Hillary the gift that keeps giving:PART 3 OF 3

Hillary the gift that keeps giving:

Hillary Defends Waters, Ryan After Being Patronized, Taunted– |   Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017


Hillary Clinton on Tuesday defended journalist April Ryan and congresswoman Maxine Waters after Ryan’s question was shot down during a White House press briefing and Waters’ hair was made fun of by Fox News correspondent Bill O’Reilly. “Just look at all that’s happened in the last few days to women who were simply doing their jobs,” Clinton said at the Professional Business Women of California conference in San Francisco, per The Hill.

Ryan, a correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, was in the middle of asking a question Tuesday when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer interrupted her and told her to “stop shaking your head.”

Ryan’s original question centered on how President Donald Trump’s administration would work to repair its image.

“April Ryan, a respected journalist with unrivaled integrity, was doing her job just this afternoon in the White House press room when she was patronized and cut off trying to ask a question,” Clinton said.

O’Reilly on Tuesday referred to Waters’ hair as a “James Brown wig.”

One of our own California congressmen Maxine Waters was taunted with a racist joke about her hair,” Clinton said. “Too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride.”

Hillary Clinton unlikely to return to family foundation – 04/05/17

Hillary Clinton has all but ruled out returning to her family’s foundation, three sources close to the former Democratic nominee tell The Hill.

The former Democratic presidential nominee has indicated to confidants and associates that she more than likely won’t be returning to the Clinton Foundation, which drew headlines in the 2016 election cycle for possible conflicts of interest.

Since her stunning election loss, Clinton has been taking the time to figure out what she wants to do next.

“She’s taking a look at her life and wants to try some different things,” said one ally who has spoken to Clinton in recent weeks. “She’s not tying herself to something that’s always been an option. She wants to figure out what she wants to do.”

One thing the former presidential nominee wants to do is figure out how she can best use her voice for the benefit of the Democratic Party, sources say.

Clinton took an active role in the family’s foundation after leaving the State Department in 2013, working on early childhood development and other issues involving women and girls.

“I am thrilled to fully join this remarkable organization that [former President] Bill [Clinton] started a dozen years ago, and to call it my home for the work I will be doing,” she said in remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2013.

At the same time, in 2013, the foundation changed its name to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Hillary Clinton left the organization before launching her bid for the White House.

The former secretary of State hasn’t formally told aides at the New York-based foundation about her plans.

Asked about Clinton’s next steps, the Clinton Foundation referred calls to her office, as they have done since she left the foundation two years ago. A spokesman for the former secretary of State could not be reached on Tuesday.

Still, those familiar with Clinton’s immediate future say that just because she won’t take an active role in the organization doesn’t mean she won’t give occasional foundation-related speeches or participate in its programs.

“Everyone knows they’ll have access to her whenever they need her,” the confidant said. “This has really become President Clinton and Chelsea’s thing.”

Hillary Clinton’s likely decision comes on the heels of months of negative press about the potential conflicts of interest between the foundation and Clinton. The storylines — along with the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State — created headaches for the nominee.

Bill Clinton spent months defending the organization he built in his post-presidency life, and he sought to prove that the foundation was above board and transparent on interactions with Hillary Clinton.

But emails released by WikiLeaks during the tail end of the election cycle showed that campaign advisers were worried about potential conflicts — including one Clinton Global Initiative event in Morocco.

Morocco’s king had agreed to give $12 million to the foundation if Hillary Clinton attended the event. Clinton — who had already launched a presidential bid — ultimately decided not to attend.

On the other end of the vast Clinton universe, supporters of the foundation were angry that the campaign hadn’t done a better job of explaining the good work it does around the world.

It’s too early to tell what impact, if any, the 2016 campaign and Clinton’s loss has had on the foundation. But officials at the foundation point to their recent expansion of programs, including one in the San Diego area aimed at helping low-income youth.

In February, as part of a 2016 annual report, Bill Clinton wrote to supporters, “Despite the political season and unprecedented attacks that were misleading or outright false, the Clinton Foundation continued its good work in the United States and around the world.”

“I am very grateful to our staff, leadership, and board, and to our donors both large and small, new and longstanding, for keeping our focus on how we can solve problems and seize opportunities to improve more lives,” the former president said.

For now, Hillary Clinton is focused on her upcoming book, which she is writing with two campaign speechwriters: Dan Schwerin — who also helped write the former secretary of State’s 2014 book, “Hard Choices” — and Megan Rooney.

She is also scheduled for several speeches, including a commencement speech in May at her alma mater, Wellesley College.

In an interview Tuesday on “CBS This Morning,” Chelsea Clinton was asked what her mother’s plans might look like in the coming months.

“She’s focused, thankfully, on her grandchildren,” the former first daughter said. “She’s focused on what she can do to help support work that she’s been engaged in for longer than I’ve been alive, around children, around women, around families.”

source- Solange Reyner,  Amie Parnes, the hill–

Don’t look now: Hillary’s back–By – 04/01/17 


Hillary Clinton is moving back into the spotlight as the vanquished Democratic presidential nominee seeks to carve out her role during the Trump administration.

It’s a step she’s taking cautiously after stepping away from the political arena for roughly two months at the urging of her friends and associates. During that time, she emerged in public only for an occasional speech or college appearance.

But March represented a turning point as Clinton ratcheted up her opposition to Trump on Twitter and made three public speeches.

With her new rallying cry of “Resist, persist, insist, enlist,” Clinton is keeping up her fight against Trump while giving Democrats space to find a new person to carry the torch in 2020.

“She’s always been someone who gets out there and fights for what she thinks is right,” one former Clinton campaign staffer told The Hill.

“She’s striking an appropriate balance. She still has an appreciation that she’s not the face of the Democratic Party and people don’t want her to be … but having worked for her and having seen how hard she fights, I’d be disappointed if she spent the rest of her career in the woods.”

For a politician who held White House aspirations for years, Clinton’s November loss — which came despite a victory in the popular vote — likely weighed heavy.

In the months after 2008 primary loss to then-Sen. Barack Obama, Clinton quickly reemerged first on the stump and then as Obama’s secretary of State.

But 2016 was different.

After her defeat, she receded back into private life. Clinton sightings became rare, with her picture occasionally taken by people who stumbled upon her during walks in the woods near her Chappaqua, N.Y. home.

A confidant familiar with Clinton’s thinking said her biggest concern coming out of the November election was party unification.  To that point, she has spent some time in recent weeks talking to millennials, activists and others who are working to keep Democratic Party strong, a source close to Clinton said.

At the same time, she has stepped into the fray to criticize Trump on hot-button issues like the travel ban and healthcare.

During each of Clinton’s speeches in March, she slowly waded further and further back into the political pool.

On St. Patrick’s Day in Pennsylvania, she told the Society of Irish Woman audience that she’s “ready to come out of the woods.”

Earlier this week, she debuted her “resist, insist, persist enlist” slogan.

And then on Friday at Georgetown University, she blasted Trump’s proposed cuts to the State Department and international aid as “ a grave mistake for our country.”

While still not mentioning Trump by name, she jabbed at the president by joking about her reliance on “evidence and facts.” And she delivered another barb directed at White House counselor Kellyanne Conway based on the Trump aides use of the infamous term “alternative facts.”

Clinton has told friends that she feels an obligation to speak for those who helped her carry the popular vote just five months ago.

“This is her way of giving those people a voice and keeping her promise to them that she wouldn’t just go away,” the adviser said.

With the presidential campaign in her rearview mirror, “she feels like she has a little more freedom to speak out and not worry about the implications,” another confidant said.

Prominent Democrats who supported Clinton during the campaign told The Hill that they are encouraged by her new approach.

“Sec. Clinton is one of the foremost thinkers of our time. … Most definitely she should be fully in the midst of the conversation,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who ran the Democratic National Committee during the presidential primary but resigned after the leak of emails showing some staffers advocating for Clinton, told The Hill.

“At right and necessary times, there’s no question she can be a tremendous asset to us both in planning policy decisions but also as a voice of leadership.”

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) agreed, adding that he “hope[s] she’ll continue to speak up.”

Even as she’s stepping out further, Clinton has avoided much comment on the biggest story roiling the Trump White House: the investigations into ties to Russia.

A former Clinton staffer told The Hill that after months of warning about Russia on the campaign trail, she likely feels its best to steer clear of the issue and avoid giving Trump a target.

“It would just be throwing gasoline on the fire. Why give them any fuel to unify Republicans or taint anything that’s going on?” the staffer said.

While most Democrats agree that Clinton shouldn’t disappear, there is disagreement among some within the party, which is struggling with its own growing pains, about what void Clinton can fill.

Some Democrats are still sour about the party fumbling what had been seen as a sure-fire victory and question decisions made by the Clinton campaign, including those that led to an exodus away from Democrats among working-class voters.

Former Vice President Biden gave voice to that criticism this week when he criticized the Clinton campaign’s lack of focus on the middle class.

And progressive supporters of Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders still view Clinton with a healthy dose of skepticism. They harbor ill will about the primary process and have doubts about the authenticity of her leftward shift on issues like trade and free college.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a Sanders confidante who supported him during the primary, said that it’s important that Clinton brings her “very devoted constituency” to the “fight.”  But he argued that progressives have won the battle for the soul of the party and that Clinton’s role should not be to relitigate it.

“Moderation and centrist positions are not where our base wants to be right now,” he told The Hill.

“She needs to reinforce the policy side about where we are going, reinforcing the [positions of] the base.”

The space may be unfamiliar for Clinton, who has occupied a prime seat at the Democratic table since the early 1990s. That’s why, even at 69, rumors persist about a potential return to public office.

“She can’t sit still,” the adviser said. “There’s no clear leader in the party. Bernie certainly hasn’t stepped up. So what does she have to lose now?”


WATCH: Hillary Comes Out of Hiding… Adopts Leather and (Even Worse) Bad Atttiude

But according to the Independent Journal Review, Hillary is back and loaded for bear, having emerged from her self-imposed exile to presumably resume a position of leadership in the “resistance” to President Donald Trump.

The former senator and secretary of state spoke to the crowd at a Professional BusinessWomen of California conference on diversity in San Francisco, but all anyone is really talking about after her speech was the fashionable leather jacket she had apparently traded in her traditional pantsuits for.

“I am thrilled to be out of the woods and in the company of so many inspiring women…And there’s no place I’d rather be than here with you — other than the White House,” Clinton said, according to CNN. “Obviously, the outcome of the election wasn’t the one I hoped for, worked for, but I will never stop speaking out for common sense benefits that will allow moms and dads to stay on the job,” she added in what was but one of many thinly veiled attacks on what would be Trump’s agenda — if Trump’s agenda were really what deluded liberals pretend to think it is.

source- april ryan, the hill-Ben Kamisar and Amie Parnes, conservative tribune–Ben Marquis



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