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02/17/2017

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 

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

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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.

Are you with Hillary?  Let her know with a donation!

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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.

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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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