State Department releases more Clinton e-mails
The State Department on New Year’s Eve released thousands of pages of e-mails sent and received by Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state, but it still fell short of the number that a federal judge ordered should be made public by the end of the year.
The State Department is releasing about 55,000 pages of correspondence from Clinton’s 2009-2013 tenure as secretary under a court order. The department is required to release e-mails from the Democratic presidential front-runner every 30 days, starting at the end of June. It is required to make all 55,000 pages public by the end of January. The court set targets for each month’s release. On Thursday, the department released 5,500 pages of e-mails — thousands short of the number necessary to meet the court’s order that the department release 82 percent of the e-mails by year’s end. Officials said they plan to release more e-mails next week to make up for the shortfall.
O’Malley fails to qualify for Ohio primary ballot
Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley has failed to qualify for the Democratic presidential primary ballot in Ohio, officials said.
The news is a setback for O’Malley, who has struggled to gain traction in the contest against Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. But unless he sees a surge in support in coming weeks, O’Malley will probably no longer be a factor in the race by the time voters in Ohio go to the polls on March 15.
O’Malley’s campaign submitted 1,175 signatures, but only 772 of these were deemed valid, according to the Ohio secretary of state’s office. To qualify for the primary, a candidate must provide 1,000 valid signatures. The campaign’s failure to meet the Dec. 16 deadline was first reported by the Associated Press.
O’Malley spokeswoman Haley Morris said, “While this news is disappointing, we are exploring all of our options.” O’Malley has gotten on the ballot in 18 other states to date.