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It has been quite some time since I vented here, but I cannot let this pass. This blog has been here for almost 12 years. One-third of that time was spent cataloging Hillary Clinton’s years as secretary of state, years during which she brought alienated friends back into the fold, stood firm against adversaries, kept us safe with the skillful use of diplomacy and smart power, and sometimes worked through illness, injury, and, frequently, through opposition attacks of the most outrageous kind.

There have been raging accusations. She used her FLOTUS position to gain political position and clout.  She allowed four Americans to be slaughtered in Benghazi. She used a private server (assigned to Bill Clinton as a former POTUS) for official emails which she later “bleached.”  In the end, she turns out to be one of the least culpable of public officials ever to be so battered by the opposition assisted by the press.  She has never been convicted of any crime.  No one can name any crime for which she should be “locked up.”  How many personal emails did you delete when you exited your last job?

Hillary Clinton, as we know, has a prominent spouse and an accomplished daughter.  She is a proud and loving grandmother, a loyal friend, a wise and generous leader, and a genuinely altruistic human being.

So now this.  The current secretary of state was under investigation by the same inspector general who investigated Hillary’s “email scandal.” In his case, the charges included his use of State Department staff to run personal errands as well as a possible Saudi arms deal sans required Congressional approval.

In response to the IG’s Pompeo investigations, Donald Trump fired the IG.

Turns out, according to Rachel Maddow on May 18, that Susan Pompeo had an office and staff at the CIA when her husband was there, and now has staff and security at the State Department. According to the article linked above, she also accompanies her husband on trips.

Imagine if Hillary had done any of this. I am old enough to remember folks questioning her designation of Bill Clinton as a one-time special emissary to North Korea to rescue two American reporters at the request of their boss, VP Al Gore. What special diplomatic skills/clout does Susan Pompeo possess?

The IG was correct to be investigating Pompeo on several counts. This was the fourth firing of an IG in a matter of weeks. Inspectors General are to be non-partisan. Mr. Linick certainly was judging from his history. Mr. Trump explained the firing by noting that Linick was an Obama appointee. That business about serving “at the pleasure” of the president only goes so far. Some service is meant as a check on the president and the cabinet.

A dominant tactic of the first two years of the Trump regime was whataboutism brilliantly executed by Kellyanne Conway who lately is eclipsed by her younger clone Kayleigh McEnaney.

Maybe it is time the Democrats started turning this usually empty-handed, badly aligned practice against the ruling regime. Certainly the Dems can draw more appropriate analogies than the White House Communications office.

I am happy to see that my senator, Bob Menendez, is investigating this latest firing. Especially in the midst of this horrible pandemic, Democrats need to fight back. The incompetence is killing us. Remember values clarification? We need that again.

 

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Today I am proud to endorse my friend Joe Biden for President of the United States.

I’ve known Joe for many years and across a number of settings: making hard decisions about war and peace in the Situation Room as Vice President under President Obama, building coalitions and getting things done as a Senator, and sharing quiet moments with his constituents. Wherever he goes, Joe’s the same person. He’s passionate about standing up for families and working to make their lives better.

More than ever, these tumultuous times reveal how desperately we need level-headed, solutions-oriented leadership. We need someone who listens to scientists, who acts with kindness and compassion, and who recognizes that America can and must lead the world in responding to this pandemic.

Joe Biden will be that president, and I hope you’ll join me in doing everything I can to get him elected in November. If you’re with me — and with Joe — make a donation right now:

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The world today looks very different than the one so many of us fought for in 2016. Like many of you, I’m concerned — not only about our current health crisis, but about the deep-seated problems in our democracy that it lays bare, from inequity in our health care system to the high-wire act demanded of too many working parents.

When I think about who I want leading us through this challenging time, there is no question: Joe Biden has the bold ideas, the smart plans, and most of all, the character to tackle this crisis and any others that come our way.

I am proud to call him a friend and colleague, and I will be even prouder to call him President of the United States. But first, we have to do all that we can to get to a win in November. Chip in right now to show Joe that you’re ready to do the work.

Onward,

Hillary


Hey there. I’m Joe Biden, and I’m writing to you about a truly special moment in our campaign.

This afternoon, Secretary Clinton announced she’s endorsing us. I’m so proud to have her support.

I got to see first-hand what an extraordinary leader Hillary was in the U.S. Senate. When I was Vice President and she was Secretary of State, we would often meet for breakfast meetings at the Vice President’s residence when we were both in town. That’s where I got to see why she was such a powerful, respected and admired voice all across the world. Hillary has long had the courage to speak out against the worst impulses in our country and the world — and to stand up for the best in us.

Hillary’s candidacy was historic. It is long overdue that we have a woman in the White House. I’ve already made public that my Vice President and partner in campaigning and governing will be a woman. For me, it’s the obvious, necessary and right choice.

In 2016, you and millions of others built one of the most impressive operations our party and country has ever seen. Volunteers, donors, and grassroots supporters that were passionate and organized and worked day in and day out for Hillary.

I know, for some of you, you are hesitant to get involved again on a campaign. I understand that. I am going to do everything I can to earn your support and your trust.

And I’m here to tell you that you’re not only welcome as part of this campaign: you’re needed.

The only way that we’ll defeat Donald Trump is with a broad coalition of folks working together to win what I have been calling a battle for the soul of our nation.

I’m not here to ask you for money — I know first I have to earn it. So I’m asking you to think about what is at stake, give me a chance, and join my campaign.
I’M IN FOR JOE’S CAMPAIGN ➞

This endorsement means a lot. I was so proud to support Hillary in 2016, and it means a lot that she’s supporting me now.

If you join me, we can win the battle for the soul of the nation. And by the way, when I say that, I’m not being nostalgic. I’m not trying to take us back to a country that never existed. The foundational principles of our country — that all men and women are created equal — are ones that we’ve never lived up to. But we’ve never given up trying to live up to them.

It is not enough to “go back” to anything. We have to take immediate, bold action to tackle the climate crisis. We have to relieve a generation of the crushing burden of student debt. We have to make healthcare a right and not a privilege. And to get there, we’re going to need millions of grassroots supporters to take action right away.

If you join our campaign, we will not just defeat Donald Trump. We will not just win the battle for the soul of our nation. We will transform it too.

To close, I will humbly ask:

Will you join my campaign today? I’d be honored if you did.

Thank you for everything,

Joe Biden

 

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Not only was this deed good for the hospital staff, it was a nice boost for Mr. Nick’s.

Bill and Hillary Clinton sent over 400 pizzas to New York hospital workers on front lines against coronavirus

Doctors and nurses on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus are facing unprecedented challenges. Some hospitals, especially in New York, are overwhelmed with patients, and hospital staffs are working tirelessly — sometimes without the proper protective equipment. On Thursday, one hospital in the area received a meaningful thank-you gesture from some famous New York residents.

“Amazing !!! I am an ER doctor at Dobbs Ferry NY and just received pizza from the Clintons,” tweeted Dr. Angela Cirilli, who works at St. John’s Riverside Hospital and Dobbs Ferry Emergency Medicine in Westchester County.

“Thank you !!!! We NEED LEADERS LIKE YOU in this tough time. So much gratitude I didn’t know how else to reach you to say thank you – Angela cirilli, MD,” her tweet continued.

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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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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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When Hillary left the State Department in March 2013, the last person I would have expected to defend her was Jennifer Rubin who wrote critically of Hillary’s tenure there. So this op-ed over the weekend is something of a surprise even though Rubin has been steadily critical of the Trump regime. Jennifer has always identified as conservative and Republican. It would be nice to see the liberal media take her advice even if it would be a day late and a few dollars short.

 

Jennifer Rubin

Hillary Clinton has a unique distinction: She has been exonerated twice after extensive federal investigations, the latest entirely unjustified and the result of a politicized Justice Department. President Trump of course was NOT exonerated in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, which found 10 or so categories of conduct that but for the present policy of Justice Department guidelines would serve as the basis for obstruction-of-justice charges. If Trump is defeated in November he can still be criminally charged the moment he leaves office.
But back to Clinton. It may be hard to remember given then-FBI Director James B. Comey’s voluminous investigative report in the midst of the 2016 election, his testimony before Congress and his intrusion into the campaign 11 days before Election Day, but he found no basis she committed a crime. His subjective comments about poor judgment and negligence were entirely irrelevant (and frankly inappropriate for the FBI, which is charged with finding or not finding criminal conduct). The bottom line: Clinton committed no crimes.That was not enough for Trump. Based on no new evidence but rather on an undisguised personal vendetta, Trump opened up another investigation.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Everyone is finally learning what I’ve known all along. The Washington Post has reported that Justice Department officials have determined that the conspiracy theories and lies that have been peddled for years about me, my family, and the Clinton Foundation are without merit. Their investigation found “nothing of consequence.” Now you know the truth.

When I ran for president, this highly effective global charity was unfairly dragged through the mud. I am so proud of the impact the Clinton Foundation continues to have – in spite of these unrelenting attacks over the past several years.

I’ve got thick skin, but these politically-motivated lies hurt the people the Foundation works to help across our country and around the globe. That’s simply unacceptable and unfair to them.

We face real issues and challenges that need our collective attention, and I’ve seen how the Clinton Foundation works to solve them. The Foundation’s programs are putting people first – every day.

Whether it is responding to the opioid crisis, helping the people of Puerto Rico and others across the Caribbean build back better, supporting early childhood brain development, fighting climate change, or inspiring the next generation of young people to turn their ideas into action, the Clinton Foundation is a shining example of what’s actually working in America. It embodies a spirit of cooperation, partnership, and our shared humanity.

Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation, and best wishes for a happy, healthy 2020.

Onward,
Hillary

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The Clinton Foundation improves lives across the United States and around the world by creating economic opportunity, improving public health, and inspiring civic engagement and service.

The Clinton Foundation has received high ratings from leading charity evaluators, including CharityWatch, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator. The Foundation is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau. These ratings help you know that we make the most of every single dollar that you contribute.

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These just became available.

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Washington (CNN)Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said “many, many, many people” were pressuring her to consider a 2020 presidential bid, but held that it is “absolutely not in my plans.”

“I, as I say, never, never, never say never and I will certainly tell you I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it,” Clinton told BBC Radio. “But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”
CNN previously reported that Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, has been taking calls from other members of her party asking her to enter the 2020 race, but it remains unlikely she would do so.
Clinton said in March that she would not run for president again in 2020, but her reentry into the public sphere with taunts aimed at President Donald Trump in recent weeks has stoked speculation she could be considering a rematch with the President.

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Perhaps Trump was confused and thought Yanukovich was still president of Ukraine. This is straight out of his playbook.


George Kent, a senior State Department official, arrives for his impeachment inquiry deposition on Oct. 15.
George Kent, a senior State Department official, arrives for his impeachment inquiry deposition on Oct. 15. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

He just can’t get over Hillary Clinton.

Before giving U.S. military aid to Ukraine, President Trump wanted “nothing less” than for the European country to announce an investigation targeting Clinton in addition to one targeting Joe Biden and his son, according to a senior State Department official.

George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs, made the bombshell revelation during his closed-door deposition on Oct. 15, testifying he was told that Trump used Clinton’s name as “shorthand” for the investigation he wanted President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch into a debunked right-wing conspiracy theory claiming anti-Trump Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 election.

Kent’s deposition, a transcript of which was released Thursday, marks the first time Clinton’s name has come up in the context of Trump’s desired Ukrainian investigation of the 2016 U.S. election. The mention suggests Trump wanted the probe to target the former Democratic presidential candidate one way or another.

Kent said Gordon Sondland, Trump’s handpicked ambassador to the European Union, had conveyed the Clinton message to him and other diplomats after speaking to the president on Sept. 7.

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Wishing you a lovely day, a healthy year, and happiness. Thank you for all you do.

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