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Earlier today, Time published excerpts from Mitt Romney’s as-prepared speech at Mississippi State.  Among the prepared remarks were these.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cluelessly pressed a reset button for Russia, which smiled and then invaded Ukraine, a sovereign nation. The Middle East and much of North Africa is in chaos. China grows more assertive and builds a navy that will be larger than ours in five years. We shrink our nuclear capabilities as Russia upgrades theirs.

There really is nothing earth-shattering in Romney’s cluelessness, but I thought it would make sense to point out that Russia’s economy is in shambles and not about to recover.  While she was Secretary of State,  Hillary Clinton made sure Russia could do no such upgrading.  Shouldn’t a presidential candidate have some knowledge of foreign affairs?

If this is an example of a big Romney attack, bring it on!  He doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell.

 

Video: Secretary Clinton’s Remarks After Exchange of Instruments of Ratification for the New START Treaty

Remarks After Exchange of Instruments of Ratification for the New START Treaty

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State

Washington, DC February 5, 2011

Today, we exchange the instruments of ratification for a treaty that lessens the nuclear dangers facing the Russian and American people and the world. Two years ago, we all laughed about the translation of the ceremonial “Reset Button” that I gave the Foreign Minister in Geneva, but when it came to the translation that mattered most, our two countries, led by our two presidents, turned words into action to reach a milestone in our strategic partnership. And when it comes to the button that has worried us the most over the years — the one that would unleash nuclear destruction –today, we take another step to ensure it will never be pushed. Our countries will immediately begin notifying each other of changes in our strategic forces. Within 45 days, we will exchange full data on our weapons and facilities, and 60 days from now we can resume the inspections that allow each side to trust but verify.


Additional information on START is available. See links below.

New START Treaty Entry into Force

The Role of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers

 

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Well that didn’t take long.  Yesterday Al Jazeera America was running a ticker header saying that after this wrong-headed speech by Romney, key donors turned to Jeb Bush.  Then today, this.

Mitt Romney all smiles at Manhattan luncheon after deciding against a 2016 presidential run

At lunch, the Romneys dined with Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky —

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All’s well that ends well.

Hillary has nothing to hide.  Naturally she will cooperate.  “She did not hesitate for one second.”

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Congressman: Hillary Clinton agrees to testify to House’s Benghazi panel

Washington (CNN)Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify to the House’s select committee investigating Benghazi, the panel’s Democratic ranking member told CNN on Tuesday.

Rep. Elijah Cummings said that Clinton agreed to testify before the committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in December after her contacted her a months earlier.

“The chairman asked me back in September to inquire as to whether Secretary Clinton would testify,” Cummings said. “She immediately said she would and that she wanted to come in December, but if December did not work, she would come in January. She said I’ll do it, period. The fact is she was very clear. She did not hesitate for one second.”

SNIP

“My biggest regret is what happened in Benghazi,” Clinton said in January 2014. “It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans, two diplomats and — now it is public so I can say — two CIA operatives.”

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It was an active month for Too Small to Fail with Chelsea in the spotlight.

Article and video From People >>>>

Chelsea Clinton Shares Her Mommy Routines with Baby Charlotte (VIDEO)Wednesday
Jan 21
2015
New York, NY
Press Release

New York, NY — Too Small to Fail and Sesame Street launched today a new text-to-parents program in partnership with the free mobile health information service, Text4baby, to distribute research-based tips to new parents about the importance of talking, reading and singing with their newborn children. The service will reach Text4baby’s network of subscribers that has reached more than 820,000 parents nationwide at no charge to participants.

This new text-to-parents program of ‘Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing’ is the first national partnership to use texting to deliver tips on early language development to parents of infants. Research-based tips developed by Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, will provide parents with specific ways they can promote their infants’ early language development and support Sesame’s mission to help all kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Each early language development tip sent out through Text4baby will also be paired with a link to an engaging and relevant video, also produced by Sesame Workshop. These videos, featuring real parents and children, as well as the Sesame Street Muppets, will model for parents how to engage in the specific behaviors promoted through the tips.

From meal time to bath time to bed time, text messages will span a wide range of topics aimed at helping parents find fun and meaningful ways to incorporate talking, reading and singing to their babies into their everyday moments and routines. For additional parenting resources, visit www.talkingisteaching.org andwww.sesamestreet.org/talking.

Originally announced at Clinton Global Initiative America, this partnership builds off the latest research about the power and potential of providing parents with key information to promote early literacy development through text messaging. Recent research has found that communicating with parents through mobile text can be a highly effective strategy for producing positive learning outcomes for children. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that San Francisco preschoolers whose parents received text messages with highly-specific tips on reading to their children or helping them sound out letters and words performed better on literacy tests than children whose parents did not receive such messages.

Beginning today, parents who have signed up for the Text4baby service will receive early language development messages beginning from their baby’s 9th week of development, and every other week thereafter until their baby turns one. The text-based tips will be made available in both English and Spanish. Too Small to Fail will also work with community partners and pediatricians in Tulsa, OK and Oakland, CA, as well as in other cities across the country, to encourage parents of infants to sign up for the service.

New parents can sign up for this service by texting BABY (or BEBE in Spanish) to 511411. To access even more early learning tips and information, visitwww.talkingisteaching.org.

 

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New Year, Old (and New!) Routines

Singing songs at bedtime, eating dinner together every day, reading a special book to your baby or toddler—these are all routines that children enjoy sharing with parents and caregivers. But routines also play an important developmental role, because they help children develop stronger social and emotional health that can benefit them long-term.

According to a study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, routines can improve the social and emotional health of young children. Researchers found that story telling, shared meal times, singing and play routines doubled the odds of a child having high social and emotional health. Other studies have shown similar findings. Turns out that routines help children learn to trust and depend on others. This is a valuable asset for stability in relationships, and strengthens parent-child bonding time.

In addition, routines help babies and toddlers better manage emotions, since they know what to expect and aren’t as easily pulled into power struggles with parents and caregivers.

While family life can often be chaotic, there are many ways that parents can introduce routine into their children’s lives. Finding time to have regular meals together can be challenging for busy families, but this time together offers a great way for parents to build trust with children and encourage new vocabulary. Establishing a regular bedtime is also a great way for parents to help their children get the physical and mental rest they need, while providing a comforting way to regularly connect through bedtime stories or songs.

 

Resources for Sharing:

  • This article from ZERO TO THREE explains how routines benefits babies and young children—as well as adults!
  • Real advice for parents from this PBS Parents expert about creating routines for children, from birth through teenage years.
  • This article from Michelle Howell Miller on Huffington Post shares how a bedtime routine benefits young children.

 

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Watch this childhood expert explain why routines are important for babies, toddlers and even older children. >>

 

 

Active Play is Good For Everyone!

Ever notice how some young children appear capable of generating enough energy through their movements to power a large city block for a day? Whether by running in circles, swinging their arms or jumping up and down in place for a long stretch of time, many babies and toddlers enjoy levels of physical activity that exhaust all but the most physically fit adults.

A young child’s instinct for movement and active play is an important one. In addition to helping them develop good habits and physical health, active play also helps them develop critical emotional and communication skills that will benefit them through childhood and into adulthood. Physical activity helps children understand how to interact with their environment—like how to throw a ball or hang from a monkey bar—and provides them with the self-confidence they need to actually do those things. And when children play with adults or other children, they learn how to communicate their needs more effectively and better manage their emotions. A research study published in Pediatrics in September 2014 showed that children who engaged in active play for at least an hour a day were better able to think creatively and multitask than other children who were not as active.

Like practicing an instrument, engaging in physical play builds muscle memory and helps children apply new skills towards other activities.

Parents and caregivers can encourage their children’s natural desire to play and move by starting early and getting active with them! Instead of always placing their infants in a sitting position, parents can try placing young babies on a towel on the floor so that they can strengthen their muscles and prepare to crawl or walk. Parents of toddlers can also practice throwing soft balls to them and encouraging them to throw it back, or by singing songs together like “Hokey Pokey”, which encourage dancing and following instructions.

Resources for Sharing:

  • This article from ZERO TO THREE explains how physical play helps children learn, grow strong and become better communicators!
  • Current research highlighting the importance of physical play to children can be found in this story by National Public Radio (NPR).
  • Great ideas for encouraging physical play in toddlers in this piece from KidsHealth

Video

Watch Chelsea Clinton and Elmo enjoy a heart-to-heart about talking, reading and singing to babies, as featured in People Magazine! >>

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I’ll never forget watching Ernie Banks play- broke barriers, loved baseball & life. We’ll miss Mr. Cub.

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Hillary will be the keynote speaker at this prestigious Washington, D.C. event sponsored by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications.

The ceremony will be held March 23 in Washington

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the award celebration for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting March 23 in Washington, D.C.

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The Toner Prize, sponsored by the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, honors the life and work of the late Robin Toner ’76, the first woman to be national political correspondent for The New York Times. Toner was a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse.

“It’s an extraordinary pleasure to have Secretary Clinton as our speaker at this important event,” says Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham. “She is a vivid example—like Robin—of a pioneering woman at the top of her profession.”

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Statement by President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

New York, NY
Statement

Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of His Majesty Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. I had many dealings with His Majesty during and after my presidency, as did Hillary both inside and outside the State Department, and we are grateful for his support of efforts for peace in the Middle East; our close economic cooperation; the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts around the world; especially its contributions after the earthquake in Haiti; and his efforts to modernize Saudi Arabia’s economy and education systems – as embodied by King Abdullah University, the Kingdom’s first coeducational institution of higher education.  Hillary and I are also grateful for his personal friendship and kindness toward our family and we join the Saudi people in mourning his loss and send our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family.

Hillary wrapped up her one-day visit to Canada in Saskatchewan last night.  Here is some local coverage.

 

Extremism spreading, Hillary Clinton tells Saskatoon crowd

Former U.S. secretary of state praises Canadian health care, says she admires Tommy Douglas

CBC News Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:30 AM CTLast Updated: Jan 22, 2015 7:12 AM CT

Hillary Clinton talked about terrorism, democracy, the importance of early childhood education, but not the Keystone XL pipeline.

Hillary Clinton talked about terrorism, democracy, the importance of early childhood education, but not the Keystone XL pipeline. (CBC)

Terrorism, democracy, and Saskatchewan’s early leadership role in health care were among the topics covered by Hillary Clinton in Saskatoon Wednesday.

The former U.S. secretary of state did not quite pack the house at TCU Place. But close to 2,000 people streamed in to hear a speech by the woman who is widely expected to make a second bid for the U.S. presidency.

They paid in the range of $84 to $315 for the privilege.

Clinton focused most of her formal address on the topic of Islamic extremism — and how the U.S. and Canada should respond. Coincidentally, it was the same evening that the Amadiyya Muslim Students’ Association was holding a video presentation and discussion at the University of Saskatchewan, on Islamist de-radicalization.

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Here are a few additional photos.

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Finally, to cap off the foray above the border, BIG thanks to Dan Merica and Cassie Spodak at CNN for refuting a ridiculous lie that buzzed around the Hillary-nets this week.  For the record:

No, Hillary Clinton didn’t go to Canada with 65 Secret Service agents

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