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A day after delivering a major address on the economy at NYU,  Hillary is on the trail in Iowa again today.  Saturday-Schmaterday!  Hillary knows the nomination and election are not done deals and is working very hard to earn every single vote.

We have noticed that at New York City events, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has been sticking close to Hillary and is clearly in her cheering section.  She was prominent at Hillary’s July 13 speech on economic policy at The New School, and once again yesterday was right there onstage at NYU.

Here we see Hillary and Melissa on a stroll in the city greeting supporters after yesterday’s campaign event.

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Are you with Hillary in this battle for the ballots?  Do you know where she stands on major issues?  Are you ready?

Being ready for Hillary means more than simply casting your vote for her.  It means being prepared for the onslaught – already in progress – to discredit and defeat her.   It means being informed and ready to refute misinformation and outright lies.  Here are some places where you can find the truth about Hillary, her campaign, and her positions on policies that matter to you and your loved ones.

HillaryClinton.com

Hillary Clinton Newsfeed

The Briefing

Hillary Clinton Youtube

Hillary Clinton LinkedIn

Hillary Clinton on Facebook

Hillary Clinton on Twitter

Being informed is the first step.  If you really are ready for Hillary,  help her out by chipping in a few dollars every so often as you can afford to.  This is a grassroots campaign and every dollar from every individual counts.  You do not have to be a super donor to be a super supporter

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Finally, you can sign up as a volunteer.  Canvas, phone bank, set up an information table at a local event.  There are many ways to contribute in your spare time – even on a sunny summer Saturday!

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Hillary has always worked hard for us.  Now she is working for our votes and those of our friends and neighbors.  Let’s help her out!  Go Hillary! #Hillary2016

July 24, 2015

Hillary Clinton Remarks on the Economy

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton discussed economic growth and corporate culture in a speech to supporters at New York University.

She discussed shifting vision toward long-term growth and shifting the balance of profits to benefit workers as well as upper level executives.  She began by taking a moment to address the email story of the day.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a speech, Friday, July 24, 2015, at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a speech, Friday, July 24, 2015, at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during an event at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York July 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during an event at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York July 24, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Friday, July 24, 2015, at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York. Federal investigators have alerted the Justice Department to a "potential compromise of classified information" arising from the private email server used by Clinton in her home, a department official said Friday. Clinton commented briefly on the issue saying, "We are all accountable to the American people to get the facts right, and I will do my part but I'm also going to stay focused on the issues."  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Friday, July 24, 2015, at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York. Federal investigators have alerted the Justice Department to a “potential compromise of classified information” arising from the private email server used by Clinton in her home, a department official said Friday. Clinton commented briefly on the issue saying, “We are all accountable to the American people to get the facts right, and I will do my part but I’m also going to stay focused on the issues.” (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Friday, July 24, 2015, at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York. Clinton says businesses need to "break free from the tyranny of today's earnings report" so they can take a more long-term view of the economy. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Friday, July 24, 2015, at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York. Clinton says businesses need to “break free from the tyranny of today’s earnings report” so they can take a more long-term view of the economy. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Hillary Clinton may well be the most investigated person ever in American government.  Since her days as First Lady of Arkansas to her current presidential candidacy, she has been dogged by those who have sought to bring her down.   She has been tried in the media and by special investigators.  Entire networks have been dedicated to finding her guilty … of something.  If there is a scandal to be created, they get out their cardboard cutouts of Hillary Clinton and stick her effigy in the center.

Really, there is nothing new about waking up to a headline that contains the word criminal and the name Clinton.  It is just another sunny day.  So, of course, despite yet another senseless shooting of innocent people going about their summer business last night, it was incumbent upon morning TV to devote time and opinion to the New York Times story with the disturbing header.

Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account

So let’s be clear here.  The criminal inquiry being sought is not an investigation of a person but rather of a process.  It is the State Department and its classification methods and not Hillary Clinton that is the object.  Further, the article states:

The Justice Department has not decided if it will open an investigation, senior officials said.

The request may or may not be honored and the inquiry requested involves a set of procedures and not an individual.  None of this is clear from the header which sets the bull’s eye smack on Hillary Clinton’s forehead.  The procedures in question potentially involve many more individuals and a great many more emails than the 55,000 pages released voluntarily by Hillary Clinton including the 3,000 pages currently available at the State Department website.  But never mind that.  On to more essential things.

The subject of her candidacy arises in the article as does protectionism.

Republicans have said the department is trying to use those processes to protect Mrs. Clinton.

From the opening statements on the very first day the House Oversight Committee commenced hearings on Benghazi a day short of a month after the Benghazi attacks, clearly. politics and protection were on Republican minds.  Already,  this election cycle and Hillary’s potential candidacy were in the cross hairs.

Issa Flips The Coin And The Game Is On

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Today was the first public session of the House Committee Oversight and Government Reform hearings on diplomatic security in Libya.  In closing today’s more than four-hour long session,  chairman Darrell Issa noted that although this is an election year, his committee wants to find out what went wrong in Benghazi in order to prevent it from happening anywhere again.  If you buy that,  I have a bridge for sale.

His admonishing tone, suggesting members of the panel might have an election year agenda,  was startlingly inappropriate.  The panel consisted of Col. Andrew Wood,  who had been stationed in Libya earlier this year, Eric Nordstrom,  who was a regional security officer and had been in Libya earlier in 2012, Charlene Lamb, who is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, and Under Secretary of  State for Management Patrick Kennedy.

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… as Issa pointed out at the end, it is a general election year.  Directing that remark to the panel, however, appeared ignorant and was certainly arrogant.  Three of the four,  career Foreign Service officers,  are, as the Department of State is, apolitical.  They serve, and have served through multiple administrations of both parties and were not there to promote anybody’s candidacy.

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It was stunning that career Foreign Service officials should be accused of playing partisan politics.  Even at that early date, there was fear of a Hillary Clinton candidacy so obvious as to be read outright into the Congressional Record.

The objective from the outset was to lay obstacles in a path to the White House should Hillary Clinton embark.  Those who insist on focusing the spotlight on her rather than investigating the larger picture of what went wrong in Benghazi and how a repeat can be avoided in the future have, in fact, abandoned their appointed task.

Select Committee Dems Call Out Republicans for Turning Political Turrets on Hillary Clinton

July 15, 2015

In astoundingly transparent fashion, the Republicans on the Select Committee on Benghazi have abandoned all pretense plans for investigating departments and agencies outside the State Department and individuals other than Hillary Clinton.

An article in The Hill today reveals a letter from Select Committee Democrats to their GOP counterparts accusing them of refitting the objectives of the committee from inquiry and prevention into a political weapon aimed at the former secretary of state.

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Hillary Clinton has said that she has done nothing wrong, has gone above and beyond in her compliance with House committee requests,  that she will gladly go to the Hill to respond to what questions there may be, and  that the emails are in the hands of the State Department whose processing of them is the true object of the requested inquiry.  She will be exonerated of all wrong-doing in the end as she has been after every Republican and right-wing attack against her.  I take her at her word.  I always have and have never been disappointed.  She has done nothing wrong and has done her best to cooperate and comply.

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I just heard Donald Trump say that Hillary Clinton was the “worst secretary of state in the history of our country.”   Apparently he suffers from a linguistic disorder that causes him to make phonemic substitutions.  A phoneme is a meaningful unit of sound.  Phonemic production establishes differences in meaning between words.

There is one phonemic difference between the words /fərst/ {first} and /wərst/ {worst}.  It occurs with the initial consonant.   Mr. Trump’s linguistic slip belies the facts.  In two important instances, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was first.

Six years ago this month, Hillary Clinton announced the first sweeping review of interdepartmental and inter-agency task coordination ever conducted by that department.  The purpose was to improve efficiency and delivery by detecting replications of responsibilities and identifying needed interdepartmental and inter-agency partnerships.  It was monumental, daunting, scary for many at first, but now is an established practice to be conducted every four years.

The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) Hillary instituted was modeled after the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) conducted regularly by the Department of Defense with which Hillary became familiar during her service on the Senate Armed Services Committee.  I have always thought that had she been elected in 2008 she might well have requested such a review from every department.

To understand the enormity, within the department, of this review, one need only look at the two town hall meetings where she announced this undertaking.  She was the first secretary of state to call for a review of this kind in the history of the department and the country.

Hillary Clinton Announces Unprecedented QDDR at a Town Hall at the State Department

Hillary Clinton Announces QDDR at a Town Hall at USAID

As chief diplomat of the United States, the secretary of state oversees all foreign missions: embassies and consulates.  When the SOS visits foreign states, it is the our ambassador who acts as host, deploying staff to make necessary arrangements and providing needed support of all kinds.  Chiefs of mission get to meet “the boss” during these visits and at times when they are back on home ground if the secretary happens to be in DC at the time.

One thing they had never had a chance to do was to encounter each other in a collegial setting where they could meet and greet their counterparts around the globe and compare notes.  Hillary Clinton was the first secretary of state to convene all chiefs of mission for a conference here at home in the history of the department and the country.

Secretary Clinton Convenes the Inaugural Global Chiefs of Mission Conference: Media Coverage for February 2

These two important firsts left an indelible mark on the department that are historical and ensure continual improvement of departmental functioning and interdepartmental communication and coordination.

Not to be forgotten either is this first.  Hillary established this important post. Some (men) thought Hillary’s advocacy for women was a “soft” issue and not a strong, hard signature effort, but as Hillary continues to highlight on the campaign trail, the plight of a nation rests with the plight of its women.

Hillary Clinton Swears In Melanne Verveer Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

June 12, 2009

Far from the worst.  Hillary Clinton was the first!

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At Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia today, Hillary spoke to mayors and local officials.

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton applauds as she is introduced during a campaign event in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton applauds as she is introduced during a campaign event in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she is introduced during a campaign event in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she is introduced during a campaign event in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Columbia, S.C.   Clinton has praised South Carolina leaders for removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.  But the Democratic presidential candidate says that action was only symbolic, and that all people in the country should unite behind the rallying cry — "black lives matter."  (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. Clinton has praised South Carolina leaders for removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. But the Democratic presidential candidate says that action was only symbolic, and that all people in the country should unite behind the rallying cry — “black lives matter.” (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to questions at an event, Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Columbia, S.C.   Clinton talked about what she said was a lack of educational and economic opportunities, and a criminal justice system that treats blacks more harshly than whites.  (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to questions at an event, Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. Clinton talked about what she said was a lack of educational and economic opportunities, and a criminal justice system that treats blacks more harshly than whites. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton, Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Columbia, S.C.  Clinton talked about what she said was a lack of educational and economic opportunities, and a criminal justice system that treats blacks more harshly than whites.   (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton, Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. Clinton talked about what she said was a lack of educational and economic opportunities, and a criminal justice system that treats blacks more harshly than whites. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Columbia, S.C.   Clinton talked about what she said was a lack of educational and economic opportunities, and a criminal justice system that treats blacks more harshly than whites.  (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. Clinton talked about what she said was a lack of educational and economic opportunities, and a criminal justice system that treats blacks more harshly than whites. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stops for a picture with supporters after a campaign stop in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stops for a picture with supporters after a campaign stop in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks as she is surrounded by local mayors in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks as she is surrounded by local mayors in West Columbia, South Carolina July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

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Later in the day, she visited Greenville Technical College, Greenville to speak about her plans for the economy.

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Hillary stopped off in Detroit yesterday on her way to a fundraiser in Grosse Pointe.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton laughs Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Sweet Potato Sensations bake shop in Detroit.  Clinton stopped in ahead of a $2,700-a-head fundraiser in the suburbs. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton laughs Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Sweet Potato Sensations bake shop in Detroit. Clinton stopped in ahead of a $2,700-a-head fundraiser in the suburbs. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton mades a stop at the popular Sweet Potato Sensations bake shop in Detroit on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.  Clinton stopped in ahead of a $2,700-a-head fundraiser in the suburbs. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton mades a stop at the popular Sweet Potato Sensations bake shop in Detroit on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Clinton stopped in ahead of a $2,700-a-head fundraiser in the suburbs. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

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