Republicans won the House in 2010 mid-term election, retaining the House in 2012 and claiming the Senate in the 2014 mid-terms. The Republicans continued their climb back to power in 2016 by retaining the House and Senate and adding the Presidency as Donald Trump won a resounding electoral college victory claiming 30 states. Though he lost the popular vote, President Trump moves into 2017 with a populist victory, a conservative agenda and control of the Congress to roll back President Obama's liberal policies.

Why Mike Pence’s private email account is way different from Hillary Clinton’s

from The Washington Post,

When he was governor of Indiana, Vice President Pence used a private email account for official business. That private email account, which contains information too sensitive to be released to the public, was hacked last year. Those revelations come to us from the Indianapolis Star, which filed public records requests while Pence was governor and just now received 29 pages of emails from Pence's AOL account. The news is reminiscent, of course, of the private email server Hillary Clinton used while she was secretary of state. Pence was among many, many Republicans extremely critical of Clinton for using private email to do official work. And while there are some similarities between Pence and Clinton, based on what we know at this moment, it's not accurate to say they're the exact same. Below, I break down four similarities between Pence's and Clinton's private email accounts — and a whole bunch of differences: Similarity No. 1: They both used private email accounts for work But: It's legal in Indiana to use a private email account for work. In fact, you could argue Pence may have needed a private account: It's illegal in Indiana for a government official to use her or his official account for political business.

Similarity No. 2: Both politicians point to the fact that their predecessors used private emails for work But: Clinton exclusively used her private email account for work, something no secretary of state had done before. There's no evidence Pence exclusively used his private email account for work, nor that his use of it was any more or less than past governors of Indiana.

Similarity No. 3: Both their accounts were vulnerable to hacking. But: The FBI says it's possible — but not proven — Clinton's emails were hacked, especially when she used her account “in the territory of sophisticated adversaries.” Pence's account was actually hacked. In early 2016, hackers sent out a phishing email to his contacts claiming he and his wife were stranded in the Philippines, were attacked and robbed on their way back to their hotel and desperately needed money. Security experts told the Indianapolis Star it did not seem to be a hack specifically targeted at Pence, but they added that does not make a hack of a top government official's email account any less “concerning.”

Similarity No. 4: Both their accounts appeared to have some degree of sensitive information But: Pence's office says he did not communicate about classified information. (Again, we have to take him at his word.) One highlighted by the Indianapolis Star is of Pence communicating with two of his top aides about a terrorism-related FBI arrest in the state, an arrest that was already public.

Also: The FBI felt there was enough in Clinton's email account to launch a criminal investigation into her treatment of classified information. (Of course, the result of that investigation was that they decided not to prosecute her for any kind of crime.) There is absolutely no investigation related to Pence, which brings us back to the original reason these two situations are fundamentally different: Using a private account if you're the governor of Indiana, where it's legal to do so and you're ostensibly dealing with much less-sensitive information, is much different than using a private email account exclusively to do work as secretary of state, who has access to many if not most of the nation's top secrets.

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