Gasp! Hillary Clinton likes skim milk, tea, and (maybe) gefilte fish

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Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on Aug. 28, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  
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NEED TO KNOW:

A world hungry for scintillating new details concerning Hillary Clinton's fondness for tea, skim milk, and (possibly) gefilte fish has been temporarily sated by the release of roughly 7,000 pages of new emails by the former secretary of state turned Democratic frontrunner. 

Among the revelations: 

Clinton wished to know what time "Parks and Recreation" aired. 

She once proposed to "go drink something unhealthy" (unspecified) to celebrate the passage of Obama's health-care law. 

Bono wished her happy birthday and apologized for missing her party.

Her daughter Chelsea passionately urged her mother and father to do more for Haiti's relief work, where, she felt, the "incompetence [was] mind numbing."  

Most importantly, perhaps, for Clinton's presidential ambitions: the latest batch of emails (just a portion of the 30,000 that will ultimately be released) included 125 messages, stored on Clinton's private server, which were deemed classified by the State Department. The Clinton campaign argues the information, which was redacted in the released emails, was not classified at the time it was sent.

The email controversy continues to be a drag on Clinton's approval ratings, though she remains the clear leader among Democratic candidates. 

WANT TO KNOW:

Violence has erupted again in Ukraine — not in the embattled east, where a war has raged for over a year and killed nearly 7,000 — but in the capital, Kyiv, GlobalPost senior correspondent Dan Peleschuk reports

Protesters clashed with National Guardsmen outside the parliament building on Monday, leaving 125 injured and 1 dead. Nationalist groups opposed a vote in parliament to amend the constitution and grant special status to rebel-held territories — a decision viewed by critics as a capitulation to Russia, angering nationalist groups. 

Officials hoped that a new ceasefire in the east, where peace agreements have repeatedly been broken, might finally put an end to the fighting. But as GlobalPost's Peleschuk points out, "Given Ukraine's history of shattered ceasefires, there's no guarantee this one will hold." 

STRANGE BUT TRUE:

Seventy-year-old Dai Dali is your typical Chinese granny. 

Actually, no, she's not. Dai — who, we remind you, is 70 years old — loves to pole dance, and is actually very good at it. Videos attest to her ability to slide, lean, spin, and do splits as well as someone forty years her junior. 

Dai is from Chengdu, a relaxed southwestern city in Sichuan province, China, and her talent for pole-dancing — which she took up four years ago — has made her a sensation across the country. She has showed her stuff to international audiences on "Asia's Got Talent," and won the Fifth China Dance Pole Competition — in her age bracket, that is. 

"It isn't a vulgar dance," she insists. "I want to prove that age does not mean anything as long as you persist."  

Cheers to that, Granny.