Archive for July, 2013

The Clintons with EMM Group's Mark Birnbaum.

The Clintons with EMM Group’s Mark Birnbaum.

Bill Clinton appears to be enjoying having his Hillary back at his side after her four years of trekking the globe as Secretary of State on the heels of her 2007-2008 primary campaign. Last weekend they were cozied up in the audience at a Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival  performance of King Lear.  Last night, they dined at Lexington Brass in the city.

As supporters,  we appreciate their hard work and dedication to public service as well as their private initiatives.  That the work has often kept them apart, though, has been a sacrifice that only the coldest heart would fail to appreciate.  It is lovely to see them out and about together having some fun.

One thing we know is that visitors to New York often like to hit the spots the Clintons have visited.  You can make reservations at Lexington Brass here if you would like to sample the cuisine.

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Early Education Is An Investment In Our Future

In her speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in June 2013, Secretary Clinton asked the audience, “Why is it that China is committed to providing 70% of its children with three years of preschool by 2020?” It wasn’t just a rhetorical question—Clinton was making a point about how developing countries like China and India have quickly realized that investments in early childhood education equal a smarter workforce that is ready to compete in a global economy.

As research continues to show, the learning children do from birth to age 5 serves as scaffolding for later learning, and helps children acquire the social, emotional and communications skills they need to succeed in school and the workforce.

Children who don’t receive a quality early education start off behind, and struggle to catch up for the rest of their lives.

While government has a role to play in ensuring that children have access to high-quality early childhood education programs, parents, caregivers, businesses and communities have an equally important role in ensuring that young children receive the support they need in these critical first years as their brains are rapidly growing.

Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Parents can talk to their children, spend quality time with them, and encourage playful interactions with their environments to help increase their vocabularies and their responsiveness to learning.

Similarly, the private sector can acknowledge the benefits of early learning to our society by offering family-friendly work schedules and child care benefits to working parents, and can promote the need for quality early education.

As Secretary Clinton said, there is a role for all of us to play if we want America’s children to be the best that they can be.

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  • Positive parent-child relationships form the foundation for children’s learning. Read more »
  • Thrive by Five and the Washington State Department of Early Learning put together a sampling of evidence-based tips for parents to “love, talk, and play” with their growing child. Read more »

In The News:

  • Salt Lake City’s mayor describes the reasons why private and nonprofit donors are investing in the expansion of high-quality preschool in Utah. Read more »
  • A sheriff and police officer team up to send a message that early education is not only good for child development, it’s one of the best ways to prevent future crime. Read more »
  • Early education “is the civil rights issue of our generation,” says Education Secretary Arne Duncan at a stop in Minnesota. Read more »

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Hillary Clinton September 18th Speaker Series Luncheon for Chicago House

Co-Chairs Christy Cressey, Betsy Ebeling,

Todd Hamilton and Michael Leppen

Honorary Co-Chairs
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky,

Congressman Mike Quigley and

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan 

Honorary Hosts Illinois State Senator Heather Steans, 

State Representative Kelly Cassidy,

Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez,

46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman and

State Representative Cynthia Soto 

and The Chicago House Board of Trustees

Invite You to the
The Fifth Anniversary
Speaker Series Luncheon with HILLARY CLINTON

Wednesday, September 18th

 Chicago Hilton International Ballroom

720 S Michigan     Chicago, IL 60605

 11:30am – 2:00pm

Ticket information here


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Congratulations from across the pond to the Duke and Duchess! Wishing you the best of luck and a bit of advice: It Takes a (Royal) Village!

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This was already posted in a later comments thread, but I thought I would add it in here for the record.   The festival in Boscobel is next to Constitution Island and across the river from West Point where the Continental Army laid a huge chain across the river to prevent British ships from going upriver during the War for Independence.   The chain is still there – under the river somewhere.


Bill and Hillary Clinton Take In King Lear Over the Weekend

July 22, 2013
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended Saturday night’s (July 20) performance of King Lear at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel.

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Here is the latest Quinnipiac poll pitting our girl against Chris Christie in Iowa, where Hillary is not going but which Christie may have confused for the fields of Mercer County given the time he is spending there.


July 22, 2013 – Obama Approval Plunges In Iowa, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Clinton, Christie Tied In 2016 Race

Iowa voters disapprove 55 – 41 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, plunging the president to one of his lowest scores ever in any of the nine states surveyed by Quinnipiac University, according to a poll released today.

These Iowa results compare to a 50 – 45 percent disapproval in a May 24 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Today, men disapprove 60 – 35 percent, compared to a 54 – 41 percent disapproval in May. Among women, 46 percent approve and 49 percent disapprove, compared to May when 48 percent approved and 45 percent disapproved.

Disapproval is 90 – 6 percent among Republicans and 59 – 37 percent among independent voters, while Democrats approve 82 – 13 percent.

In an early look at the 2016 presidential campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ties New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie 41 – 41 percent. Ms. Clinton tops Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 46 – 39 percent.

Vice President Joseph Biden trails Christie 49 – 32 percent and gets 39 percent to Walker’s 42 percent.

“President Barack Obama’s problem in Iowa is with independent voters who disapprove of the way he is doing his job by more than 20 points. Since more Iowans consider themselves independents rather than members of one of the two major parties, that is a significant problem for the president,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

In the 2016 Clinton-Christie dead heat, Clinton carries Democrats 82 – 8 percent while Christie takes Republicans 80 – 8 percent and the two split independent voters 36 – 37 percent. She wins women 47 – 37 percent, he takes men 45 – 35 percent.

By a 52 – 41 percent margin, Iowa voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton. Christie gets a 42 – 16 percent favorability, with 40 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Biden gets a negative 38 – 47 percent favorability and 65 percent don’t know enough about Walker to form an opinion.<“Christie’s favorability ratio of almost 3-1 is impressive. The question is whether he can sustain it as he becomes better known,” said Brown. “If so, he could be a strong contender in 2016.

“Quinnipiac University has tested Clinton against a variety of Republicans in a number of states and Christie seems to be running the best so far.”

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Statement by President and Secretary Clinton on the passing of Helen Thomas

Jul 20, 2013 | President Clinton and Secretary Clinton | New York, NY  | Statement

Hillary and I were saddened to hear of Helen Thomas’ passing today. Helen was a pioneering journalist who, while adding more than her share of cracks to the glass ceiling, never failed to bring intensity and tenacity to her White House beat. Throughout her career she covered the issues and events that shaped the course of our world with perseverance and a tough-minded dedication. Her work was extraordinary because of her intelligence, her lively spirit and great sense of humor, and most importantly her commitment to the role of a strong press in a healthy democracy.


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Seneca Falls, 165 years ago today, began a movement that remains the unfinished business of the 21st century.

Declaration of Sentiments

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course.

We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves, by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of the women under this government, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to demand the equal station to which they are entitled.

The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

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Back on February 15 of this year, after Hillary was honored at the Pentagon by departing Secretary of Defense Panetta, I posted this rationale for a Library/Museum in Hillary Clinton’s honor specifically in Seneca Falls – the only appropriate venue for our Hillary who occupies a very special place in women’s history in our country and in the world.

Hillary Clinton Deserves a Library/Museum Now!

Over her 20 years as First Lady, NY Senator, and finally Secretary of State,  Hillary Rodham Clinton has been honored with many awards.  Yesterday, she received another.   Through all of those years, she has also had a public office in which to keep and display them.

When she was preparing to vacate her office at the State Department,  I was wondering where on earth she was planning to put all of these medals and awards.  As she is planning (this is one thing we know for certain) to write another book, it seems logical for her to have a Library/Museum where she can display publicly her work and all of the honors she has received.

As the woman who has come closest to having smashed that hard glass ceiling (which she still might do), and as a New Yorker,  she certainly deserves a special place in Seneca Falls.  So let’s roll out this idea.  Why wait?  She needs a place for her honors, and she needs it now.


*Like* this page on Facebook to help get the ball rolling. 

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Today I’m reminded of Invictus, a poem Mandela used to recite in prison. You’re truly an “unconquerable soul” Madiba. Happy 95th Birthday.



Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is Make of it what you will.  Amy Klobuchar will be the keynote speaker at the North Iowa Democratic Wing-Ding, on August 16,  but the recipient of  their Annual Beacon Award,  Hillary Clinton,  will be in absentia.   She really does need that Museum/Library for all of these awards she collects regularly!

Klobuchar going to Iowa

By Aaron BlakeSen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who is getting a little early buzz as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, is heading to Iowa.


… the focus of the night will be a more high-profile potential 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, who will be awarded the group’s Annual Beacon Award. (Clinton is not expected to attend, however.)

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