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Hillary Clinton blasts Republicans over Iran nuclear letter

Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York March 10, 2015.

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(Reuters) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday excoriated Republican senators for their letter warning Iran against a nuclear deal with President Barack Obama, saying they either were trying to help Tehran or harm the U.S. commander-in-chief.

Monday’s open letter to Iran’s leaders, signed by 47 Republican senators, sparked a political firestorm.

Vice President Joe Biden also sharply criticized the lawmakers while three potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, threw their support behind the letter.

Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, said the Obama administration is in the midst of intense negotiations for a diplomatic solution to close off Iran’s pathway to a nuclear bomb and provide unprecedented access to its nuclear program.

“And one has to ask, what was the purpose of this letter?” Clinton said in an appearance at the United Nations.

“There appear to be two logical answers. Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the commander-in-chief in the midst of high-stakes international diplomacy. Either answer does discredit to the letters’ signatories,” Clinton added.

Biden said in a statement on Monday night the letter was “expressly designed to undercut a sitting president in the midst of sensitive international negotiations” and was “beneath the dignity” of the Senate.

“This letter, in the guise of a constitutional lesson, ignores two centuries of precedent and threatens to undermine the ability of any future American president, whether Democrat or Republican, to negotiate with other nations on behalf of the United States,” Biden wrote.

Biden said he could not recall another instance in which senators wrote such a letter to advise another country, much less a longtime adversary.

In the letter, the Republicans told Iran’s leaders any nuclear deal with Obama could last only while he remains in office.

Senator Tom Cotton, who spearheaded the letter, on Tuesday defended it and questioned Biden’s foreign policy wisdom.

“The only thing unprecedented is an American president negotiating a nuclear weapons deal with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism without seeking congressional approval at the end of that deal,” Cotton told CNN.

Jindal said on Twitter that anyone thinking of running for president from either party should sign the letter to make clear Iran is negotiating with a “lame duck” president.

Jindal said Biden owes an apology to Cotton, a first-term senator from Arkansas who served in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. “He wore the boots in Iraq. He’s earned our attention, not your insults,” Jindal said.

Many Republicans contend Obama is so eager for a nuclear deal that he would sign off on an agreement leaving Iran able to easily make a nuclear weapon.

World powers and Iran are trying to reach a framework agreement this month and a final deal by June to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions. Iran says the program is for peaceful purposes only.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Christian Plumb)


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Company staging Spanish-style bull runs to end California events

(Reuters) – Organizers of a Spanish-style bull run agreed on Tuesday to stop holding their event in California to settle a lawsuit filed against them by two animal rights groups that claimed the animals are terrified and harassed.

The Great Bull Run company’s events have seen participants in shorts and red scarves scampering alongside the horned animals weighing about 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms) in fenced tracks set up at venues in metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Houston and the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

The company’s sole California event was held last year in Pleasanton at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, and one participant was hospitalized after he was trampled by a bull.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Animal Legal Defense Fund sued last year in federal court to bar the event from California. Their lawsuit that argued it violated state laws that prohibit any so-called “bloodless bullfight contest” and bar needless suffering of animals.

The settlement of the lawsuit filed in court on Tuesday represents a victory for animal rights activists in barring the event from being held in California, the U.S. state with a climate closest to that of Pamplona, Spain, where the running of the bulls originates.

“The Great Bull Run is a disgrace wherever it occurs. But that will never again be in the state of California,” Animal Legal Defense Fund executive director Stephen Wells said in a statement.

“We will continue to push for this ridiculous spectacle to be shut down across the country,” he said.

The event, which has been held nine times since it began in the United States in 2013, will become an annual phenomenon and this year will be held in Chicago, Rob Dickens, chief operating officer of The Great Bull Run, said in an email.

Dickens said the animal rights groups that sued his company did not demonstrate in court the firm was abusing bulls.

“They simply wanted to waste our time and money in federal court, a game we were unwilling to play,” he said. 

The bulls for the event are shipped around the country in a double-decker truck and come from a rodeo company in Kentucky. The settlement prevents the company from sending them to California for any running of the bulls event.

Dickens said his company plans to release details on Wednesday about its 2015 Chicago event.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Walsh)


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Stress, depression boost risks for heart patients

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n”>(Reuters Health) – For people with heart disease, high levels of stress coupled with depression increase the risk of heart attack and death, according to a new study.

“We found that the combination of high stress and high depression symptoms was particularly harmful for adults with heart disease during an early vulnerability period,” said lead author Carmela Alcantara of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

Alcantara and colleagues followed more than 4,400 people age 45 and older with coronary heart disease, a buildup of plaque in the arteries which is the most common form of heart disease.

Between 2003 and 2007, participants had in-home examinations and completed stress and depression questionnaires. For example, they reported how often during the previous week they felt depressed, lonely or cried, and how often during the past months they felt overwhelmed or like life was out of their control.

Almost 12 percent of the participants had high stress, almost 14 percent had high levels of depression and 6 percent reported having both.

After roughly six years of follow-up, 1,337 participants had a heart attack or died.

The 6 percent of people with both high stress and depression were 48 percent more likely to die or have a heart attack within two and a half years of the home visit than people without both of these risk factors.

There was no increased risk over longer periods or for people with either depression or stress, but not both, according to results in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

“We were surprised that high stress, and high depression, alone did not increase the risk of another heart attack or death, in analyses that accounted for important medical, behavioral, and demographic factors,” Alcantara told Reuters Health by email.

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health, but it can be managed with medications and lifestyle changes.

Previous studies tied stress and depression to the development of heart disease as well, though this study was limited to people who already had the condition, Alcantara said.

“More research is needed to understand why psychosocial factors like these are so often tied to heart health in particular,” she said.

During periods of stress, the part of the nervous system that regulate the heart and other organs “makes the heart beat harder and faster causing blood pressure to increase, a potential cause of heart attacks and strokes,” Dr. Phil Chowienczyk, who was not part of the Circulation study, wrote in an email to Reuters Health.

In a recent paper in the journal Hypertension, Chowienczyk and colleagues from the King’s College London report that normally, the body regulates blood flow by releasing a molecule that lets blood vessels open wider to prevent blood pressure from rising too much.

People with high blood pressure seem to release less of that molecule, particularly during stress, according to their findings – and this may contribute to stress-induced cardiovascular crises.

Behavioral stress and depression management therapies may help improve medical outcomes for people with heart disease, Alcantara said, but more research is needed in that area.

SOURCES: bit.ly/1B1S14d Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, online March 10, 2015 and bit.ly/1KT5qXy Hypertension, online March 2, 2015.


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Detroit art museum to open Rivera and Kahlo exhibition in March

An oil on canvas painting 'Ruth Rivera' by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera is viewed during a preview of the exhibit of Rivera and painter Frida Kahlo at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in Detroit, Michigan March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook


(Reuters) – The Detroit Institute of Arts, renowned for its Diego Rivera murals, is set to open a public exhibition of his works and those of his wife, Frida Kahlo, this month, the biggest since the museum’s collection was threatened in the city’s bankruptcy.

“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” will feature nearly 70 works by the Mexican artists and is the first to focus on the 11 months they spent in Detroit in 1932 and 1933, when Rivera worked mainly on the “Detroit Industry” murals.

Rivera’s preparatory drawings for the 27-panel “Detroit Industry” frescoes, which have not been shown in nearly 30 years, will be part of the exhibit opening on Sunday.

The idea for the exhibit arose more than a decade ago, but uncertainty over the city-owned institution’s finances and other setbacks delayed the process, museum director Graham Beal said. Dozens of works were obtained on loan from museums in the United States and Mexico and from private collectors.

“When we knew we had a life in front of us, we returned to the idea of the Rivera exhibition, based on the Rivera murals,” Beal said.

Curator Mark Rosenthal teamed with experts in labor, medicine and the city’s Mexican-American community to give visitors a sense of what life was like for the artists in Depression-era Detroit.

Rivera’s grandson Juan Coronel Rivera told reporters it was daunting to research his grandfather but that the project helped him better understand his contributions to modern art.

His research included reviewing archives of letters Rivera wrote to Kahlo when she left Detroit to be with her dying mother in Mexico, he said.

“When the mural was finished, it was the most important piece of modern art in the United States,” Rivera said.

Rivera, whose murals celebrating revolutionary themes often met with controversy in the United States, considered the “Detroit Industry” murals his best work and they are among the museum’s most celebrated pieces.

In Detroit, Kahlo, a then unknown artist plagued by fertility issues and a distaste for American culture, developed her most recognizable works, including “Henry Ford Hospital,” which is on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The painting shows a mourning Kahlo in a hospital bed with a developed fetus outside her body but still attached by an umbilical cord. One hand holds a paint palette, representing her unrealized chance at motherhood and her role as an artist.

(Reporting by Serena Maria Daniels; Editing by Peter Cooney)


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Obama war request in trouble in Congress, mostly from Democrats

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s request to authorize military force against Islamic State has made little progress since he sent it to Congress, and it may never pass, due largely to opposition from his fellow Democrats.

Obama asked Congress for an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against Islamic State a month ago, after agitation from lawmakers worried that the military campaign he began in August overstepped his constitutional authority.

Congressional leaders anticipated quick hearings and votes on the plan, which proposed a three-year time frame for the campaign and repealing the 2002 authorization used for the Iraq War.

But it met with instant, deep disapproval.

Republicans, who control Congress and criticize Obama’s foreign policy as too passive, want stronger measures against the militants and fewer limits on the use of U.S. combat troops than included in the plan.

But more serious opposition came from Obama’s fellow Democrats, who demanded a strict time limit for any combat troops. Many also want to repeal the 2001 AUMF the Obama administration has been using to justify the anti-Islamic State campaign.

“This AUMF, hardly anybody supports it that I know of,” Republican Senator Orrin Hatch told reporters.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee set its first major AUMF hearing, with testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, for Wednesday.

The panel’s chairman, Republican Senator Bob Corker, said he planned one or two more hearings. But without support from Democrats, he said he was not sure how it would move ahead.

“One of the things we don’t want to do is embark on a path that leads nowhere,” he told reporters.

Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, does not support Obama’s plan as proposed.

The hearings process has barely begun in the House, where compromise between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats is even rarer than in the Senate.

MONTHS BEFORE A VOTE

Both lawmakers and aides said they expected it would be months, if ever, before the full House and Senate vote.

“Time is not on our side,” Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and a leading advocate for a new AUMF, told Reuters.

“The longer we go into this conflict without a resolution, the more members become comfortable with the status quo and failure to act … that would be an appalling result,” he said.

Some lawmakers insisted compromise was possible.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy acknowledged the process was slow. But he insisted that Obama’s draft could be changed enough to attract Democrats and moderate Republicans.

“There is an authorization, with reasonable restrictions, that can get 60 votes in the Senate, but we haven’t even tried to get there yet,” he told Reuters.

The Obama administration has shown no immediate concern that its proposal might die in Congress.

“We remain open to reasonable adjustments that are consistent with the president’s policy and that can garner bipartisan support,” said a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “However, it is ultimately up to Congress to pass a new authorization.”

    Ultimately, the AUMF will make little difference for the campaign Obama began in August with air strikes in Iraq and later expanded to Syria.

Obama says the 2001 AUMF gives him all the authority he needs, although he wants Congress’s approval to show not just the militants, but the world, a united front.

(Additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)


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German envoy rebukes professor for spurning Indian student over ‘rape problem’

BERLIN Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:28am IST

 

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s ambassador to India has rebuked a German university professor for what he said was the rejection of an internship application from a male Indian student on grounds of India’s “rape problem”.

 

The December 2012 rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman student on a bus prompted outraged protests across India and the issue was thrown back into the spotlight last week when India banned a British filmmaker’s documentary about the incident.

 

Ambassador Michael Steiner accused Annette Beck-Sickinger, a biochemistry professor at Leipzig University, of an “oversimplifying and discriminating generalisation” in dealing with the student applicant.

 

“It has been brought to my attention that you denied an internship to a male Indian student, giving ‘the rape problem in India’ as a reason… I strongly object to this,” he said in a letter to the professor, which he tweeted.

 

Steiner said the reason given for the refusal of the internship would offend millions of law-abiding Indians. “Let’s be clear: India is not a country of rapists,” he said.

 

A post on question-and-answer website Quora showed what appeared to be an email from someone at the university’s biochemistry institute but with their name blacked out, saying:

 

“Unfortunately I don’t accept any Indian male students for internships. We hear a lot about the rape problem in India which I cannot support.”

 

In a statement she issued via the university, Beck-Sickinger said she had made a mistake and “I sincerely apologise to everyone whose feelings I have hurt”.

 

She said she had not composed the email as it was quoted but that it had been pulled together from different pieces.

 

She said she had rejected the student as her laboratories were full but he had not accepted this and then involved her in a discussion about social relations in Germany and India, during which she had brought up the issue of rape of women in India.

 

India toughened its anti-rape laws in response to the outcry following the 2012 attack. But a rape is still reported on average every 21 minutes in India, and acid attacks, domestic violence and molestation are common.

 

(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

 

Soprano Brightman to hit new high note with space station trip

British soprano Sarah Brightman poses for photographs after speaking about her travel to the International Space Station, at a news conference in central London March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville


(Reuters) – After a stellar career ranging from the disco hit “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper” to global success in “Phantom of the Opera”, British soprano Sarah Brightman is preparing for a unique performance: a live concert from space.

Brightman, 54, will be the eighth space tourist, and first professional singer, traveling as one of a three-person team to the International Space Station in a Soyuz space rocket that will launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 1. She will spend 10 days orbiting the Earth.

“I cannot explain in full why this is something that has been very strong within me,” Brightman said on Tuesday at a press launch event for her trip.

“I am incredibly excited and as I have said, sometimes overwhelmed, but I am finding all sorts of things about myself.”

She was inspired to travel into space when she watched the first moon landing on television in 1969 and says she has nurtured the ambition ever since.

Brightman is reported by British media to have paid 35 million pounds ($53 million) for the trip. She said that for contractual reasons she could not reveal the amount.

The singer was assessed for suitability for the trip at Star City outside Moscow in July 2012, and since then has undergone a grueling training regime.

She plans to perform a song from the space station, accompanied by an orchestra back on Earth, but has not yet selected the tune. She has been working with ex-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer of multiple hit musicals including “Phantom of the Opera” which made Brightman a global star.

“I’m trying to find a piece which is beautiful and simple in its message, as well as not too complicated to sing,” she said.

“Because of the complexities of this I don’t want to promise too much,” she added.

“SWEATING IN COSTUMES”

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded songs during his time in space, including a rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that was viewed by millions on Earth, but Brightman will be the first professional musician to record in space.

“I found many parallels between the training I’m doing and what I’ve been doing as a performer,” Brightman said.

“When you’re a performer you’re traveling around for years, going to different venues, different countries … You have to make fast decisions, you have to think on your feet, you’re often sweating in costumes.”

An oddity in the musical landscape, Brightman first rose to fame in 1978 as a member of the dance troupe Hot Gossip with the hit “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper”.

In the 1980s, Brightman appeared in “Cats”, the popular musical by Lloyd Webber, whom she went on to marry. Her career reached starry heights when she premiered the lead female role in “Phantom”, a record-breaking box office hit.

Brightman and Lloyd Webber divorced years later and she embarked on a solo career. Often described as a crossover artist, she has performed with opera stars including Jose Carreras and Andrea Bocelli.

Brightman has sold 30 million CDs and DVDs during her career, making her the top-selling soprano of all time, according to her publicists.

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(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and Karolin Schaps; Writing by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Michael Roddy and Ralph Boulton)


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France mourns sports stars killed in Argentina helicopter crash

Investigators work next to the charred wreckage of the two helicopters which collided in the region of Villa Castelli, in the
(Reuters) – France mourned on Tuesday the deaths of three sports stars who were among 10 people killed when two helicopters collided in a remote region of Argentina during the filming of a reality TV show.

 

Investigators removed the bodies of Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, yachtswoman Florence Arthaud and boxer Alexis Vastine from the charred wreckage of the two aircraft, but said it was still unclear what caused the accident on Monday afternoon in the rugged western province of La Rioja. There were no survivors.

Amateur footage taken from the ground showed the two helicopters flying in tandem at low altitude when one appears to deviate into the path of the other. Both helicopters then plunge to the ground.

A second video showed dozens of people rushing through the heavy undergrowth toward the helicopters’ burning wreckage. The accident occurred around 5.15 p.m. local time (4.15 pm EDT).

French President Francois Hollande paid tribute to the athletes he said had “made France shine”.

“They are dead because they wanted to push the boundaries. They wanted to make new exploits known to the world, make people aware of new countries and regions,” Hollande said.

In Paris, an involuntary manslaughter investigation has been opened, an automatic procedure when French citizens are killed abroad, a judicial source said.

As part of the TV show, other contestants were standing blindfolded on the ground a few hundred meters from the helicopters’ flight path, French media reported. They ran to the crash site but could not extinguish the fire, an assistant to the contestants told French broadcaster RFI.

A magistrate judge at the site said all 10 bodies had been retrieved from the helicopters’ mangled ruins and were being taken to a morgue in the provincial capital.

Two pilots and several members of the ALP-TV production company involved in filming the adventure show “Dropped” for private TV station TF1 were among the dead, officials said.

A spokesman for Argentina’s Air Accident Investigation Board said it was too early to determine if human error, mechanical failure or something else was to blame.

Two French investigators, as well as two technical experts, were dispatched to Argentina to help gather evidence.

“CHAMPIONS”

“The whole of French sport is in mourning because we have lost three huge champions,” Thierry Braillard, junior minister for sports, town and youth affairs, told RTL radio.

“Florence Arthaud – we all knew her as the ‘Fiancee of the Atlantic’,” he said, referring to a nickname Arthaud earned through many daring voyages, including a 1990 record for the fastest solitary Atlantic crossing.

TF1 issued a statement expressing solidarity with the victims’ families. French media said filming had been suspended and the crew and other contestants were heading back to France.

French news channels and social media were awash with tributes for the three stars.

Guy Muffat, Camille’s father, told RTL radio his daughter had a fantastic life that was cut short too early.

“She had some beautiful qualities. She was frank, honest and a patriot. France meant something for her. Everyday she showed great tenacity an courage. How could you not be proud of her?” Muffat said.

“Dropped” involves contestants being left in the wilderness and using their skills to find their way back to civilization.

The collision marked the second time in two years that a reality show produced by ALP for TF1 had been hit by tragedy.

In April 2013 the doctor charged with looking after contestants in the long-running “Koh-Lanta” endurance show committed suicide after one of the competitors died following one of the tests, complaining of heart pains.

Arthaud, 57, was one of the first women to carve a place for herself in the top levels of sailing.

She had a brush with death in 2011, when she fell off her boat into the Mediterranean. Rescuers whisked her out after she called her mother by mobile phone.

Muffat, 25, won 400 meters freestyle gold at the 2012 London Olympics. Vastine, 28, won bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

“I am sad for my friends, I’m shaking, I’m horrified, I can’t find the words,” tweeted Sylvain Wiltord, an ex-footballer for English Premier League club Arsenal and a fellow cast member.

(Additional reporting by Jean-Philippe Lefief, Nicholas Vinocur and John Irish in Paris and Hugh Bronstein, Jorge Otaola and Richard Lough in Buenos Aires; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Peter Galloway)


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More Russian tanks, equipment cross Ukraine border – U.S. official

A truck passes by a pro-Russian rebel's tank with a gas mask placed on it's barrel in the village of Molochnoye, north-east from Donetsk

WASHINGTON Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:21am IST

A truck passes by a pro-Russian rebel’s tank with a gas mask placed on it’s barrel in the village of Molochnoye, north-east from Donetsk, March 8, 2015.

Credit: Reuters/Marko Djurica

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian tanks and heavy military equipment have crossed the Ukrainian border in the last few days in breach of a European-brokered ceasefire agreed on Feb. 12, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday.

 

The comments by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Victoria Nuland, follow accusations by Ukraine and Western governments that Russia continues to send troops and weapons to support separatists in eastern Ukraine despite the Minsk ceasefire deal, a charge the Kremlin has denied.

 

Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia a year ago, was “suffering a reign of terror,” Nuland told a congressional hearing on Ukraine, adding that the White House was still considering whether to arm Ukraine’s military.

 

The last few days have seen new transfers of Russian tanks, armoured vehicles, heavy artillery and rocket equipment over the border to the separatists, Nuland told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

 

She said “hundreds and hundreds” of Russian troops had been killed during the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

 

“In the coming days, days not weeks, we need to see a complete ceasefire,” Nuland said. “Pressure is going to have to increase if Minsk is not implemented.”

 

She said there was a “spirited” debate within the administration on whether to send arms to Ukraine.

 

Brian McKeon, the U.S. principal deputy under secretary of defence, told lawmakers 11 Russian battalion tactical teams were in Russia’s Rostov region across the Ukrainian border.

 

The United States pledged $118 million in non-lethal assistance to Ukraine but has delivered only about half of that, he said. “It’s a case of finding it in the stocks of the United States military, and in the case of some equipment we’re purchasing it off the production line.”

 

The Senate and House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation in December that authorized sending arms to Kiev. Obama signed the measure into law but it gave him leeway over whether or when to send the arms.

 

In a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday, senators Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee and Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, called on Obama to immediately submit a report to Congress on plans for providing arms to Ukraine.

 

The lawmakers said the report, required under the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, had been due on Feb. 15. It was unclear when the report would be submitted.

 

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Richard Chang)

 

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Clinton says should have used government email address

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference at the United Nations in New York March 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson


(Reuters) – Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she should have used a government email account as U.S. secretary of state, though she said she violated no rules, in her first public remarks over a controversy that could cloud her expected bid for the White House.

Clinton, the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has come under fire for using a private email account for official business when she was the top U.S. diplomat because of concerns that she hid important facts about her tenure and put her correspondence at a security risk.

“I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two,” Clinton said at a press conference at the United Nations in New York.

“Looking back, it would’ve been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone.”

Clinton said she had provided to the State Department all of her emails that could possibly be work-related for archiving purposes.

She said she chose not to keep personal emails on topics such as yoga routines, her deceased mother’s funeral arrangements or her daughter’s wedding plans.

Clinton’s decision to address reporters reflects a calculation among her advisers that the issue was ballooning into crisis-like proportions. The story has dominated cable news for days.

The former U.S. senator and first lady insisted she had done nothing wrong and had complied with all government regulations.

Most of her official emails were sent to government addresses, which were automatically preserved, Clinton said, and no classified material was sent via email. She said her family’s server would remain private and rejected calls that it be studied by an independent arbiter.

The State Department said on Tuesday it would post Clinton’s emails on a website after a review that was likely to take several months. Clinton tried to head off criticism last week by urging the department to quickly review and release her emails.

“I want it all out there,” Clinton said on Tuesday.

Republicans, who have questioned her ethics and transparency, were not convinced.

“Regrettably we are left with more questions than answers,” said Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican who chairs a congressional committee looking into the Benghazi, Libya, attacks of 2012 that led to the deaths of four Americans while Clinton was secretary of state.

“The Select Committee is left with no choice but to call her to appear at least twice,” Gowdy added in a statement.

Ari Fleischer, a former spokesman for Republican President George W. Bush, scoffed at Clinton’s explanation.

“Personal convenience? Hah. She did it because she only trusts a few top aides and wanted total control,” he wrote in a tweet.

Democrats, who are wary that their party’s front-runner for the 2016 White House race could be tarnished, were pleased that she addressed the issue but critical of the time it took to do so.

“By waiting so long to finally show her face and address it, I think it just allowed this thing to spiral out of control,” said a former Clinton adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“There is an arrogance that comes with this operation to some extent that says that they don’t have to play by the same rules. You know what? You do.”

The issue has complicated what has been seen as a clear pathway for the Democratic nomination, who lost the 2008 primary race to Obama.

But the issue may not resonate with voters or with the donors who will be critical to funding Clinton’s campaign.

(Additional reporting by Steve Holland, Amanda Becker and Jeff Mason; Writing by Jeff Mason; Editing by Leslie Adler)


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