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Hillary returned to Iowa today This event was at the Mason City residence of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson.   She was introduced by local campaign organizer Sara Marino,

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a gathering at the home of Dean Genth, left, and Gary Swenson, right, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a gathering at the home of Dean Genth, left, and Gary Swenson, right, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton laughs with local campaign organizer Sara Marino, left, before speaking at a gathering at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton laughs with local campaign organizer Sara Marino, left, before speaking at a gathering at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs as she is introduced by Sara Marino at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young        TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs as she is introduced by Sara Marino at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) is applauded as she speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) is applauded as she speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claps along with the audience as she arrives at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claps along with the audience as she arrives at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives at a house party to speak with local residents, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives at a house party to speak with local residents, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she leaves a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she leaves a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

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Here are a few Iowa tweets.

Fireside chat in Mason City, Iowa.

Hillary Clinton retweeted

Karen ran the Boston Marathon a few weeks back—Hillary signed her medal today!

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It’s chilly outside, but that didn’t stop hearty north Iowans from coming out to see in Mason City.

Hillary Clinton retweeted

“I’m excited to work for a champion for young women”—, introducing Hillary in Mason City


Christine Quinn comes from a very personal place to explain in language anyone can understand, without a lot of frills,  Hillary’s evolution on marriage equality.

Christine Quinn on Hillary Clinton & Marriage Equality

Christine Quinn

Clinton has come to understand same-sex marriages the same way most Americans have evolved regarding the reality that everyone deserves marriage equality

Today, we have a woman running for President of the United States who fully supports marriage equality. She is also likely to be the only nominee running for president that does. That is something all Americans should be thrilled about. Her position is clear and rock solid, and they way she came to that conclusion is the same way most people do, including some of my own family members. Like most Americans, her position is one that evolved and developed from personal interactions with LGBT Americans and their families, and through a long and deep soul searching. I know a little bit about this process: It’s how my father came to support my right to marry and then eventually walk me down the aisle when I married my wife.

Read more >>>>

The media likes to present the process of coming to new terms on old issues as flip-flopping.  It is not.   I saw my own father, who was employed by the defense industry, evolve on the Viet Nam War.   Quinn describes the process perfectly.  It is deeply personal, and while there often is a material or concrete side to the question there is usually a profoundly spiritual or abstract personal one as well.

Don’t we want leaders who reflect on important issues that affect people’s lives?  While some in the media preoccupy themselves with some calendar where they tick off days since Hillary Clinton has responded to a question from the press, Hillary Clinton is on the road listening to Americans – to our concerns, our aspirations,  our perceptions,  and our positions.  She will respond to the noisy media who pretend to be the voice of the people in due time after she has spent some time listening to us and reflecting upon what she has heard.

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Evolving is not flip-flopping.  It is a process.  Where do you stand?  How do you feel?  What is your position?

  • On marriage equality?
  • On pay equality?
  • On arms and ammunition control?
  • On capital punishment?
  • On the role of women in civil society?
    • In business?
    • In government?
    • In making their own health decisions?
  • On hundreds of other issues and questions….

Have these positions remained stable for you or have they changed over time?  Most of us have probably gone through some changes.  Why should Hillary Clinton be any different?  Would you even want a leader who neither listens nor reflects?

While Kate McKinnon and Darrell Hammond were at 30 Rock putting finishing touches on the cold open of SNL’s season finale,  Hillary Clinton and her tall, handsome escort were being ushered to their seats at the packed Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre several blocks away.

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Video :  http://www.whosay.com/status/sararamirez/1103963

Bill and Hillary Clinton took in a matinee on Saturday of the widely acclaimed Peter Morgan play, The Audience,  in which Helen Mirren DBE zigs and zags achronologically among weekly audiences held by Queen Elizabeth II with the 12 prime ministers who have served over her 60+ years on the throne.

One of the most touching and powerful moments comes at the end of act one.  Just after this conversation – one of many Elizabeth has with her younger self – she is anointed Queen and accepts the very weighty crown that will dominate the rest of her life.

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It is a scene with which Hillary certainly can identify.  Immediately after this, the curtain comes down for intermission during  which these two actors spend the entire time onstage as palace guard.  No doubt that particular role felt a wee bit more genuine yesterday.  As far as I could tell, the swords are authentic.
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Apparently. it was during intermission that the Clintons went backstage to greet the cast.

Helen Mirren pokes fun at the Clintons

Bill and Hillary Clinton made the cultural rounds over the weekend and were playfully teased by Helen Mirren at her Broadway play “The Audience.”

One theatergoer noted, “In one scene, Mirren, as the Queen, is speaking to one of her prime ministers and says, ‘Well, you are better off with me than with what they have over there.’”

Mirren turned and stared right at the Clintons, and then the whole audience was in an uproar.

The couple went backstage during intermission.

Read more >>>>>

Mirren moves seamlessly from her 40s to her 20s to her 70s and back to her 30s with most costume changes occurring, almost miraculously, within seconds right onstage.  It is a magnificent tour-de-force for Dame Helen who is nominated for a Tony and earns it easily, appearing onstage fearlessly both with children and animals (an ancient theatrical taboo).  The little corgis, Mimi and Marco,  who hit their marks running, are rescues who, six weeks prior to their debut, were awaiting adoption.

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Congrats are in order all around!  For all of these and for attracting the couple most sought after on the Great White Way!


Outer Critics Circle Awards!

Outstanding Actress in a Play: Helen Mirren

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play:  Richard McCabe

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Stephen Daldry!

We thank Sara Ramirez, of Hillary’s favorite TV show Gray’s Anatomy, for her video. Poetic justice that her tickets for this excellent production happened to be for this particular day.  Hope she had a chance to meet Hillary in all of the excitement!

Meanwhile, back at 30 Rock,  Darrell Hammond, who took over as SNL announcer after the death of Don Pardo, reprised his role as Bill Clinton to Kate McKinnon’s Hillary in a musical production previewing a summer of campaigning.

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/summertime-cold-open/2866688

The Clintons were not the only political powerhouses to endure a satirical swipe.  In the Weekend Update  portion, Jeb Bush explained away allegations that his brother created ISIS by bestowing part of the credit on Dick Cheney as he should have done in reality in the first place.

You probably know that Hillary held a couple of events in Brooklyn yesterday.  Here are a few tweets shared on her Twitter account.  the first one links to a video.

Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton  · 

“The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones” – Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene ii

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Most of us who follow the Clinton Foundation work do so via the foundation website, their Facebook posts,  and newsletters in our inboxes.   I really never gave much of a thought to the fact that headlines do not cover their extensive work even while the Clintons messaged us to look at the trend lines in contrast to the headlines.

“Underneath the headlines, the trend lines are going in our direction. You must not be discouraged by the fact that doing good is not often considered good news.”

– President Bill Clinton

We are accustomed to the media blackout on foundation efforts.  We message each other when President or Chelsea Clinton will appear on late night or early morning TV to talk about the tremendous work they have seen in the course of a CGI or after the annual foundation summit.  There is always that odd question poking through in a corner of the mind: Why doesn’t this work receive more coverage?

When the foundation came under attack in the lead up to the release of Clinton Cash, we were forewarned by Hillary’s campaign that the book was a litany of unfounded allegations.   As Bill and Chelsea Clinton toured foundation-backed initiatives in Africa in the days leading to CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) Middle East & Africa, the attention the press did bother to pay did not focus on the distribution of hearing aids or the battles against blindness, HIV/AIDS, and malaria.  Instead, what space they did devote implied that the bucks were dirty and therefore so was the travel and work.

It was true serendipity.  I stumbled on this article from five days ago when I was searching for something else.  Mysteriously,  it did not not arrive amid the flurry of Clinton Foundation tagged articles in my news feeds on the heels of the release of Clinton Cash.

In a masterful and concise piece, Joe Conason takes the media to task for the blinders they wear and the blunders they commit in under reporting the work of the Clinton Foundation and making fast work, in their signature manner, of condemning the Clintons when the facts do not bear out the fictions.

When They Scream ‘Clinton Scandal,’ Wait For The Facts

By Joe Conason – May 10, 2015

A very strange thing has happened to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Suddenly, journalists who never paid the least attention to the foundation’s work over the past decade or so — and seemed content to let the Clintons and their associates try to do some good in the world — proclaim their concern about the foundation’s finances, transparency and efficiency. Commentators with very little knowledge of any of the foundation’s programs, still unable to distinguish the Clinton Global Initiative from the Clinton Health Access Initiative, confidently denounce the entire operation as suspect.

What provoked this frenzy of ignorance and indignation, of course, is the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton for president of the United States. Partisan adversaries of the former secretary of state have been working overtime, subsidized by millions of dollars in Republican “dark money,” to construct a conspiratorial narrative that transforms her husband’s good works into dirty deals. (Transparency is evidently required of the Clintons, but not of their critics.)

The main product of that effort, delivered by media mogul Rupert Murdoch amid a din of promotion in mainstream and right-wing media, is “Clinton Cash,” written by a former Bush speech writer named Peter Schweizer.

Compressing lengthy timelines, blurring important distinctions, and sometimes simply inventing false “facts,” Schweizer has attempted to transform the Clinton Foundation from an innovative, successful humanitarian organization into a sham institution that sells public favors for private gain.

By all means please read more >>>>

Many thanks to Joe Conason and Real Clear Politics for shining a light on dark and murky journalistic practices.

This just in from the Clinton Foundation.

Clinton Foundation

Right now, we’re in the final hours of our Unlocking Potential fundraising drive, where we are scaling what’s working well in Africa to reach more communities around the world.

We are changing lives through lasting solutions – but our work isn’t done. Last week President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visited the Foundation’s work in Africa, where we saw how technology is being used to help Kenyans fight climate change, and we spoke with community leaders about expanding secondary education for women and girls to open up a world of opportunity.

But there are still millions of people who need our help making real progress for themselves and their communities.

Contribute now and help us change more lives. We need 400 donors by MIDNIGHT:

Click here to make a tax-deductible donation of $5 or more to our Unlocking Potential fundraising drive before midnight.

Donate now to help Unlock Potential.In Africa, we saw firsthand the innovations that are driving positive change. The Foundation’s newest Anchor Farm project in Tanzania is replicating our success in Malawi, where thousands of farmers have increased their incomes – making it possible for more children to go to school and for more families to access health care, often for the first time.

We have the trend lines moving in the right direction, but there are still barriers preventing millions of people from living their best lives. Be one of 400 donors to help us Unlock Potential and reach more people now:

Click here to donate to help President Clinton, Chelsea, and our entire team change more lives.

Thanks,

Clinton Foundation

 

 

Is it fair to put a hypothetical question about the Iraq war to Jeb Bush (who is and isn’t running for POTUS depending on whether you are the media or the FEC)  knowing what we now  know and seemingly based on his last name?  To answer that, you have to remember what we knew then:  that his brother seemed determined to find a basis for resuming action against Saddam Hussein as a course correction of  his father’s abbreviated  campaign there.  It is a fair question given the blood ties, although the better  question probably would address the current situation and whether a President Jeb Bush would recommit boots on the ground against ISIL/ISIS/DAESH anywhere in the region.

Since this question has been raised, testier members of the media with a clear bias against Hillary Clinton,  like Jake Tapper, never tire of oversimplifying Hillary’s Senate vote to provide then President George W. Bush the power to act if actionable evidence arose.

It is a gross oversimplification to say that Hillary Clinton voted in favor of war in Iraq.  War was not what Senator Clinton voted for.  She voted for an extension of presidential power if it was warranted, and she provided strong parameters for that power along with warnings against abuse of that power.  She was very specific.

It was almost two years ago that I last posted these videos,  and once again I thank Sophie and Karen for finding and preserving them for us.  I would also like to lodge yet another complaint to the U.S. Senate for scrubbing all of her speeches as soon as she resigned and would remind them that the State Department archives video of past speeches.   (I say this knowing all about the issues surrounding space and storage on servers.  For those who really believe that all of those emails would have been archived on the DOS server, it is unlikely.  Server space is finite.  That is why automatic deletion occurs.  This is also why it is smart to create files for emails you want to retain.)

For the doubters and haters out there, rest assured.  Hillary Clinton will not shrink from responding to questions about emails, servers, or plans in the Middle East.

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Hillary for America

Friend —

With today’s vote to restrict a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, Republicans in Congress have made it abundantly clear where their priorities lie:

Instead of helping everyday Americans and their families, these politicians are trying to take women back more than 40 years.

I’ll stand up for women and our right to access reproductive health care. Will you join me?

This bill puts women’s health and rights at risk. It undermines the role doctors play in personal health care decisions, and it burdens survivors of sexual assault.

It also follows a dangerous trend we are witnessing across the country. In just the first three months of 2015, more than 300 bills have been introduced in state legislatures — on top of the nearly 30 introduced in Congress — that restrict access to abortion.

Republicans won’t lift a finger to ensure paid family leave or increase access to quality childcare, but apparently they’ll waste time and taxpayer money to try and get between a woman and her doctor.

I’ve stood up for women and families my entire career. Safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights is critical and deeply connected to building stronger families and a stronger America.

Add your name if you’ll take on this fight with me:

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/reproductive-health/

Thank you for joining me,

Hillary

And here’s a tweet.

 

 

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