I am not big on post mortems.  Living through that 2015 – 2016 campaign season was painful enough one time around. In her Candidate Confessional podcast for HuffPo, Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Hillary for America,  revisits the difficulty she encountered trying to get the press to buy into the seriousness of the Russian meddling. There is a lesson here, especially for the press.

The most ignored story of the 2016 presidential campaign is the press corps’ unwillingness to focus on Russia’s election meddling before election night, according to one of Hillary Clinton’s former top aides.

After all, the circumstances that led to the accusations of collusion that continue to dog President Donald Trump were visible during the campaign itself. The same Trump associates who are currently being questioned for potential ties to the Kremlin had senior positions on his election team.

But to the eternal frustration of Clinton’s camp, the press never seemed interested in the Russian-meddling angle during the campaign.

In the latest episode of “Candidate Confessional,” Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s campaign communications director, recounts how she tried to repeatedly get reporters to write about Russia, to little effect.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign team was frustrated the press wouldn’t focus on potential Russian meddling in the election until after Election Day.

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How bizarre is it that, eight months after the election, Hillary Clinton’s name is mentioned at almost the same frequency on tonight’s news as Trump’s? By the way, there was no there there. No “dirt.” No kompromat, but we already knew that from the Steele memos.

Men obsessed with Hillary Clinton. Here is a throwback from exactly nine years and seven months ago tonight.

Samantha Bee is selling a “Nasty Woman” shirt to benefit Planned Parenthood, and Hillary Clinton has joined her advertising campaign.

The phrase hearkens back to the debates when Donald Trump called Hillary and later Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “nasty women.” The shirt costs $25 and the description at the website is as follows.

By getting this exclusive “Nasty Woman” shirt, you’re joining Samantha Bee and countless other smart, fearless women and men in supporting Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County, standing up for women’s (aka, human) rights and helping to pave the way for a brighter future. This is such an incredible time in our country’s history. Don’t you want to look back on it with pride, knowing that you helped make a difference? We do! Join us and let’s make it happen.

Just to keep the record straight, here are the 17 intel agencies that we have been hearing about since Hillary Clinton brought them up during one of the debates.



There’s more than the CIA and FBI: The 17 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community

Nina Agrawal

The U.S. intelligence community recently reaffirmed its conclusion that senior officials in Russia were behind hacks during the 2016 presidential campaign into the Democratic National Committee and emails belonging to associates of Hillary Clinton.

But what exactly is the “intelligence community?” It’s not just an amorphous term for all U.S. intelligence officials. It’s a veritable alphabet soup of 17 agencies and offices. The group includes agencies strictly focused on intelligence as well as the intelligence arms of other government agencies and of the military. Its total budget in 2015 was $66.8 billion.

Here are the 17 offices:

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Matthew Rosenberg of the New York Times explains why Trump’s remarks yesterday implying that not all 17 agencies were in agreement were deceptive misleading.


President Trump speaking in Warsaw on Thursday. During his speech, Mr. Trump yet again raised doubt about Russian meddling in the presidential election.

President Trump speaking in Warsaw on Thursday. During his speech, Mr. Trump yet again raised doubt about Russian meddling in the presidential election. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Trump Misleads on Russian Meddling: Why 17 Intelligence Agencies Don’t Need to Agree


President Trump said on Thursday that only “three or four” of the United States’ 17 intelligence agencies had concluded that Russia interfered in the presidential election — a statement that while technically accurate, is misleading and suggests widespread dissent among American intelligence agencies when none has emerged.

The “three or four” agencies referred to by Mr. Trump are the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, all of which determined that Russia interfered in the election. Their work was compiled into a report, and a declassified version was released on Jan. 6 by the director of national intelligence. It said that all four agencies had “high confidence” that Russian spies had tried to interfere in the election on the orders of President Vladimir V. Putin.

The reason the views of only those four intelligence agencies, not all 17, were included in the assessment is simple: They were the ones tracking and analyzing the Russian campaign. The rest were doing other work.

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Cross-posted at The Department of Homegirl Security.

To the devastation of many, especially little girls, the confetti that was installed at the ceiling of the Javits Center in Manhattan never fell on the night of November 8, 2016.  Artist Bunny Burson, who served as executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in President Bill Clinton’s administration and as part of Hillary Clinton’s Missouri Steering Committee, has tracked down that confetti and turned it into inspirational art.

Early on election night last November, artist Bunny Burson looked to New York City’s Javits Center ceiling, expecting confetti to fall to celebrate Hillary Clinton becoming the nation’s first woman president. But the confetti never fell.

Crushed by Clinton’s loss to President Donald Trump, Burson began an almost two-week journey to track down the confetti, which she thought would make great material for artwork.

She used the confetti to turn a window at Bruno David Gallery in Clayton into a massive snow globe titled “And Still I Rise.” Her purpose? To flip Clinton’s defeat into inspiration for women and girls.

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It is no secret that until the summer of  2015, Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump were friends. They are no longer so close. Actress and playwright, Melissa Rauch put her imagination to work on what it might have been like when Chelsea and Ivanka did lunch. The result is a two-character satirical play that will run for one night only to benefit Planned Parenthood.  Zosia Mamet will join Rauch for what is sure to be the hottest ticket in town this summer.

Zosia Mamet & Melissa Rauch To Play Chelsea Clinton & Ivanka Trump

We’ve seen a lot of satirical takes on the families of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton since the election madness went into full force in 2016, but nothing has quite excited us like this latest parody announcement.

Zosia Mamet and Melissa Rauch are teaming up to put on a comedic event in New York City where they’ll assume the roles of Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton, respectively, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The event, titled The Secret Lunches of Chelsea & Ivanka, will be held for one night only at Joe’s Pub on July 24 and will directly benefit Planned Parenthood. Because the only thing better than watching badass babes performing together is knowing that the event helps to provide millions of women with access to reproductive health services.

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If you know Mamet’s gift for comedic deadpan, you will not want to miss this!

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.

No, despite her avowed dedication to books and reading, it is not a bookstore.  A new eatery is scheduled to open soon on King Street in Chappaqua, and Hillary is excited and ready to try their fare. Hillary and Bill Clinton are devoted patrons of small businesses in their adopted hometown.

CHAPPAQUA, NY – Aesop’s Fable Restaurant, a new eatery in Chappaqua that is focused on farm-to-table dining, announced that it will hold a grand opening.

The ceremony is scheduled for July 14 to July 15, Aesop’s announced on its Facebook page.


The new restaurant’s team includes owner Tonin Veshta and Partner & Executive Chef Matthew Cook.


Aesop’s can count Chappaqua resident and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as among those interested in its opening.

“Can’t wait, we’ll be here,” Clinton was quoted as saying in a Facebook post from Aesop’s. The post included a photo of Clinton with Cook.

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So if you are in Chappaqua, you might want to drop by and have a bite!

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