The Best Tidbits From 3,000 Pages of Hillary Clinton E-mails

You can learn a lot about a person's beverage and private jet preferences from her e-mail.

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives for a meeting with parents and child care workers at the Center for New Horizons on May 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

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The State Department on Tuesday released 3,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's e-mails from when she was secretary of state. The overall arc of the e-mails tells the story of an image-conscious Clinton and staff working hard to manage her public profile. But the quotidian interactions reveal, on the micro level, the ins and outs of being a cabinet member and being Hillary Clinton. 

Here are some of the highlights from the cache of messages.

Hillary Clinton used two e-mail addresses on her personal domain

In March, the New York Times revealed that Clinton had exclusively used personal e-mail as the nation's top diplomat. Clinton confirmed it at a news conference, saying she chose to use one device for her personal and work e-mail because it was more convenient. The released messages show that she actually used two different personal addresses at the domain “clintonemail.” Here's an e-mail sent from the address 


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The White House leaves some things to the last minute

Behind on your barbecue planning for this weekend? Don't worry. As this e-mail shows, the White House in 2009 invited cabinet members to its fireworks viewing party around noon on July 3. 

July 4 Invite

Senator Barbara Mikulski isn't the greatest typist

After Clinton injured herself in a fall, Senator Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, sent her good wishes. The message was a bit garbled. 


What it's like when you're famous and a former colleague dies

This e-mail, sent right after Senator Ted Kennedy died in August 2009, provides a glimpse at what it means to deal with the death of a friend when you're Hillary Clinton. 


What it's like to be the Ross Gellar of the cabinet 

Clinton found out there was a cabinet meeting on the radio, though it turned out not to be a full meeting. 

Cabinet meeting

The laws of space and time may not apply to Hillary Clinton 

Here's a head-scratcher. Clinton e-mailed a State Department staffer to ask about ordering dinner. The reply, from communications aide Philippe Reines, asked whether Clinton wasn't supposed to be making a speech just then. News reports from the time show that Clinton was speaking in South Africa that day. The rest of the exchange is redacted. 

Sourh Africa

Hillary Clinton likes positive feedback 

Clinton asked top aide Huma Abedin to print out this laudatory e-mail from Reines. 

positive feedback

Hillary Clinton likes iced tea

And one of her staffers is in charge of asking another staffer to get it for her. 

iced tea

Fax machines are hard

Here's an exchange between Clinton and Abedin, in which the two try to iron out some technical issues.

New fax

Selecting a private jet is also hard

Hard choices, indeed. A subject line like “Plane delay” means something a little different when you're Hillary Clinton. 

G3 vs Lear

And so is Twitter

In June 2009, the Clinton State Department rethought its “Twittering” policies after Clinton's account, apparently not manned by her, was called out for being too dull. 

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