Via AP:

"Blackwater frequently supports charitable organizations and we were honored to make a donation to this one, long before Senator Clinton became the Secretary of State-designee."

--A Blackwater spokesman explaining why the notorious private-security firm gave a donation of more than $10,000 to Bill Clinton's foundation.

This is extra awkward because the State Department relies heavily on Blackwater in Iraq, but Hillary Clinton has pushed for a ban on the use of such military contractors.

--Michael Crowley