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On September 18, 2014, Scotland voted in an independence referendum to remain in the United Kingdom.  Tonight, the UK is tallying votes in a referendum held today on whether to remain in the European Union.  Should they leave, the effects on the economy promise to be bumpy. 401Ks and 403Bs, where many of us have our retirement funds tied up, are likely to be affected, not in a good way.

Donald Trump (who did not initially know what the Brexit was and probably thought it was a breakfast sandwich) has said “Why do they need them?”  He thinks a leave vote would be fine. He, himself, is leaving – (don’t get excited, only temporarily) – for Scotland tonight, not that he is an especially welcome guest.

You may have seen this documentary: You’ve Been Trumped.  If you have not, you should find a way to see it.  It explains brilliantly why the people of Scotland are not especially happy to see Trump.

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Scotland is not alone in their disdain for Trump

A previously announced stop in Ireland has apparently been cancelled.   Protests had been planned.



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Shortly after her well-publicized NPR interview yesterday, Hillary did an interview with the BBC.  She established her position on the upcoming Scottish independence referendum and  British membership in the European Union.

Hillary Clinton speaks out against Scottish independence

Former secretary of state says she would “hate” to see Scotland separate from the rest of United Kingdom

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Hillary Clinton’s intervention in the Scottish independence debate comes a week after Barack Obama said he wanted Britain to stay “united”. Photo: Roger Wong/ INF

Hillary Clinton has said she would “hate” to see Britain “lose” Scotland, adding her voice to President Barack Obama‘s in opposition to Scottish independence.

The former secretary of state, who is widely assumed to be preparing for president in 2016, said she hopes Scottish independence “doesn’t happen”.

“I would hate to have you lose Scotland,” Mrs Clinton said in an interview with BBC Newsnight. “I hope it doesn’t happen but I don’t have a vote in Scotland.”

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Bloomberg News

Hillary Clinton Joins Obama to Rowling in Warning Scots on Vote

June 13, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton entered the debate over Scottish independence, becoming the latest high-profile figure to warn against the breakup of the U.K.

“I would hate to have you lose Scotland,” Clinton told BBC Television yesterday. “I hope that it doesn’t happen.”

As Scots prepare to vote in a referendum on independence on Sept. 18 that could result in splitting from Britain after more than 300 years, Clinton’s remarks echo those made by President Barack Obama, who last week advocated that the U.K. remains “united.”

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Hillary Clinton: Full Newsnight interview

12 June 2014

The US should withhold military support for Iraq until certain preconditions are met, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.

In an interview with BBC’s Newsnight, Mrs Clinton said Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki first had to show he was “inclusive” – seemingly conflicting with President Obama’s statement that the US was looking at “all options” in Iraq.

Mrs Clinton also discussed the crisis in Ukraine, the Scottish independence referendum, and whether or not she will make a second run for the US presidency in 2016.

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Our Hillary donned academic regalia once again today to take part in an historic ceremony.

Clinton joins historic procession

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has taken part in a historic procession before she receives an honorary degree from one of the UK’s oldest universities.

Mrs Clinton will be giving the graduation address later at a ceremony to mark the 600th anniversary of the founding of St Andrews University.

It is the politician’s first foreign visit since her term as secretary of state ended in February.

She arrived in the picturesque Fife coastal town yesterday and will be conferred with a doctor of laws degree in recognition of her achievements as a politician and diplomat.

Mrs Clinton will receive the doctorate from the veteran Liberal Democrat politician and chancellor of St Andrews, Sir Menzies Campbell.

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Interestingly the university was founded By Avignon Antipope Benedict XIII.

University of St Andrews

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The University of St Andrews (informally St Andrews University or St Andrews) is a research university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, next to Oxford University and Cambridge University. It was founded between 1410 and 1413 when a Papal Bull was issued by the Avignon Antipope Benedict XIII to a school of higher learning formed by a small group of Augustinian clergy. St Andrews is one of the four ancient universities of Scotland. In post-nominals the university’s name is abbreviated as St And (from the Latin Sancti Andreae).

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The University of St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary Honorary Graduation Ceremony is a celebration of intellectual achievement, recognising some of the brightest minds of the 21st Century.

She looked so young and pretty that she could have been mistaken for an undergrad!

Congratulations, Mme. Secretary! It is such a pleasure to see you so honored!

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And from Hillary herself….

., look familiar? Not Hogwarts but beautiful St Andrews! Thanks to grad student Claire for the grand tour

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The event will be held on September 13 and will be livestreamed by the university website.

Hillary Clinton to receive honorary degree from St Andrews University

Former American first lady Hillary Clinton is to be honoured for her work when she visits Scotland next month.

Mrs Clinton, who has served as a senator and was US secretary of state until last year, is to be given an honorary degree by St Andrews University in recognition of her achievements as a politician and diplomat.

The award will also mark her efforts to champion the causes of education, human rights, democracy, civil society and promoting opportunities for females around the world, the university said.


Mrs Clinton, who lost to Barack Obama in the contest to be the Democrat candidate for president in 2008, is due to speak at St Andrews University on Friday September 13, and will be conferred with a degree of doctor of laws in a ceremony the following day.

The university has strong ties with the United States, with three of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence – Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson and John Witherspoon – having studied at or held degrees from St Andrews.

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John Witherspoon is indeed an ancestor of Reese Witherspoon.

Hillary Clinton to give talk as part of university’s 600th anniversary

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to receive an honorary degree as part of the University of St Andrews’ 600th anniversary.

She will address an audience of global academic leaders and students next month as part of the celebrations before receiving a degree of Doctor of Laws.

The university says they are honouring her roles as politician, diplomat and champion of education, human rights, democracy, civil society, and opportunities for women around the world.

St Andrews was founded in 1413 and are celebrating their 600th anniversary with a series of events.

As well as Secretary Clinton’s visit, a debate will be held on the future of universities as academics from around the world gather.


The graduation ceremony and speech will take place on September 13 and will be streamed live on the university’s website.

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Congratulations once again, Mme. Secretary! Every honor you have earned is well-deserved. We love you and are so proud of you!

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