Archive for February, 2020

She has already begun recording interviews.

Talk radio is the bastion of the right, so a lot of politically-minded commentators on the left have turned to podcasts to get their point of view heard. That list now includes Hillary Clinton. The former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate has reportedly signed with the iHeartPodcast Network to produce and distribute her new podcast.

There’s been no official announcement from iHeart about the show, but Politico says Clinton will work with a pair of veteran podcast producers to help craft the show. They include Kathleen Russo, executive producer of Tina Brown’s TBD podcast and creator of Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing podcast and public radio show. And Julie Subrin, who is also a producer for TBD.

The idea of hosting a show was first born last fall when Clinton and her daughter Chelsea recorded an interview on the Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast during a book tour last autumn. The former First Lady was already in talks with iHeart and those close to her say it further opened her eyes to how different a conversation can be on a podcast compared to broadcast radio or television. Clinton reportedly further opened to the idea of doing a long-form show when she appeared on Howard Stern’s satellite radio show and the two spoke for more than two hours for what was his longest-ever interview with a non-musician.

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Your guide to what’s hot in London

A parade of stars, some with two legs and others with four, have trotted through Berlin this week as the city celebrates the 70th edition of its annual film festival. Cate Blanchett, Javier Bardem, Sigourney Weaver, Riz Ahmed, Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy and more have all braved the freezing rain on the red carpet. And yet the festival’s biggest celebrity guest, as befits a cinematic summit that prides itself on political engagement over escapist entertainment, was not Hollywood royalty but Washington aristocracy.

Hillary Rodham Clinton was promoting director Nanette Burstein’s four-hour TV documentary series, Hillary. Though unashamedly partial, Burstein’s screen biography is still admirably thorough, probing Clinton’s marital problems, electoral failures and prickly relations with Bernie Sanders.

However, the former Democratic presidential contender was diplomatic about Sanders in Berlin. “I have my own feelings about him and whether he can win or not,” Clinton said on Tuesday. “But if he is the nominee I will support him, because I think any Democrat is better than Donald Trump.”

She also used her visit to affirm the role of film and TV in countering Trumpian populism. “Culture could not be more important at this moment,” she said. “The other side plays on fear, anxiety, insecurity, resentment and grievance. It’s really critically important to fight back against this very strong tide.”

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Clinton Foundation | Putting People First

Help Puerto Rico and the Caribbean build back better.


The hurricanes that have devastated the Caribbean region — including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, and the Bahamas — serve as a stark reminder that climate change is real and makes all of us more vulnerable and interdependent.

When more than 3.4 million people were impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Clinton Foundation answered the call for assistance from local leaders and launched the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.

Now it’s your turn to answer the call. Contribute today and 100% of your gift will help the Foundation to sustain these critical recovery efforts.

When Bill and I were in Puerto Rico this week, we met with CGI partners and local residents who are committed to improving livelihoods for themselves and their neighbors. I was especially moved by the dedicated staff at a maternal health clinic which has been solarized by an equally amazing team of women solar technicians trained by one of our CGI partners. Their collaboration epitomizes what this work is all about and demonstrates what we can accomplish when we all work together.

Working with 700+ partners, the CGI Action Network is helping affected communities recover, rebuild, and become more resilient. And Network members were among the first to respond when Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and recent earthquakes crippled Puerto Rico. Recovery takes time, and they still need our help.

Progress isn’t easy, and it’s up to all of us to make it happen. Give today and 100% of your generous gift will support the Action Network to help Puerto Rico and the region.

Despite of all the polarization in our country, we’re still in this together, and with your help, we can continue to bring hope, resources, and our shared humanity to our neighbors in need.



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Bear in mind, they could have chosen Maggie Thatcher but didn’t.


The University of Oxford is to create a new Chair of Women’s History, named after former US Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton.

The University plans to create the new professorship in perpetuity, embedding the role of women’s history permanently into the fabric of the History Faculty. The Development Office states on their fundraising website that the new Chair will “provide the leadership needed to ensure that women’s history is represented on the global stage and that the progress we have made in recent decades cannot be undermined.”

It is hoped that this new Chair will “encourage more young scholars to pursue a doctorate in women’s history”, and the position will allow for collaboration with the Women in Humanities Research Centre at Oxford and the Centre for Gender, Identity, and Subjectivity within the History Faculty. The choice to endow this Chair in 2020 marks the University’s celebration of 100 years of women receiving degrees, corresponding with the first female Vice-Chancellor.

A University spokesperson told Cherwell: “[t]he new chair will encourage the most promising scholars to conduct cutting- edge research that is original in conception, methods, and vision, including women and their histories in the mainstream of the discipline, and will inspire and sustain a new vision for history in which women’s lives are central”; recruitment is to be initiated in Spring 2020.

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Diane von Furstenberg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ria Tabacco Mar, Hillary Clinton, and Karlie Kloss attend the DVF 2020 Awards at the Library of Congress on February 19, 2020. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images for DVF)


Written by Rebecca Ritzel | Published on February 20, 2020

Diane von Furstenberg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ria Tabacco Mar, Hillary Clinton, and Karlie Kloss attend the DVF 2020 Awards at the Library of Congress on February 19, 2020. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images for DVF)

When high-powered Washington women sit down for a fireside chat, they it just like the men do, but in a ballroom and in heels.

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg hosted her 11th-annual DVF Awards in Washington instead of New York Wednesday night, and the marquee honoree sitting down for a “fireside chat” at the Library of Congress was Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Also present at the high-powered, by-invitation-only event held: Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, supermodels Iman and Karlie Kloss. CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin and CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell. National librarian Carla Hayden. Random local news anchors and politicians. Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron and a handful of other men in suits.

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Two of my favorite people on earth.

FESTIVAL GUESTS. Former US State secretary Hlllary Clinton and British actress Helen Mirren are expected to be among the guest in the Berlin Film Festival. File photos by  Michael Loccisano/ Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images/AFP

FESTIVAL GUESTS. Former US State secretary Hlllary Clinton and British actress Helen Mirren are expected to be among the guest in the Berlin Film Festival. File photos by Michael Loccisano/ Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images/AFP

BERLIN, Germany – Europe’s first major film festival of 2020 opens on Thursday, February 20 with the likes of Signourney Weaver, Helen Mirren and even Hillary Clinton descending on the German capital for the 70th edition of the Berlinale.

Under new direction for the first time in nearly two decades, this year’s festival will tackle the issue of diversity in film while also confronting its own murky history.

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Full interview.

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She “would like to” apologize, but then she did not actually apologize. It is a shame, when you stand on the shoulders of giants, that you forget, even for a moment, how you got there. Hint: It was not thanks to Bernie.

Let’s see that morning after tweet-thread.

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Like a sleep-deprived European critic at the Cannes Film Festival, Rep. Rashida Tlaib let ‘er rip with a hearty “boo!” aimed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a rally for Senator Bernie Sanders in Clive, Iowa.

The congresswoman from Michigan appeared on a panel alongside Rep. Pramila Jayapal and her fellow so-called “squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar during Sanders’s “Caucus Concert.” Discussion moderator Dionna Langford (an Iowa-based activist and youngest member of the Des Moines Public School board) brought up Secretary Clinton’s recent suggestion made in The Hollywood Reporter that “nobody likes Bernie Sanders.”

Before Langford was able to finish her point, a few people in the crowd jeered, prompting her to say “we’re not gonna’ boo, we’re classy.” Tlaib, chuckling, took that as her cue to gainsay Langford’s position.

“You all know, I can’t be quiet,” she said, as Jayapal and Omar doubled over in laughter.

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Hillary is not running and has not endorsed anyone. This blog is not in election year mode at the moment.  Tlaib and her squad sisters would do well to keep this etched in their memories going forward.


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