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Thursday night, Bill and Hillary resumed their conversation tour with Paul Begala at the Beacon Theatre in New York.


Hillary Clinton: Julian Assange Must ‘Answer for What He Has Done’

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Julian Assange must “answer for what he has done” after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested on Thursday. At an event in New York, Clinton reportedly said that the charges against Assange make it clear that he is being punished for hacking into a “military computer to steal information from the United States government,” rather than for being a journalist. The Guardian reports Clinton also noted that Assange faces other criminal charges. “Look, I’ll wait and see what happens with the charges and how it proceeds, but he skipped bail in the UK,” she said. “The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it’s been charged.”

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Bill And Hillary Clinton Honor Maya Angelou: ‘We Are All In Her Debt’

They honored the late poet and her legacy at an event in Harlem.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton honor Maya Angelou at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. 

President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were in Harlem, New York on Thursday to honor the legendary Dr. Maya Angelou days before the release of a new documentary on the late poet’s life and legacy.

The Clintons spoke onstage at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which was recently designated a national historic museum, at an event celebrating release of the documentary, “American Masters ― Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” The film, which debuts on PBS on Tuesday, delivers a remarkable inside look at who Angelou was as well as her impact and influence prior to and long after her May 2014 passing.

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It’s Fashion Week in New York, and Hillary’s personal style is having an effect on the runways.

Hillary Clinton May Have Lost the Election, But She’s Winning the Runways

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At New York Fashion Week, pantsuits for all!

She may not have won the election, but remarkably, Hillary Clinton, pilloried for her appearance her entire public life, has become a fashion trendsetter.The 2016 presidential candidate could very well be the inspiration for New York Fashion Week’s most pervasive fall 2017 trend, the pantsuit, seen on nearly every runway so far, including Calvin Klein, Victoria Beckham and Gabriela Hearst. While the style has been a red carpet favorite of Emma Watson, Blake Lively and Evan Rachel Wood (the Westworld actress has made the look her new unofficial uniform), brands as disparate as Aussie babe fave Zimmermann, French club wear go-to Zadig & Voltaire and dresser-of-Indian-royalty Naeem Khan have also offered up pantsuit options for every occasion.Zimmermann 

Zimmermann fall 2017.
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Zimmermann fall 2017.

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Meanwhile in L.A., Hillary supporter Dame Helen Mirren wore this to a premiere last night.


Among the events of the week was today’s First-Day-Of-Issue Oscar de la Renta Forever Stamp Dedication Ceremony at Grand Central Terminal where Hillary spoke.



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The 71st Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, held at the Waldorf Astoria, is an annual fundraiser benefiting Catholic Charities.  It is sponsored by the foundation and hosted by the Archbishop of New York.  This year’s host was Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

Al Smith was a four-term New York governor and the first Catholic candidate for president. Every four years, this hot ticket dinner is the last venue for presidential candidates to share space, rub elbows with influential New York leaders, and exchange good-natured barbs.  Candidates do not always attend, but this year – this very contentious year – they both did.

Here are both speeches.  Donald “won the coin toss” and spoke first.  Many of his comments were downright bad hombre nasty.  Only Hillary referred to Pope Francis. She retweets him often. @Pontifex.

If you only want to see Hillary, this is her speech.

Read the Transcript of Hillary Clinton’s Speech at the Al Smith Dinner

Trump referred to the Cardinal’s “property” on 5th Avenue.  My great-grandfather supplied the granite for St. Patrick’s from his Westchester quarry.  Instead of poking fun at himself (the tradition) Trump poked fun at his wife for her purloined, plagiarized speech.

Here are some pics from the event.

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Yes.  That is Mary Higgins Clark.  This is a HUGE Irish-American event.

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And, yes, Hillary very graciously greeted Melania Trump.

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Cardinal Dolan helped Hillary into her seat.  Donald Trump helped himself into his seat and let his wife fend for herself.  Whatta gent!!!!

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Hillary took most of Trump’s barbs with good humor.

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Some of them were pretty nasty from a bad hombre!

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Hillary remained good-natured.

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The  it was Hillary’s turn to speak.   She was very funny.

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Alfred E. Smith IV is on the right.  Great-grandson of the great Alfred E. Smith.

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After the Cardinal’s benediction, the event ended.  The Trumps exited the Waldorf ASAP.  Hillary had a lot of people she had to speak with.

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Alfred E. Smith IV and Governor Cuomo, a Westchester neighbor. A.E. Smith IV:

“The Catholic Church is not the largest tax exempt landowner here tonight. ”

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A handshake with Trump.

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Melissa Mark-Viverito.

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Chris Matthews and former police commish Ray Kelly.

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Henry Kissinger, who attends every year and is a major donor.

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Uncle Joe Biden would call this a big effing deal, and it is.  It was.  Heartfelt thanks to the Smith family and foundation for their wonderful work and to His Eminence, Cardinal Dolan, for hosting the candidates this crazy election year.  Big KUDOS to Hillary for being so funny.

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Prior to boarding her plane in White Plains, Hillary took a few moments to speak to the press about the ongoing investigation into Saturday’s bombings in New York and New Jersey.  She is on her way to Philadelphia where she will speak to millennials at Temple University.  Later, she will return to New York for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who is in town for UNGA.

Hillary was firm, clear-headed, and knowledgeable.  She emphasized communications preparedness and as key in the battle against terrorism.










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Hillary Clinton Statement on Apparent Terrorist Attacks

After yesterday’s attacks in Minnesota, New Jersey and New York, Hillary Clinton released the following statement:

“I strongly condemn the apparent terrorist attacks in Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. I pray for all of those who were wounded, and for their families. Once again, we saw the bravery of our first responders who run toward danger to help others. Their quick actions saved lives. Law enforcement officials are working to identify who was behind the attacks in New York and New Jersey and we should give them the support they need to finish the job and bring those responsible to justice – we will not rest until that happens. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in Minnesota, and this should steel our resolve to protect our country and defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups. I have laid out a comprehensive plan to do that. This includes launching an intelligence surge to help identify and thwart attacks before they can be carried out, and to spot lone wolf attackers. We also need to work with Silicon Valley to counter propaganda and recruitment efforts online. Americans have faced threats before, and our resilience in the face of them only makes us stronger. I am confident we will once again choose resolve over fear.”


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After landing in White Plains from D.C. tonight, Hillary spoke to her traveling press about the explosions in New Jersey and New York.

Here are some tweets from Dan Merica who was on board.







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At the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Hillary Clinton met with law enforcement officials from several metropolitan departments from around the country on Thursday.

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In other news. Donald Trump also made an appearance in NYC on Thursday – a surprise one!

Disturbing statue of nude Donald Trump with tiny genitals removed from Union Square 

New Yorkers saw the naked truth about Donald Trump — and it wasn’t pretty.

A disturbing nude statue of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump — sporting his trademark comb-over and nothing more — materialized bizarrely Thursday in Union Square.

The billionaire’s buck-naked image became an instant internet sensation while drawing hordes of onlookers eagerly snapping pictures or shooting video with their smartphones.


City workers arrived shortly before 1:30 p.m. and carted the Trump art away.

“NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small,” said Parks Department spokesman Sam Biederman.

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OK so “unpermitted erection” aside, no clarification was available from NYDN about how, exactly, the statue was more disturbing than Trump IRL who is in NYC regularly.



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When you board a plane, you go through T.S.A. screening.  When you run for president, you go through vetting. I am going to ignore Ted Cruz and John Kasich in this mix, if you can forgive that.  Of the remaining candidates, Hillary Clinton has released documents as follows and posted links to all of them on her website.

Physician’s letter

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President Clinton 2013 speech income

2014 tax return

2014 signature page

2013 tax return

2013 signature page

2012 tax return

2012 signature page

2011 tax return

2011 signature page

2010 tax return

2010 signature page

2009 tax return

2008 tax return

2007 tax return

In contrast, Bernie Sanders has released one year of tax returns. There is this.

Bernie Sanders’s false claim that he has released his full federal tax returns

Donald Trump, for example, has consistently refused to release his tax returns, saying it would be unwise to do so while his tax filings are under audit by the Internal Revenue Service. Trump released a letter from his tax attorneys saying the IRS is examining his tax filings since 2009, while filings between 2002 through 2008 “have been closed administratively by agreement without assessment or payment, on a net basis, of any deficiency.” There is no prohibition against making public tax returns under IRS review and the letter did not explain why at least Trump’s 2002-2008 filings have not been released.


There is one entry from 2014 available for Sanders on the Tax History Project website: a Form 1040 (a summary of his federal income tax return) and a one-page Vermont state income tax return. The campaign referred to this entry when we inquired about Sanders’s claim.

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As for Hillary Clinton’s resumé, I cannot think of anyone with more pubic a record.  Neither does any candidate running have a public service record so broad, so deep, and so successful both on the domestic side and on the foreign policy side.

Bernie Sanders did say this last night in the City of Brotherly Love.

Sanders: Clinton’s not qualified to be president

‘Bernie Sanders, take back your words about Hillary Clinton,’ her spokesman shot back.

“Now the other day, I think, Secretary Clinton appeared to be getting a little bit nervous,” he began. “We have won, we have won seven out of eight of the recent primaries and caucuses. And she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am, quote unquote, not qualified to be president.

“Well let me, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton: I don’t believe that she is qualified if she is, if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds,” he said. “I don’t think you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC.”

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First of all, Super PACs are not a disqualifying factor even if many wish that were not the case.  Second, there are many more aspects to qualification aside from the derivation of funds.  Finally, beyond being qualified, presidential candidates must pass the aforementioned vetting.

Hillary Clinton continually tells audiences that she will not make wild promises she cannot keep.  She will not overpromise.  Bernie Sanders makes broad, sweeping promises and cannot cite the mechanisms by which these promises become policy. In other words, he overpromises.  Much of what he plans to do – well – has no plan that he can explain.  So there’s that.

Hillary Clinton has been overvetted over 40 years in the public lens.  Bernie Sanders has not been vetted at all and is hardly the party to call out Secretary Clinton on her qualifications. For that matter, neither has Donald Trump been vetted, and Sanders has said nothing about his qualifications.

This morning at Yankee Stadium, Hillary sought to douse the flames a bit.



Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton is not ‘qualified’ to be president

Theodore Schleifer, CNN

Clinton herself has never said Sanders isn’t qualified to be president. When asked Wednesday on MSNBC if she thought Sanders was “ready to be president,” she said: “I think he hadn’t done his homework and he’d been talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hadn’t really studied or understood, and that does raise a lot of questions.”

“Really what that goes to is for voters to ask themselves can he deliver what he’s talking about,” she had said, referring to an extensive interview Sanders had given with the New York Daily News during which he struggled to answer policy questions related to his signature issue — reforming Wall Street — and other topics such as gun control and foreign policy.

“It’s kind of a silly thing to say,” she told reporters in New York. “But I’m going to trust the voters of New York who know me and have voted for me three times.”

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Hillary brought everything back into focus in two sentences.  Yes, it is up to the voters, and it is not Bernie’s call!

This is from an email this morning from the campaign.

Last night, Bernie Sanders crossed a line and said: “[Hillary] thinks I’m not quote-unquote qualified to be president. Let me just say in response, I don’t believe she is qualified.”

Two things:

1. I don’t know why he said “quote-unquote” — she’s never said that.
2. This is a ridiculous and irresponsible attack for someone to make — not just against the person who is almost certainly going to be the nominee of their party this November, but against someone who is one of the most qualified people to run for the presidency in the HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

Show Bernie Sanders there are consequences for this kind of attack. Chip in $5 and let’s go win this nomination.

So, if you can spare a few dollars (it can be $1 or $2 – everything helps), this is one way we can show Bernie that we know Hillary is the BEST candidate, is super-qualified and super-vetted, and that the judgment is not up to him but up to the voters.

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A flurry of candidates are converging on the upper borough this week, but Hillary Clinton knows where the heart of the Bronx is – Yankee Stadium!  And that is where she showed up this morning for a presser and appearance with Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. (His dad, Rubén Díaz Sr., is an evangelical Pentecostal minister, a New York State Senator, and a Ted Cruz supporter.)  They spoke to the press and local residents gathered to see her.

From there, they boarded the 4 train and took a short ride.  Imagine the surprise of the riders!

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Díaz told reporters that the Bronx knows Hillary and her work and is solidly behind her.

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Then the whole crew went to the subway station and hopped on.  Nick Merrill and Huma Abedin, who rides the subway all the time, included.

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This New Yorker recognized his former Senator and future president in the station and walked up for a warm greeting.


Hillary’s card didn’t work right on the first swipe.

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But she got in and on the platform.

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It looked like this young woman was on her way to classes and in walked Hillary!

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New Yorkers are ready for anything any time.  This woman seized the moment.  She was ready for a selfie with Hillary.

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They exited at 170th St. and walked to a diner where she had an interview.

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This dad was overjoyed to introduce Hillary to his little daughter.  You can’t see it in the stills, but the baby waved at Hillary.

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And on they went to their next destination with Hillary greeting well-wishers.

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What a great start to a chilly spring day in the Bronx!



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