There are tens of thousands of stories like this.  Everyone who has met Hillary has had a personal moment with her.  Those of us who follow her on social media have seen this touching video.  Buzzfeed‘s Ruby Cramer shares the backstory.

Here is the video.

Published on Sep 21, 2015

While backstage at the New Hampshire Democratic Convention, Hillary met Keith Thompson. Keith told Hillary his incredible story of dedication, and how he is working part time while also being the caregiver for his mother with Alzheimer’s.

Here is the story behind it.

Voter Sees The “Real Hillary” Her Campaign Seeks To Reveal

For a supporter, it took meeting Clinton to see the “contrast” between the person and the “caricatures.” How one moment went from an intense, meaningful exchange between candidate and voter, to a story retold on Facebook, to one shared on Twitter, to a campaign video.



Wow. This week, the campaign team was sprinting hard to hit our end-of-quarter fundraising goals, and because of another amazing team — one you’re a part of,  we surpassed every last one of them. Thank you so much. You’re the best.

You all contributed more than $28 million to this campaign this quarter, which brings our total to above $75 million! I’m so grateful that you have Hillary’s back — and believe me, so is she.

I would love to say thank you in person, but since I can’t do that, I did the next best thing: I made you a video. Take a look to get an inside peek at our strategy for the rest of 2015, then add your name to commit to the next phase of the campaign:

This team is incredibly special, and I’m thrilled you’re a part of it. Together, we’re going to get Hillary all the way to the White House.



Robby Mook
Campaign Manager
Hillary for America

Published on Oct 1, 2015

Want to hear an honest and open account of how the Hillary for America campaign is feeling at this point in the race? HFA Campaign Manager Robby Mook discusses the campaign’s strong third quarter fundraising and more in this installment of State of the Race.




Live From New York: Hillary Clinton to Appear on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton with Amy Poehler, who played Mrs. Clinton on the show in 2008.

Credit Dana Edelson/NBC


Live from New York… It’s Hillary Clinton!

Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to appear on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, the latest — and highest stakes — appearance of her current push to show her funny, personable side as the campaign heads into the critical first Democratic debate and she faces headwinds in Iowa and New Hampshire and a potential challenge from Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

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So Jason Chaffetz wants (and gets!) an apology from the Secret Service for disclosing details related to his rejected application to join the force,  but the newly transparent Republican Party feels no such compunction to apologize to Hillary Clinton for investing $4.5 million and more than a year trying to damage Hillary’s reputation.  That, of course, was the purpose of the committee, and when it was articulated by majority leader and Speaker-in-waiting, Kevin McCarthy, the remark was intended as an indication of success in getting stuff done by the majority party.

In the public interest, this is what your $4.5 million tax dollars have gone to finance.

The Select Committee on Benghazi has a website.  These are the members.


This is the stated scope and mission of the Select Committee.

About the Select Committee

On May 8, 2014, the House of Representatives adopted H. Res. 567, Providing for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya. (Roll Call Vote 209)

The Select Committee is authorized and directed to conduct a full and complete investigation and study and issue a final report of its findings to the House regarding–

  1. All policies, decisions, and activities that contributed to the attacks on United States facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, as well as those that affected the ability of the United States to prepare for the attacks;
  2. All policies, decisions, and activities to respond to and repel the attacks on United States facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, including efforts to rescue United States personnel;
  3. Internal and public executive branch communications about the attacks on United States facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012;
  4. Accountability for policies and decisions related to the security of facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and the response to the attacks, including individuals and entities responsible for those policies and decisions;
  5. Executive branch authorities’ efforts to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012;
  6. Executive branch activities and efforts to comply with Congressional inquiries into the attacks on United States facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012;
  7. Recommendations for improving executive branch cooperation and compliance with congressional oversight and investigations;
  8. Information related to lessons learned from the attacks and executive branch activities and efforts to protect United States facilities and personnel abroad; and
  9. Any other relevant issues relating to the attacks, the response to the attacks, or the investigation by the House of Representatives into the attacks.

Number 9 looks like a catch-all item meant to license anything related in any kind of webby way, and, of course, “relevant” is not defined and obviously is left to the discretion of members.

Here are the hearings.


There are no hearings currently scheduled.

Past Hearings

Tue, 01/27/2015 – 10:30am
HVC-210, The Capitol

Subject Matter: Status Review of Outstanding Requests


Neil Higgins

Director of Congressional Affairs

Central Intelligence Agency

Joel Rubin

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs

Wed, 12/10/2014 – 10:00am

Topic: Reviewing Efforts to Secure U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel


Greg Starr

Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security

Steve Linick

The Inspector General, Department of State

Wed, 09/17/2014 – 10:00am
HVC-210, Capitol Visitor Center

Topic: Implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations

One report has been issued.


H.Res. 567 authorizes and directs the Select Committee to conduct a full and complete investigation and study of the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi and issue a final report of its findings to the House.

The non classified versions of this final report, as well as any interim reports, will be published on this page.

May 8, 2015- Interim Progress Update

Statements can be accessed here >>>>

Republicans are tripping all over their own feet trying to walk back McCarthy’s assertion.  Three hearings, none since January 27, and one interim report from May that is 15 pages long – that is what $4.5 million have bought.  Ten hearings have been canceled according to the July 15 letter from committee Democrats to the chairman.

In contrast, the current status of the Warren Commission Report is about 900 pages with 26 volumes of supporting material.  More will be released in 2017.

Has there been any Congressional endeavor as dysfunctional, wasteful, and disingenuous?  The only real inaccuracy in McCarthy’s statement is the damage to Hillary Clinton’s image.  We have known all along that the committee had a political mission and that Hillary was the target. The truth is that despite their expensive, extended efforts she is looking very good!


McCarthy’s candidness is as refreshing as the toothpaste Republicans are trying to get back into the tube.  We just don’t want to buy any more toothpaste right now.


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Really?  I have to talk about this again?

I just did that YESTERDAY!   <<<<Please just go there to see the history on this (including the letter from the Democrats on the committee dated July 15). 

Hillary registers her distress.  I register my frustration.  Apparently it is not NEWS until we get it from a Republican. Democrats (and I) have been shouting into the wind evidently all these years. The evidence has been clear all along.  Just go back to yesterday’s post up there to see ↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑.

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”

– House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy 09/30/15

Hillary registered her distress speaking with Reverend Al on Politics Nation. The interview will air Sunday morning.

Transcript from David Wiegel at WaPo

SHARPTON:  Let me raise another issue.  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, he said this week, quote — I’m quoting him — “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers Friday? What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.” That’s the quote.

CLINTON:  Um-hmm.

SHARPTON:  You’re expected to testify before the Benghazi Committee on October 22. What’s your response to McCarthy’s comments?

CLINTON:  I have to tell you, I find them deeply distressing. I knew the ambassador that we lost in Benghazi. Along with him, we lost three other brave Americans who were representing us in a very dangerous part of the world.

There have already been eight investigations in the Congress. One independent investigation. We have learned all we can learn about what we need to do to protect our diplomats and our other civilians and we need to be enforcing and implementing those changes, which is what I started and what Secretary Kerry has continued.

So when I hear a statement like that, which demonstrates unequivocally that this was always meant to be a partisan political exercise, I feel like it does a grave disservice and dishonors not just the memory of the four that we lost, but of everybody who has served our country.

We’ve had lots of different situations, as you know so well. We’ve had embassies run over. We’ve had them blown up under Ronald Reagan, under Bill Clinton. We’ve had lots of attacks where we lost Americans or foreigners working for America, under George W. Bush. We can go back and there’s a wall in the State Department, there’s a wall in the CIA where we lost those civilians we lost.

It’s never been turned into a partisan political battle by the majority in Congress the way the Republicans in this Congress have done. And I just wish that they would really start tending to the people’s business, deal with the many problems that we face and figure out how we’re going to move our country forward.

You know, I — I really regret the way that they have treated this serious matter.

SHARPTON: There’s a lot of cynicism, a lot of people don’t trust what’s going on in government. Does this add to it, when you hear a statement by the majority leader? Does this add to the kind of cynicism that many of us are trying to counter?

CLINTON: I think it does. I mean when this happened, I immediately said, I want an independent review board. I want to know everything that we could have done differently. I want to change the procedures. I took responsibility because I wanted us to get to the bottom of what we could understand about that attack.

And that’s been my position from the very beginning. When I was asked to testify before this committee, it was after a year of my asking to go testify, because I said I’d be willing to go. I hope they actually ask me about Benghazi and what happened and what we need to do better to protect our people while we still are in dangerous parts of the world.


This just in.

Wednesday, September, 30th, 2015

After Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) admitted that Republicans lied about the purpose of the Benghazi investigation, several top Democrats are calling out the House Republicans’ abuse of power and calling for an immediate end to the investigation


The ranking member of the Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said, “This stunning concession from Rep. McCarthy reveals the truth that Republicans never dared admit in public: the core Republican goal in establishing the Benghazi Committee was always to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and never to conduct an even-handed search for the facts. It is shameful that Republicans have used this tragedy and the deaths of our fellow Americans for political gain. Republicans have blatantly abused their authority in Congress by spending more than $4.5 million in taxpayer funds to pay for a political campaign against Hillary Clinton.”


Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) called for an immediate end to the Benghazi investigation and for Republicans to apologize to the families of the Benghazi victims, “Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled the curtain back on the true purpose of the Select Committee on Benghazi – not to get the facts – but instead as a political ploy against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This stunning admission shows a gross misuse of millions in taxpayer dollars for a purely political purpose. I believe it is time to end this investigation and for Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Chairman Trey Gowdy to apologize to the families of the four Americans who died during the attack and the American people for abusing the memories of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.”

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In 2014, CNN’s Erin Burnett has hosted a conversation at the Clinton Global Initiative.  She devoted last night’s program to CGI 2015, which wrapped up yesterday, and spent the hour interviewing Bill Clinton.

It is impossible for Bill Clinton to be before TV cameras without being asked about Hillary and the 2016 campaign.  That was the case last night.  He pointed out weaknesses in Republican debate and campaign substance saying that so far all he has heard are claims of who hates and blames Democrats more.  He asked, “What would you actually do?”

Is there an Americans who has not heard Donald Trump claim that Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of state … ever?  Burnett played that remark for Hillary’s loving husband who nearly spewed the water he was sipping and launched into a litany of Hillary’s accomplishments (a host of which are listed here addressed to Carly Fiorina).

He mentioned  the New START treaty, about which everyone on both sides of the aisle appears to have developed amnesia.  This was the exchange of instruments of ratification.

He talked about her phenomenal success in exponentially increasing PEPFAR’s effectiveness without increasing costs.  (President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief began as a George W, Bush administration initiative.)

Directly contradicting Trump’s claim that Hillary lost friends for us,  WJC said that all of the countries that benefited from the PEPFAR efforts liked us a lot after her work and that our approval rating was 20% higher when she left office than when she arrived.

And there were the Iran sanctions.  He told Burnett and the audience that even people who do not like the agreement liked the sanctions.

At the end of July,  Hillary was “Skimmed.”   That day, the newsletter mentioned  that all of the candidates would be “Skimmed.”  Today it was Marco Rubio’s turn, and he said this.


When I’m president, we’ll cancel it on my first day in office. We’ll reimpose the sanctions that are on the books. I’ll ask Congress to increase them on every sector of their economy. And it’ll make it very clear to Iran, if they want a peaceful nuclear program, they have to pursue it the way South Korea does, the way Japan does, by importing the enriched material. And if they try to build weapons, we’re going to destroy their weapons program.

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Hillary has called canceling the agreement reckless, but at least he liked the sanctions. Clearly, once the Republicans really get into issues as opposed to their sterling and stunning resumés, the Iran agreement will be one of the hot-button issues.

I thought this might be a good juncture at which to share again a 2010 article from Esquire by Tom Junod who has said more than once that yes he would … he certainly would vote for her.

Apr 22, 2010

Inside Secretary Clinton’s Iran Strategy: Forget the Gates Memo Flap — We Have a Plan


Astrid Riecken/Getty Images

I felt better about myself as an American after spending time with Hillary Clinton for the profile of her that appears in the May issue of Esquire. Seriously. It’s not just the obvious — it’s not just the fact that she never appears so quintessentially American, as simultaneously Daisy-Millerish and Tracy-Flickish, as when she stands smiling on a stage with a bunch of European guys with permanent five-o’clock shadows. It’s not even that I wind up applauding my country for producing a woman whose genius is for a kind of can-do level-headedness that somehow manages to drive both enemies and admirers around the bend. No, it’s that after traveling to Montreal, London, and Paris with the secretary of state — after listening to three of her speeches and attending at least a dozen diplomatic ceremonies and then interviewing her — I’m a little less concerned than I was about the problem of American power. And because of Hillary Clinton, we should all be a lot less concerned about the problem of a nuclear Iran (no matter the war games nor the cautious talk).

But first, let’s face it: The problem with American power is that there seems to be less of it these days. We’re fighting wars we can’t win and incurring debts we can’t pay, and the upshot of all that is that we can’t tell other countries what to do. “You have to approach this [diplomacy] with humility,” Secretary Clinton told me. “Even if you think we’re right — and in fact I do believe we’re right about the major issues — you can’t just assert it.” Now, on the face of it that sounds like a pretty standard, Obama-era formulation, right down to the encoded reference to the Bush administration, whose policy of diplomacy-by-assertion only wound up making us look at once decisive and ineffectual — decisively ineffectual, if you will. But the thing that makes it also a classic Hillary formulation is the parenthetical insistence that she, and we, are right. She has never been given to apology, and while this has caused her some problems politically — think the Iraq war vote — it serves her well as President Obama’s secretary of state. She does not give you the sense, as Obama sometimes does, that she’s conducting foreign policy in expiation of the sins of the previous administration, or for that matter of the previous 234-odd years of American history. She’s not guilty about anything, least of all American power, and standing next to her is like standing next to a Minuteman missile — you can have all sorts of opinions about her, but ultimately you’re glad that she’s one of ours.

Absolutely! Read on >>>>

Going forward into the debates and the next phase of the campaign, Junod’s articles are handy pieces for us all to keep in our back pockets.

I see a lot of cheering. “Hillary 2016”  “I will vote for her!”  “She will be our next president!”  We need to arm ourselves for the battles.  Yesterday I shared an article from HuffPo explaining how doctored video footage was used to eradicate ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in 2010 and is being used  do the same thing to Planned Parenthood now.  That article also explained how manufactured information is used against the Clintons.

It time to move on from the sloganeering and find out whence potential attacks might emanate and what the facts are.  A great many people who are supporting Hillary know very little about what she has done.  We welcome new teammates.  Junod’s article is a good place to start getting proficient in Hillary Clinton foreign policy.  Today is a great day to begin.




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