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You may or may not remember Bradley Manning stating this as his motivation.

Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning

“Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,” … “Everywhere there’s a US post, there’s a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed.” These are quotes from Bradley Manning, the source behind the WikiLeaks document scandal that exposed embassy mail from around the world.

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If you were hanging out here in those days you may remember Hillary Clinton’s reaction to Manning’s actions.

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
November 29, 2010

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SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good afternoon. Do we have enough room in here? I want to take a moment to discuss the recent news reports of classified documents that were illegally provided from United States Government computers. In my conversations with counterparts from around the world over the past few days, and in my meeting earlier today with Foreign Minister Davutoglu of Turkey, I have had very productive discussions on this issue.

The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information. It puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems. This Administration is advancing a robust foreign policy that is focused on advancing America’s national interests and leading the world in solving the most complex challenges of our time, from fixing the global economy, to thwarting international terrorism, to stopping the spread of catastrophic weapons, to advancing human rights and universal values. In every country and in every region of the world, we are working with partners to pursue these aims.

So let’s be clear: this disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community – the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations, that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity.

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Immediately following these remarks, Secretary Clinton set forth on what was to become known as her “apology tour” wherein she conducted a series of closed-door bilaterals during which, presumably, she was apologizing for leaked information that might have been embarrassing.   More crucial, of course,  was the question of whether operatives,  American and foreign nationals, might have been exposed and in danger – the real reason for the closed doors.  If there was a lesson to be learned from the Boston Marathon bombings, and there were several, one was that the United State shares intel with its friends and partners.

Public Schedule for December 1, 2010

Washington, DC
December 1, 2010

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON:
Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel. For more information on her foreign travel, click here.

Yesterday, Manning made this statement upon sentencing.

“I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. … When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.”

Certainly the probability exists that people were endangered and possibly hurt. The deception in Manning’s  words is his claim that he meant no harm. If you love your country, you do not violate oaths you have taken.  You do not expose fellow citizens to peril.  You do not provide classified and secret information to those who can and might make it available to enemies in time of war, and you do not do this as if your “practical joke” will cause harm to high officials in your government and other cooperative governments.  You do not do these things lightly in a time of war.

So this morning, we awakened to the news that Bradley Manning is no longer a man but rather a woman – a woman to be called “Chelsea.”  Really?

Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman

Following his sentencing to 35 years for leaking military documents to WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning now seeks hormone treatments and wants to live as a woman named Chelsea.

Who is Manning?

At left, Manning is escorted from a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on Dec. 22, 2011. At right, in an undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Manning is shown wearing a wig and lipstick. (AP Photos)

Without getting into the LGBT issues here or the legal intricacies of the degree to which what a prisoner “wants” should be obliged or where we draw lines re: necessary medical interventions on their behalf – I mean I have committed no crimes and would like to be 5’7″ and might want a LifeStyle Lift one day (will you taxpayers please fund it?)  – without even asking if convicts have a right to a name change (spies do this all the time, after all)  – I do feel it incumbent on me to ask what name could have been more ironic?   Oh, wait!  I know!  Hillary Manning.  Yes, that would be a tad more ironic!

You did it, Manning, so man up!   To me, your name is Mudd!

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Right on the heels of yesterday’s message about the value of time spent with children from Hillary’s Too Small to Fail initiative came this adorable twitpic from her hubby.

Hey – I’m working on my short game. (Only a few strokes behind my niece Fiona and nephew Simon.)

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Businesses and Communities Benefit When Parents Have Time with Their Children

Parents need time with their children in order to ensure healthy development, and our communities benefit from healthier children who can one day contribute to local economies. Unfortunately, employer policies in the United States are lagging behind those of other developed countries in following this logic.

In 2012, both parents worked out of the home in 59 percent of households in the United States, and they spent an average of just 16 hours a week with their children. Parents report wanting to spend more time with their children, but inflexible work policies don’t allow it – even when there is critical need, like illness. The great majority of U.S. workers do not have paid family leave through their employers, meaning that most parents must take unpaid time off when a baby is born, or struggle to find childcare when a child is sick. In fact, almost one in four adults report that they have lost a job or have been threatened with job loss to care for a sick child.

But while all children need bonding time with parents, babies and very young children fare better the more time that they have. Consider a recent study from Harvard Medical School that found for each additional month a baby is breast-fed, their verbal ability was higher at age 3, and I.Q. scores were higher at age 7. Unfortunately, most mothers – especially those working in low-income jobs – don’t have the work flexibility needed to breastfeed for long periods of time and cannot meet the breastfeeding recommendations of healthcare providers. In fact, about half of mothers are back at work within 40 days and do not continue breastfeeding.

When parents cannot take time off from their jobs, or are only given the option of taking unpaid time off to care for their children, they risk severe financial insecurity and this insecurity threatens the general wellbeing of their children. These effects are most acutely felt in low-income communities where children are already at risk, and where high quality childcare is not an option.

The business community plays a critical role in voluntarily stepping up and establishing workplace policies that benefit them and their families. Various employers across the country are showing support for work-family balance, and are taking the lead in recognizing that a secure workforce is good for business and good for the economy. These employers are offering options like part-time work, flexible scheduling, earned sick days, and telecommuting. By providing earned leave benefits for parents, businesses can help secure stronger workplaces and communities.

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Even while vacationing, Hillary Clinton manages to grab headlines.  Maggie Haberman at Politico reports the latest addition to Hillary’ s growing agenda of personal appearances.   The group’s website currently has no announcement of this engagement.

Hillary Clinton to speak to Carlyle Group investors

Hillary Clinton is pictured. | AP Photo

Clinton’s speaking fee is roughly $200,000, according to multiple reports. | AP Photo

Hillary Clinton is set to be the featured attraction at the private equity firm The Carlyle Group’s investor conference next month — the latest in a string of paid speeches the former secretary of state is making in the window she has to decide on a 2016 campaign.

Two sources familiar with the event confirmed Clinton’s attendance at the Sept. 9 event in Washington.

The moderator is the group’s founder, David Rubenstein, a Democrat.

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This video of Martha Stewart interviewing Hillary has been making the rounds today.  The year was 2000.  Hillary was in the process of transitioning from First Lady to Senator, and Martha was her new neighbor and constituent.

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I can’t believe he turned 67 today. He doesn’t look a day over four…

 

This dapper young gentleman turns 67 today. 

Born William Jefferson Blythe, III on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas, he’s better known these days as the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton.

How cute was he?  Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

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Aug. 19, 2013, 9:00 a.m. EDT

Hillary Rodham Clinton to Deliver Keynote at 2013 Conference for Women

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Philadelphia to host thousands at state’s largest annual gathering for women

The 2013 Pennsylvania Conference for Women announced today that Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State, will deliver a keynote address at the event on November 1, 2013 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Also appearing will be Madeleine Albright, America’s first woman Secretary of State and bestselling author, and Judge Glenda Hatchett, host and star of the Emmy-nominated television show Judge Hatchett. Albright and Hatchett are returning to help celebrate the Conference’s 10th anniversary. The Conference also announced that Sallie Krawcheck, one of the most respected voices on Wall Street and business leader, 85 Broads, will join Clinton, Albright and Hatchett as a keynote speaker.

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 Additional information here.

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If it’s Sunday, it must be time to speculate about Hillary Clinton.  I can think of less interesting topics, even if this is getting old.  At least it keeps her in the news,  and we get to see her even when she is not doing a lot in the light of the sun.

Why is she “out there” so early? Not to mention Robert Gibbs saying she has to “distinguish herself” from Bill Clinton and “the current president.”

Just a few notes:  She is not “out there.”  She is doing exactly the work she had been telling us she would do post-secretary of state for the past several years every time anyone asked her what her plans were.

Chuck Todd, could you try to be a little more supercilious, pompous, didactic, and obnoxious?  Could you try?  You  appear to despise Hillary simply for existing.   She is doing what comes naturally to her, what she said she would do, and she is doing good things unrelated to this administration or any campaign.  Get a grip!

As far as Robert Gibbs is concerned, my unsolicited advice to him is to spend the next few years catching up on reading her resumé since her accomplishments are many and hardly a carbon copy of either of the guys who love and admire her, as Gibbs ought to know!

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Just keep smiling and doing what you’re doing, Hillary!  You are doing just fine!  Don’t pay them any mind.  We’ve got your back,  and we are collecting your talking points.  We know where you stand, and we continue to stand beside you as we have all along.

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Hillary’s law school plans to honor her in October.   Congratulations, Mme. Secretary!

University | 2:03 am | August 18, 2013 | By Aleksandra Gjorgievska

Law School alumni to honor Hillary Clinton with Award of Merit

Hillary Clinton LAW '73 will address Law School alumni at Woolsey Hall in October.

Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 will address Law School alumni at Woolsey Hall in October. Photo by January/Wikimedia Commons.

Forty years after graduating from Yale Law School, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 will receive an Award of Merit from the school’s Alumni Association at this year’s alumni weekend in October.

The annual award honors either a distinguished alumnus or a professor who has been a full-time faculty member for at least 10 years. Clinton will receive the award for her “extraordinary contribution to the legal profession,” according to the school’s website.

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The latest swipe at Hillary Clinton over Benghazi was the unlikely story that first came on the radar screen two days ago from The Blaze.

GOP Rep. Claims Hillary Clinton ‘Screamed’ at Member of Congress During Briefing Two Days After Benghazi – Here’s the Stunning Reason Why

Speaking at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) claimed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “screamed at a member of Congress” two days after the Benghazi attack for daring to classify the tragedy as terrorism.

The alleged incident occurred during a briefing just two days after four Americans were killed in a fiery assault on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

“Two days after this attack we were in a briefing with Hillary Clinton and she screamed at a member of Congress who’d dare suggest that this was a terrorist attack,” Kinzinger told constituents in Rochelle, Ill., on Wednesday. ”Now we find out that while it was happening they knew it was a terrorist attack. These are answers, we are going to get to the bottom of this.”

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A few things did not ring true.  First was that two days after the attack no such hearing was on her schedule.  Second was the use of the verb “scream.”  It is not that it is unimaginable that Hillary  might raise her voice – but “scream?”  Certainly, even from a closed hearing,  some word of her “screaming” would have leaked somehow.   Third, even a closed hearing would have appeared on her schedule, and there was none that week.

Yesterday,  Hillary’s spokesperson, Nick Merrill, came back at the story thus.

By Jonathan Easley 08/16/13

Nick Merrill, a Clinton aide, provided the following statement to The Hill on the condition that it be run in its entirety.“Here are the facts: on September 20th, 2012, nine days after the attack – not two as he falsely stated – Secretary Clinton was part of two large briefings held for the benefit of all 535 Members of Congress.

Hundreds of House members were present for their session, and more than 90 Senators attended theirs. On January 23rd, 2013, she testified publicly before both the Senate and House. Those are the only two times Adam Kinzinger would have been within a mile of her.”So we are to believe that he woke up today, 10 months and 27 days later, and suddenly remembered he heard something that 434 other people somehow missed? Not so much. What happened this morning was nothing short of brazen deceit.”

Hillary Clinton was on an extended trip in Asia the week prior to the attack ending with APEC in Vladivostok.  She returned to the State Department immediately upon her arrival and went straight to work.  No Congressional briefings appear on her schedule the week of the attack.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE Monday, September 17, 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2012

Public Schedule Washington, DC September 19, 2012

Finally here, as stated by Nick Merrill, are those closed briefings on her schedule nine days after the attack, not two.

Public Schedule for September 20, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
September 20, 2012

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the regional bureau secretaries, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the Global Infrastructure Conference, at the Department of State. Please click here for more information.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR SECRETARY CLINTON’S REMARKS)

10:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister R.M. Marty Natalegawa, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

10:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosts the third annual U.S.-Indonesian Joint Commission meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister R.M. Marty Natalegawa, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS FOR OPENING REMARKS)

11:50 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a working lunch for Indonesian Foreign Minister R.M. Marty Natalegawa, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a joint press availability with Indonesian Foreign Minister R.M. Marty Natalegawa, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton briefs members of the House, at the U.S. Capitol.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton briefs members of the Senate, at the U.S. Capitol.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

Mr. Kinzinger’s memory of events is apparently faulty.  Perhaps he meant two working days for him after the attack although we do not have his schedule.  We know that Republicans  tend to have problems with larger numbers as indicated by their cuts to embassy security budgets submitted by Secretary Clinton two years in a row.

Finally, let us not forget that Hillary Clinton took full responsibility for incidents in Benghazi with no reservations.   She has been entirely forthcoming and cooperative with Congress and should not be used as a political football by those seeking votes – neither should the tragic events in Benghazi.

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