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What's Happening: The First Batch of Hillary Emails Drop

It wouldn’t be Friday without the release of a huge trove of controversial documents. The State Department made nearly 300 emails public from Hillary Clinton’s tenure at Foggy Bottom. It was the first batch of correspondence relating to the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans.

What’s inside: Nothing that the House Select Committee on Benghazi didn’t see several months ago. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the emails don’t change “the essential facts or our understanding” of what happened during the 2012 attack. Nevertheless, some hosted “live dives” to see what nuggets surfaced from the now-public documents.

Questions remain: Fulfilling an FBI request, 23 words were redacted from one email, which had been kept unclassified while on Clinton’s personal server. House Speaker John Boehner called on an independent party to review the emails.


Stagehands carry dismantled set pieces from the Late Show With David Letterman stage outside of the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan, New York, on May 21, 2015, after the taping of the longtime host’s final show. See more photos from this week at The Atlantic Photo. (Stephanie Keith / Reuters)


  • Christopher Orr: “At its best, ‘​Tomorrowland,’ is a clever, good-natured, PG adventure featuring robots and ray guns, jetpacks and Jules Verne. At its worst ... Well, we’ll get to that.”
  • Peter Beinart: “[Hillary Clinton] most effectively humanizes herself by being true to who she is: knowledgeable, passionate, and vaguely obsessive about making government work.”
  • Bourree Lam: “Why should you do more work for the same reward, while your less capable coworker coasts along with lower expectations and work?”

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Evening Read

In his April 2005 cover story “Host,” which we’ve republished and optimized for the web, legendary writer David Foster Wallace profiles radio host John Ziegler:  

John Ziegler, who is a talk-radio host of unflagging industry, broad general knowledge, mordant wit, and extreme conviction, makes a particular specialty of media criticism. One object of his disgust and contempt in the churn so far has been the U.S. networks' spineless, patronizing decision not to air the Berg videotape and thus to deny Americans "a true and accurate view of the barbarity, the utter depravity, of these people." Even more outrageous, to Mr. Z., is the mainstream media's lack of outrage about Berg's taped murder versus all that same media's hand-wringing and invective over the recent photos of alleged prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison, which he views as a clear indication of the deluded, blame-America-first mentality of the U.S. press.


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