After whipping up support for Andrew Cuomo in New York this morning, Hillary went to Minnesota for a “get out the vote” rally for Mark Dayton and Al Franken.  Amy Klobuchar joined them onstage at Macalester College in St. Paul.

Reality check here for everybody.  These campaign events and Hillary’s tireless campaigning (she makes a swing through New England tomorrow) are not about “stacking Congress” for her in case she decides to run in 2016.  This election right now has everything to do with a whole hideous agenda out there if these candidates are not elected.  It is crucial.

We can forget about immigration reform and raising the minimum wage if they lose.  We will also see cuts to important social safety nets at both state and federal levels if the Democratic Party loses the Senate and these state houses.  It is valuable to remember the lessons of the 2010 mid-terms right about now.

This election is not about Hillary. Perhaps she is one who best understands that.   It is about you: your family, your children, your parents, and you.  It is about threatened cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.  It is about Tea Party candidates who want to privatize Social Security.  (How’s your 401K or 403B doing?)  It is about reducing benefits that we already have.

The reason Bill and Hillary Clinton are criss-crossing the country is because there are immediate threats to social programs that American families depend on right now.  Bill Clinton has said that when we vote we win.  We need to win just to maintain the status quo.

No one can afford to take anything for granted.  Hillary said that today in New York.  We all need to vote.  We cannot afford to lose. When we lose, if we lose, amazing changes can happen overnight, and they will not be good.  Congress may have acted like it was operating in a tar pit since 2009, but if the Republicans win the Senate, a surge of electrical energy like a bolt of lightning will galvanize them.  That will also happen in states where Republicans win the state house from Democrats.

So everyone needs to vote,  not because Hillary has asked us to or needs us to,  but because Hillary knows what will happen if we do not and is trying to tell us.  It will not be pretty.

Every vote counts, always and every time. If you are too young to remember the 2000 election, please take my word for it (or, if you don’t trust me, look it up).

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Hillary Clinton has made it clear, she is back in New York bigtime!  She campaigned for the Cuomo-Hochul ticket at a Women’s Equality Party event this morning.  On Monday, she will support a local candidate, Sean Patrick Maloney, who is a former Clinton White House aide.  Maloney is running against anti-women’s agenda candidate Nan Hayworth.   The rally will have a women’s rights theme.


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Hillary Clinton will campaign for Maloney

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will lend her star power to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s re-election campaign by appearing at a “Women for Maloney” rally on Monday in Somers, a northern Westchester County town about 20 minutes north of Hillary and Bill Clinton’s home in Chappaqua.

Maloney’s campaign announced this morning that the event will be free and open to any members of the public who grab tickets, distributed at five campaign offices on a first-come basis. The rally will take place at the Pinnacle at Heritage Hills country club, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m.

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Two of her Westchester neighbors are running for governor.  While Rob Astorino advocates cutting dental and prescription benefits for seniors on Medicaid (a “let them eat soup” ad has been running for weeks), Andrew Cuomo has recruited his all-female family for an ad that educates voters on gender inequities.  The Women’s Equality Party he started held a rally at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan today, and Hillary Clinton was the featured speaker supporting the Cuomo-Kochul ticket.

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Here is a nice account of the event.  Thank you, Ruby Cramer!


Hillary Clinton As Surrogate: More Like The Main Attraction

People left the room Thursday after Clinton finished her opening remarks for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The former secretary of state continues workshopping a speech that could double for a presidential campaign. posted on Oct. 23, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.

Later today,  Hillary’s has events in Minnesota to rally funds and votes for Mark Dayton.

You can choose a birthday card to send to Hillary, and  add your personal message here.



Clinton Foundation

With Hillary Clinton’s birthday coming up this Sunday, we have a unique opportunity to celebrate the truly life-changing work she’s championing here at the Clinton Foundation as well as her lifetime of service and dedication to important issues and causes.

But we need your help to celebrate – Help us pick the perfect birthday card for Secretary Clinton!

Choose your favorite card below and add your own personalized note to her. We will give Secretary Clinton your card on her birthday, October 26.


Each card represents a critical issue that the Secretary is working to address with the Clinton Foundation:

    Advancing the full participation of women and girls around the world;
    Improving the health and well-being of America’s youngest children;
    Encouraging hiring, training, and mentoring opportunities for unemployed youth; and
    Combating the elephant poaching crisis in Africa.

Together, we can honor the woman who stood in front of the world and declared that women’s rights are human rights and is continuing her life’s work to transform lives and communities around the world through her work at the Clinton Foundation.

October 26 is around the corner – Choose your favorite birthday card to send to Secretary Clinton and send her a personalized note before this Sunday!

Thank you for your support!

The Clinton Foundation

Just a week ago, Hillary was in Denver whipping up support for Mark Udall at Union Station where a little girl freaked out shaking her hand.  Today she joined U.S. Rep. Andrew Romanoff, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) Colorado, and Gov. John Hickenlooper  at a rally for Udall in Aurora.

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Statement from Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, on the Passing of Oscar de la Renta


We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey.

Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart. His legacy of philanthropy extended from children in his home country who now have access to education and healthcare, to some of New York’s finest artists whose creativity has been sustained through his support.

We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives. And we will never forget the joy, adventure, and beauty we shared with Oscar, his beloved wife, Annette, and their family during our many happy times together, especially those spent in his beloved Dominican Republic.

We join his family and many friends and admirers all over the world in mourning his loss, while also celebrating his beautiful and joyous life.


Introducing the concept for this retrospective,  I said that as I began reading Hard Choices I had the impression of watching a movie of a series of events I had witnessed while blogging about them.  That remained the case throughout as I have shared here, but there were many instances of revelation and surprises as well.  Behind-the-scenes glimpses of statecraft, her personal feelings about people and events, the rationale (it is singular, cohesive, and very well integrated) behind decisions, and much more come to light in a way a mere archive cannot accommodate.

Depending on your agenda, you may like or dislike certain positions she maintains, but you cannot deny that she has taken those positions.  She has set them down in black and white very honestly, deliberately, and with her own purposes.

Samuel Johnson said, “Literature is kind a intellectual light which like the light of the sun may sometimes enable us to see what we do not like.”    Not everyone will like everything she has written here as her words may not exactly coincide with their perceptions or preferences, but they are her words, and this is her story.

Thank you, Madame Secretary for your dedicated service and for this valuable account of your years as our top diplomat.  We have been here to follow, and here we remain, at your side, as you continue. brilliantly,  to lead.

Secretary Clinton and President Obama in Myanmar

Hillary Clinton With Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao

… let me say that for decades, secretaries of State have not attended political conventions because of the nonpartisan nature of our foreign policy. I think it’s a good rule. It’s one that I certainly accepted. This is the first convention I have missed in many, many years. But on a personal level, let me also say that my husband read parts of his speech to me over the last few days. I received the as-prepared version, which I’m anxious, when I can, to compare with the as-delivered version. (Laughter.)

So it’s a great honor for him to be nominating the President….






Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ Retrospective: Introduction

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