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Clinton chafed at GOP push to abolish Commerce

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published June 6, 2014 at 11:24 a.m. Updated June 6, 2014 at 2:27 p.m.

A new batch of records from former President Bill Clinton's administration shows the ex-president talking about congressional Republican plans to abolish a federal agency and White House concerns about Rwanda.

The records from 1996 show Clinton unloading on GOP lawmakers who wanted to kill the Commerce Department. Clinton suggested they wanted to get rid of the department because the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown was did a better job than corporate executives who had served.

Emails from 1994 also show difficult deliberations over Rwanda and whether to label the mass killings there genocide.

Other documents focused on the need for a more streamlined review process for veterans' health care. The records include Vice President Al Gore's aides' findings that regulations were not accomplishing the goals of providing health care to veterans and focused too much on the cost of such regulation.

Also included were documents related to vetting future Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, as well as an email requesting that the president not use Oprah Winfrey as a figure head for the National Institute for Literacy.

All the documents are released and now available at the Clinton Presidential Library website,

Thousands of pages of Clinton administration records have been released as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton considers running for president. The former first lady's new book on her State Department years will be released Tuesday.

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Dontcallmenames says... June 6, 2014 at 4:59 p.m.

We need to get rid of more than the Commerce Dept...HUD, Transportation, Education, Travel, Health, etc.

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FreeSpiritMan says... June 6, 2014 at 6:20 p.m.

Just like a true conservative, get rid of the Dept of Health, this guy just rambles to hear his own words to make him feel good about himself.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 6, 2014 at 8:19 p.m.

The Department of Energy, Bureau of Land management, EPA, Homeland Security, TSA, IRS.

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djigoo says... June 6, 2014 at 8:37 p.m.

Why do Baggers hate America so much that they'd turn it into a third-world country?

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mhck52 says... June 6, 2014 at 9:45 p.m.

Obama is turning us into a third-world country. And, let's not forget it was the Clinton commerce department that turned over our rocket and satellite secrets to the Chinese because they were having launch problems and we wanted them to like us.

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Morgancub says... June 6, 2014 at 10:52 p.m.

Not THE supreme court, but THIS supreme court !!!

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LevyRat says... June 7, 2014 at 8:56 a.m.

TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS CLINTON AND CLINTON just want more control over your everyday life so they can make you do what they think is best .... why, because they think you are too stupid to make decisions for yourself. That basically is the difference between Conservatives and TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 7, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.

goo, if you have not noticed, Obama is doing just fine in turning America into a third world country. In fact a Socialist third world country.

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