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It's about time

Hillary Clinton will allow press on her plane after 272 days without a press conference

The last time Hillary Clinton held a true press conference — in which multiple members of the media are permitted to ask unvetted questions and the candidate is expected to answer on the spot — was Dec. 5, 2015. In the 272 days since (find a live tally down to a tenth of a minute here, courtesy of The Washington Post), Clinton has stuck to strictly controlled press interactions like one-on-one interviews.

All that is about to change come Monday, as the Clinton camp announced Thursday their candidate will begin flying on a larger plane with room for media to tag along. The bigger aircraft will replace Clinton's personal jet and will also make space for additional staff plus Secret Service agents.

During Clinton's conference-free eight months, her opponent, Donald Trump, has held 17 press conferences, by the The Washington Examiner's count. His running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, was the first of the four nominees to begin flying with press in tow.