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Six fascinating discoveries in the Free Beacon's 'Hillary Papers' story

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They are called the "Hillary Papers," a collection of notes from political science professor Diane Blair, a personal friend of Hillary Clinton, who died in 2000. The papers reveal some of Clinton's thoughts during her husband's first administration, as recorded by her friend.

The Washington Free Beacon's Alana Goodman writes a story that peers into the trove of Blair's notes that were donated to the University of Arkansas library.

Here are six interesting revelations in the story:

1. Hillary seen as "ruthless"

“What voters find slick in Bill Clinton, they find ruthless in Hillary.”

— A quote from a May 12, 1992, campaign polling memo on the public perceptions of Hillary Clinton.

2. Emerging threat of Matt Drudge

“Do we take Matt Drudge seriously?”

— A fax from Blair to Hillary Clinton in 1997.

3. Hillary's feelings about Monica Lewinsky

Hillary called Monica Lewinsky a "narcissistic loony toon" and shared with Blair the White House's efforts to control the scandal.

4. The erotic poetry "love note" from Bill Clinton

Among the papers is a love note from Clinton to an unknown person promising to meet her on Thursday.

“Today is Thursday. I will be at the little place downstairs in the union at 11:30. If you aren’t there, I’ll understand. And if you are, I will,” the note reads before Clinton admits that he "fell asleep over Andrew Marvell’s 'To His Coy Mistress'."

5. Hillary's support for single payer healthcare

“At dinner, [Hillary] to [Bill] at length on the complexities of health care—thinks managed competition a crock; single-payer necessary; maybe add to Medicare,” Blair wrote in February 1993 after a dinner at the White House.

6. Some of the documents in the library are "restricted"

The Washington Free Beacon reported that they could not gain access to "an undisclosed number of documents remain kept in a restricted section of the archive." What are they hiding?

Read the full story at the Washington Free Beacon.

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