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Just in case there are any questions about why this happened, it was at her request.

Clinton’s security clearance withdrawn at her request

The State Department has revoked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s security clearance after she requested that it be withdrawn, according to a letter released Friday by a top GOP senator.

The State Department—in a letter dated Sept. 21 but publicly released Friday— told Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, that the security clearance was revoked on August 30 after Clinton requested that it be withdrawn.
“We would like to provide you with an update on the status of former Secretary Clinton’s security clearance and the ongoing administrative review pertaining to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other current and former department officials,” Charles Faulkner, the acting assistant secretary of legislative affairs, wrote to Grassley.
The State Department added in the letter to Grassley that five of Clinton’s aides had also had their security clearance revoked.
Four of the names are redacted but one aide listed in the email is Cheryl Mills, who worked as Clinton’s chief of staff.
Those of us who have been here awhile can probably guess a few of those redacted names.

Edited to add:

  1. It is not unusual for officials to maintain clearances when they leave office;
  2. Hillary and her researchers were working on Hard Choices after she retired, so no, she is not working on a new book at the moment;
  3. Here is the request.


Here is the background.


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If you are feeling bruised this Monday morning, I hear you!

For three weeks on social media I saw my friends, people I follow, celebrities, elected officials, strangers, and family members share horror stories brought to the surface by Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. I read every word of every story.

These folks, mostly women, but there were men, too, were recounting some of the most painful moments of their lives. Reading these accounts was excruciating. This was three weeks of unremitting stories of pain. I felt it was my duty as a human to take the time to read every account that people in agony took the time and trouble to share. I know I was far from alone in this journey through annals of hurt and anger.

Now that the confirmation is in the rear-view mirror and Judge Kavanaugh is now Justice Kavabaugh, I am seeing, in the same social media outlets, many of those same people, again primarily but not all women, voicing the defeat and despair they are feeling.

Where do we turn in the face of what we have experienced? I think we all know that we do not give up. This is not our first rodeo. This is not the first time we have been knocked down.

The Super Volunteers offer some suggestions for turning defeat into action. November is coming. Here are some things we all can do to channel our anger, pain, and despair into positive action for change.


 

“Women are focused on getting things done and bring fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to a political system that’s crying out for change.” – Senator Amy Klobuchar

#WinWithWomen

Less than 30 days until November 6th.  The Midterm election of 2018 truly will be the most consequential election in a generation.  We must win back the House and hold if not win the Senate too.  Ignore the polls – the pundits – and the political drama and distractions swirling about and sign up for volunteer shifts.An unprecedented number of women are running for office on the Democratic ticket and they need our help!  Over the last few weeks we saw the misogyny on display during the 2016 election was in full effect during the Kavanaugh hearings and confirmation.  WE CAN NOT LET THIS GO UNANSWERED!  The Republican controlled Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh yesterday and the GOP got their man and their way but WE VOTE NOVEMBER 6th.

There are so many ways to help – from knocking doors, making phone calls, texting voters (for some campaigns), writing postcards to voters, visibility in your communities to visibility on social media platforms and yes donating.  There is literally something for everyone! And everyone and every way is critically important!  YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE – WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

 

HOW TO FIND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES NEAR YOU!

MOBILIZE AMERICA – put in your zipcode and any number of opportunities will come up – it’s updated regularly and is an easy portal to use!  Please visit them here:  https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/
INDIVISIBLE– put in your zipcode to find a local chapter and find volunteer opportunities near you -another easy portal to use!
Please visit them here:  http://www.indivisible.org/events/
BUILD THE WAVE – sign up to help send texts for critical races!
Sign up to help text in the coming days by clicking hyperlink here
SWING LEFT – great organization working to organize volunteers from blue districts and mobilize them to provide support for targeted districts to help flip them from RED to BLUE – sign up here:  https://swingleft.org/take-action
THE LAST WEEKEND – a coalition of organizations including the above listed that can text you or email you updated information for activities in your area – it’s a great link to share across all media platforms so that you can activate volunteers in your network!  Please follow this link:  https://thelastweekend.org/
POSTCARDS TO VOTERS – look through a long list of candidates and find the ones you would like to help – sign up to send postcards to voters in their districts (or better yet host a postcard writing party!) Instructions and examples are provided! Follow this link here:  https://postcardstovoters.org/

THE DEMOCRATS – official portal for the Democratic Party with ability to search for events near you! Follow this link here: https://democrats.org/

 


It’s YOUR TIME – It’s OUR TIME – We will not go quietly into this dark night – We must rise up at this tremendous moment of need and reclaim our time, our democracy, our government, our country and our futures! Government is only as good as the one we participate in and governance by the few for the few is no governance at all – it’s tyranny.  We are the majority and we share a vision of a better America, a fairer America, a more inclusive and equitable America, a DIVERSE America.  This is the America worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.  We are worth fighting for. 

So let’s get out there and do this TOGETHER! 

#StrongerTogether

 


“We are Americans. We are not big on quitting.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Hillary Clinton reached out today using Facebook, Twitter, and email in an effort to salvage the expired Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that she helped establish as First Lady. Nine million children could be left without coverage if Congress does not reauthorize the program.

This Facebook message also appeared on her Twitter account.

There’s a lot to be frustrated by right now, to say the least. Here’s something that we should be able to fix:

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health care for 9 million kids and has been reauthorized on a bipartisan basis every year for almost 2 decades, is hanging in limbo because Congress let it expire over 2 months ago. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans rushed to pass so-called tax reform—a giveaway for those who least need it.

It gets worse. During the campaign I warned that the Republicans would come after Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and now they are. Imagine buying a Rolex and paying for it with money you saved to take care of your kids. That’s what Congress is doing with your tax dollars.

How is it that in the middle of dividing up $1.5 trillion dollars between corporations and the ultra-wealthy, Republicans can’t find the time & money to take care of children? These are perverse priorities. Congress needs to pass CHIP now, as they have every year since the 1990s.

So in these surreal times, let’s rally together and take action. Call your House and Senate members at 202-224-3121 and tell them to take care of kids now and protect our seniors, the poor, and vulnerable from future attacks. Tell them that it’s the very least they can do.

I’m going to keep tweeting and posting about this, and speaking out every chance I get, until it is fixed.

Later, she emailed the message.

Friend —

These days, bipartisanship sounds like a dream of the past, but when we first passed the Children’s Health Insurance Plan in 1997, we did so with support on both sides of the aisle — and gave millions of children, pregnant women, and families the security of knowing they had access to critical care.

We came together because we understood that the true measure of a community is how we treat our children. Whether we invest in them and give them an opportunity to live up to their God-given potential.

But then, more than 60 days ago, the Republican-controlled Congress let CHIP, which has been reauthorized on a bipartisan basis every year for the last 19 years, expire — leaving nine million children and families worried about their access to health care. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans rushed to pass so-called tax reform — a giveaway for those who least need it.

That’s unacceptable. And it gets worse. During the campaign, I warned that the Republicans would come after social security, Medicare, and Medicaid — and now they are. Imagine buying a Rolex and paying for it with money you saved to take care of your kids. That’s what Congress is doing with your tax dollars.

Today, I’m asking you to call your Representative and Senators at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to renew the Children’s Health Insurance immediately.

I’m thinking of people like Ryan Moore, who was seven when I first met him, wearing a full body brace and smiling from ear to ear. He inspired me and kept me going through the hardest moments of the fight for health reform. And like Sara Soltani, whose cochlear implant was covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Program — a fact she didn’t realize until her mother told her as she was preparing to graduate from high school and head off to college, her life full of promise and possibility.

There are countless children who got the chance to grow up, to dream big, to have the lives and the futures they deserved. Rosemary, we’ve come too far to turn back now.

Call your Representative and Senators and let them know that you’re counting on them to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program: (202) 224-3121

There’s a lot to be frustrated by right now, to say the least. Here’s something that we should be able to fix together.

Yours,

Hillary

P.S. The current enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act ends December 15th — if you or someone you love needs coverage, tell them to go to healthcare.gov and sign up now.

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We hope she had a lovely, long holiday weekend with her grandkids and dogs. Hillary was back on Twitter today addressing the GOP Senators.  She responded to a tweet from the GOP.

That’s our girl!  She never cares about getting the credit for the work. She just cares that the work gets done.  She sent them, many are her former colleagues in the Senate,  her health care plan from her campaign website. If she were still in the Senate, she would be encouraging them to work cooperatvely with her on this.  Since she is not, she presented them with her plan for their use. Well done, Hillary! Thank you.  We hope they accept your offering in kind and save health care for Americans.

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Hillary Cinton did not lose the 2016 election. I refuse to say she did. She did not win the electoral college, but she won the popular vote. The night of November 8, 2016, when the electoral vote went to Donald Trump, cameras focused on scores of Hillary supporters, my colleagues in battle, in tears. I did not cry.

I did not cry that night, nor the next day, nor the many days since. I did grieve, however. It took the form of anger. Here on these pages I ranted, resisted, gathered the troops to help with the recounts, and waged a struggle against the policies coming down the pike from the incoming administration, but I never cried.

A few days ago, Lily Adams, whom I encountered working on the social nets for the campaign, asked me to participate in a book of letters to Hillary. I composed a tribute.

I let the draft sit in a document file for awhile, went back from time to time, tweaked, added, cleaned up, closed, reopened over a period of a day or so. Then, yesterday, I submitted it.

I did not watch James Comey’s testimony yesterday nor Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings. I did watch “All the President’s Men” and “All the Way” about LBJ on cable. Oddly, after submitting that tribute, every little thing set me off big time yesterday. I cried. I cried about what Nixon and his pack of criminals did to us. I cried for LBJ. We gave him a hard time, my generation, and wore him down, but he did so much that now we stand to lose under a ruthless administration. A second Johnson administration would likely have brought about even more social justice laws and certainly would have obviated that first Nixon administration. But we demonized him with a credibility gap, demonstrations, and our resentment that he was not JFK. I felt bad, and I cried.

I even cried over a song during movie credits. I cried my heart out. Every little thing set me off again.

This morning, I awoke to an email from Lily with a link to my entry in the new Hillary book. When I clicked back to the book’s main page I saw this message from the editor.

This election has triggered so many heartfelt emotions, both before and after election day. Will you kindly share your own emotional journey and experiences since the election in a letter to Hillary? I humbly believe that it will be personally therapeutic, as well as, an important testament about our American values and our continued support of Hillary.

We will present these letters in a volume to Hillary as a token of our admiration and loyalty. Contributors will have an opportunity to buy a copy, too.

By adding your story, you are agreeing to our terms of use. To be considered for the book, please contribute your story by April 15. We will include as many letters as possible.

– Dr. Lynda Y. de la Viña, Editor

Wow! Did Dr. de la Viña hit the nail on the head! Was it emotional? When I was writing, I did not think so. I thought I was being my usual cool-headed, organized self. I thought I was speaking from my head. In fact, I was speaking from my heart. Was it therapeutic? Yes! I did not expect writing a tribute to Hillary to be an exercise in therapy, but it was. I finally cried.

Maybe you, too, have some thoughts to share with our enormous Hillary community about her and about the election we fought through together. If you would like to contribute to this project, go here to the homepage and submit your thoughts and feelings.

 

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In her remarks today, Hillary remembered the late Senator John Glenn who passed away today.  The occasion was a tribute to Harry Reid who is retiring after 30 years representing Nevada. Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer, who succeeds Reid as Leader, shared the podium in reminiscing on Reid’s long career. Both Hillary and Schumer quoted words from Paul Simon’s “The Boxer.”  Reid was a a boxer at one time.  The event was held at the Russell Senate Office Building.

Read’s remarks were typically acerbic. There were moments when he seemed emotional. Harry stuck around so that every single person in the room who wanted a picture with him got one. You could tell he was very touched.

Here is a full video of the proceedings.

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Following her appearance at LULAC today, Hillary stopped by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial where she laid a wreath with New York Rep. Joseph Crowley and them went to Capitol Hill where she met with Senators for lunch and posed for pictures with Senate pages.

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