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As the dust settled after last night’s debate and two Hillarys reunited with Sarah on SNL, I realized that there are only 12 days left in the year!

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It is time to take a look back at Hillary’s year.  The countdown continues to New Year’s Eve.

As the new year began, a Quinnipiac poll selected Hillary …

Hillary Clinton: New Yorkers’ Dream Date

January 5, 2015

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Sadly, Mario Cuomo passed away on New Year’s Day.

Bill and Hillary Clinton Attend Funeral for Mario Cuomo

January 6, 2015

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Hillary teamed up with Carole King to raise funds for the Clinton Foundation.

Hillary Clinton and Carole King to Team Up for a Fundraiser

January 15, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, greets Senator Dianne Feinstein as singer Carole King, left, at an October fundraiser. Associated Press

She continued her public speaking tour – this time above the border.

Hillary Clinton in Winnipeg

January 21, 2015

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Hillary Clinton in Saskatoon – Not With 65 Secret Service Agents, Though

January 22, 2015

She told this audience that extremism was spreading – long before Donald Trump began his tirades.

Hillary Clinton talked about terrorism, democracy, the importance of early childhood education, but not the Keystone XL pipeline.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away.

President and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

January 23, 2015

So did Ernie Banks.

Tweets from Hillary Clinton: R.I.P. Ernie Banks

January 24, 2015

 

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Hillary asserted that she would testify before Congress.  The testimony was delayed time and again by the Select Committee on Benghazi and did not occur until October – and it was awesome!

Of Course Hillary Clinton Will Testify As Requested!

January 27, 2015

Congressman: Hillary Clinton agrees to testify to House’s Benghazi panel

Washington (CNN)Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify to the House’s select committee investigating Benghazi, the panel’s Democratic ranking member told CNN on Tuesday.

Rep. Elijah Cummings said that Clinton agreed to testify before the committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in December after her contacted her a months earlier.

… and there were wrongheaded Republican attacks.  Reminder, Hillary worked very well with Sergei Lavrov and they crafted the very crucial New START treaty.

Mitt Romney needs a reality check. What else is new?

January 28, 2015

It was a sad month, with the deaths.   The GOP was gunning for her  Their fear of her never takes a back seat, but neither does Hillary Clinton’s ability to attract a receptive audience.

 

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Earlier today, Time published excerpts from Mitt Romney’s as-prepared speech at Mississippi State.  Among the prepared remarks were these.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cluelessly pressed a reset button for Russia, which smiled and then invaded Ukraine, a sovereign nation. The Middle East and much of North Africa is in chaos. China grows more assertive and builds a navy that will be larger than ours in five years. We shrink our nuclear capabilities as Russia upgrades theirs.

There really is nothing earth-shattering in Romney’s cluelessness, but I thought it would make sense to point out that Russia’s economy is in shambles and not about to recover.  While she was Secretary of State,  Hillary Clinton made sure Russia could do no such upgrading.  Shouldn’t a presidential candidate have some knowledge of foreign affairs?

If this is an example of a big Romney attack, bring it on!  He doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell.

 

Video: Secretary Clinton’s Remarks After Exchange of Instruments of Ratification for the New START Treaty

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Remarks After Exchange of Instruments of Ratification for the New START Treaty

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State

Washington, DC February 5, 2011

Today, we exchange the instruments of ratification for a treaty that lessens the nuclear dangers facing the Russian and American people and the world. Two years ago, we all laughed about the translation of the ceremonial “Reset Button” that I gave the Foreign Minister in Geneva, but when it came to the translation that mattered most, our two countries, led by our two presidents, turned words into action to reach a milestone in our strategic partnership. And when it comes to the button that has worried us the most over the years — the one that would unleash nuclear destruction –today, we take another step to ensure it will never be pushed. Our countries will immediately begin notifying each other of changes in our strategic forces. Within 45 days, we will exchange full data on our weapons and facilities, and 60 days from now we can resume the inspections that allow each side to trust but verify.


Additional information on START is available. See links below.

New START Treaty Entry into Force

The Role of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers

 

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Well that didn’t take long.  Yesterday Al Jazeera America was running a ticker header saying that after this wrong-headed speech by Romney, key donors turned to Jeb Bush.  Then today, this.

Mitt Romney all smiles at Manhattan luncheon after deciding against a 2016 presidential run

At lunch, the Romneys dined with Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky —

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All’s well that ends well.

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The brilliant Karen Finney is now blogging at Media Matters.  Her latest is a must-read on the topic of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches in comparison with private funds accumulated by men, including past and current presidential hopefuls, on the Republican side of the aisle.  Hillary continually reminds us of the importance of data and evidence.  This article is a keeper.  File it away for future reference.

Rock on, Karen!  Thank you for proving that the best defense is careful analysis.

 

The Right’s Jeb Bush-Hillary Clinton Double Standard

Conservative Attacks On Clinton’s Wealth Follows Their Defense Of Romney

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Two years after the fact, right-wing media are trying to flip the narrative that sunk their presidential aspirations in 2012 by charging that current personal wealth and the fees for paid speeches since leaving the State Department make former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “out of touch.” Often aided by Beltway reporters who are fixated on Clinton’s so-called “money problem,” conservative pundits are trying to dispel any narrative that supports the majority of Americans’s belief that the potential Democratic nominee for president can relate to and understands average citizens.

The facts show that Clinton’s earnings on the speaking circuit are consistent with a number of men of similar prominence. According to one estimate, over 15 months from the end of her term as Secretary through May 2014, Clinton made $5 million dollars. In the 13 months before former Mayor Rudy Giuliani ran for president in 2007, he earned more than $11 million dollars, charging anywhere from $100,000 to $300,000. According to a number of reports former Secretary of State Colin Powell has received between $100,000 and $200,000 per speech, earning an estimated $6.7 million in speaking fees in 2000 alone.

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Hillary looked like a breath of Spring air in teal.  At the risk of again appearing shallow,  I, for one, applaud the return of the monochromatic pantsuits.  Here are some images from the event.

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We know Mitt Romney shops at CostCo, and I half wondered if he would show up to engage Hillary in a spur-of-the-moment debate over foreign policy in Iraq.  He did not.  But this happened!

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Sonia Sotomayor Goes Shopping, Stumbles Into Hillary Clinton At Costco

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor bumped into Hillary Clinton at a Costco in Arlington, Virginia on Saturday.

The former secretary of state was holding court at the sprawling Washington-area retailer with hundreds of supporters, signing copies of her new book, Hard Choices. Sotomayor, a D.C. resident, told reporters that she was “just shopping” when she happened to stumble upon the event.

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… and THIS happened!

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FromABC NEWS:

 

John Lewis Shows Up at Hillary Clinton’s Book Signing

Civil rights activist and Georgia Rep. John Lewis also stopped by to greet Clinton.“Thank you dear,” Clinton told the Congressman. “Did you get a book?”Lewis told reporters he thinks Clinton “should” run in 2016

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Monday night, suddenly and without warning,  Hurricane Hillary hit every shore of the United States from a location in Peru.

On CNN to Elise Labott:

QUESTION: You say you don’t want to play the blame game, but certainly there’s a blame game going on in Washington. In fact, during the presidential debate, Vice President Biden said, “We didn’t know.” White House officials calling around saying, “Hey, this is a State Department function.” Are they throwing you under the bus?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, of course not. Look, I take responsibility. I’m in charge of the State Department, 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts. The President and the Vice President certainly wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They’re the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision.

That this came the night before a presidential debate some thought significant.  Others considered it high time someone in the administration stepped up with a definitive statement of responsibility.   The probability that this issue would arise in the debate the next evening loomed, and many expected Mitt Romney to be the one to inject it.  That is not, however,  the way the debate rolled out.  It was a question from the audience that brought up the topic, and in his response,  Romney focused not on the secretary of state or responsibility,  but rather on the president, the White House, and their remarks on the cause.

Hmmmmmm … some of us thought Romney might take this opportunity to grandstand – make a “buck will stop with me” sort of statement.   He did not.  Instead he remained locked on  the confusion that emanated from the White House for weeks following the Benghazi attack.

Just when it appeared that Hurricane Hillary was not going to hit Long Island, the moderator chimed  in.

CROWLEY: Because we’re – we’re closing in, I want to still get
a lot of people in. I want to ask you something, Mr. President, and
then have the governor just quickly.

Your secretary of state, as I’m sure you know, has said that she
takes full responsibility for the attack on the diplomatic mission in
Benghazi. Does the buck stop with your secretary of state as far as what went on here?

Aha!   Now that was along the lines of what we expected from Romney.   It provided Obama the opportunity for this response.

OBAMA: Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job. But she works for me. I’m the president and I’m always responsible, and that’s why nobody’s more interested in finding out exactly what happened than I do.

The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people in the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened. That this was an act of terror and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime.

And then a few days later, I was there greeting the caskets coming into Andrews Air Force Base and grieving with the families.And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State, our U.N. Ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive.  That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president, that’s not what I do as Commander in Chief.

Wait a minute. What was that?  Someone was playing politics?  Where did that come from?  Who said anyone was playing politics?  Romney did not.   In fact he did not take this bait .  He never mentioned the secretary of state at all!  Oh wait!  Someone had … earlier in the day.  It came from the Obama camp.

By Justin Sink – 10/16/12 05:00 PM ET

Obama campaign traveling press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s statement Monday night that she was taking responsibility for the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Libya was “absolutely not” a political move to shield the president.

“President Obama takes responsibility for the safety and security of all diplomats serving overseas,” Psaki told Fox News. “Secretary Clinton, of course, has a great amount of responsibility as Secretary of State and she was doing interviews yesterday as she often does on the first day of a foreign trip and said, ‘Look, we do own, the State Department does own decisions around funding for diplomats.’ ”

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So for weeks no one in the administration accepts responsibility for whatever security lapses might have failed to sustain two stations in Benghazi and their occupants (arguably perhaps nothing and no force could have held off that attack).  The Secretary of State steps up to the plate and says it is her department, they are her people and her structures, and she is responsible for them.  The administration’s reaction, rather than taking a positive and supportive stand,  is negative – a denial.  She is not playing politics. First from Psaki, then from Obama, and a little while ago Ohio State Senator Nina Turner.

There is something  disingenuous in the denial.  First Psaki, then Obama:

“President Obama takes responsibility for the safety and security of all diplomats serving overseas,” Psaki told Fox News.

“Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job. But she
works for me. I’m the president and I’m always responsible….”

Arguments about what precipitated the attack aside,  if  Obama accepts responsibility, why did he not say so until after Secretary Clinton did so?  In fact, why did he send a spokesperson out to say it before we heard it from him in the debate last night?

There is a ring of familiarity to this.

  • 2008 primary debates:  Hillary got the hard questions first, and Obama’s frequent refrain was “Senator Clinton is right about that.”
  • 2009: HRC holds a town hall meeting at the State Department (February, I think).  Someone asks if she would consider extending benefits to domestic partners of employees.  She promises to look into it.  In June, she comes back to the LGBT association at the department and announces that they studied the possibility, found it doable, and were going ahead and extending the bennies.  Months later Obama does the same at the White House.
  • Earlier this year Joe Biden said he has no problem with gay marriage.  First everyone freaks.  There’s old Joe again shooting his mouth off.  Second some wonder how  Joe can be so definitive on this issue while Obama claims to be evolving.  Days later, Obama finally evolves.

This is a pattern.  Yes, we knew about this well before Obama was nominated in 2008.  At the time, many of us thought this indicated a lack of imagination and absence of  real plans.  Today, it indicates something even more serious,  a Commander-in-Chief who not only leads from behind, but leads only on second thought.  And he is out there right now asking for your vote.  As Uppity Woman has been reminding us lately, you coulda had a V-8.

We continue to accord Mme. Secretary a standing ovation for her courage, maturity, and professionalism in stepping up on this.  Someone had to,  and,  as you said, Mme. Secretary,  it is your department.  Until you said it, apparently the president forgot the hierarchy.

FTR Mr. Obama: You do not write her paycheck.  The American people do.  She works for us, not for you.  Very interesting phraseology in contrast to what she said about State Department staff.

Look, I take responsibility. I’m in charge of the State Department, 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts.

She knows for whom she and they work.

The transcript of the debate is available here.

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I am sharing this article for two reasons.  First, it states accurately and articulately my personal position on the statements I have been seeing and hearing since the attack in Benghazi three weeks ago from people were not even on the continent of Africa at the time.  If so many people *know* so much, perhaps the government is better off hiring psychics to inform them than sending in the FBI, CIA, and ARB.

Second,  Ms. Kemper alludes to the uncommon tsunami of ill-will and incivility that appears to be sweeping  the electorate.   It stuns me to hear and read some recent remarks from people who claim to have supported Hillary Clinton in 2008.   I see comments that resemble nothing of the tone of Hillary’s campaign and everything negative in the way the Obama campaigners approached some of us:  the shouting, the anger, and the insults.

It is high time for everyone to step back – out of each other’s faces, take a deep breath, and think and reflect for a  moment.  It is inappropriate to use the tragedy in Benghazi in any political way.  There is no place for rudeness in discussions.

This country has been here for 236 years.   Neither of these candidates is the best we have but neither is Satan either.  Neither is going to take this country down.  Make your choice, but if it differs from mine  that does not mean that I am less informed,  less intelligent,  less American than you are.  I simply see things differently.  Your vote – and mine – are precious.  Let’s be a little more respectful of each other.  Take a deep breath – and turn off your caps lock.

October 3, 2012, 11:08 am

Dishonoring Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues

By Kathy Kemper

As a proud, patriotic American, I am embarrassed by the calls that are being made for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice to resign. Not even a month after the murder of our ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans, many are politicizing their deaths rather than honoring their service — hardly the behavior that one would or should expect from the citizens of the nation that leads the free world.

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Readers here know,  it’s right there in the sidebar, the importance Hillary Clinton invested in ratification of the Law of the Sea Treat (LOST).  She testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 23 of this year calling ratification “urgent” if the U.S. is to have  equal footing on a level playing field in conflicts arising over jurisdictions with regard to offshore drilling and mining.  Ratification would permit us to extend our own continental shelf 200 miles – we have four of them!   But Rachel Maddow  last hour reported, as her blog explains,  that the GOP has likely killed the ratification that would have boosted our economy and strengthened our position both in the global economy and militarily on the high seas.  According to the blog post, the last two “nails in the coffin” were Senators Rob Portman and Kelly Ayotte – names in the news as possible Veep choices for Mitt Romney.   Goes to show you, the Republicans can be transparent … it is possible.  Stunning considering the long list of Republicans who supported ratification.  Ambition, apparently knows no party loyalty – or common sense!

GOP appears to have killed Law of the Sea Treaty

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It’s become extremely difficult — far more difficult than any point in American history — for Congress to pass legislation. But treaties are even harder, since they require 67 votes for passage. Even if every member of the Democratic caucus backs a treaty, it would need 14 Republicans to go along, and in this Congress, that’s an implausibly high number.

This is particularly relevant this week because of the Law of the Sea Treaty, negotiated 18 years ago, and ratified by 161 countries around the globe. Here in the U.S., it’s been endorsed by the Clinton administration, the Bush administration, the Obama administration, business leaders, the State Department, the Pentagon, the Joint Chiefs, and specifically U.S. Navy leaders who, as Josh Rogin explained, see the measure as necessary “to allow the United States to fully participate in the growing multinational system that governs the open seas.”

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