On CNN's New Day, State Department spokesman John Kirby said, "We have said in the past, Chris that there was no policy prohibiting the use of a private email account here at the State Department, and that is still a fact. Now, obviously, we have policies in place now that highly discourage that, and you are supposed to use your government account so that there is a constant, permanent record of it, but at the time she was not violating policy .I can tell you that there was no prohibition for her use of this, and we've since changed the policy to discourage that greatly, and in fact, the policy is that you have to use your government account for business." read more
Nina Liss-Schultz, Mother Jones: Since undercover videos that captured Planned Parenthood staff discussing fetal tissue donations were released last month, GOP officials in more than 10 states have clamored to launch investigations into the organization. On Tuesday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined that group, ordering her state's health department to review the policies and practices of all abortion clinics in the state, including the three operated by Planned Parenthood. But so far, those investigations are falling flat. Completed probes in Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, and South Dakota have spent thousands in taxpayer money, but turned up no evidence that Planned Parenthood is trafficking in the sale of fetal tissue. read more
f you felt the heat this past July, you are hardly alone.
July saw the highest average temperatures since record-keeping began -- globally, not just the United States -- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday.
Globally, the first seven months of the year also had all-time record highs. The latest global temperature data make it likely that 2015 will be the hottest year on record, the agency said. read more
On Sept. 4, 2005 -- nearly a week after floodwaters submerged much of the city, a call came in to the New Orleans Police Department: Officers in distress, maybe under fire, at the Danziger Bridge. But when the first officers arrived, they were the ones who ended up shooting at a group of unarmed people. One of those people was Susan Bartholomew. "When I looked we were all on the ground and all you could see is blood, you know, everywhere," she told NPR in 2006. "And everybody's just hollering and moaning, you know, everyone had been shot and in pain. I look over, my right arm was on the ground, like, lying next to me. It had been shot off." read more
Last month, disgruntled internet activists hacked into the popular extramarital dating website Ashley Madison. Now, hackers have posted private information of Ashley Madison's customers dating back to 2007. The least surprising name found in the data dump? Bill Clinton. The most surprising? Jesus Christ.
Using the email alias firstname.lastname@example.org, Christ's personal information -- including Master Card number and home address in Thailand -- has been posted online for all to see.
Christ's personal profile lists him as 5' 4" tall, with brown eyes and a body type of "Prefer Not To Say." Christ's dating interests include "Palestinian brunettes" and also a sheepish disclosure of His "unusual interest in washing men and women's feet." read more