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Most Young Republicans Favor Marijuana Legalization

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Although the Republican Party as a whole has not been at the forefront of supporting marijuana legalization, younger people who identify themselves with the GOP may force traditionalists to change their views.

A Pew Research Center survey says that close to two-thirds of people ages 18-to-34 who claim to be Republican back legalizing the possession and sale of pot while 47 percent of those 35-to-50 feel the same way.

As expected, a higher number of younger Democrats are in favor of doing away with criminal penalties for owning or selling marijuana: 77 percent in the 18-to-34 age group and 61 percent of those 35-to-50.

Nonetheless, Republicans running for president and other state and local offices are cognizant of the shift in attitudes about pot as they vie for the votes of young people, who have generally sided with Democrats in more recent elections.

Interestingly, Pew says that more liberal opinions about marijuana among millennials are in synch with their growing acceptance of same-sex marriage. Just over six in ten Americans in that generation who identify themselves as Republican also back the rights of gays and lesbians to wed legally.

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Report: Hillary Clinton’s Personal Email Use May Have Violated Federal Requirements

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton used a personal email account exclusively while serving as secretary of state, and may have violated federal requirements, The New York Times reported late Monday. According to the Times, Clinton did not have a government email address during her four years at the State Department, and her aids took no action to preserve her emails – which is required by law under the Federal Records Act.

These new revelations raise questions about transparency, legality, and certainly security. It is not clear whether any encryption protection existed on her private email account, as is required on government emails.

A spokesperson for Clinton has not responded to a request for comment.

In an effort to comply with federal record-keeping laws, aides to the former secretary of state turned over 55,000 emails to the State Department two months ago, according to the Times report.

“The State Department has long had access to a wide array of Secretary Clinton’s records – including emails between her and Department officials with state.gov accounts. Last year, the Department sent a letter to representatives of former secretaries of state requesting they submit any records in their possession for proper preservation as part of our effort to continually improve our records preservation and management,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told ABC News in a statement early Tuesday. “In response to our request, Secretary Clinton provided the Department with emails spanning her time at the Department. After the State Department reviewed those emails, last month the State Department produced about 300 emails responsive to recent requests from the Select Committee.”

“From the moment that the Select Committee was created, the State Department has been proactively and consistently engaged in responding to the Committee’s many requests in a timely manner, providing more than 40,000 pages of documents, scheduling more than 20 transcribed interviews and participating in several briefings and each of the Committee’s hearings,” the statement continued.

The State Department also says they are in the process of updating their records preservation policies to bring them up to speed with 2013 National Archives and Records Administration guidance. “These steps include regularly archiving all of Secretary Kerry’s emails to ensure that we are capturing all federal records,” Harf said.

Kerry is the first secretary of state to rely primarily on a state.gov email account.

The matter is expected to become a campaign issue. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a potential 2016 candidate for the White House, released more than 275,000 emails last month from his time as governor in the name of “transparency.” Bush tweeted late Monday “Transparency matters. Unclassified @HillaryClinton emails should be released. You can see mine, here. Jebbushemails.com.”

Transparency matters. Unclassified @HillaryClinton emails should be released. You can see mine, here. http://t.co/wZbtwd8O2j

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) March 3, 2015

Senior administration officials declined to comment on whether any cabinet member or senior staffer operated without a government email address during the Obama administration. They also would not say whether White House officials corresponded with Clinton on her private email address on official business, or whether there were concerns about emailing a non-governmental account.

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“NYT”: Hillary Clinton Only Used Personal Email for Correspondence While Secretary of State

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email address during her time as secretary of state, the New York Times reported Monday.

During her four-year tenure at the State Department, Clinton did not have a government email address, the Times says. By using her personal email account to conduct government business, Clinton may have been in violation of federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Additionally, the Times reported, Clinton’s aides did not take action to preserve her emails on department servers, which is required by the Federal Records Act.

State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said in a statement on Monday night that the department “has long had access to a wide array of Secretary Clinton’s records — including emails between her and Department officials with state.gov accounts.”

Harf noted that the State Department sent a letter to representatives of former secretaries of state “requesting they submit any records in their possession for proper preservation as part of our effort to continually improve our records preservation and management.” In response, Harf said, Clinton provided a number of emails.

The State Department’s statement noted that current Secretary of State John Kerry is the first secretary of state “to rely primarily on a state.gov email account.”

A spokesperson for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush provided a statement on the story to ABC News on Monday night, saying that Clinton “should release her emails. Hopefully she hasn’t already destroyed them.”

“Governor Bush believes transparency is a critical part of public service and of governing,” the statement added. Bush also tweeted on Monday night, posting a link to his publicly released emails.

Transparency matters. Unclassified @HillaryClinton emails should be released. You can see mine, here. http://t.co/wZbtwd8O2j

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) March 3, 2015

Senior administration officials declined to comment on whether any cabinet member or senior staffer operated without a government email address during the Obama administration. They also would not say whether White House officials corresponded with Clinton on her private email address on official business, or whether there were concerns about emailing a non-governmental account.

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Director of National Intelligence on Killing of Putin Critic: ‘History Has Been We Never Do Find Out’

Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In remarks made to the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper seemed to question the investigation launched by the Russian government into the death of Boris Nemtsov, an opponent to Russian President Vladimir Putin, last week.

Asked about the possibility that Putin and his allies had perpetrated the killing, Clapper said that such talk was “an obvious theory.” The DNI noted that “there are some Russian Kremlin officials who have suggested we did it, just to create hate and discontent in the political fabric of Russia.”

Clapper said U.S. intelligence did not have any insight into who committed the murder. “I would venture the history has been we never do find out,” he said, adding, “I’m sure that Putin himself is going to investigate.”

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Obama Unlikely to Watch Netanyahu Speech Tuesday

Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Amid frustration with a speech that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to give to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, President Obama is unlikely to watch, the White House says.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said as much during Monday’s press briefing. “I haven’t looked at the president’s schedule for tomorrow,” Earnest admitted, while saying that he “[doubts] he will want to spend his whole time watching the speech.”

Netanyahu was invited to give the speech by House Speaker John Boehner, without consulting with the administration. That fact bothered some Democrats, who also have voiced concern about the speech coming so near Netanyahu’s bid for reelection.

Netanyahu has voiced concerns over ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran, a topic on which Earnest warned against releasing information. “Releasing that information would betray the trust that exists between two allies,” he said Monday.

Earnest noted that the White House has kept Israel apprised of the Iran negotiations, and that the administration was not particularly happy with the instances in which Israeli officials have chosen to “cherry pick” tidbits of information to criticize the U.S. stance.

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Bill Clinton’s Portrait Artist Secretly Includes Monica Lewinsky

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Here’s one issue the Clintons may — or may not — want to brush off.

In a recent interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, the artist who painted the official portrait of President Bill Clinton that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., revealed a surprise — the portrait “subtly” incorporated Monica Lewinsky.

Artist Nelson Shanks told the newspaper that the shadow on the left side of the portrait was cast by a mannequin in a blue dress — a nod to the president’s affair with his 22-year-old intern.

Shanks, who described Clinton as “the most famous liar of all time,” told the Philadelphia Daily News that the shadow represents a metaphorical “shadow on the office he held.”

Shanks painted the portrait while standing in the Oval Office.

He says he placed a mannequin in a blue dress to cast a shadow on the mantle while he was painting. However, the mannequin and the president were never in the room at the same time, he noted.

According to Shanks, the Clintons are pressuring the National Portrait Gallery to remove the painting. However, a museum spokesperson told ABC News that they have not received any requests from the Clintons to remove the portrait.

The portrait is currently not on display, but it is in the museum’s gallery of collection.

The portrait originally stirred controversy when it was released in 2006 for the notable absence of a wedding ring on the president’s hand.

Shanks did not immediately respond to request for comment from ABC News.

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Obama Praises Sen. Mikulski’s Career

Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama praised Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s career on Monday, after she announced she was retiring to fight for the people of Maryland.

“Senator Mikulski is more than just a legendary senator for the people of Maryland, she’s an institution in the United States Senate. Barbara’s service to the people of Maryland spans decades, but her legacy will span generations,” Obama said in a statement.

“Barbara is the longest serving woman in Congress, and her leadership serves as an inspiration to millions of women and girls across the globe to stand up and lead,” the president continued.

At a news conference Monday, Mikulski, D-Md., said she doesn’t want to spend her time “campaigning for me. I want to campaign for the people.”

Mikulski, 78, who was first elected to the Senate in 1986, added, “I’m gonna be around. I’m Senator Barb.”

Read President Obama’s full statement on Sen. Barbara Mikulski below:

Senator Mikulski is more than just a legendary senator for the people of Maryland, she’s an institution in the United States Senate. Barbara’s service to the people of Maryland spans decades, but her legacy will span generations. Barbara is the longest serving woman in Congress, and her leadership serves as an inspiration to millions of women and girls across the globe to stand up and lead.

As the Chairwoman and now Vice Chairwoman of the Senate’s Appropriations Committee, Barbara has always known that our budgets should reflect our deepest held values. In that spirit, Barbara has wielded her gavel and used her booming voice to advocate on behalf of paycheck fairness, childcare, health care, education, women’s rights and countless issues that have contributed to the strength of America’s families.

Thanks to her leadership, more women excel in their careers, more children have access to quality education, more families have health insurance and more people are treated fairly under the law.

I look forward to working with Senator Mikulski over the course of the next two years, and Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Barbara in her next endeavors.

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Report: Hillary Clinton to Announce Candidacy for President in April

Feng Li/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Supporters of Hillary Clinton for president may not have to wait much longer for the former secretary of state to declare her intentions.

The Wall Street Journal
reported Sunday evening that Clinton, 67, and her close advisers are dropping strong hints to potential donors that she may announce her candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination as soon as April.

In this way, Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner, can get a jump on raising an estimated $1 billion her campaign feels will be necessary to win the nomination and presidency.

An April launch will put her supporters’ minds at ease as there have been rumors that Clinton might opt out of a second run White House due to physical concerns and other family considerations.

According to the WSJ, Clinton insider John Podesta, who was part of the Obama White House, is expected to have a major role in the campaign to elect the former first lady.

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Report: Hillary Clinton to Announce Candidacy for President in April

Feng Li/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Supporters of Hillary Clinton for president may not have to wait much longer for the former secretary of state to declare her intentions.

The Wall Street Journal
reported Sunday evening that Clinton, 67, and her close advisers are dropping strong hints to potential donors that she may announce her candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination as soon as April.

In this way, Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner, can get a jump on raising an estimated $1 billion her campaign feels will be necessary to win the nomination and presidency.

An April launch will put her supporters’ minds at ease as there have been rumors that Clinton might opt out of a second run White House due to physical concerns and other family considerations.

According to the WSJ, Clinton insider John Podesta, who was part of the Obama White House, is expected to have a major role in the campaign to elect the former first lady.

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John Kerry Stands by Claim Americans Face ‘Less’ Daily Threat

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he stands by his statement that Americans are facing fewer daily threats, even though he’s received heavy criticism for his remarks.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on This Week, Kerry explained the rationale behind his claims to Congress earlier this week, which came at the same time Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said this has been the most lethal year for global terrorism.

“Well, I understand,” he said. “Of course I understand it, Martha, because people are thinking about the day-to-day vision of what is happening on the ground in Syria, in Libya, where 21 Coptic Christians had their heads cut off, where a soldier is burned and a pilot in a cage, where American journalists have been beheaded publicly. We understand that.”

“But I still stand by what I said, which is in long terms, compared to the last century, there are, in fact, fewer people dying of the means — that you look at, by state war, violence, health, etc.,” Kerry said.

“But that’s not what’s important,” he continued. “What’s important right now is what James Clapper said. There is an uptick in the level of terrorism and specific incidents of people being killed. And that threat is very, very real. Nobody is trying to minimize it.”

Kerry told the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that “despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally — less deaths, less violent deaths.”

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