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ICYMI Here is Hillary’s extensive interview with Anderson Cooper from Wednesday night. It could be my imagination, but it seemed to me that Hillary is more relaxed than ever. That alternate nostril breathing must really work!

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She clearly deliberated long and hard about this, and we respect her dedication to her Republican principles.  But Christine Todd Whitman could no longer simply be #NeverTrump.  She has joined the band of brave Republicans endorsing Hillary Clinton and we could not be happier to have her in our camp.  Welcome, Christie!

Ex-GOP gov Whitman says she’s backing Clinton

We have been waiting for this for awhile, but we knew that sooner or later Christie would team up for the best choice in this election.

The Christie Bombshell … No! Not THAT Christie!

February 26, 2016
Thank you, Governor Whitman!  Nice to have you aboard.

Bonus!  The conservative Enid News has also thrown its chops behind Hillary!  The reasonable choice!

EDITORIAL: Hillary Clinton is our choice for commander in chief

ENE Editorial Board

To paraphrase Albert Einstein, what is right is not always popular.

For our newspaper — a historically conservative voice in a conservative, Republican region of arguably the reddest state in the union — endorsing a Democrat for president is truly an exception.

But this is not a routine campaign. In fact, Nov. 8 will see the most crucial presidential election race in contemporary American history.

Realistically, we have only two candidates for president, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, though other names will appear on the ballot. As has been demonstrated time and again in recent months, Trump does not have the skills, experience or temperament to hold office. For voters, Clinton is the only reasonable choice.

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For one thing, Joe Johns, her health is not a “major campaign issue,” although we will agree that she tends to plow forth no matter what, as you said.  The diagnosis is cause, perhaps,  for tweaking the schedule, but it is not a “major issue.”  Hillary will follow doctor’s orders, and the campaign will roll on.

Hillary, amidst a packed day on Friday, sat down with CNN’s Chris Cuomo for an interview that played throughout the day of 9/11 on CNN.  Great! It was a touching and sincere interview. She was impressive.

Now that Hillary’s diagnosis of pneumonia has been made public, these are the images CNN chooses to accompany the “story” of her interview and her appearance at the 9/11 ceremonies at the World Trade Center yesterday.

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So I need to ask WTH????  (Fifth-graders – the H stands for “heck.” Grandma S4H says that is an OK word.)  Why not these pictures before she had a fainting incident yesterday and why now?

She was a Senator from New York serving her constituents when these photos were taken.  OH! And where is Donald Trump in the September 12, 2001 pics?  Nowhere!

But now that this diagnosis is out there all over the interwebs, let’s make these photos available so we can make it look like Hillary got sick long ago while serving as a Senator.  There is implication in the choice to use these photos now.

Shame on you, John Berman and Christine Romans. Juxtaposing these pictures with the pneumonia story creates a false narrative.

As an educator, I am well aware of Gardner’s multiple intelligences.  It is a theory, but I will concede that for some, perhaps for many, a visual image creates more impact than the spoken or written word.

That being the case, why would a news organization pair photos of a candidate looking distressed and wearing a mask with a story about her having been found to be battling a respiratory infection?

Oh wait!  I know!  I get it!  You want to attach a deeper meaning!

Somehow, going to Ground Zero (on more than one occasion) is now connected, visually, to the diagnosis which appeared, coincidentally, on 9/11.

Serving her constituents made her too sick to serve.  I get it.  So please stop!

She developed a case of pneumonia that is being treated.  She has a minor incident of feeling faint.  It can happen to the strongest among us.

Hillary went many hours more than General Petraeus when she testified last year before the Benghazi committee without fainting.

Stop trying to make Hillary Clinton look sicker and weaker than she is. Media malpractice.  Very disappointing. While we’re at it, lose the snide, John Berman. It comes off like a know-it-all ninth-grader at a debate contest.  Unbecoming.

Hillary has seasonal allergies.  See this from last year when there were 17 Republicans and she blamed her cough on Republican histamines. Many have allergies. Nothing exclusionary about that.

I agree with this >>>>.  Recently a friend asked if I could believe that she gets coughing fits in church. Well, yes. I can. When did a cough ever keep me out of church, school, eventually out of work?  Never!  That is how you keep your grades and your job. You go in sick.  A cough got me my only A- in a doctoral program. The halls at Columbia might as well have been the Alps for the echoes generated. It was not the actual cough that did it.  It was the fatigue.  My inability to clear that highest bar that particular “bronchitis semester.”  My research was sub-par  –  my par.   I did work full-time and teach part-time throughout.  Never missed a day.  Could not afford to.  I kept my jobs.  Coughs happen. So do bronchitis and pneumonia.

Hillary did, wisely, cancel a trip west.  We can help her make up for the fundraisers by kicking in a few extra contributions.  Let’s do this!

Get well, Hillary!  We love you and need you.  We have the wheel for now!

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Hillary Clinton focused her comments squarely on gun regulations when she  spoke by phone to Chris Cuomo this morning.  She called for statesmanship not partisanship in the wake of the terrorist attack in Orlando.

Cuomo pressed her on Trump’s charge that she refuses radical Islamist as a term. She said that she has not rejected the term but will not demonize a religion citing risk in alienating American Muslim community.

“We cannot demonize, demagogue, and declare war on an entire religion…Hate is not the answer to hate.” —Hillary

Hillary turned the conversation to the bigger issue of gun regulations.  Florida does not regulate assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.  Hillary has called for common sense gun reform many times in the course of her campaign.  She called for reinstatement of the  assault weapons ban.

Asked about the right to bear arms, she responded that there are common sense steps that can be taken and pointed to 23 shootings this year by toddlers.

Cuomo asked her to respond to Trump’s messages.  She called his rhetoric dangerous. We have to prevent radicalization. But we also have to be aware that people who are not radicalized also use guns to hurt people. She wants to protect people from ISIS but also from others who inflict injury and death outside of jihadist motivations.

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Donald Trump called in later and repeatedly said “we are letting in too many Syrian refugees.”  The shooter was of Afghan descent and, like Trump, was born in New York. He said, ” We are taking in too many people like this guy.”

 

 

 

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The day after claiming the Democratic nomination for president, Hillary was all over the TV networks tonight. She appeared with Anderson Cooper on CNN discussing such topics as party unity, Bill Clinton’s possible role in her administration, and her pick for Veep.

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In the post mortem, Jeffrey Toobin said what someone should have long ago: that there is a word for what happened to Bernie Sanders – he lost and needs to get over it.  Toobin said the party has coddled Sanders long enough, and it is time for him to get in line.  He said Hillary cannot tell Bernie this, but President Obama can and, he supposes, probably will at their meeting tomorrow. He backed up his statement by arguing that Hillary got the most votes, the most delegates, and the most states.  Case closed as far as he is concerned.

Hillary also spent some time last night before her big speech last night with ABC’s David Muir. The segment aired on World News Tonight.

The video and transcript are here >>>>

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Before Hillary left the west coast, she also sat down with Mario Lopez, and that segment aired tonight as well.  It was very short and focused on the history of the moment.

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Finally, Lester Holt interviewed Hillary for the Nightly News.  She rejected the notion that Bernie Sanders brought any new ideas to the table but praised the passion he inspired.  Lawrence O’Donnell replayed this at 10 EDT on MSNBC.

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Lawrence O’Donnell  ended his hour recalling that other California primary. The 1968 one. I did not cry last night when Hillary claimed the nomination. I knew she was going to do it, and thank God. She is healthy and fine. But 1968….. I woke up early in the morning and the TV was on. I asked my husband – “Why are they talking about JFK?” He said, “They are talking about his brother.”

The cortege went through NJ by train on the way to D.C. People lined the tracks the whole way. It still hurts after all these years. Eight years ago, after suspending her campaign, Hillary Clinton went to the fields of California and began campaigning for the Obama/Biden ticket. She had, long before that, filled the Bobby space in my heart along with his Senate seat. Where she went and what she did after accepting defeat was so much like Bobby as were her visions and plans as laid out in her campaign that year. There is a grace in what she did.  There was a grace in Bobby.

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Keep fighting for a more equal America

 

By Hillary Clinton

Fri June 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton: We need to continue to fight discrimination at all levels of government
We must ensure America remains on the right side of history, she says

“Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.”

(CNN)As we enter Pride Month, and reflect on what has transpired in the last year, it’s clear that America took some big steps forward in our ongoing fight for equality.
Marriage equality is the law of the land. The federal government and U.S. military’s nondiscrimination policies now cover sexual orientation. Adoption by same-sex couples is finally legal in every state.

And in communities across the country, high schools are celebrating same-sex prom kings and queens. Transgender people have been living with greater openness and joy. There’s no denying that our country is moving forward.
Now we need to make sure America remains on the right side of history. We’re already seeing efforts to reverse the gains we’ve made in statehouses and courthouses across the country. Not to mention, there’s an election going on — and it would be all too easy for our next president to roll back much of the progress we have made.
Enter Donald Trump, who has pledged to do just that.

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Hillary spoke live on CNN this afternoon with Chris Cuomo.

Welcoming Cuomo to her hometown, Park Ridge Illinois, Hillary first addressed the EgyptAir crash, apparently a terrorist attack, and reinforced her three-pronged approach to fighting terrorism.

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Asked whether things are better or worse than when Obama took office, she cited progress but emphasized that it is important with the immigrant waves, to get European countries on board with security measures that are stronger.

Re: Donald Trump – Hillary said he says harmful things   e.g. barring Muslims. She said his approach is provocative, wrong-headed (e.g. praising the head of North Korea, criticizing our ally, letting other countries have nuclear weapons, pulling out of NATO), and potentially dangerous.

She said we have been effective in killing the head of ISIS and cutting off funding to them, but the entire world is listening to what Trump says.  She said that his statements disqualify him.  The statements are not off the cuff.  It is a pattern.

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Asked about the Nevada convention incident, Hillary said she was very disturbed by what she saw, but she has confidence that the party will unify based on the intensity in 2008. She said both she and Bernie Sanders are following the same rules.  Hillary said she was closer to Obama’s numbers by this point in 2008, and 40% of her supporters said they would not support Obama.  She said the differences between her and Sanders are minimal compared to their differences with Trump.

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Should she reach out to Sanders?  She said she has done that many times, and he must do his part.  In 2008 she did her part and so did Barack Obama.  She pointed to the Unity NH trip.

She takes Sanders at his word that he will fight against Trump. She said she will not get into naming a VP pick and said Trump will bring them together.

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She said again that she is not running against Trump but for the issues she is advocating.  Trump can say what he wants but Hillary thinks people want to know what the candidates will do.

Despite the fact that Trump is getting votes, Hillary pointed out that she is getting more votes.  She said she is not worried about what Trump says about her.  She is used to it.  She will go after what he says about other people (e.g. making fun of a disabled person). She does not feel compelled to defend her honor or her husband’s.

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On the path forward: The party will unify.  There will be discussion.  She will do her part to bring Sanders supporters in and then they will campaign against Trump with a strong compelling case to the American people.

Hillary feels optimistic about the country.  She said the next president must:

1. Provide positive results;

2. Protect America;

3. Unify the country.   Hillary believes she can do all three.

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What does she think her mom would tell her to do facing Trump in this election? She said her mom taught her always to get back up and dust yourself off when you are facing a bully. Her mom taught her resilience and the power of love and caring. If you are putting yourself in the public arena, everything is increased. Hillary feels she is the recipient of so much from her family and country. She said we are great.  If we work together we can stay great.

It was a good interview. Pivot completed as far as I can see.

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