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The Amsterdam News endorses Hillary Clinton for president

3/31/2016, 10:05 a.m.

We unequivocally endorse Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for president.

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We need Hillary.

Our country sits on the precipice. We will either continue to rise up out of the ashes of the Bush presidency or go down in flames. The past seven years have been a struggle, to say the least. President Barack Obama has done a remarkable job trying to right this ship we call America, while having to ride the storm surges of the right wing trying to sink us at every turn. We have come a long way, but there are still so many challenges ahead of us.

As New York heads to the polls in just a few short weeks, we must be clear in our objectives. We must understand our history and who has written it. So now it is our turn to correct some of the misnomers and half truths as we go forward to this pivotal election, which, as many pundits have noted, may be the most consequential in our lifetime.

For the first time, in a very long time, the New York presidential primary will actually count, and count with decisive numbers. And that is why this endorsement may be one of the most important ones of our generation.

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Home in New York state for a few days of primary campaigning, Hillary was welcomed back by some of her very first elective constituents – her Westchester neighbors.  The campaign rally was held at the Purchase campus of SUNY, not far from where Hillary resides.  She was introduced by her Congressional Representative Nita Lowey.

 

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after arriving for a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after arriving for a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets attendees after arriving for a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets attendees after arriving for a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (L) applauds U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) as she takes the stage for a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (L) applauds U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) as she takes the stage for a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, speaks at a rally in Purchase, N.Y., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, speaks at a rally in Purchase, N.Y., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters after holding a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters after holding a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) appears on stage with U.S. Representative Nita Lowey during a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) appears on stage with U.S. Representative Nita Lowey during a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaves the podium after speaking at a rally in Purchase, N.Y., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaves the podium after speaking at a rally in Purchase, N.Y., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives for a rally in Purchase, N.Y., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives for a rally in Purchase, N.Y., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Purchase, N.Y., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Purchase, N.Y., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands on stage as she is introduced by U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (not seen) during a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands on stage as she is introduced by U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (not seen) during a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to the audience as she takes the stage during a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to the audience as she takes the stage during a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie photograph with supporters after speaking at a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie photograph with supporters after speaking at a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Prior to setting off for Purchase, Hillary made a visit to the high school in her town,  A senior who is a photographer at the school’s sports magazine got some great shots!

Photos: Hillary Clinton’s visit to Horace Greeley

Editor’s note: Jeremiah Chikota, a senior at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, photographed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on her March 31 visit to the school. Chikota, who is head of photography for the high school’s sports magazine, The Quake, was hoping to get one or two photos of the former New York senator and U.S. Secretary of State for the school yearbook.

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The clock is ticking toward the midnight FEC filing.

Last night in two different prime time interviews, Hillary reaffirmed her commitment to the primary battle.  She needs our help!

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Today, in an email, she said this:

Yesterday, Donald Trump said that abortion should be illegal, and that there must be “some form of punishment” for women who have abortions.

This was one of the most outrageous and dangerous statements I’ve heard anybody running for president say — and we cannot risk letting someone with those kinds of extreme views win the White House.

The stakes in this election couldn’t be higher. Right now, women have a constitutional right to abortion under Roe v. Wade. Trump said he would​ take away that right, and would criminalize women’s reproductive health decisions.

We’re outraged — and we should be. Any insinuation that Trump’s statement doesn’t deserve a reaction demonstrates a lack of appreciation for how serious this is.

Maya Angelou said, “when someone shows you who they are, believe them.” Once again, Trump has shown us who he is.  I have no intention of letting him or any of the Republicans become president and take women’s rights away.

If you’re with me, chip in $5 before our critical midnight deadline to say you’re ready to win this fight together:

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Speaking with Rachel Maddow last night, Bernie Sanders said the solution to such outrageous statements from Donald Trump was for the media not to cover these comments!  This is absurd, foolhardy, and unrealistic magical thinking.  It is no solution at all.  Trump made the statement in an interview broadcast on live TV!

If anything could be as outrageous as Trump’s comments, it would be the expectation of a media blackout on Trump’s more offensive and dangerous remarks. 

Clearly only one person understands the battleground, the weapons, and the tactics and only one person is prepared to lead the troops against a treacherous threat to our freedoms.

That person is Hillary Clinton.

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Hillary understands that we are not fighting one oddball opponent but rather an entire party with consolidated policies.

They have said we lack enthusiasm.  We know that is not true!  Let’s show them all that we know who the best leader is and we are vigorously and wholeheartedly behind her! 

Please chip in whatever you can before the midnight filing.  Let’s show Hillary that we are on her side and understand the stakes.  Let’s give her what she needs to fight off the opposition as only Hillary knows how to do!

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The Apollo was not the only Harlem appearance Hillary made today.  She and her old pal Charlie Rangel stopped for coffee-and at a bakery in the neighborhood.  New York Metro area folks are forever grateful to Charlie for spiriting Hillary to New York to run for the Senate.

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Representative Charlie Rangel Meeting with Hillary Clinton Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters as they met for coffee in Harlem, New York.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, meets a member of the community, during a campaign stop at the Make My Cake bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, meets a member of the community, during a campaign stop at the Make My Cake bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, decides what to order during a campaign stop at Make My Cake Bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, decides what to order during a campaign stop at Make My Cake Bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, makes a campaign stop at Make My Cake Bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, makes a campaign stop at Make My Cake Bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, meets a member of the community, left, at Make My Cake Bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, meets a member of the community, left, at Make My Cake Bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Rep, Charles Rangel, background, D-N.Y. watches as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, meets a member of the community, second from left, at Make My Cake Bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Rep, Charles Rangel, background, D-N.Y. watches as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, meets a member of the community, second from left, at Make My Cake Bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, has coffee and cake with Rep, Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. during a campaign stop at the Make My Cake bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, has coffee and cake with Rep, Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. during a campaign stop at the Make My Cake bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, meets Rep, Charles Rangel, background, D-N.Y. during a campaign stop at the Make My Cake bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, meets Rep, Charles Rangel, background, D-N.Y. during a campaign stop at the Make My Cake bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, meets Rep, Charles Rangel, background, D-N.Y. during a campaign stop at the Make My Cake bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, meets Rep, Charles Rangel, background, D-N.Y. during a campaign stop at the Make My Cake bakery, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Rachel Maddow interviewed Hillary at the Apollo today.  When she returned to the studio, she heard about Donald Trump’s comment to Chris Matthews about punishing women for abortions which occurred concurrently with Rachel’s interview. Rachel then picked up her gear, rounded up her crew, and headed for Hillary’s office where Hillary gave her an addendum interview on that subject. Wow!

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Hillary Clinton Retweeted Ali Vitali

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse. Horrific and telling. -H

NEW Trump to : “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who have abortions but he has yet to determine what that should be.

Responding to Rachel Maddow’s question about Trump’s abortion statement today, Hillary quoted Maya Angleou: “When people show you who they are, believe them.”  She called that statement the most outrageous she has heard in a very long time.

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Maya Angelou said: “When people show you who they are, believe them.” Trump can try to walk back his words, but we heard him loud and clear.

In the main interview, Hillary said she is returning to Wisconsin, is working hard, and taking nothing for granted.  She hopes, after the primaries, that the party comes together.

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Hillary does not understand the argument Bernie poses about delegates and Super Ds.  She said the person with the delegates gets the nomination and hopes Sen. Sanders will join her should she have the winning number.

Hillary said caucuses are an unusual way for states to choose candidates.

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Re: The Republicans and the chaos within, Hillary intends to run against their agenda. She said when you strip it down they are all peddling the same policies from 30-40 years back.

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Hillary said Trump has a “different” personality, but then pointed to his proposed policies and said he is not that far off from other. Differences of degree but not kind.  His demonization of groups is not different from much of what that party espouses.  He simply has a different way of expressing these policies.

The fact is, Trump isn’t that different from every other Republican candidate who would also outlaw abortion.

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Hillary, who has relationships with many world leaders, said several have voiced concerns about Trump’s statements and plans. She pointed out that our coalitions depend on getting along with Muslim nations and a strong NATO.  She said we need to take a 360 degree look at how NATO is constructed and funded, but that the organization itself remains important.

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Hillary said she will go after Trump on issues.  She said Republicans have not confronted him on issues because they agree with him.

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Hillary said she is surprised the primaries will be long. She always expected a contest, and ran her 2008 campaign into June.

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She said she understands how people both here and abroad hear Trump and Cruz and feels an obligation to go up against the offensive, dangerous statements.

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Rachel asked Hillary whether she would ask Obama to withdraw the Merrick Garland nomination.  Hillary is not comfortable with the question because we have one president at a time and not processing that nomination shuts out all votes cast for Obama in 2012 – including her own.  Her position is to keep the pressure on the Senate to do their job.

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Hillary said we need to elect a Democratic Senate. The SCOTUS standoff has made it clear how important this is.

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Rachel asked whether the work of the Clinton Foundation and the CGI should wind down while she runs for POTUS.  Hillary finds the work astonishing and would hate to lose that.  She said transparency is the best response.

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Hillary, during the same prime time hour, called in to Anderson Cooper 360 to speak specifically on Trump’s abortion comment.

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There too she said that it is not just Trump but all Republicans who line up together against abortion rights.

The fact is, Trump isn’t that different from every other Republican candidate who would also outlaw abortion.

Asked if the Corey Lewandowski incident reflects Trump’s attitude toward women, Hillary responded that Trump has been inciting violence.

Asked if whe wants to pivot toward Trump, Hillary said she will remain focused on the primaries but that it is important not to stand silent when Republicans make outrageous statements.

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She stated again that the Republicans do not take Trump on about his statements because they agree.

Again she said she is going back to Wisconsin to do all she can there.

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Hillary penned this Op-Ed on the Supreme Court and the significance of this election following her major speech on SCOTUS  in Wisconsin this week.

The fate of the Supreme Court is at stake in 2016

The Supreme Court shapes virtually every aspect of life in the United States, from whether you can marry the person you love to whether you can get health care. And for a long time now, its ideological bent has led our country in the wrong direction.

If we’re serious about fighting for progressive causes, we need to focus on the Court: who sits on it, how we choose them and how much we let politics dominate that process.

At its best, the Court is a place where the least powerful voices in our society are heard and protected, whether they’re African Americans trying to vote or get an education in the era of segregated schools and poll taxes … or women trying to make our own health decisions in the face of laws that would strip that right away.

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