Archive for November, 2014


Today I’m thankful for the new addition to our family & thinking about little ones everywhere. Happy cc:


Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Mme. Secretary!

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If you are venturing out this Black Friday and would like to give someone a special gift this holiday season,  here are a few ideas.  This weekend, Barnes & Noble will have some signed copies of Hard Choices available.


Go to their link below or click on the image to find a B & N near you.  N.B. Signed copies available only in stores.

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The Greatest Offering Of Its Kind In The World - Signed Editions From 100 of Today's Biggest Authors. In Stores Only. Hurry! While Supplies Last.

It is possible that your Hillary friends already have Hard Choices – perhaps even signed.   In that case I strongly recommend another memoir from Hillary’s State Department.  The Dispensable Nation by Vali Nasr is excellent.  An advisor to Richard Holbrooke at the State Department and strong Hillary Clinton ally and supporter, Nasr provides his account of efforts by the Secretary of State and the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) to bring peace to the region.  It is the book Hillary did not write and serves as an informative backstory to Hard Choices.

The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat

In the event you are thinking of something a little pricier, another cool idea would be to get a Nook, Kindle, or other tablet and pre-load it with e-copies of both of these.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Mme. Secretary, to you and your beautiful, growing family.   Thank you all for everything you do.  Wishing you all a lovely day together!



Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends here, too.  All the best to you and yours.

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A Special Thanksgiving Message

As we prepare to take a day or two off from our busy work lives to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, the staff at Too Small to Fail would like to take this opportunity to express gratitude for the work of our partners, colleagues and friends. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

Thanks to the work of our many partners and supporters, we’ve been able to reach millions of parents, caregivers, early childhood educators and policy makers with information about how to help secure a brighter future for all children in America. From New York City to Oakland, California, we have established relationships with incredible organizations and individuals who are committed to helping children succeed by improving early vocabulary and math skills, strengthening social skills and empowering parents with tools to help them improve their children’s early learning.

We look forward to continuing this work in the upcoming year, even as we count our many blessings and lessons from the past year.

And a special thank you to all of you who work so hard to make a positive difference in individual children’s lives—whether your own children or those of others. Know that your work matters, and the time you take to talk, read and sing to the babies and toddlers in your life—even if just for a few minutes a day—means a lot to their development and well-being.

So, whether you’re braving the roads or skyways to be with loved ones, or are wrestling a turkey into your oven or vegetables into a pot, we hope you get to enjoy some quality time with the little ones in your life. And if you’re looking for a fun activity to explore with your child during the next few days, here’s an easy one we found that highlights gratitude and encourages together time.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We hope it’s a special one.

Happy Thanksgiving to the Too Small to Fail team, to everyone at the Clinton Foundation,  to Mme. Secretary and her lovely family, and to all the readers here at Still 4 Hill. Have a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving!

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Congratulations, again,  are in order for Hillary Clinton as she has been honored once more, this time with the Child Mind Institute Child Advocacy Award. Best compliments, Mme. Secretary!  So well deserved!


Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, and Child Mind Institute co-founders Brooke Garber Neidich and Howard Koplewicz.


Child Mind Institute 5th Anniversary Gala

Nov. 25, 2014 | Caroline Miller It was an emotional evening for the Child Mind Institute as we celebrated our fifth anniversary last night at the annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street. The evening’s honors went to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who received the Child Advocacy Award, and Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, who accepted the Distinguished Scientist Award.


Ben Shapiro, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harold S. Koplewicz Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Ben Shapiro, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Harold S. Koplewicz

Secretary Clinton saluted the efforts of Harold Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, Child Mind Institute’s co-founders, to fight the stigma that still surrounds mental illness. She told a story about the daughter of a friend who was being treated at the Child Mind Institute, who said to her mother: “If I had cancer and I was getting better everybody would be so happy for me. I am getting better, because I now know more about what to do, and I’m getting the help I need, but no one is celebrating that.” Clinton, whose foundation Too Small to Fail also focuses on early childhood development, closed with this:

We need to help the Child Mind Institute draw attention to the mental health needs of our kids, fight to remove the stigmas that keep them in the shadows, and speak up for those parents working their hearts out to get their children the care they need. We need to honor the dedicated professionals exploring the frontiers of brain science and providing cutting-edge clinical care, and keep asking ourselves what more we as cities, states, and our nation can do to continue giving hope to so many who need it.

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This article covers last night’s event as well as Friday night’s N.Y. Historical Society Gala.

Scene Last Night: Clinton, Schwarzman, Corzine, Neidich, Diamond

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Hillary Clinton eulogizes lawyer Thomas A. Twomey Jr. in East Hampton

November 22, 2014
By DEBBIE TUMA. Special to Newsday
Former President Bill Clinton and former Sec. of
Former President Bill Clinton and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton arrive at the East Hampton Airport on Nov. 22, 2014 for a funeral. (Credit: Doug Kuntz)

Hillary Rodham Clinton eulogized prominent environmental lawyer Thomas A. Twomey Jr. at his funeral in East Hampton on Saturday, recalling how he helped her connect with everyday Long Islanders and win her Senate seat from New York in 2000.

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Hillary spoke Friday night at the New York Historical Society 2014 History Makers Gala.  The event took place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  She was on stage with Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson and Wynton Marsalis.

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Hillary Clinton to raise money for Landrieu

By Dan Merica, CNN

New York (CNN) — Hillary Clinton will host a high-dollar fundraiser for Sen. Mary Landrieu, an embattled Democratic incumbent who finds herself behind in a closely watched runoff to reelection.

The Dec. 1 event, which will be hosted at the New York City home of Sarah & Victor Kovner, longtime Clinton supporters, will boost Landrieu’s coffers after she was unable to best her opponent Bill Cassidy on Election Day. Polls currently show the Republican with a sizable lead in the runoff.

Tickets to the event start at $1,000 and go up to $12,000. The event is being branded as “Cocktails with Hillary Rodham Clinton in support of Sen. Mary Landrieu.”

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In September 2010 at the Clinton Global Initiative, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the establishment of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.   A public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation, the alliance seeks to introduce clean cookstoves to 100 million homes worldwide by the year 2020.  Toxic fumes from cooking devices that consume solid fumes kill nearly two million people a year and represent one of the top five health risks in poor and developing countries.

At the third annual meeting of the alliance, in September 2013, Hillary assumed the leadership chair at the alliance.  Today, in New York City, she attended the USAID Cookstoves Future Summit where she spoke to donors, activists and members of the media on the importance of this initiative.

The United States Announces Significant Support for the Clean Cooking Sector and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 21, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today announced up to $200 million in expected renewed and enhanced support by the United States for the clean cooking sector and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance).

These actions will help improve health, reduce environmental degradation, mitigate climate change, and generate economic empowerment and opportunity for women and girls.

Building on the United States’ initial commitment from 2011-2015, these new expected contributions bring the cumulative anticipated U.S. contribution commitment to this sector and the Alliance up to $325 million through 2020.

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Went to summit yesterday w/global & industry leaders focused on a worthy mission. Cooking shouldn’t kill.

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Hillary was in Memphis Tennessee today to attend the dedication of The Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education & Collaboration at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   We see her with Marlo,  her brother, Tony Thomas, Marlo’s husband, Phil Donahue, and parents and kids in a waiting area at the clinic.

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In Memphis children’s hospital to dedicate the Marlo Thomas Center and see their new proton therapy center.

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