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The name plate for witness Bryan Pagliano, former senior adviser, Information Resource Management, State Department, who did not appear, sits on the witness table on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on "Examining Preservation of State Department Records." (AP Photo/Molly Riley) ** FILE **

Clinton campaign operative defies subpoena to avoid testifying on emails

Despite Hillary Clinton's urging last year that he give full testimony, Bryan Pagliano, the campaign operative she hired at the State Department and then had run her server, refused to attend the hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Published September 13, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump decried the slowness of Congress implementing a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system at U.S. ports of entry, particularly at airports. Mr. Trump vowed that, under his administration, the system would be in place to head off the possibilty of another 9/11-level terrorist event. (Associated Press)

Visa security loophole exploited by 9/11 attackers still open 15 years later

At least five of the Sept. 11 hijackers exploited a glaring hole in visa security to stay in the U.S. beyond their time — allowing them to board the planes and conduct their murderous attack. Fifteen years later, and despite a clear consensus on the need for improvement, that gaping hole remains. Published September 8, 2016

Colin Powell laid out path for Clinton to use secret email, bypass security

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell showed a marked disregard for cyber security, dismissing fears that using a private computer or personal device could compromise state secrets, according to an email he sent Hillary Clinton soon after she took office in 2009. Published September 7, 2016

In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, people opposed to child sex trafficking rally outside of the Washington state Supreme Court in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in favor of three young girls who sued Backpage.com, claiming they were sold as prostitutes on the site. Thursday's ruling says the Communications Decency Act does not protect Backpage from state lawsuits because there's enough evidence to show that it didn't just host the ads, but helped develop the content. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte/ File)

Chief Justice Roberts grants reprieve to sex services website

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. granted at least a temporary reprieve Wednesday to one of the country's largest sex-services websites, saying he wants to take more time to hear arguments in a dispute over whether Backpage.com does enough to stop predators from sex trafficking. Published September 7, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at her campaign plane at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, to fly to Westchester, N.Y., after speaking at a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

State Dept. releases first batch of deleted Clinton emails on Benghazi

The State Department has released the first of the emails recovered by the FBI that were handled by Hillary Clinton's secret email account, as the Obama administration and a conservative watchdog group sparred over whether the email metadata should be made public. Published September 7, 2016

Seeking asylum: Migrants and activists scuffle with police after authorities started to clear out makeshift camps in Calais, France on the English Channel on May 28, 2014. Officials blame a British-French pact for burdening the city with immigrants seeking British asylum. (Associated Press) **FILE**

UK to build wall to stop illegal immigration from France

The U.S. is still debating the value of fencing on its southwest border but the U.K. is moving forward, preparing to erect a 1 kilometer wall to protect the departure point from France to Britain, according to reports Wednesday. Published September 7, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the American Legion's 98th Annual Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Clinton told FBI she was 'not concerned' about sending classified emails

Hillary Clinton didn't know how secret information got to be classified, she told the FBI in her interview earlier this summer, according to documents released Friday -- showing a striking lack of awareness for someone at the highest reaches of government. Published September 2, 2016