Trump attacks Clinton after Iran executes nuclear scientist

Elise Labott and Ryane Browne, CNN:

The execution of an Iranian nuclear scientist accused of spying for the US is reverberating from Tehran to the presidential campaign trail.

Critics, including opponent Donald Trump, are slamming former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for having received emails mentioning him on her controversial personal email server.

Trump took to Twitter on Monday to link Clinton to Shahram Amiri’s death, writing, “Many people are saying that the Iranians killed the scientist who helped the U.S. because of Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails.”

The emails mentioning Amiri were were part of a tranche released by the State Department last year pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request in the wake of the revelation that Clinton used a personal server to conduct official business. The FBI has said there is no direct evidence the server was hacked, noting such evidence would be hard to come by.

Maybe it’s just that I’m tired but I’m having trouble following the logic here:

  1. Clinton had email about this Iranian scientist on her private server.
  2. A Republican-led investigation required Clinton to disclose that email.
  3. Therefore, it’s Clinton’s fault.

By that logic, if a Republican punches me in the face, it’s my fault because I have a nose.

There is a real problem here but the Republicans are missing it. It’s not email. The Clinton email server scandal is done. The GOP lost. But they will not let it go. Which is not surprising. The GOP never learns anything and never forgets anything.

The problem is that the nuclear deal with Iran is starting to look rotten. It’s looking like a foreign policy blunder. If it is in fact a good deal, Clinton and Obama need to do a better job explaining why.

Culture clash

Iran cracks down on women posting with their hair showing. India bans face-morphing photo software. Russia stifles anti-Putin parody tweets. These are clashes between American and native cultures, says Buzzfeed News editor Katie Notopoulos.

Not so, says Mike Elgan. It’s not Americans these doing the forbidden sharing. It’s Iranians, Indians, and Russians. The tools were made in America, but that’s irrelevant. These are clashes between tyrranical governments and their own people.