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Unconfirmed reports assert that the fundraiser Hillary hosted for Bill de Blasio at the Roosevelt Hotel netted more than the targeted one million dollars.   Having avoided the turmoils of the Democratic primary in the New York City mayoral race, both Bill and Hillary Clinton endorsed de Blasio on September 18 once the primary was history.   De Blasio was Hillary’s Senate campaign manager in 2000.

Here are some pictures from a variety of sources.

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Here are a few of the things we can look forward to seeing Hillary doing in the upcoming week.



New York NY

Roosevelt Hotel

Fundraiser Bill DeBlasio


Buffalo NY

University of Buffalo

Distinguished Speakers Series


Washington DC

St. Regis Hotel

Center for American Progress Anniversary


Hamilton NY

Colgate University

Global Leaders Lecture


St. Louis Park MN

Beth El Synagogue

Speaker Series

And, of course, Saturday is her birthday. Happy Birthday early, Mme. Secretary!

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We are not yet a week past the closing of CGI 2013 where Hillary Clinton announced new initiatives and projects:  Beijing+20 to examine progress in women’s rights since her 1996 Beijing speech (deliverable 2016) and  an initiative to join the  battle against wildlife trafficking and elephant poaching.  On the heels of that closing she assumed the chair of the leadership council at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves,  a partnership she helped establish in 2010.

Yet, if you put the following terms into a Google search [Hillary Clinton + projects] it yields page after page of articles about the scrapping of proposed movies about Hillary and not a single piece about the prodigious work she continues to do in her post-official world.  Appalling!

Last night she received the National Legacy Award from  Save the Children at a Gala hosted by Calvin Klein, and the night before the Children’s Defense Fund honored her.  In both cases the accolades were for the work she has done all of her professional life for children.  She has continued this work, too, as a private citizen with Too Small to Fail, an initiative she launched in June of this year during CGI America in Chicago, her first official project since leaving Secretary of State.

Just prior the this year’s CGI she announced and met with a leadership and advisory board for  Too Small to Fail.   Here is their latest post.  Do not let anyone tell you that the only Hillary Clinton projects are movies that have been jettisoned.  Our Hillary is a very busy and productive private citizen who continues to work for the well-being of all.


Closing the Word Gap for America’s Children

Some precocious toddlers use many different words when communicating early on in their lives, while others appear to struggle through a few small words or phrases. While sometimes a limited vocabulary in a child’s early years may be due to a developmental problem, most often children with fewer words have simply not heard as many words as they needed to in order to effectively express themselves.

Put simply, children learn words that they hear spoken directly to them, and if they hear too few words and have too few conversational interactions while they are learning to speak, their vocabularies suffer. But so may their ability to succeed in school later on.

Researchers have found that children in low-income households often have less language stimulation than children in high-income households, resulting in a marked word gap that affects their early learning and preparation for school. In fact, the seminal research of Drs. Betty Hart and Todd Risley found that children in low-income homes hear 30 million fewer words by age four than children in high-income homes. Unfortunately, children who struggle with a limited vocabulary in kindergarten continue to struggle in seventh grade, in high school and even into adulthood.

Several pilot studies in communities across the country – including the Thirty Million Words Project in Chicago and Providence Talks in Providence, Rhode Island – are showing that parents who talk directly to their babies and toddlers often and in an engaging way can help their children develop their vocabulary more fully and positively impact their brain development. As parents and caregivers point out objects in a room, or sing songs, or read books, very young children begin to understand the words being used and their context. This word recognition is critical to building their knowledge base for future learning.

All of this is good news for kids and parents, because with some support and a few simple tools, parents and caregivers can help their babies express themselves meaningfully for life.

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As you know, Hillary Clinton was honored last night at a Kennedy Center gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Children’s Defense Fund.  If you were watching the Hillary news feeds, however, you might have thought the only headlines were about CNN and NBC dropping plans for movies and documentaries.   To honor Hillary, CDF made their own video about her.

Hillary never slows down.  She has embarked on several wonderful initiatives, including Too Small to Fail, as she mentions in the video and below.  Americans and the world do not need scripted movies, documentary or otherwise,  to tell us about her work.  We have the real Hillary herself – her actions and her words.

Here is her tweet from last night’s event followed by the video and transcript of her remarks (thanks to CDF and Digital Journal), a rare treat since she left DOS!


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WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the remarks below at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). In her speech, Secretary Clinton discusses the need to invest in the education and health of children, her work at the Clinton Foundation and her experience working with CDF and Marian Wright Edelman. The event was held on Monday, September 30, 2013 at the Kennedy Center. 

What a great evening! Oh. I tell you, my only regret about tonight and this remarkable 40th anniversary is that I wish we could have held it at the Capitol and shared the enthusiasm, the stories, the resolve, the commitment and mission with those Members of our Congress, so that they understand why we can never give up. As Marian has said, this is the work of a lifetime. We’ve made progress. We’ve seen changes. We have watched the results of these young people who have been on the stage with us, and we know that that’s what America is really all about, the kind of values and commitment that we’ve seen.

I am one of the many people whose life was changed by Marian, and I was very lucky that I tracked her down one day when she was at the law school we both attended and asked her if I could have a job. She said she had no jobs because she had no money to pay anybody. I said, “Well, that’s a problem because I need to make money to go to law school,” and she said, “Well, if you can figure out how to get yourself paid, I’ll give you a job.” So I looked everywhere I could possibly look and found a paid stipend for the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council internship, and off I went for my first experience working for Marian.

And we’ve heard a lot about the example that Marian has set, the passion that she brings to her work and inspires in so many of us, but I want to add that she also really looked at the evidence. She never was unprepared. She knew that if we were to make a case on behalf of the children of our country, we had to have our facts straight. We had to know exactly what was going on in order to be advocates and agents of change.

One of my first experiences was when Marian intuited by sort of talking to people and then analyzed Census data and school enrollment and came to us and said, “I don’t understand it. I mean, there are so many more children in our country than we have in school who are of school age. We have to figure out what’s going on.” So I was one of the many people recruited to go door to door in some select Census districts and literally knocking on the door and, when someone answered the door, saying, “Do you have any children in the home who are not in school?” It was that hard daily work of gathering the facts, and what did I find? I found some children weren’t in school because they had to work to help support the family or they had to take care of their siblings, but I mostly found children with disabilities who in those days were not really welcome in our schools, children whose families couldn’t afford the wheelchair or the hearing aid or the other intervention that might have made it possible for them to attend school, and I was one of many who reported back the data. And as a result of all the work by so many of us, the Children’s Defense Fund published its very first report called “Children Out of School in America.”

And then Marian took the data and used it to convince lawmakers in Washington that more needed to be done to make sure that all of our children, including our children with disabilities, have the chance for an education, and in 1975, Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. And for me, that was transformative.

Marian was equal parts passion and compassion, toughness and tenderness, and relentless on behalf of children, justice, and progress.

And then in the 1980s, CDF successfully pushed to expand Medicaid to cover more pregnant women and children under 5 and children with disabilities. In the 1990s, we worked together to create the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, to improve the foster care and adoption systems, to expand Early Head Start, and then after 2000, CDF kept fighting for kids in foster care, in the juvenile justice system, in Head Start, working with both Republicans and Democrats, and of course, the work goes on.

There are dozens of laws on the books of the United States protecting children and supporting families that would not be there were it not for the Children’s Defense Fund. And I for one am very happy that even though now 90 percent of our children have access to health care, when the Affordable Care Act actually goes into implementation tomorrow, we will raise that number.

One of the many things that I love about Marian is that no matter how depressing the headlines, she keeps her eye on the trend lines. What’s happening with our kids? What can we do to improve the chances that more kids will be able to achieve educational success? And the Freedom Schools is a brilliant intervention in children’s lives in places where for too long, there wasn’t that kind of opportunity to learn, to collaborate, to think and dream as big as possible.

So although we are celebrating 40 years, which seems like a really long time, in the history of a country, it’s not that long. It’s just that our mission is so precious and urgent because, after all, today in America, more than 16 million children live in poverty, the highest percentage since the 1990s, and despite all the advances we’ve made, our babies are still more likely to be born underweight and undernourished in the last year than they were in 1990. And the prevalence of chronic health conditions in American children, including obesity, asthma, behavior and learning problems, and other conditions have more than doubled in the past two decades. And yes, nearly half of all the recipients of food stamps are children, 22 million who rely on that program to get the food they need to be healthy, to be able to pay attention in school, to thrive for the future.

So why on earth would some want to be tearing down the support structure that keeps our children healthy?

So, yes, there’s a lot of work to be done. I for one am looking forward to continuing that work, both as a partner with CDF and at the Clinton Foundation working with my husband and my daughter, trying to make sure that we all do what we can to help more kids beat the odds, and I could not be prouder or happier to have sat in the audience and heard the stories of just a few of the young people, to see the performances of just a few of the young people whose lives have been touched, even transformed by the Children’s Defense Fund.

So I know I was sitting next to Marian when we heard that extraordinary speech from our young City Councilmember in Stockton, and, you know, I do have an eye for political talent.

So I kind of expect that we’ll be hearing more from him, but he had this great cadence going about how in the next 40 years, the next 40 years. And Marian is going, “We can’t wait that long.”

Well, we can’t. We can’t. We want the next generation and the generation after that to have many more opportunities to realize the American dream, however they define it, to be able to live up to their own God-given potential, and we want to keep making progress every year, year by year, to make it clear that every child is our child. And we will not rest until every single child has the same chance to beat the odds as the ones you saw tonight.

Thank you and God bless you Marian Edelman.

Raymonde Charles
Press Secretary
202-662-3508 (office)

SOURCE Children’s Defense Fund

Here are a few more twitpics.

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Our girl last night.


I have loved this jacket, which she wears only rarely and exclusively to evening events,  since the first time she wore it to a function during a NATO summit in April 2009.  It looks every bit as lovely on her now as it did then.

2009 NATO Summit

2009 NATO Summit

Hillary’s work for children will be further recognized this evening when Save the Children honors her with their National Legacy Award.  Seeing her so honored trumps a movie any day of the week.  Our best congratulations, Mme. Secretary on two such accolades in two days!

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Dear Still,

Wow! Since Ready for Hillary officially launched last week we have seen an outpouring of support that is really just stunning.

We put together a video that compiles some of the things we’ve done so far, and I wanted to make sure you were the first to see it. Remember — this wouldn’t have happened without the amazing early support YOU are showing for Hillary.

Mother Jones recently ran a piece with the headline, “The Ready for Hillary Super-PAC is the Real Deal.” And you better believe it. We’ve gained the support of prominent political figures including James Carville, former Congresswoman and Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher, long-time Clinton supporter Harold Ickes, and just yesterday President Clinton’s former Press Secretary, Dee Dee Myers, offered her support on Twitter! Oh — and we are adding a new Facebook fan every 14 seconds!

There is a clear interest in beginning to build a state-by-state, neighbor-to-neighbor network, like President Obama did, to support Hillary right now so we are ready should she run for President in 2016. We are just beginning what will be a long journey; however, we should take a moment to celebrate what you accomplished this week.

Take a minute and watch this video showing the highlights of the past week! Make sure you pass this along to your friends. This movement depends on growing support one person at a time.

And to cap off this amazing week, we have now reached over 1,000 grassroots donors. This is a tremendous accomplishment that blew me away — and we’re just getting started.

Thank you again for stepping up to the plate as we build a campaign that will help Hillary should she run.


Allida Black
Ready for Hillary Chair

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Interview With Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
New York, New York
September 9, 2011

QUESTION: We’re back here live in front of the New York Stock Exchange. She was the junior senator from New York 10 years ago when the city was attacked, and now she is the Secretary of State. And I asked Hillary Clinton how do you balance protecting the country while at the same time protecting the U.S. economy. Listen in.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think we’ve made a lot of progress in the last 10 years. I always think there is room for improvement, so I think we always have to be honest and say, what can we do better? But I’m very proud of a lot of the actions and reforms that we’ve undertaken. I think there’s more to be done. I’ll be giving a speech about that in about an hour. But I agree with you, too, that the core of our strength and our leadership is right here at home. And what we have to do is make sure that we are keeping faith with the millions and millions of people who believe in our country, who want a better life, and who are ready to die and defend us. And I’ve worked with a lot of firefighters, a lot of police officers, a lot of guys and women in uniform on the military, and I mean they’re on the front lines, and the rest of us need to do our part. So I’m very proud of our country. I get to represent us around the world. But I always think that we’re Americans. We always can ask ourselves, what can we do better?

QUESTION: Well, I know you’re very proud of the country, as am I. At the same time, for the war on terror, we’ve spent in the last 10 years about $1.283 trillion, and we still have threats. We had one last night from the Middle East. It’s Pakistan, it’s Afghanistan, some say even parts of Egypt. Where are we in the Middle East? They are a big piece and a big threat to this country. How do you feel that we’re doing and where are we in the Middle East right now?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, first, Cheryl, I think it’s important to recognize that there will always be threats. I mean, if – we’re living in a globalized world, where all that we take advantage of here – instant communications, easy travel – is available to people with evil intentions. And unfortunately, that’s just a new reality that we have to accept. But at the same time, we are going to do everything we can to protect ourselves, to be vigilant, to make it clear that if somebody comes after us, we will never rest until we come after them. And that’s what we did. It took us 10 years; we finally got bin Ladin. And we got him because we never gave up, and we never said, “Oh, that was yesterday’s news.” No. You attack us, we’re going to get you.

So I guess my view on this is we’ve made improvements. What I worry about is our country needs to sort of stay in the game. We need to be on our toes. We need to be ready to do what’s necessary to get the economy going again. And obviously, the President laid out some very important ideas last night. We need to be aware of the fact that our leadership, our ability to respond and defend ourselves, really starts right here.

QUESTION: How confident are you in your conversations with the President about the safety of the country? And obviously, you’ve got to request a budget just like everyone else as the Administration. The country’s under great financial strain right now. Are you concerned that the budget at State might be in jeopardy?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, obviously, we have tough budgetary decisions to make, but the President is totally focused and committed on making sure, first and foremost, we’re safe. And we’re going to take a hard look at what we need to do. I’m working with the Congress in order to make sure that I have what I need, and obviously the other parts of our government do.

But yes, we’ve spent a lot of money, but we had a lot of work to do. And when I look back on all the changes we had to make after 9/11 – because I was part of that; I was doing legislation, I was advocating, I was working with my colleagues – we’ve done a lot of it, but I’m not satisfied. I don’t think anybody should be satisfied. But at the same time, I’m very proud of who we are, and we just have to keep going.

QUESTION: Final question: You were a New York State senator 10 years ago on 9/11, and New York City, I mean, this is 9 percent of the U.S. output. I mean, this is a big piece of the economic health of this country. What do you want to see, and what do you think the future of New York City is?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, I am so bullish on New York. I am absolutely convinced that New York will remain not only the number one economic powerhouse in the world but the leading city in the world. I mean, look at what’s happened in 10 years. More people live in New York than lived in New York on 9/11. We’re rebuilding at Ground Zero. We’re going to be back in business around the site with the new buildings that’ll go up. People are attracted from around the world. The real estate market is still booming here. Always remember that considering the right design accounting plan for your HOA is necessary to ensure the financial strength of your community. If you need such assistance, clarksimsonmiller.com is a accounting company who specializes in HOA accounting and back-office services. All of those are tremendous votes of confidence in New York and in [interruption of audio feed.]

Interview With Margaret Brennan of Bloomberg


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
New York, New York
September 9, 2011

QUESTION: I am live here on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with a very important guest, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on hand as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of the September 11th attacks, commemorate that here on the floor of the exchange today – and an ominous turn in many ways. We have this credible terror threat.


QUESTION: What can you tell us about what’s happening right now?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Margaret, it is a specific, credible, but unconfirmed threat. And we are taking every precaution. Obviously, once it was determined that we needed to, information was shared with state and local officials. You saw Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly out.

And part of the reason for sharing the information is to enlist millions of eyes and ears. We want people to go about your daily lives, but be vigilant and remember that the Times Square bomber, so-called, was stopped because a food vendor saw something suspicious.

QUESTION: In so many ways, the financial community and economic security is a big part of that broader security picture.


QUESTION: And we had the President give a jobs address last night – around the world, increased joblessness, high food prices. They’ve led to political instability. How are you trying to utilize economic diplomacy?

SECRETARY CLINTON: That’s a great question, and I am very focused on economic diplomacy. Now, there are some things that the State Department can do. Obviously, we promote American exports, we promote American jobs. I spend a lot of my time talking to leaders around the world about why American products are the best in the world and they should be purchased.

But we also are facing some very tough decisions here, Europe, and elsewhere. And we’re all going to have to recognize that there is no quick or easy way out of this. But we’re on a path. We have to stay on that path. And I think what the President said last night about a lot of what could be done right now will certainly contribute to moving us forward and getting us back to growth.

QUESTION: Now, how has – I mean, we’re talking in a week where we see U.S. bond yields go this record low, money going in to U.S. debt at the very same moment we have S&P downgrading the credit quality of this country, at least nominally. How has that hurt or inhibited or impacted the work you’re doing in terms of U.S. perception?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think first of all, the market has given a strong endorsement to the strength of the American economy and the stability of the American government, because – you’re right – I thought that the downgrade was basically irrelevant. It didn’t reflect at all the fundamentals or the strength of our economic and political system. So with money flooding in, people are voting in a very clear way for American economic leadership.

At the same time, our political system is under scrutiny. We have to pull together. We can’t be ideologically divided so that people are only staring at each other across this political chasm. We have to pull together, we have to make some decisions. It was only 10 years ago we had a balanced budget. We had a surplus. We had four years of a surplus. We can do this again, but everybody’s going to have to give a little. That’s the way political systems in a democracy are supposed to work. And I worry that some people think that we have no basis for compromise; it’s either my way or the highway. That is not how you solve problems, and I want to see people moving, getting together, as the President called for last night.

QUESTION: And the President called for and really upped the ante for the super committee to come up with new ways to find methods of austerity to cut back here. How has that atmosphere of cutbacks in discretionary funding inhibited what you can do through economic diplomacy?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, obviously, there are some big opportunities that we have now in the Middle East and North Africa with the so-called Arab Awakening that we may not be able to deliver on the way I would like to see. But we, like every part of our government, are going to have to make some tough decisions. And so every day, I try to balance what’s in our real interests and how can we make sure we’re moving in the right direction. Because a lot of what I do is not about today or tomorrow. It’s about five years, 10 years, 15 years down the road. So it’s going to be tough. I’m not going to stand here and tell you any different. But I think if we could come to some political resolution, we’ll be able to work all this through.

QUESTION: You mentioned the Arab Awakening. Specifically with Libya, the global oil markets want to know when Libya’s oil production, 1.5 million barrels a day, is going to get back on to the market. How is the U.S. trying to help that get done?

SECRETARY CLINTON: We are working very hard with the Transitional National Council. I met with them last week in Paris. We are prepared, along with a lot of our other partners, both in Europe and in the Gulf, to assist them in getting back up online. Obviously, there is still some fighting going on in some parts of Libya, but other parts are secure enough that we can begin this process of trying to get oil back onto the market. We are working to make sure we lift the sanctions that were imposed on the Qadhafi regime so that the new leadership of Libya will not be held back from trying to get the oil moving. So we’re making progress on that.

QUESTION: Do you expect oil to be back on the market within the next few weeks or a month?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I don’t – I’m not an oil expert, so I don’t want to be hazarding an opinion. I don’t know what the damage was. I don’t know what other kinds of steps will have to be taken. But I can assure you and I can assure all your viewers we are 100 percent committed to doing everything we can to help the TNC get up and going in the oil markets again.

QUESTION: Finally, I want to ask you about, as you just mentioned, freeing up assets for the Libyan regime. One and a half billion given the okay by the United Nations, but a lot of those assets are tied up, hard to get to. What kind of progress are we making there, and what do you want to hold onto as leverage with this new government?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we’re making progress. Ironically, the Qadhafi regime used to print their money in England, so the British have just been able to release hundreds of millions of dollars of banknotes that are either already or on their way to Libya. Every country that had frozen assets is working through (inaudible) legal system, working through the UN sanctions regime, to free up as much as possible as quickly as possible. It does belong to the Libyan people.

At the same time, I am certainly expressing very clearly what our expectations are. We want transparency. We want accountability for the money that goes back in. We want financial systems established that can be audited and understood not only by us but by the Libyan people themselves. So there’s some work to be done, but I have found the Transitional National Council to be very receptive. And the finance minister, Mr. Tarhouni, had been, for quite a number of years since he was in exile, a business professor at the University of Washington.

QUESTION: That’s right. We talked to him. Forty years in the U.S., I believe.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yeah. Forty years. And so he is just working extremely hard. I don’t know that the man has slept in months. So there are some very good people. But like, I mean, it’s understandable; they don’t have yet the critical mass, so we’re trying to offer expertise. The UN, others are, as well. I think given the fact they started from a standstill, there were no institutions, no political system to hang onto because of what Qadhafi had done to Libya, they’ve made a lot of progress. But they are the first to tell you they have a long way to go.

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, it’s wonderful to speak with you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good to see you, too.

QUESTION: Thank you so much for making time for us today.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much. My pleasure.

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