Mar 22

Hillary and I mourn the passing of Lee Kuan Yew.  Prime Minister Lee transformed Singapore into one of the world¹s strongest and most sustainable economies.  He also firmly established his country as an important friend and partner of the United States.  After leaving office, he continued to offer brilliant analysis and wise advice to those who sought it.  We will always be grateful for our fascinating conversations with him over the years.  Our thoughts are with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his entire family, and all the people of Singapore.

Hillary Clinton addressed 3,000 summer camp and out of school time professionals at the American Camp Association and Tri State CAMP conference Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Atlantic City, N.J.

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Verbatim: Just Wanna Have Fun

Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed an American Camp Association conference in Atlantic City on Thursday.

Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed an American Camp Association conference in Atlantic City on Thursday.Credit Mel Evans/Associated Press

We have a huge fun deficit in America. And we need to figure out how to fill that fun deficit, certainly for our kids, but also for the rest of us.

— Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Atlantic City at an event for camp professionals.


Repeal of the ACA would let insurers write their own rules again, and wipe out coverage for 16 million Americans.

Making college more affordable is an investment in our kids and economic growth. Cuts to Pell Grants hold our kids back.

Our nation’s future – jobs & economic growth – depends on investments made today. The GOP budget fails Americans on these principles.

Budgets reflect our priorities. They should help families get ahead, educate our kids, and spark small business growth.


…2) Playing politics with trafficking victims… 3) Threatening women’s health & rights.

Congressional trifecta against women today: 1) Blocking great nominee, 1st African American woman AG, for longer than any AG in 30 years…

Mme. Secretary, respectfully, time to reactivate the Facebook account (forget about MySpace) when 140 characters are not enough.

For her long dedication to bringing an end to The Troubles, Hillary Clinton was deservedly recognized today by Irish America Magazine.  Congratulations, Mme. Secretary!

In these contentious times, I offer my favorite Irish prayer.  A Blessed and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

May those that love us love us,

And those that don’t love us,

May God turn their hearts.

And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,

May He turn their ankles

So we will know them

By their limping.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is presented with a gift by Niall O'Dowd, publisher of the "Irish America" magazine for being inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame in New York Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves as she attends the Irish American Hall of Fame in New York Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks after being inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame in New York 03-16-15-Z-01 03-16-15-Z-02 03-16-15-Z-03 03-16-15-Z-04 03-16-15-Z-05 03-16-15-Z-06 03-16-15-Z-07 03-16-15-Z-08 03-16-15-Z-09 03-16-15-Z-10 03-16-15-Z-11 03-16-15-Z-12 03-16-15-Z-13 03-16-15-Z-14 03-16-15-Z-15 03-16-15-Z-16 03-16-15-Z-17 03-16-15-Z-18 03-16-15-Z-19 03-16-15-Z-20 03-16-15-Z-21 03-16-15-Z-22 03-16-15-Z-23 03-16-15-Z-24 03-16-15-Z-25 03-16-15-Z-26 03-16-15-Z-27 03-16-15-Z-28 03-16-15-Z-29

From Irish America.  Look in their sidebar for more articles like these.

Hillary Clinton Inducted to
Irish America Hall of Fame
for work on N.I. Peace

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the Irish America Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon at the Essex House in New York, March 16, 2015. (Photo: Ben Asen / Irish America)

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the Irish America Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon at the Essex House in New York, March 16, 2015. (Photo: Ben Asen / Irish America)

By Mary Pat Kelly, Contributor
March 18, 2015

“Irish Americans for Hillary,” said the buttons on the tables in the ballroom of the Essex House Hotel where Irish America magazine honored Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for her work in advancing the Irish Peace Process by inducting her into the Irish America Hall of Fame, which is based on the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience in New Ross, County Wexford, the ancestral home of John F. Kennedy who inspired her husband Bill Clinton to enter public service.

Joining Secretary Clinton were three other outstanding inductees, the philanthropist Robert J. McCann, CEO UPS Group America, Emmett O’Connell, head of Great Western Mining, who has spent his life strengthening the bond between Ireland and America and Pat Quinn, creator of the Ice Bucket Challenge which raised millions for ALS research.

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Here is an excellent recap of Hillary’s efforts for peace.

When It Comes to Irish Peace,
Hillary and History Rhyme

By Niall O’Dowd, Founding Publisher
April / May 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s role in the Irish peace process is often underestimated but there were few people more important.

In retrospect it all seems so obvious. Once an American president focused on Ireland, there would be an immediate concerted effort to find a way to end Europe’s long-running war.

After decades of war the American intervention was decisive, a fact admitted years later by the British government themselves. The reality at the time was different, however. When President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president in history to focus on peace in Ireland, the initiative was opposed on all sides.

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Years ago,  Karen Finney would sit with Susan Del Percio on “the girls’ side of the table” on Dylan Ratigan’s MSNBC show and the host would unceremoniously interrupt her on a routine basis.  The habit would precipitate Facebook posts of the video under the rubric “Let Karen speak!”  Karen is elegant and courteous to a fault and would never think of trying to speak over the host.


When Ratigan decided to end his show, Karen was also appearing on Martin Bashir’s hour occasionally filling in for the host.   It was there that, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, she unveiled the role of ALEC in instituting stand-your-ground laws in a variety of states.  The following day all of MSNBC was talking about ALEC, but it was Karen who broke that story.   The “Let Karen speak” movement eventually evolved into a #GiveKarenashow campaign aimed  @MSNBC and carried out at intervals on Twitter.

Ultimately they did give Karen a show which she called “Disrupt” but at possibly the worst viewing hours of the week, 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  The show came to an end last year and a few months ago Karen ended her relationship with MSNBC.  We have seen her appear as a guest on CNN since then.  But Sunday the game changed.

Karen Finney reentered the building (she is clearly not a “burn-your-bridges” type of person) to appear on the Meet the Press panel.   Also on the panel was MSNBC personality and State Department correspondent Andrea Mitchell who has never hesitated to criticize Hillary Clinton when given a good crisis, or even a bad one, or even none at all.

Karen strode into the batter’s box, and it was clear very early that the male guests, Kevin Madden and Scott Bai were largely window dressing – perhaps for diversity’s sake.  Mitchell pitched.  It was low and away.  Todd donned the umpire’s mask and vest.


In fact, one of the big high points was Beijing when she went up against everybody and gave the big grinning speech 20 years ago and she was trying to reframe her approach to the campaign on that level. And it got interrupted by this. I think what are the arguments against what she said, she said that everything that she sent to someone at the State Department was captured because the State Department–


And it turned out that’s not true.


And one day later, it turns out, according to an inspector general’s report, and I’ve dug very deeply into this, Karen.


Yes, you did.


Because you’ll hate pushing back on me, nothing was captured, nothing was automatically captured, or very little was.


The SMART system. The SMART system is not the only system that archives emails


I know, I’m well aware. I’m well aware of that. But they cannot guarantee what was captured and what was not.



I will pause, I will pause.


Also there’s the assumption that she used email for classified information. That is not the only form of communication in the State Department. You know that Andrea. There are two very different systems.


The classification system is separate.

It was apparent throughout that Mitchell perceived herself to be on the panel for the select purpose of doing battle with Karen Finney as a Hillary Clinton surrogate.   The way Karen delivered that last comment was the equivalent of a brilliant follow-through.  She raised her voice and spoke over everyone to get that in and Mitchell was unable to stop her.   That ball sailed right over the center field wall.  Home run, Karen!

You can read the complete transcript here >>>>

Never say Hillary Clinton isn’t full of surprises! She gets a big charge out of doing this sort of thing.

Hillary Clinton drops in on eBay women’s summit


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