Heartbreaking news: a vital voice for justice is silenced.

Prominent Rights Activist Assassinated

June 26, 2014
(Tripoli) – Human Rights Watch today issued the following tribute to Salwa Bughaighis, a prominent human rights and women’s rights activist who was assassinated in Libya on June 25, 2014.

On Wednesday, following countless threats against her and her family, Salwa was assassinated, shortly after she voted in Libya’s parliamentary election. With Salwa’s death, the original idealism of the 2011 uprising that overthrew Gaddafi’s tyranny has received another crushing blow, and many Libyan women have lost a role model.

My friend Mark G. Murphy was one of the famous 300 (+) Hillary Clinton delegates to sign the petition asking that her name be put in nomination on the convention floor in August, 2008.  He has remained a solid Hillary Clinton supporter over these years and saw her at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco Wednesday evening.  Today he tweeted his picture with Hillary and gave me permission to share it.  He looks so handsome with her.  I believe that green button is his 300 pin.  Looks like he might also be sporting a Ready for Hillary tie.  Great picture, Mark!  So happy for you!  Hillary looks happy to see you!



In 2008, another longtime friend of mine,  Amy Dugan,  was Hillary’s Congressional Coordinator in her Ohio district.  She attended Hillary’s book signing in Dayton today and not only got to see and talk to Hillary but also introduced her husband to Hillary and ended up front and center in this news report!  You look great, Amy!

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Posted: 5:27 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014

More than 1,000 attend Hillary Clinton event



By Breaking News Staff


Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived at Books & Co. at The Greene at 6:55 p.m. Friday to applause from hundreds of supporters who have lined up for her book signing.

Clinton was in town to sign copies of her new memoir, “Hard Choices.” More than 1,000 people made it through the line during the two-hour event.

Dayton was the second stop of the day and the sixth this week in Clinton’s national book tour. The former first lady has been dashing across the country since June 9 when she kicked off the three-week promotional tour.

Read more >>>>

Updated to add:  Amy and her hubby are also in this news video in the background – more than once!



The current FLOAR, Ginger Beebe, in lime green,  welcomed the past FLOAR to the Walmart in Little Rock today where folks lined up to have copies of Hard Choices signed by Hillary.  She clearly was happy to greet some old friends.

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Hillary submitted to a few local interviews while in Little Rock.

Web Extra: One-on-One Interview with Hillary Clinton

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Reporter David Goins spoke with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after her ‘Hard Choices’ book signing Friday morning.

Clinton discusses her book and what it means to be back in Arkansas.



Hillary Clinton’s Full Interview

Posted: Jun 27, 2014 7:13 PM EST Updated: Jun 27, 2014 7:23 PM EST


No sooner had I posted about China’s effective ban on Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices than an email came in from the publisher with a newly available excerpt: a chapter about China.

Here is the email.  When you click on the link you must sign in either with your email account or through Facebook or Twitter.  You must do this even if you have signed up for excerpts before, and the text will appear.

I hope all the readers in China who know how to avoid the firewall manage to see this.

Simon & Schuster
Hillary Clinton’s book, Hard Choices, has been banned in China. So you can see what Chinese citizens can’t, we have posted a second excerpt from a chapter in Hard Choices entitled, “Beijing: The Dissident.” To start reading, click here.Finally, don’t forget to tune in to Facebook Live on Monday at 4 pm ET to watch the live stream of Hillary Clinton from the Aspen Ideas Festival. RSVP here.

Simon & Schuster

Some folks have asked me how and when they can obtain copies of Hillary’s book in various translations and in different countries.  The best advice I can give is that you  contact the publisher, Simon & Schuster, directly for a response to that question.  One thing, however, is certain.  For now, at least, the book will not be seeing the light of day in China.

My sympathies go out to our Chinese visitors who relentlessly circumvent the Great Firewall to come here and see what Hillary is doing and saying.  We all know you were looking forward to reading this memoir.  Thank you to Ruby Cramer who sent me this for everyone’s information.

China Blocks Hillary Clinton’s Book

Distributors and publishers impose an “effective ban” on Hard Choices, which is critical of the Chinese government. “It’s outrageous and unfortunate.” posted on June 26, 2014


Making Math Fun Makes for Better Learning

Math is everywhere. It is an important part of the way we communicate, and helps us make sense of our world. Children who are exposed to math at an early age do well in school and beyond. For very young children who are learning as much as they can every day, math can be joyful, and there are many ways that parents can build these important skills early on.

Just as with early literacy, early numeracy – or the ability to understand math concepts such as numbers, size order, and shapes – is learned through frequent communication with parents and caregivers from birth. And the more math concepts young children understand and are comfortable with before they enter kindergarten, the better off they are. Many studies suggest that children who enter school understanding math concepts like counting, shapes, and numerical order are more likely to succeed in all academic subjects of school later on, including reading.

According to Deborah Stipek, an early math expert and advisor to Too Small to Fail, children learn early math concepts best when math is made fun for them. She recommends using every day activities, like counting toes during bath time or the buttons on a shirt when getting dressed, to learn numbers. She also suggests that parents play fun math games with toddlers, like hunting for shapes in objects around the house.

Regardless of our own feelings for math, it’s important and easy to find the joy of math with young kids – and in the process, help prepare them for a lifetime of math learning.

Resources for Sharing:

  • Here are several tips for how to make math fun for young children, from Deborah Stipek and Too Small to Fail.
  • This article from NAEYC explains why early math is important for very young children, and how parents can help teach them in fun ways.
  • Other tips for parents from ZERO TO THREE on how to make math fun.


Sesame Street muppets share math games and silly shenanigans in this series of videos! >>

A Very Big Week

When parents begin reading to their children every day from birth, they help build vocabulary and improve their children’s ability to learn. This is the message that millions of people across the country will hear this year, thanks to a new joint effort between Too Small to Fail and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Scholastic Inc., Reach Out and Read, Text4baby, and Sesame Workshop.

The news was announced yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative America in Denver by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and spread quickly with news that pediatricians and other health care providers across the country will distribute free books during well-baby exams, and urge parents to read, talk, and sing to their babies from birth.

You can read more about the partnership effort here. You can also pick up tips about how to incorporate talking, reading and singing into every day activities on our Facebook page, and by visiting www.talkingisteaching.org.

Special News

We are thrilled to feature special video messages from President Barack Obama, Secretary Clinton, Senator Bill Frist and Cindy McCain urging parents to talk, read and sing to their children to help close the word gap. Watch the videos, and then share widely! >>




. & our kids have a big advocate in the , reminding parents & caregivers



Clinton Foundation

Over the past decade, I have marveled at how quickly the Foundation has grown and how much good it has done, thanks to your energy and enthusiasm. And I am confident that the best is yet to come.

With your support, we’re expanding our efforts to empower women and girls around the world, doing more to prevent babies from being born with HIV, spreading the word about new research on brain development to encourage parents to become their children’s first teachers, and bringing partners together to help young people get the skills they need to find good jobs and participate in the global economy. In every way we can, we’re tearing down barriers and cracking ceilings to allow more people in more places to achieve their God-given potential.

For our family, this work is deeply personal. It reflects the values we grew up with and that have guided us our entire lives. We are enormously grateful to have your support and partnership. So to take our efforts together to the next level, Bill and I are once again going to personally match every tax-deductible donation to the Clinton Foundation until June 30, up to our goal of $100,000.


Please join us as we continue to build a better world and a brighter future for all our children. We can’t do this important work without you.


Hillary Rodham Clinton


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