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By PAUL ELIAS / Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off a series of speeches with a call to combat what she called an "assault on voting rights."

The former U.S. Secretary of State spoke on Monday in San Francisco at the American Bar Association's annual meeting after receiving the group's highest award for service to the law.

She told those in attendance that her upcoming speeches also would look at national security and the United States global leadership. But first she said she wanted to talk about deep flaws in the electoral system.

She said racial discrimination remains a serious problem and she again assailed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a significant part of the Voting Rights Act.

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