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Email saga dogs Hillary Clinton; Carson stumps Trump

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Washington, Sep 1:

As the release of some 7,000 new emails brought a fresh headache for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, neurosurgeon Ben Carson caught up with Donald Trump in new poll to challenge his frontrunner status among Republicans.

pic: www.telegraph.co.uk
pic: www.telegraph.co.uk

But long shot Indian-American presidential contender Bobby Jindal, languishing at the bottom of the polls, boasted Monday that the real estate mogul’s popularity is part of a “summer of silliness” and it was he would eventually emerge as the Republican nominee.

Clinton may not be in legal trouble yet, but the new emails with information redacted from 150 of them is bound to add fresh fuel to the controversy over the use of her own private server that has roiled her presidential campaign for over five months.

Information was redacted from her emails because it has now been deemed to require classification, the State Department said Monday night in releasing the material to meet a federal court direction to make public 25 percent of Clinton’s emails by end August.

A State Department official said that the approximately 150 emails from Clinton’s four year tenure as secretary of state that are being upgraded and subsequently classified are all at the “confidential” level – the lowest level of classification.

Newly-classified emails include correspondence Clinton had with an aide about an Iran speech she delivered at American University in 2010, and another from the minister counselor for public affairs in Pakistan with the subject “Facebook Freed in Pakistan,” according to NBC News.

None are “Top Secret” as were two of the emails released last month, it said. In a 2010 note, Clinton asks colleague Philippe Reines if he can help her learn to use her new iPad, or “hPad,” as Reines dubbed it.

Meanwhile, in the Republican camp, Carson caught up with Trump in Iowa, one of the first four nominating states in the party primary.

A new Monmouth University poll found the two tied at 23 percent. It was the first time since July 26 that a poll in the first four states to select a Republican nominee did not find Trump substantially ahead of all other candidates.

Farther behind Trump and Carson were former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, at 10 percent; Texas Senator Ted Cruz, at 9 percent; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, at 7 percent and former Florida governor Jeb Bush at 5 percent.

Louisiana’s Indian-American governor Jindal polled below one percent. Yet during a campaign stop at Storm Lake, Iowa, he suggested Trump’s popularity is part of a “summer of silliness”.

“We don’t need another talker in the White House,” said Jindal. “We need a doer, not a talker. So I think voters are going to focus on who can do this job.”

Jindal said Trump and other candidates have tapped into frustrations that voters have with insiders in Washington.

Given his low poll numbers, Jindal may again be relegated to a separate second tier for CNN’s live televised debate, in California, on September 16 as he was for the first on Fox News. (IANS)