Cheryl Mills, chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaks aboard a plane after visiting Haiti. / AP

Cheryl Mills, chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaks aboard a plane after visiting Haiti. / AP

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) called on the State Department to turn over documents related to Hillary Clinton’s top aide Cheryl Mills’ special employment status at the agency in a letter to Secretary John Kerry on Monday.

Grassley also demanded to know why the State Department omitted Mills from a list of “special government employees,” or “SGEs,” for 2009 that it turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee last year.

White House Instructs Allies To Lean On ‘Jewish Community’ to Force Iran Deal

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VIENNA—The White House appears to be targeting Jewish groups in its latest push to blunt congressional criticism of an Iran deal that observers expect to be sealed in the coming days, according to a recording of a strategy conference call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and experts familiar with the call.

White House Officials Plot Ways to Pressure Lawmakers Into Supporting Iran Deal

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VIENNA—White House officials on Monday held a private conference call with liberal organizations to help plot ways to pressure Democrats and other lawmakers on Capitol Hill into supporting a nuclear deal with Iran that is expected to be finalized in the coming days, according to an audio recording of that call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Bill Clinton’s Limo Service to Hermès Cost Taxpayers $8,852

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The limousines that took Bill Clinton to Hermès in Paris cost taxpayers over $8,000.

The State Department picked up the tab for the multimillionaire former president’s transportation costs during his trip to Paris last month, government contracts show. The agency paid Biribin Limousines $8,852 for rental cars for Clinton during his stay.

Bush the Elder

George H.W. Bush

In The Quiet Man, John Sununu, former governor of New Hampshire, writes affectionately of the presidency of George HW Bush. As Bush’s chief of staff, Sununu was with the president for all of the significant moments of his consequential term in office. Though admittedly biased, this assessment of Mr. Bush’s record is made worthwhile by the new details it brings to old stories.

The Spirit of ‘76

Declaration of Independence Signing

On July 4th, 1826, a Washington newspaper published one of the most poignant letters penned in American history. An ailing Thomas Jefferson regretfully declined an invitation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of American independence with the citizens of the nation’s capital. “[T]o be present with them,” he wrote, “as one of the surviving signers of an instrument pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself. . . [I]t adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day.”

White House Instructs Allies To Lean On ‘Jewish Community’ to Force Iran Deal

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VIENNA—The White House appears to be targeting Jewish groups in its latest push to blunt congressional criticism of an Iran deal that observers expect to be sealed in the coming days, according to a recording of a strategy conference call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and experts familiar with the call.