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It was not the Javits Center event we had planned for Hillary Clinton, but seven months after a sad night under that glass ceiling, Hillary Clinton finally did make her entrance and was cheerful, open, and honest.

She was interviewed by Cheryl Strayed who wrote (and experienced) Wild and said she’s been reading mysteries. She mentioned Louise Penny. I went through every Louise Penny book this year as an escape from the political news. I recommend her books! Very educational about Canada for Americans who might not know a lot of Canadian history and a nice, warm, small-town set of stock characters with whom you become friends.

What Is Hillary Clinton Doing Now? Writing a New Book, Reading Mysteries and Resisting Donald Trump

After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump last November, she found solace in an unusual place: murder mysteries. As Trump was celebrating his victory and selecting his cabinet, she was diving into works by authors like Louise Penny, Jacqueline Winspear and Donna Leon.

The reason, she said, was simple: “It was very comforting because it”—solving the murder—”was somebody else’s problem.”

Touching on everything from those fictional crimes to chardonnay, Clinton spoke Thursday night to a packed house at Book Expo, a publishing industry event hosted by ReedPOP in New York City. The event took place in the Javits Center, the location for what was supposed to be her victory party on Nov. 8.

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Hillary will be back on the trail today, but while she was taking sick time at home she was keeping busy.  Like the rest of us, she spent some time reading Kurt Eichenwald’s article in Newsweek.

How the Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security

Not only did Hillary read this article, she also set to work responding to it using Trump’s medium of choice: Twitter.

20 questions Donald Trump needs to answer about his business—and the national security risk it poses

Donald Trump: Can you answer Hillary’s tweets?

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Looks like Hillary took advantage of the article to do some debate prep!

Here is another reaction to the article from Hillary’s website.

5 disturbing ways Donald Trump’s business dealings would jeopardize U.S. national security

“Never before has an American candidate for president had so many financial ties with American allies and enemies.”

This all demonstrates a quality of Hillary’s that we admire and love.  She is assiduous. She perseveres.  She persists.  She is relentless.  It is awesome to behold! You give her a piece of information like Eichenwald’s exhaustively researched, dense article, and she does not simply digest it, as many of us did yesterday, she employs it.  She manipulates the material. She turns it into a tool, reorganizes the information, and reworks it into something of her own – a most effective study technique.  She might have been sick at home, but she sure used her time efficiently to sharpen up her debate darts. Way to go, Hillary!





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Upcoming on Barack Obama’s agenda is a major speech that, at least in part, will address the roadblock out of Guantanamo.  With a hunger strike and force-feedings going on, retention of prisoners there has again risen to the radar of public attention, and civil rights activists are refueled.

In Daniel Klaidman’s Newsweek article we learn that the master breaker of roadblocks, Hillary Clinton, in one of her final acts as secretary of state, drafted a detailed memo to the president asking him to resume the effort to close Gitmo and providing him with specific suggestions as to how objectives could be met.

None of this will come as any surprise to Hillary’s loyalists who have always known that she is a woman of practical answers,  loyal to the administration, and would never hesitate to share what she thinks might be helpful.  In the end, this is a humanitarian issue, and, of course, Hillary would pitch in with any assistance she thought might be helpful.  That’s our girl!

How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama

by Daniel Klaidman

One recent plea, two sources told Newsweek, came from Hillary Clinton, who, just before she left office in January 2013, sent a two-page confidential memo to Obama about Guantánamo. Clinton had, during her years in the administration, occasionally jumped into the fray to push her colleagues to do more on the issue. One of those occasions was at a White House meeting of Obama’s national-security principals in August 2010. “We are throwing the president’s commitment to close Guantánamo into the trash bin,” she chastised White House aides, according to three participants in the meeting. “We are doing him a disservice by not working harder on this.”

But at the end of the day, Clinton had little leverage to get the White House to act. Now, in one of her last moves as secretary of State, she was making a final effort to prod her boss to do more. Her memo was replete with practical suggestions for moving ahead on Gitmo. Chief among them: Obama needed to appoint a high-level official to be in charge of the effort, someone who had clout and proximity to the Oval Office. Further, Clinton argued that Obama could start transferring the 86 detainees who’d already been cleared for release. (Congress has imposed onerous restrictions on the administration’s ability to transfer Gitmo detainees—including a stipulation that the secretary of Defense certify that detainees sent to other countries would not engage in acts of terrorism. In her memo, Clinton pointed out that the administration could use “national-security waivers” to circumvent the restriction.)

The Clinton missive perturbed White House aides, who viewed it as an attempt to put them on the spot, according to a senior administration official. It’s unclear how Obama himself reacted to the memo; there’s no evidence that it spurred him to action. (The White House declined to comment for this story.) But whether or not the memo played a role in changing the president’s thinking, the mere fact that Clinton felt the need to write it was noteworthy, because it suggested the degree to which Guantánamo, four years into the Obama presidency, remained an irritant for her—and for many other high-level administration officials as well.

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130405-clinton-stage-teaseThe Honoroable Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Women in the World Conference 2013. ( Marc Bryan-Brown )

Thank you so much. Oh, what a wonderful occasion for me to be back here, the fourth Women in the World conference I’ve been privileged to attend, introduced by the founder, creator, and my friend, Tina Brown. When one thinks about this annual conference, it really is intended to—and I believe has— focus attention on the global challenges facing women, from equal rights and education to human slavery, literacy, the power of the media and technology to affect change in women’s futures, and so much else. And for that I thank Tina and the great team that she has worked with in order to produce this conference and the effects it has created. It’s been such an honor to work with all of you over the years. Though it’s hard to see from up here out into the audience, I did see some faces and I know that this is an occasion for so many friends and colleagues to come together and take stock for where we stand and what more needs to be done in advancing the great unfinished business of the 21st century: advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Now this is unfinished around the world, where too many women are still treated at best as second-class citizens, at worst as some kind of subhuman species. Those of you who were there last night saw that remarkable film that interviewed men primarily in Pakistan, talking very honestly about their intention to continue to control the women in their lives and their reach. But the business is still unfinished here in the United States, we have come so far together but there’s still work to be done.

I look forward to being your partner in all the days and years ahead.

Now, I have always believed that women are not victims, we are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace – all we need is a fighting chance.

And that firm faith in the untapped potential of women at home and around the world has been at the heart of my work my entire life, from college to law school, from Arkansas to the White House to the Senate. And when I became Secretary of State, I was determined to weave this perspective even deeper into the fabric of American foreign policy.

But I knew to do that, I couldn’t just preach to the usual choir. We had to reach out. To men. To religious communities. To every partner we could find. We had to make the case to the whole world that creating opportunities for women and girls advances security and prosperity for everyone. So we relied on the empirical research that shows that when women participate in the economy, everyone benefits. When women participate in peace-making and peace-keeping, we are all safer and more secure. And when women participate in politics of their nations they can make a difference.

But as strong a case as we’ve made, too many otherwise thoughtful people continue to see the fortunes of women and girls as somehow separate from society at large. They nod, they smile and then relegate these issues once again to the sidelines. I have seen it over and over again, I have been kidded about it I have been ribbed, I have been challenged in board rooms and official offices across the world.

But fighting to give women and girls a fighting chance isn’t a nice thing to-do. It isn’t some luxury that we get to when we have time on our hands to spend doing that . This is a core imperative for every human being and every society. If we do not complete a campaign for women’s rights and opportunities the world we want to live in the country we all love and cherish will not be what it should be.

It’s no coincidence that so many of the countries that threaten regional and global peace are the very places where women and girls are deprived of dignity and opportunity. Think of the young women from northern Mali to Afghanistan whose schools have been destroyed. Or the girls across Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia who have been condemned to child marriage. Or the refugees of the conflicts from eastern Congo to Syria who endure rape and deprivation as a weapon of war.

It is no coincidence that so many of the countries where the rule of law and democracy are struggling to take root are the same places where women and girls cannot participate as full and equal citizens. Like in Egypt, where women stood on the front lines of the revolution but are now being denied their seats at the table and face a rising tide of sexual violence.

It is no coincidence that so many of the countries making the leap from poverty to prosperity are places now grappling with how to empower women. I think it is one of the unanswered questions of the rest of this century to whether countries, like China and India, can sustain their growth and emerge as true global economic powers. Much of that depends on what happens to women and girls.

None of these are coincidences. Instead, they demonstrate – and your presence here confirms – that we are meeting at a remarkable moment of confluence.

Because in countries and communities across the globe where for generations violence against women has gone unchecked, opportunity virtually unknown, there is a powerful new current of grassroots activism stirring, galvanized by events too outrageous to ignore and enabled by new technologies that give women and girls voices like never before. That’s why we need to seize this moment. But we need to be thoughtful and smart and savvy about what this moment really offers to us.

Now many of us have been working and advocating and fighting for women and girls for more decades than we care to remember. And I think we can be and should proud of all that we’ve achieved. Conferences like this one have been part of that progress. But let’s recognize, much of our advocacy is still rooted in a 20th century, top-down frame. The world is changing beneath our feet and it is past time to embrace a 21st century approach to advancing the rights and opportunities of women and girls and home and across the globe.

Think about it. You know, technology, from satellite television to cell phones from Twitter to Tumblr, is helping bring abuses out of the shadows and into the center of global consciousness, Think of that woman in a blue bra beaten in Tahrir Square, think about that 6-year old girl in Afghanistan about to be sold into marriage to settle a family debt.

Just as importantly, technological change are helping inspire, organize, and empower grassroots action. I have seen this and that is where progress is coming and that’s where our support is needed. we have a tremendous stake in the outcome.

Today, more than ever, we see clearly that the fate of women and girls around the world is tied up with the greatest security and economic challenges of our time.

Consider Pakistan, a proud country with a rich history that recently marked a milestone in its democratic development when a civilian government completed its full term for the very first time. It is no secret that Pakistan is plagued by many ills: violent extremism and sectarian conflict, poverty, energy shortages, corruption, weak democratic institutions. It is a combustible mix. And more than 30,000 Pakistani civilians have been killed by terrorists in the last decade.

The repression of women in Pakistan exacerbates all of these problems.

More than 5 million children do not attend school – and two-thirds of them are girls. The Taliban insurgency has made the situation even worse.

As Malala has said and reminded us: “We live in the 21st century… How can we be deprived from education?” Whe went on to say, “I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.”

How many of us here today would have that kind of courage? The Taliban recognized young girl, 14-year at the time as a serious threat. And you know what they were right– she was a threat. extremism thrives amid ignorance and anger, intimidation and cowardice. As Malala said, “If this new generation is not given pens, they will be given guns.”

But the Taliban miscalculated. They thought that if they silenced Malala, and thank god they didn’t, that not only she, but her cause would die. Instead, they inspired millions of Pakistanis to finally say, “Enough is enough.” You heard it directly from those two brave young Pakistani women yesterday. And they are not alone. People marched in the streets and signed petitions demanding that every Pakistani child – girls as well as boys – have the opportunity to attend school. And that in itself was a rebuke to the extremists and their ideology.

I’m well aware that improving life for Pakistan’s women is not a panacea. But it’s impossible to imagine making real progress on the country’s other problems – especially violent extremism – without tapping the talents and addressing the needs of Pakistan’s women, including reducing corruption, ending the culture of impunity, expanding access to education to credit, to all the tools that give a woman and man make the most of their life’s dreams. None of this will be easy or quick. But the grassroots response to Malala’s shooting gives us hope for the future.

Again and again we have seen women drive peace and progress. In Northern Ireland, Catholic and Protestant women like Inez McCormick came together to demand an end to the Troubles and helped usher in the Good Friday Accords. In Liberia, women marched and protested until the country’s warlords agreed to end their civil war, they prayed the devil back to hell, and they twice elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the first woman president in Africa. An organization called Sisters Against Violent Extremism now connects women in more than a dozen countries who have risked their lives to tell terrorists that they are not welcome in their communities.

So the next time you hear someone say that the fate of women and girls is not a core national security issue, it’s not one of those hard issues that really smart people deal with, remind them: The extremists understand the stakes of this struggle. They know that when women are liberated, so are entire societies. We must understand this too. And not only understand it, but act on it.

And the struggles do not end when countries attempt the transition to democracy. We’ve seen that very clearly the last few years,

Many millions including many of us were inspired and encouraged by the way women and men worked together during the revolutions in places like Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. But we know that all over the world when the dust settles, too often women’s gains are lot to better organized powers of oppression.

We see seeing women largely shut out of decision-making. We see women activists believe they are being targeted by organized campaigns of violence and intimidation.

But still, many brave activists, women and men alike, continue to advocate for equality and dignity for all Egyptians, Tunisians, and Libyans. They know the only way to realize the promise of the Arab Spring is with the full participation of half the population.

Now what is true in politics is also true economics.

In the years ahead, a number of rapidly-developing nations are poised to reshape the global economy, lift many millions out of poverty and into the middle class. This will be good for them and good for us – it will create vast new markets and trading partners.

But no country can achieve its full economic potential when women are left out or left behind… a fact underscored day after day and most recently to me a tragedy in india.

Concerning the young 23-year-old woman, brutally beaten and raped on a Delhi bus last December she was from a poor farming family, but like so many women and men she wanted to climb that economic ladder. She had aspirations for her life. She studied all day to become a physical therapist, then went to work at call centers in the evening, she sleep two hours a night. President Mukherjeeofdescribed her as a “symbol of all that New India strives to be.”

But if her life embodied the aspirations of a rising nation, her death, her murder, pointed to the many challenges still holding it back. The culture of rape is tied up with a broader set of problems: official corruption, illiteracy, inadequate education, laws and traditions, customs, culture, that prevent women from being seen as equal human beings. In addition, in many places, India and China being the leaders, there’s a skewed gender balance with many more men than women, which contributes to human trafficking, child marriage, and other abuses that dehumanize women and corrode society.

So millions of Indians took to the streets in 2011, they protested corruption. In 2012, came the Delhi gang rape, and the two causes merged. Demands for stronger measures against rape were joined by calls for better policing and more responsive governance, for an India that could protect all its citizens and deliver the opportunities they deserve. Some have called that the “Indian Spring.”

Because as the protesters understood, India will rise or fall with its women. Its had a tradition of strong women leaders, but those women leaders like women leaders around the world like those who become presidents or prime ministers or foreign ministers or heads of corporations cannot be seen as tokens that give everyone else in society the chance to say we’ve taken care of our women. So any country that wants to rise economically and improve productivity needs to open the doors.

Latin America and the Caribbean have steadily increased women’s participation in the labor market since the 1990s, and now they account for more than half of all workers. The World Bank estimates that extreme poverty in the region has decreased by 30 percent as a result.

Here in the United States, American women went from holding 37 percent of all jobs forty years ago to nearly 48 percent today. And the productivity gains attributable to this increase account for more than $3.5 trillion in GDP growth over four decades. Similarly, fast-growing Asian economies could boost their per capita incomes by as much as 14 percent by 2020 if they bring more women into the workforce.

Laws and traditions that hold back women hold h hold back entire societies, creating more opportunities for women and girls will grow economies and spread prosperity. When I first began talking about this using rape data from the World Bank and private sector analyses there were doubters who couldn’t quite put the pieces together. But that debate is over. Opening the doors to one’s economy will make a difference.

Now, I want to conclude where I began, with the unfinished business we face here at home. The challenges and opportunities I’ve outlined today are not just for the people of the developing world. America must face this too if we want to continue leading the world.

Traveling the globe these last four years reaffirmed and deepened my pride in our country and the ideals we represent. But it also challenged me to think about who we are and the values we are supposed to be living here at home in order to represent abroad After all, our global leadership for peace and prosperity for freedom and equality is not a birthright. It must be earned by every generation.

And yes, we now have American women at high levels of business, academia, and government. But, as we’ve seen in recent months, we’re still asking age-old questions about how to make women’s way in male-dominated fields, how to balance the demands of work and family. The Economist magazine recently published what it called a “glass-ceiling index” ranking countries based on factors like opportunities for women in the workplace and equal pay. The United States wasn’t even in the top 10. Worse, recent studies have found that, on average, women live shorter lives in America than in any other major industrialized country.

Think about it. We are the richest and most powerful country in the world. Yet many American women today are living shorter lives than their mothers, especially those with the least education. That is a historic reversal that rivals the decline in life expectancy for Russian men after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

Now there is no single explanation for why this is happening. Prescription drug overdoses have spiked: obesity, smoking, lack of health insurance, intractable poverty. But the fact is that for too many American women, opportunity and the dream of upward mobility – the American Dream– remains elusive.

That’s not the way it’s supposed to be. I think of the extraordinary sacrifices my mother made to survive her own difficult childhood, to give me not only life, but opportunity along with love and inspiration. And I am proud that my own daughter and I look at all these young women I’m privileged to work with or know through Chelsea and it’s hard to imagine turning the clock back on them. But in places throughout America large and small the clock is turning back.

So, we have work to do. Renewing America’s vitality at home and strengthening our leadership abroad will take the energy and talents of all our people, women and men.

If America is going to lead, we need to learn from the women of the world who have blazed new paths and developed new solutions, on everything from economic development to education to environmental protection.

If America is going to lead, we need to catch up with so much of the rest of the world and finally ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women.

If America is going to lead, we need to stand by the women of Afghanistan after our combat troops come home, we need to speak up for all the women working to realize the promise of the Arab Spring, and do more to save the lives of the hundreds of thousands of mothers who die every year during childbirth from preventable causes and so much more.

But that’s not all.

Because if America is going to lead we expect ourselves to lead, we need to empower women here at home to participate fully in our economy and our society, we need to make equal pay a reality, we need to extending family and medical leave benefits to more workers and make them paid, we need to encouraging more women and girls to pursue careers in math and science.

We need to invest in our people, women and men, so they can live up to their own God-given potential.

That’s how America will lead in the world.

So let’s learn from the wisdom of every mother and father all over the world who teach their daughters that there is no limit on how big she can dream and how much she can achieve.

This truly is the unfinished business of the 21st century. And It is the work we are all called to do. I look forward to being to be your partner and champion in the days and years ahead. Lets keep fighting for opportunity, let’s keep pushing for participation. And let’s keep telling the world that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all.

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The metaphor of Hillary Clinton waiting in the wings has run through these pages before in both words and images.  Hillary Clinton can look tantalizingly attractive as she waits to take the podium, and,  for her supporters, the natural thought progression migrates to the steps of the Capitol on a January morning in 2017 in the rough-and-tumble, lickety-split manner of The Pokey Little Puppy‘s litter mates.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waits to walk onto stage to speak at the third annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) at the Department of the Interior in Washington May 9, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waits to walk onto stage to speak at the third annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) at the Department of the Interior in Washington May 9, 2011.
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How fitting  that the week and month that begin with April Fool’s Day should herald Mme. Secretary’s  first three public speaking engagements as she emerges from her cocoon as a full-blown private citizen for the first time in decades while, in the outside world, Hillary-Fever hits epidemic proportions making fools of some.  In cable media, every self-respecting host devotes at least one segment to the Hillary Effect while the print media, bloggers, and Facebook groups offer, according to their place on the political spectrum, varied speculation on what Hillary Clinton could possibly be up to as she so coquettishly keeps us waiting for her answer to the Big Question.

Memory can be short.  Those who stood shoulder to shoulder with Hillary through the brutal 2008 primary campaign tend to be more circumspect about what a campaign would entail, how it might roll out, and the degree to which Hillary’s current sky high poll numbers might hold in a campaign setting.  Ironically, among some of the louder and more self-assured voices are those who assaulted her most viciously in 2008.  On his Sunday show yesterday, Chris Matthews stated with all the certainty in the world that “Hillary Clinton has given every indication that she is running…” which, of course she has not and has taken pains to avoid.  At counterpoint to this is Jim Rutenberg in yesterday’s New York Times who actually took the trouble to speak with Hillary’s spokesman Philippe Reines and exuded no such certainty.  It is not a stretch to imagine Matthews and his ilk to be dangling her out there as a pretty, candy-filled piñata waiting to be bashed once again when the new flavor of the month arises.  Who that might be I leave to speculation, but judging from responses to my tweets and Facebook posts a particular name proliferates.   True Hillary loyalists must regard current endorsements and their sources with a glance in the rear view mirror and a healthy dose of skepticism.

The only credible news is that Hillary Clinton will speak twice this week.  Tomorrow in Washington D.C. at Kennedy Center for the annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards and again on Friday at Lincoln Center in New York at the annual Women in the World Summit.   Her first official paid speaking event is scheduled for April 24 in Dallas.  Despite a rally scheduled for tomorrow evening outside Kennedy Center and promoted by the Ready for Hillary SuperPAC,  it is most unlikely that what we will hear her say will have anything to do with running for president.  It is far more likely, as reflected in Kathleen Parker’s excellent piece in Newsweek for Women in the World, that we shall hear her directly address the question of how her initiatives for women, established under the the auspices of the State Department, will continue  now that she no longer occupies her State Department post.

parker-FE01-hillary-effect-main-teaseCan the Hillary Effect sustain itself without the Hillary? ( Thomas Whiteside/Jed Root )

The Hillary Effect

Will Clinton’s Agenda Survive?

by Kathleen Parker

The Hillary Effect has spread across the globe. But how well will it last without Hillary at the helm?

Aside from a summary of how her agenda remains underpinned at the State Department, it seems realistic to expect an announcement of some private initiative on her part to continue addressing women’s issues on a global basis.  At both of these events she will have no dearth of strong women leaders from all over the world surrounding her who surely would join any campaign she embarks upon to advance the causes – the many causes of women – from education, to security in sending one’s children to school, to human trafficking, to marrying whom one chooses, to running businesses and running for political office.

While the next presidential election remains years away, daily, in many cultures, child brides are promised like chattel.  Assuredly, Mme. Secretary timed her marriage equality video for release prior to last week’s SCOTUS arguments, but the message resounds more broadly than the LGBT community, and women, who drive economies, who are the growers, makers, students, educators, and shoppers have their greatest impact when they are free rather than subjugated by fathers and by husbands they have not chosen.  That aspect of marriage equality, the full equality of citizens,  and its implications for women and girls is likely to arise among the many issues confronting women in the world today.

No, it is not likely that Hillary Clinton will have an announcement about a presidential campaign when she emerges from behind her curtain this week, but there is certain to be a campaign nonetheless.  There will be a platform, and as is always the case with Hillary Clinton, there will also be a blueprint for building the social structure she conceives.

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We wondered why her name was not on the original list of speakers, but now it is official.  Hillary Clinton will once again grace this event.

Hillary Clinton Joins Women in the World Summit

Mar 21, 2013 3:39 PM EDT

In one of her first appearances since leaving the State Dept., Clinton will join some of the world’s most inspirational women at our fourth Women in the World Summit.

In one of her first appearances since leaving the State Department, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be joining the Women in the World Summit to be held April 4 and 5 at New York’s Lincoln Center.  The annual summit, now in its fourth year, illuminates global issues through the voices of leaders, activists, artists, and pioneers who are confronting the most urgent challenges faced by women and girls around the world.

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Not for the first time, and probably not for the last, our lovely Hillary graces the cover of Newsweek.  Tomasky gets it wrong, though, right in the first paragraph because we know she gets her scrunchies at Rite Aid not CVS, and she goes there to choose them personally.  She does not send errand people.


From Newsweek

Hillary Clinton Exits Politics: Her Enduring Legacy

Michael Tomasky

She changed the game irrevocably, and now she’s about to transform it again—by walking away. 

And now, as of this week, Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes something she has not been in two decades: a private citizen. A mind-boggling thought, really, rich in amusingly prosaic implications. Will she drive a car? Is she going to pop up at the Safeway (you’re supposed to bring your own bags now, Madame Secretary!) or be found standing in line at the Friendship Heights multiplex? She’ll still have Secret Service protection, and she has more than enough money to send other people out on a CVS run. But even so, she is now, for the first time in a very, very long time, just one of us
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What an appropriate way for Tina Brown to take over management at Newsweek and to celebrate women’s history month!  The cover girl is our girl, and the cover story is about Hillary Clinton’s signature issue: the inclusion of women and girls in every aspect of society.  Two plus years into her tenure at State,  Secretary Clinton has made it crystal clear that her major concern, rather than being a particular sector on the globe, is a particular segment of all populations around the globe.   There was a time when it was not understood by all around her that this was to be her primary focus.   With this issue of  Newsweek,  all doubt should be erased.  She does have an issue about which she is passionate and unrelenting: empowering women and girls.  Those of us who have stood with her over the years knew that, of course, and tend, as a result, to be passionate and unrelenting about her.


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This little excerpt of an interview with Hillary from the May 3 edition of Newsweek Magazine popped into my news feed. Forewarned is forearmed, so when you go on your search for the Esquire issue, pick up Newsweek as well. It is mighty satisfying for those of us who follow her work closely to see this kind of supportive and respectful media attention paid to our excellent and hard working Secretary of State. We know she is not one to seek the spotlight. She even appears a little shy of it sometimes, but it is gratifying to see that the MSM, not wont to treat her kindly at times in the past, are recognizing her for her dedication to duty. It is also always nice to find new pictures since she is not hard to look at. Not at all!

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‘Get In There and Mix It Up’

Hillary Clinton on Obama, Iran, and a world of troubles.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down for a 40-minute interview last week with NEWSWEEK’s Michael Hirsh at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia, where she was attending the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting. Excerpts:

The great psychodrama that people are interested in is how do you go from one of the great battles in modern American political history to this close partnership?
Actually, it was kind of funny. It was the Sunday after the election, and Bill and I were going for a hike at a reserve near where we live in New York. About an hour and a half into it, [Bill’s phone] rang. It was the president-elect saying he wanted to talk to Bill about some potential appointments. Bill said, “Well, we’re on this walk and it’s kind of awkward talking to you. Can we talk later?” And the president-elect said, “Yes, and I want to talk to Hillary too, so tell her to call me.” I assumed it was along the same lines. And then when he asked me if I would be his secretary of state, I said there are so many other people you should look at [laughs]. I really felt an obligation to the people of New York to go back and serve, and I was just so surprised. I had never, ever, ever thought about it. We began a series of conversations. They ended with my deciding if the shoe had been on the other foot, and I had won and I had asked him to be part of my administration, I would have hoped he would have said yes. And I’m old-fashioned enough to believe that when a president calls, you should have a presumption of saying yes.

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Thank you, Newsweek!

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