. To ride a rollercoaster at the carnival, all it takes is a yes and a few tickets. Today, in the eyes of our culture, sex is saying yes
and giving away a couple of tickets.

Olympic hopeful Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in prison for sexually assaulting a woman on campus. The All-American Stanford swimmer was found guilty of assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object of an intoxicated person, and sexual penetration with a foreign object of an unconscious person. The light sentence drew harsh criticism, with some speculating that this is yet another instance of favoritism and judicial bias. He rode the ride, now he has to give up his tickets.

Judge Aaron Persky said on Thursday that Turner's age and lack of criminal history made him feel that a six-month jail sentence with probation was appropriate. His drunkenness made him "less morally culpable." Turner also has to register as a sex offender. A petition has started to recall Persky. Thus far, over 300,000 people have signed. 

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