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Clinton, Clinton Foundation face scrutiny over Russian uranium deal, tax returns

From 2009 to 2013, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, a Russian company owned by state atomic energy agency Rosatom slowly took over a Canadian company that controlled about 20 percent of America's uranium deposits, The New York Times details in a long exposé. At the same time, people connected to the Canadian company, Uranium One, donated millions to the Clinton Foundation, and some of those donations weren't disclosed on the foundation's public donor list, The Times reports.

Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, Rosatom's final deal to take a 51 percent stake in Uranium One had to be approved by the cabinet-level Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which included Clinton's office along with several other cabinet secretaries. The Times article doesn't show any tangible connection between the Clinton Foundation donations and the approval of the deal, or even that Hillary Clinton had any direct input on that approval, but it raises some interesting questions and provides a fascinating look at the intersection between geopolitics and the energy business. Read it at The New York Times.

Separately, Reuters reports that the Clinton Foundation is refiling three years worth of tax returns. From 2010 to 2012, for example, the foundation's IRS form 990s listed no donations from the U.S. and foreign governments, even though the charity's public donor list included those donations, with rough figures for how much each foreign government gave. Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian blames the zeros on clerical error, telling Reuters, "We are prioritizing an external review to ensure the accuracy of the 990s from 2010, 2011 and 2012 and expect to refile when the review is completed."