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Hillary joined in the “Democratic Woodstock” (credit: Ana Navarro) on Capitol Hill today with this message.

 

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At around yesterday morning, Representative John Lewis started a sit-in on the floor of the House to demand a vote on gun violence prevention legislation.

He’s been joined by Democrats from across the House and Senate. They intend to hold their positions until they shame their Republican colleagues into taking up legislation to expand background checks and prohibit suspected terrorists from buying guns. We need both to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.

It’s been more than 24 hours, and they’re not giving up. Neither can we.

Let them know you’ve got their back — add your name to show you’re with them:

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Thank you,

Hillary

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Hillary paid a visit to Capitol Hill this morning before leaving for Raleigh to deliver a speech on the economy.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. as they arrive for a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

After she left, House Democrats commenced a sit-in in the House chamber that is ongoing.  The purpose is to force a vote on gun legislation.  House cameras and mics have been turned off, but C-SPAN is streaming Periscope video from Scott Peters.

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You may have seen a story today about some emails found to be “beyond classified” (classified Special Access Program or SAP).  According to an exchange at the State Department Daily Press Briefing today, this story, like so much that has come before, emerges from an unreliable source and the flimsiest of bases. (Emphasis is mine.)

QUESTION: Emails. Fox has a report out citing a letter from the inspector general to the intelligence community responding to a – it’s an unclassified letter responding to a member of Congress. And the letter, as has been described to me, says that intelligence community elements, whatever that means, have told the inspector general that some of the emails that were found on former Secretary Clinton’s home email server had so-called SAP classified information on them – Special Access Program. Do you have any comment on this, and do you have any reason to believe that there was any such highly classified information on her email server?

MR KIRBY: Well, I wouldn’t speak to a letter written by the intel community. I think that would be for them to speak to. What I’ll tell you is that we are focused on and remain focused on releasing the rest, the remainder, of former Secretary Clinton’s emails in a manner that protects sensitive information. And as you know, nobody’s going to take that more seriously than we are.

We’ve said repeatedly that we do anticipate more upgrades throughout our release process, and we’ve been very open and honest about that – those upgrades when they’ve occurred. Our FOIA process – I’m sorry, our FOIA review process is still ongoing. And once that process is complete, if it is determined that information should be classified as top secret, then we’ll do so, as we have consistently done throughout the process.

QUESTION: I understand you don’t want to comment on a letter written by a different set of agencies or by the inspector general to a different set of agencies. But it makes an allegation that concerns a former secretary, and therefore I think it’s a reasonable thing to ask you about. Are you in a position to say anything about whether you believe there may have been information classified at that level, which I gather is beyond top secret, on her home email server, or deny it?

MR KIRBY: I’m not in a position to comment any more than what I’ve already done here. I’m afraid I’m going to have to leave it at how I left it.

QUESTION: Do you have in your book there the number of redactions made because of top secret information?

MR KIRBY: I do not. You mean total from —

QUESTION: Total top secret. You said, “as we have consistently done throughout the process.” And I’m just – I don’t remember off the top of my head. Do you remember how many were redacted because of top secret, not confidential or – I mean, if you don’t have it there, it’s okay. I can get it afterwards.

MR KIRBY: I’ll see if I can dig up the redactions. I mean, as you know, every time we’ve done this we’ve kind of laid out how many redactions there were. Most of them – in fact, the vast majority of them – have been at the confidential level. I don’t have the accumulated number, but we’ll see if we can get it for you.

QUESTION: Are you still on track to wrap up by the 29th of this month, which I think is the final deadline?

MR KIRBY: We’re still working very hard to be able to meet that deadline.

QUESTION: Do you think you will?

MR KIRBY: Well, I don’t want to predict right now. We’re working —

QUESTION: It’s like the Syria talks.

MR KIRBY: We’re working very hard to meet that deadline. And look, if we’re not going to meet it, just like last month, we’re going to be open and honest about it, not just to the court but to the public and to all of you. But that’s what we’re still working towards.

QUESTION: If you won’t comment specifically on the IG’s report, can you – I mean, wouldn’t you consider this a pretty serious matter, if this is true? I mean, the IG report was released and then sent to members of Congress.

MR KIRBY: As I understand it, it’s a letter, right?

QUESTION: Right, letter, sorry.

MR KIRBY: It’s not an IG report. And I won’t speak to a letter we didn’t write. And I’m not going to – because I haven’t seen the letter, it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment about it either. I’m not going to – I mean, I’m not going to try to characterize what it says or what’s in it.

What I can tell you is serious is the manner in which the Secretary wants this building to do two things: one, to be responsive to Freedom of Information Act reports, and we’re trying very hard to do that. We’ve upped the number of staff, we’ve put more resources into it, we’ve made some process changes, and I suspect you’ll see us continue to do more. And the other thing that we take very seriously is the handling of sensitive information, which is why we’re working so hard as we release all these that we take a look very carefully to make sure that we redact sensitive information appropriately. Those two things I can tell you we take very, very seriously.

There are reviews and investigations going on about past email practices here at the department, and I am simply not at liberty to discuss the content or the things that may or may not be being investigated. I think you can understand why I wouldn’t want to get ahead of that.

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At that point, they moved on to other topics.  Today, I received this graphic breakdown of the time, money, and labor spent in pursuit of one classified email on Hillary Clinton’s server.  The graphic tells the story.  Spoiler alert.  The number of such emails remains zero, but the story this graphic tells is one of monumental waste. I thought some readers might want an update.

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The Hillary Clinton Email Saga, By The Numbers

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Prior to last night’s failed GOP effort to defund Planned Parenthood,  Hillary posted this video.

Powerful legislators are focused on one aspect of Planned Parenthood‘s services, abortion, but that is only one of many services the organization provides as a quick look at their website makes clear.

We provide up-to-date, clear, medically accurate information that helps you better understand your sexual health.

Abortion

Abortion is a safe and legal way to end a pregnancy. Learning more about abortion methods and options can help you decide if abortion is the right choice for you.

Birth Control

There are many ways to prevent pregnancy. Learn more about birth control, and find the method that’s best for you.

Body Image

We all have ideas and feelings about how we look. Learning more about body image can help you stay healthy — mentally and physically.

General Health Care

Are you looking for general health care services? Many of Planned Parenthood’s health centers around the country offer the health care services you need.

Men’s Sexual Health

Up-to-date, clear information from Planned Parenthood that helps men better understand their sexual and reproductive health.

Pregnancy

It’s normal to have many questions about pregnancy. Planned Parenthood will help you get all the pregnancy information you need.

Relationships

Romantic or sexual relationships are one way to connect and share with other people. Planned Parenthood answers your questions about relationships.

Sex & Sexuality

Do you want to better understand sex and sexuality? Planned Parenthood answers the most common questions about important sexual health topics.

Sexual Orientation & Gender

Sexual orientation and gender identity are fundamental parts of who we are. Planned Parenthood answers your questions about these important topics.

STDs

Infections can be passed between people during sexual contact. Learn more about STD symptoms, testing, treatment, and how to reduce your risk.

Women’s Health

Up-to-date, clear information from Planned Parenthood that helps women better understand their sexual and reproductive health.

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There is no sign on the door saying “women only.”  Men, too, benefit from the organization’s services.  What part of the word “parent” excludes men?  We are long past the days when all aspects of child rearing fell to women.

One battle may have been won, but those who oppose the organization have promised to continue the struggle to end funding to the community and family services they provide.

Over the weekend,  after my fill of Sunday morning political football,  I stumbled on this cute little movie.

PG-13  |  92 min  |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 June 2004 (USA)

When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.

There is never a question as to whether or not she will have the baby. She intends to and she does.  There is a happy, hopeful ending.  An added attraction is a nice cover of Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows” sung by Mandy Moore who is featured in the movie. If I had been less curious about who was singing, I might have missed,  in the final credits,  who helped bring the movie to the big screen.

Here, under Company Credits, look who shows up!  The emphasis is mine.

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Yup!  A movie about a pregnant high school girl having and keeping her baby and Planned Parenthood is listed in the credits.  I do not know of Planned Parenthood having a hand in the production of any feature films about abortion.

Painting any individual or organization with a broad brush is never a good idea.  To portray Planned Parenthood as an abortion mill is more than deceptive and destructive – it is dangerous.

The war against Planned Parenthood and their family services is far from over.  This movie can serve as a little ammo against unwarranted attacks.  It certainly carries a few strong, worthy messages. So, I recommend it for your next “movie night.”

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Hillary was back in DC today for a luncheon and a series of meetings, one of which was with other former secretaries of state.  She spoke briefly to the press about the Iran deal for which she laid the groundwork years ago as secretary of state with the crippling sanctions that ultimately brought Iran to the negotiating table with current Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens at left as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton, who spoke to reporters on the deal reached with Iran, attended meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens at left as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton, who spoke to reporters on the deal reached with Iran, attended meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, walks with David McCallum, Deputy Chief of Staff for Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev., right, as they arrive for the weekly policy luncheon with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton is on Capitol Hill meeting with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, walks with David McCallum, Deputy Chief of Staff for Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev., right, as they arrive for the weekly policy luncheon with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton is on Capitol Hill meeting with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a group photo with Senate pages on Capitol Hill in Washington July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a group photo with Senate pages on Capitol Hill in Washington July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaves after the Senate Democratic weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaves after the Senate Democratic weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at the Senate Democratic weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at the Senate Democratic weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton is attend meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton is attend meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks away from the microphones after speaking to reporters on the deal with Iran, Tuesday,  July 14, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton attended meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks away from the microphones after speaking to reporters on the deal with Iran, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton attended meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton is attend meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton is attend meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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…2) Playing politics with trafficking victims… 3) Threatening women’s health & rights.

Congressional trifecta against women today: 1) Blocking great nominee, 1st African American woman AG, for longer than any AG in 30 years…

Mme. Secretary, respectfully, time to reactivate the Facebook account (forget about MySpace) when 140 characters are not enough.

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