Archive for July, 2014

Tuesday night’s interview is available here in three parts.  It cannot be embedded.





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For several years, the Clintons have spent a few August weeks on Long Island.  This year it will be Amagansett.   Last year they mixed business with vacation by holding a Clinton Foundation fundraiser on the island.  This year, Hillary will sacrifice a few vacation days to sign copies of Hard Choices for vacationers in the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard.

No one is going to argue that her book is not a beach read, but sand, surf, and sun lotion are not items I would want near my signed copy.  In fact  I would not leave my copy lying around on a beach blanket while I went in for a dip – not without a Secret Service detail.  Would you?


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Long Island Book Signing

Book Revue

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Martha’s Vineyard Book Signing

Bunch of Grapes

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 04:00 PM

Long Island Book Signing

Bookhampton East Hampton

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 05:00 PM


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Saratoga Springs in upstate New York enjoys a lively summer tourist season.  First known for its mineral baths, it is home to a world-renowned racetrack that draws a summer racing-season crowd.  Today, however, it was neither the waters nor the track that drew visitors.  It was Hillary Clinton, who visited Northshire Bookstore there to sign copies of her memoir, Hard Choices.   Ticketholders sported the familiar bottled water from customwater.com seen at these events rather than the native mineral-infused fluids from the springs.


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Here is some local coverage of the event with a slide show.


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Hillary was at the Seekonk, Massachusetts Sam’s Club for a book signing yesterday.  The Boston Globe seems to have cornered the market on the photos with this slideshow.  It is short but sweet (especially the last pic).  Enjoy!


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Hillary was in top form with Fareed Zakaria on this morning’s  GPS.   She was bright, cheerful, specific, firm, and clear on her positions.  Responding to a broad range of questions, she displayed  circumspection with regard to nations and populations as well as to individual actors on the world stage.



Additional video and remarks here >>>>

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Set your DVRs! Hillary sat down with Fareed Zakaria on Friday. Watch GPS on Sunday to see her comments.

July 26th, 2014
12:56 AM ET

On GPS Sunday: Hillary Clinton discusses Russia, the Middle East, Iran and more

Watch “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

On GPS this Sunday: Fareed speaks with former first lady and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her recently published memoir Hard Choices, how the U.S. and Europe should respond to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, the ongoing unrest in the Middle East and how the world views America.

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On the heels of the launch her  Too Small to Fail campaign in Oakland CA this week, Hillary kept her focus on the young among us by finishing her week at Lehman College participating in “Dream Big Day.”   Joining Bronx native, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor,  Hillary, Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street’s ‘Maria’), and city officials celebrated the Dream Big Program, a summer arts program of the Bronx Children’s Museum and housed at Lehman.

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You may remember that in June at CGI America, Hillary announced a partnership between her Too Small to Fail initiative and the American Academy of Pediatrics that would put information and tools in the hands of healthcare professionals to encourage and assist parents in increasing vocabulary exposure for the 0 – 5 age group.  In making that announcement,  she cited an upcoming alliance with the Oakland, California community.

Today, in Oakland, she launched that campaign at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) surrounded by parents and little ones. We see her with Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan, Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman, and Jim Steyer encouraging parents to talk, read, sing, and color with their kids.


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On my way to Oakland and excited to announce a new campaign there.


Let’s Talk, Oakland!

We are so pleased to share with you the news about our second local campaign launch in Oakland, California! This week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined business, hospital and community leaders to announce the launch of “Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing,” a multi-media campaign that will help Oakland parents improve their babies’ ability to build vocabulary and set them up for brighter futures.

The campaign is being developed with the help of many wonderful local organizations and hospital partners in Oakland, including the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Kaiser Permanente, and the Bay Area Council; and with generous support from Lynne and Marc Benioff, whose gift to Too Small to Fail will allow us to create a model program for how children’s hospitals can actively address the word gap as a health issue.

Oakland parents and caregivers will receive information and tool kits from pediatricians and community organizations about how engaging in simple activities from birth—like describing objects seen during a bus ride, singing songs, reading aloud, or telling stories—can significantly boost children’s brain development. Hundreds of Oakland families already got some beautiful kids’ clothing with this message at Children’s Fairyland yesterday as part of the campaign kick-off.

You can read more about our launch in Oakland here, and in local news stories here and here.


Check out this video of Jose-Luis Orozco, a talented children’s author and musician that helped us celebrate in Oakland this week. A great way to sing with your baby! >>

Come On Oakland, Let’s Do This – a great rallying cry from on why talking, reading, & singing matters.


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A snapshot of the planned agenda for the 10th annual  Clinton Global Initiative  was released this afternoon.


President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton to Convene World Leaders to ‘Reimagine Impact’ at the 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

President Barack ObamaHis Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company; Matt Damon, Co-founder, Water.org; Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, the Coca-Cola Company; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute, Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President & CEO, IBM; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; and Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business – Global Initiatives among featured participants

At 10th CGI Annual Meeting, Sept 21-24 in New York City, more than 1,000 global leaders from business, government, and civil society to reflect on progress of commitments made over the last decade and address urgent social, economic, and environmental challenges that lie ahead

NEW YORK – President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton announced the program and participants for the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, to be held September 21-24 in New York City, where more than 1,000 of the most influential leaders from business, government, civil society and philanthropy will convene around the theme of “Reimagining Impact.”

President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, to bring leaders together from all sectors of society to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges by turning their ideas into action. Participants turn their ideas into action through the creation of “Commitments to Action” – new, specific, measurable plans to address these challenges. Since the first CGI Annual Meeting in September 2005, more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs and major philanthropists have participated in CGI’s Annual Meetings, and members of the CGI community have made more than 2,900 commitments which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

For the first time, CGI has evaluated and will share comprehensive data collected from the commitments made over the past 10 years to highlight the most effective approaches and analyze trends in an effort to help CGI members maximize the impact of their work and identify critical gaps to be addressed.

Featured participants in the meeting include President Barack ObamaHis Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO, IKEA Group; Mohammad Parham Al Awadhi, Co-founder, Peeta Planet; Peyman Parham Al Awadhi, Co-founder, Peeta Planet; Reem Al-Hashimy, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates;  Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company; Amy Bell, Head of Principle Investments, JP Morgan Social Finance; Matt Damon, Co-founder, Water.org; Adam Davidson, Co-founder, NPR’s Planet Money; Denis O’Brien, Chairman, Digicel; Paul Farmer, Co-founder, Partners in Health, Chief Strategist, Harvard Medical School; Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Fadi Ghandour, Founder and Vice Chairman, Aramex; Jay Gould, President and CEO, American Standard Brands; María José González, Executive Director, Mesoamerican Reef Fund; Alexander Grashow, Founder, The Adaptist; António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Former Prime Minister of Portugal; David Hertz, Founder & CEO, Gastromotiva; Jane Karuku, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA); Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, the Coca-Cola Company; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times; Dymphna van der Lans, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Climate Initiative; Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; Christopher Mikkelsen, Founder and Co-CEO, Refugees United; Jay Naidoo, Chair of Board of Directors and Partnership Council, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Tammy Newmark, President and CEO, EcoEnterprises Fund; Nick O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, Big Society Capital; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute, Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Norma Powell, Director General, Haiti Center for Facilitation of Investments; Becky Quick, Co-anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC; Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, Former President of Ireland; Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM; Charlie Rose, Host, “Charlie Rose Show”; Nilofar Sakhi, Executive Director, American University of Afghanistan; Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Incorporated, Senior Fellow, Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, Distinguished Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi; Lucy Martinez Sullivan, Executive Director, 1,000 Days; Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy; Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark; Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President, Global Education Content, Sesame Workshop; Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; Gary White, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Water.org; and Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business – Global Initiatives.

Key parts of the program at the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting include sessions such as:

  • Reimagining Impact, which will highlight the ideas and actions of CGI members over the last decade, explore how members measure and assess the outcomes of their commitments, and bring forth new ideas for CGI members to achieve greater impact going forward;
  • Confronting Climate Change is Good Economics, will explore opportunities to assist in the financing of conservation efforts, help unlock the capital required to accelerate investments towards a low-carbon economy, and reinforce the critical role of women in adapting to climate change;
  • Valuing What Matters, in which leaders can identify social and environmental indicators and measurement systems that can be implemented in public, private, and non-profit sectors, simultaneously assessing how best to capture non-quantifiable outcomes and use big data for social good;
  • Putting Education to Work, in which participants can collaborate across sectors to create education to employment pathways for young people and adults;
  • Equality for Girls and Women: 2034 instead of 2134?, which will examine the progress made since the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and explore opportunities to accelerate the social and economic participation of women, who at current rates of progress won’t comprise half of the world’s leaders until 2134; and
  • The 8th annual Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM, which will kick off the meeting with a ceremony to honor individuals in civil society, philanthropy, public service and the private sector whose efforts to create positive social change transcend borders, change lives, and set an example for others.

CGI recently announced its first global challenge to engage individuals around the world in tackling the issue of youth unemployment. The challenge launched in partnership with and is hosted on OpenIDEO.com, an open innovation platform created by global design firm IDEO, which couples design thinking methodology with the scale of online social networks to solve the world’s most pressing social issues. One featured idea will be recognized at CGI’s 10th Annual Meeting in September. Individuals can participate in the challenge by contributing ideas, research and solutions at www.openideo.com/cgi.

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Hillary’s social media visits in California yesterday included a chat with Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

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