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We are bloody but unbowed. Yesterday, after massive efforts of letter writing, phone calling, emailing, and petition signing, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education by an historic tie-breaking vote by VP and Senate President Mike Pence.

Not long afterward, the effort to confirm Jeff Sessions, noted bigot, as Attorney General ran into an effort by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to read a letter penned in 1986 by Coretta Scott King in opposition to Sessions being appointed a federal district judge in Alabama.

We see how this is going.

Here are the Twitter hashtags.

“Silencing Elizabeth Warren”

#LetLizSpeak

#ShePersists

#ShePersisted

Here is the exchange on the Senate floor.

The swamp gases in DC are toxic.

Stay battle-ready. This is just the beginning.

Thank you, Liz!

Here is the letter.

My Senator, Cory Booker.

From Hillary Clinton:

Happy Black History Month!

Cross-posted at The Department of Homegirl Security.

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In Arkansas Saturday night,  Hillary Clinton promised to continue to battle for women’s equity in the workplace.

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton vows to "keep fighting for equal pay for equal work" for women. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton vows to “keep fighting for equal pay for equal work” for women. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Taking to Twitter today, she pushed back at remarks by Mitch McConnell and took a position on Dodd-Frank.

If Sen. McConnell thinks fighting for women and families is playing the “gender card”—okay. Here’s our :

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Hillary has also proposed increased profit-sharing.  Americans work hard.  Those who put in the hard work and long hours should experience the benefits of some ownership of the operation in which they labor.  Evidence supports the benefits to the employer of including the employees in the profits.

Profit sharing is just common sense. See Hillary’s plan:

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While we are on the subject of fair pay and workplace equity, this morning, there is this from the Wall Street Journal.

Overtime Rules Send Bosses Scrambling

Rachel Feintzeig, Rachel Emma Silverman, Lauren Weber
Companies are racing to track and manage the hours their employees really work, following a White House proposal that would put millions more U.S. workers in line for overtime pay. The plans, issued last month by the Labor Department, would more than double the salary threshold that determines which workers are eligible for time-and-a-half pay when working more than 40 hours in a week. Those rules won’t be finalized for months, but already companies are seeking ways to comply with the law and keep a lid on labor costs. Some firms are installing software that alerts managers when workers are at risk of running up overtime pay, while others are evaluating which staffers should receive salaries and which should switch to hourly pay. And others may discourage checking email after working hours. Read more >>>>

Wow!  Scrambling!  To pay fairly.  Pathetic!  But employers have been getting away with this for far too long.  The magician’s trick here is putting people on managerial salary (often for a few thousand per year beyond what they were making in the ranks) and then expecting unlimited hours put in at that yearly rate. In a prior position, over 14 years, I worked 13 Saturdays a year.  I was not paid for those Saturdays even at a daily rate the heck with overtime.  I was told it was part of the job description and all of those hours were covered by my yearly salary which ranged from 22K to 26K over those years,  My staffers who worked on those Saturdays, salaried at 18K to 23K  over the same period, were paid time-and-a-half.   I was responsible for all of the work done by my staff and stayed until all the work was finished no matter when others were free to go home – I had to.  The work had to be done. I worked 182 Saturdays over those years for which I was not paid beyond my regular 9-5:30 pay.  I will not even bother with the extra two to five hours I regularly put in Mon. – Fri. beyond regular office hours.  I held no manner of ownership in the organization. I worked as if I did.

It is bad enough that people are cheated on their paychecks with this trick.  I would love a grandfather clause that allowed me to collect those unpaid wages.  The most insidious underbelly to this practice is that those hours and the funds that might have been paid do not count into social security either.   Those are funds that should not only be paid but also should be taxed and appear in your SSI contributions.  It is a double-blind trap for workers, depriving them both of present and future compensation and also cheats the social security system of taxable funds.

If you are a woman in this situation, you have no way to know if your male counterparts do receive the overtime pay.  You suck it up.  If you are a single woman, the assumption is that you have unlimited extra hours to contribute in this way despite hidden responsibilities that nobody cares about such as ill and aging parents and other family members and your own, perhaps invisible, disabilities and personal issues.

Nobody’s time and efforts should be taken for granted.  Work and the profits it engenders should be compensated equitably.  The economy does well when American families do well.  Families do well when all working members are treated with fairness.  Hillary is fighting for all of us.  It is not just a women’s issue.  It is an American issue.  If we want to see change in the workplace, we need to be behind her.

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The Clintons have been energetic supporters of Alison’s campaign.  To put the dot on the ‘i’ Hillary returned to Kentucky today.   Two weeks after her last visit and four days before the mid-term election, Hillary joined Alison and Governor Steve Beshear at the Northern Kentucky University rally in Highland Heights.  Grimes hopes to unseat Mitch McConnell and win an important Senate seat for the Democrats.

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Hillary was onstage at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville this evening to support Alison Lundergan Grimes in her campaign to unseat Mitch McConnell in the Senate. Livestream video here >>>>

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Hillary Clinton to speak in Louisville

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FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2013, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about Syria in the South Court Auditorium on the White House Complex in Washington. The filmmaker who was making a documentary about Hillary Clinton for CNN says he is backing out of the project because few people would cooperate with him. Charles Ferguson wrote in a column posted on Huffington Post Monday that he concluded he couldn’t make much of a film. He said that of more than 100 people he approached, only two who had dealt with the former of secretary of state agreed to speak on camera. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) / AP
Clinton discusses Arizona, Venezuela, White House ...

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak in Louisville on April 26 at the United Methodist Women’s Assembly at the Kentucky International Convention Center, according to the group.

She will be a keynote speaker at the assembly, which will run from April 25-27 at the center.

“Secretary Clinton is a lifelong United Methodist and a longtime advocate for women, children and youth,” Harriett Jane Olson, chief executive of United Methodist Women, said in a release. “It was almost 20 years ago when she electrified the participants at the 4th United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing by her declaration that women’s rights are human rights.”

“… Her work reflects commitments United Methodist Women and our predecessor organizations have worked toward for 145 years. We look forward to hearing what she has learned in her work with women around the world.”
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Speak at United Methodist Women Assembly

March 6, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a Saturday morning keynote at the 19th quadrennial United Methodist Women Assembly in Louisville, Ky.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a Saturday morning keynote address April 26 at United Methodist Women’s Assembly at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky., April 25-27.

“Make It Happen” is the theme for 19th quadrennial gathering of more than 7,000 women of every ethnicity, background and region across the country and international guests. The morning plenary, like the event, will focus on ordinary women organizing to make needed changes in their communities, states, nation and world to improve life for women, children and youth.

– See more at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2014/03/06/former-secretary-state-hillary-rodham-clinton-speak-united-methodist-women-assembly/#sthash.0L2mAs4j.dpuf

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a Saturday morning keynote at the 19th quadrennial United Methodist Women Assembly in Louisville, Ky.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a Saturday morning keynote address April 26 at United Methodist Women’s Assembly at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky., April 25-27.

“Make It Happen” is the theme for 19th quadrennial gathering of more than 7,000 women of every ethnicity, background and region across the country and international guests. The morning plenary, like the event, will focus on ordinary women organizing to make needed changes in their communities, states, nation and world to improve life for women, children and youth.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Speak at United Methodist Women Assembly

March 6, 2014

– See more at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2014/03/06/former-secretary-state-hillary-rodham-clinton-speak-united-methodist-women-assembly/#sthash.0L2mAs4j.dpuf

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For the sake of those who have been chanting mindlessly about Hillary’s reset with Russia, here is a link to her last speaking visit to Louisville.  April 9, 2010 she spoke at the McConnell Center as she patiently waited for the Senate to ratify the New START Treaty she crafted with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.    She and Lavrov worked very well together on the treaty (i.e. the reset went just fine) and ratification stalled until December 22, of that year.   When it finally came, it was a great Christmas present.

No one was more invested in today’s Senate ratification of New START than Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The treaty was her baby. She won Sergei Lavrov’s cooperation and respect. Their teams and they negotiated this treaty together, and Secretary Clinton has worked very hard behind the scenes to achieve those Senate votes.

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Headlines this past week have included the CPAC clown car and the RNC election post-mortem on the Republican side, neither of which MSNBC appears able to stop trumpeting.  On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of marriage equality,  which ruffled some Fox News feathers, and Barack Obama’s trip to Israel soaked up most of the airtime.

While MSNBC gleefully pursues the rifts that have continued to rock the Republican Party, a brief report, overshadowed by Obama’s day in Jerusalem, shined some light, however briefly today,  on a battle in the Democratic Party that is being fought in the hills of Kentucky.

If you had the impression that 2008 was a mere memory, that Hillary Clinton’s four years of service in the Obama administration and Bill Clinton’s work for the Obama campaign indicated that all wounds were healed and that the Obamas and Clintons ended their only private meal together singing Kumbaya,  think again.  There is a power struggle going in behind the scenes.  Politico broke this little gem today to almost no fanfare.

In Kentucky, prominent Democrats wooing Alison Lundergan Grimes, not Ashley Judd

By MANU RAJU | 3/19/13 5:14 PM EDT

Democratic heavy hitters — including Bill Clinton — are quietly trying to woo a new candidate to jump into the race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, even as actress Ashley Judd is taking steps toward launching a star-studded campaign of her own.

With fears growing in some Democratic quarters over Judd’s potential candidacy, some prominent Democrats in the Bluegrass State are beginning to set their sights on 34-year-old Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state. Among Grimes’s attributes: She lacks political baggage since she’s served barely a year in office, and she hails from a well-connected family influential in Kentucky Democratic politics. But it’s not at all certain if she’ll jump into the race

Grimes does have the Clintons in her corner. Earlier this month, the former president — a longtime friend of Grimes’s father — privately urged the young secretary of state to mount a Senate bid while assuring Grimes that both he and his wife, Hillary, would get behind her should she decide to take on the powerful Senate GOP leader, according to several sources familiar with the matter.

According to this article,  the biggest Kentucky-based cheerleader behind a Judd run is John Yarmuth.   Whom did Judd support back in 2008 and where did Yarmuth stand?  You have to wonder.  According to Wikipedia, Judd supported Obama.   What of Yarmuth?

Yarmuth Announces Obama Kentucky Leadership

May 7th, 2008

… Yarmuth said he doesn’t think Obama should concede Kentucky (even though he’ll likely lose the state) to Clinton but he thinks Clinton should drop out of the race on May 21.

Yep! He was one of those.  He was calling for her to withdraw in the face of a likely win.  Here is how much Obama cared about the Kentucky race.  From the same article.

Oh, and Obama’s camp says he won’t be in Kentucky this Friday due to scheduling conflicts.

So, as I said a few weeks ago, Democrats, Let Hillary Clinton Nap And Get Focused On 2014 (She Will Be When She Gets Some Sleep).   I took some flak for that one,  but there had already been indications that aside from the book she is writing she had plans to campaign in 2014.   Now we are beginning to get an idea of where and for whom.   We know a Clinton-backed candidate can knock it out of the park and unseat McConnell in Kentucky.

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You can make this about 2016 if you want to, certainly there are cases to be made.  But if you look at the facts, just the facts, it is about getting a major obstructionist out of the Senate.  As to who might next be in front of the Clinton bats,  I suggest Ted Cruz and  Harry Reid.

Clinton, Feinstein and standing up to bullies

Posted by Mary C. Curtis on March 20, 2013 at 8:35 am

If you said Hillary Rodham Clinton owes the start of her independent political career to Rick Lazio, even Lazio might agree. The tipping point for the 2000 race for the U.S. Senate from New York between a former first lady and a U.S. Congressman? When Lazio, the Republican nominee, crossed over to Clinton’s side of the stage in a pre-election debate and demanded she sign a piece of paper. Few remember what was on that page, a pledge against using soft money in the campaign. They do remember the moment. Women – and to be fair, a lot of men – cringed, recalling similar encounters they might have had with a guy who stepped over the line. The rest is history, and it belongs to Clinton.

I thought of that image watching the back-and-forth between Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the gun legislation debate last week. Cruz’s question on the constitutionality of a ban on assault weapons, using the example of limits on the First Amendment, had merit. But it was the tone of condescension in Cruz’s voice and the smirk on his face that stuck.

“I’m not a sixth grader, Senator. I’ve been on this committee for 20 years,” Feinstein said. She has history, not only in the Senate but on the front lines of gun violence. Though her presence on the scene when San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were murdered in 1978 doesn’t automatically give her the upper hand in a disagreement on gun rights, it does earn her some respect. Cruz missed that. And while his Senate seat looks to be safe in Texas, his national ambitions definitely took a hit. Who wants a president who reminds them of that dude who treated you like an idiot?

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Dianne intends to fight on for an assault weapons ban. Harry Reid may collapse rather than do battle, but not Dianne. He should be replaced. She should be majority leader. Fight on, Dianne. Let’s see if the Clintons know a good primary opponent for Reid in Nevada as well as a replacement for Cruz.

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Yesterday, Paul Begala stepped into the lion cage at the circus called CPAC facing off with ring-leader and noted Hillary-hater Tucker Carlson.  Responding to a question just about everyone who has ever met Hillary is asked lately (you know the question) Begala was speculating as to some activities she might be enjoying at the moment when an audience member offered that she might be getting a facelift.  Begala had a quick response.

“No, not get a facelift.  She’s not a Republican society lady, she’s a real woman.”

His reply ruffled a few sisterly feathers, but I am willing to cut him some slack. She is real, and beautiful, and no surgical tools need be anywhere near that face.  Paul, after all, was in the lion cage.  Of course he brought his pistol with him.  The retort was reflexive and effective.   It was a product of  physical context.  Better  that he responded quickly and nipped it in the bud than had he sat there contemplating an answer that would have pleased everybody.  You can never please everyone.

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Today it was Mitch McConnell’s turn at the CPAC mike.  Here was his witty contribution to the kill Hill sarcasm sweepstakes.

“Don’t tell me Democrats are the party of the future when their presidential ticket looks like a rerun of the Golden Girls….  They got Hillary and Joe Biden.”

Just wondering – is Joe Dorothy? Is Hillary Blanche?  Not to belabor a point,  Mitch, but she has not said she is on any ticket. One thing we do know is that she is golden, and their smart-mouth attempts at comedy, rather than tarnishing her image, keep her in the headers even while she hides out behind her keyboard turning out her next book.

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No, sorry, I do not have the video yet as it is not yet up.  I was not able to watch the livestream because I was teaching.  But just before class, I DID see Senator McConnell speaking before the Secretary of State spoke, and was struck by the brilliance of this engagement.  Whose idea this was, and how it came about I do not know (though I have my suspicions – hint – she’s a brainy, beautiful, blond member of the cabinet, and people have a hard time saying”no” to her when she flirts, which she does masterfully), but it was a brilliant political coup, a shining example of “smart power.”

Here is a snip from Reuters.

Clinton woos Republican in pitch for nuclear treaty

WASHINGTON
Fri Apr 9, 2010 5:18pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a pitch on Friday for the Senate to ratify a new treaty to slash the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals with a personal visit to the Senate Republican leader’s home state.

With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the audience, Clinton told students in Kentucky the arms control pact signed in Prague on Thursday by the U.S. and Russian presidents deserved Democratic and Republican support.

While President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats have a majority in the Senate, he needs some Republican votes to win Senate consent to the agreement, which commits both nations to cut their deployed nuclear warheads by about 30 percent.

Under the U.S. Constitution, treaties must secure two-thirds approval to secure Senate ratification.

A successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the accord is part of a broader U.S. push, including a next week’s Washington summit on preventing nuclear terrorism, to reduce the threat from nuclear weapons and proliferation.

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If wooing is what is necessary (and it IS, they need 61 votes in the Senate, i.e. some Republicans) they have sent out their biggest gun in the form of the petite, adorable, possibly irresistible Secretary of State who is expert at wooing, and in case the baby blues do not have the desired effect, knows this text more intimately and thoroughly than anyone else in the administration.  Not only will she be able to speak about it in her usual machine-gun fast, linear, organized fashion, she will be able to field questions like the ace shortstop she is.  Hillary Clinton introducing the administration argument for ratification of START – priceless!  A brilliant idea, a masterly move!

Now you KNEW I wound not end this without a picture of the Wooer-in-Chief, didn’t you?

(I am patiently awaiting the posting of the video and text of this event.  I will post it ASAP.)

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