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Friday
Sep212012

GOP Senators Express Dissatisfaction in 'Disrespectful' Benghazi Briefing

State Dept(WASHINGTON) -- Expressing further dissatisfaction with the thoroughness of the briefing on Benghazi they received from Secretary of State Clinton Thursday, two Republican Senators chastised the Obama administration for their “disrespect” and “disdain” for the U.S. Senate for not divulging more about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“We were told nothing,” McCain said on the Senate floor Friday afternoon of Thursday’s briefing to the full U.S. Senate by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “We were told absolutely nothing. All because it’s an investigation going on.”

McCain then held up the Wall Street Journal’s story Friday morning with details on the attack by way of comparison. He said for a newspaper to have more detail than U.S. Senators, after receiving a briefing from the government’s top officials, was the height of disrespect.

“It is that the disrespect to the institution of the senate when we are called together ostensibly to receive information, that information they tell us they can’t give us, and then it appears on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. What does that mean about the attitude that this administration has to this body? Obviously it’s not one that I think is of respect.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed the complaint, saying it was like “pulling teeth” to get information from the members of the administration Thursday.

“I was very disappointed in the briefing yesterday,” Graham said, “A lot of senators were frustrated. And you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you.”

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Thursday
Sep062012

'#Hillary2016' Tops Twitter Trends as Former President Bill Clinton Fires Up DNC Crowd

Mario Tama/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- If people on Twitter had their way, Hillary Clinton would take one more crack at shattering America’s highest glass ceiling.

As former President Bill Clinton took to the Democratic National Convention’s main stage Wednesday night, the Twitter hashtag “#Hillary2016″ briefly became the top trend on Twitter in the United States. The tweets asking the secretary of state to run skyrocketed to the top shortly before 11 p.m., about 10 minutes after President Clinton gave her a shout-out in his speech.

“Heck, he even appointed Hillary!” said the former president, making the point that President Obama is committed to cooperation, appointing Republicans to his cabinet and tapping his former primary opponent for secretary of state.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll in April found Secretary of State Clinton scoring a favorable rating of 65 percent, hitting a new high in favorability data stretching back to her entry on the national stage 20 years ago.

Clinton is currently on a tour of Asia and the Pacific, steering thousands of miles clear of the convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Tuesday
Sep042012

Top Democrats to Skip Party's Convention

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As Democrats descend on Charlotte, N.C., this week to light a fire under President Obama's re-election campaign, a few of the biggest names in the party will not be there.

While party honchos like former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter -- albeit via video -- are set to take the stage, other Democratic stars such as Al Gore and Hillary Clinton are staying far from Charlotte.  And with hotly contested House and Senate races peppered across the map, many Democratic members of Congress have swapped convention parties for campaign events.

Here's a look at some of the Democrats who've decided to skip their party's biggest gathering:

Hillary Clinton

For the first time in more than four decades, Hillary Clinton will not be attending the Democratic National Convention.  But not because she doesn't want to.  Since she's the secretary of state, federal statute and the State Department's ethical guidelines prohibit Clinton from participating in political activities such as a party convention. 

Other cabinet secretaries, such as Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Attorney General Eric Holder, will also not be in Charlotte for the same reason.

Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore is choosing his cable network over his party's convention this year, deciding to host Current TV's coverage of both conventions.  Gore will anchor Current TV's Democratic convention coverage from New York.

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown decided not to cross the continent for the Democratic convention this week, which comes one week after the death of his father-in-law, Rockwell "Rocky" Gust.  Gust once ran, unsuccessfully, alongside GOP nominee Mitt Romney's father for lieutenant governor of Michigan.  Brown also cited legislative work as a reason for skipping the Democratic Convention, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Senate Candidates

At least five Democratic Senate candidates are opting to stay home and campaign instead of attending their party's convention this week.  

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was a surrogate for the Obama campaign in 2008, but is spending her week campaigning instead of celebrating Obama's nomination.  But after she caught flak for the decision, McCaskill tweeted "Bet POTUS agrees with my decision."

Montana Sen. Jon Tester spoke in support of Obama at the DNC in 2008, but in 2012 is staying home to campaign.  Tester said in April that he had not decided whether to vote for Obama.  "These first three and a half years haven't been that good to West Virginia," he said then.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Arizona Senate candidate Richard Carmona and North Dakota Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp are also skipping the Democratic Convention to campaign in their home states.

House Candidates


With Obama's approval ratings dismally low in West Virgina -- only 31 percent approve of the president, according to Gallup -- West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall has chosen to stick to his home state rather than attend his party's convention.

The same rings true for Utah Rep. Jim Matheson, who is embroiled in a tight re-election campaign in a state where Obama's approval rating is wavering around 26 percent.

Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Critz and Georgia Rep. John Barrow are also skipping the convention to campaign this year.

Four New York representatives chose to hit the campaign trail instead of the convention hall as the New York Times reported. Those names include Reps. Timothy H. Bishop, Kathy Hochul, Bill Owens and Louise M. Slaughter.

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Wednesday
Aug152012

McCain: Obama Would Be ‘Wise’ to Replace Biden with Hillary

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Although he predicted it would not happen, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Wednesday it would be “wise” for President Obama to take Vice President Joe Biden off the Democratic presidential ticket and replace him with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“I think it might be wise to do that but it’s not going to happen obviously, for a whole variety of reasons,” McCain said in an interview Wednesday afternoon on Fox News, stopping just short of Sarah Palin’s call last night for an all-out replacement of Biden on the ticket.

“I’m not sure if I were Hillary Clinton I would want to be on that team,” the senator added, “I think her ambitions frankly are for 2016 and I’m not sure that would enhance that likelihood.”

McCain had some harsh words ready for Biden, saying that the vice president “continues to say things that are unacceptable in American politics,” and specifically referenced Biden’s remarks Tuesday in Danville, Va.

Tuesday Vice President Biden said to the crowd, “look at their budget, and what they are proposing. Romney wants to let -- He said in the first hundred days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

McCain said the vice president “crossed the line” this time and should be held accountable for that sort of remark.

“Yet he seems to get away with it because it’s just sort of a joke,” McCain said.

The harsh words weren’t reserved just for Vice President Biden but for the Obama administration’s handling of the campaign overall, the tenor of which McCain says calls into question the Obama team’s ability to govern should President Obama win a second term.

“What do you get if you win with this kind of campaign?” he questioned of the Obama campaign, pointing to specific negative and what he defined as misleading ads the Obama campaign has run. “If you run this kind of slash and burn gutter campaign that they are running, what happens when you start governing again?”

McCain said it would be “very difficult for anybody in the team that ran this kind of campaign to govern and bring people together come the following January.”

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Thursday
Jul192012

Boehner: Accusations Against Clinton Aide ‘Pretty Dangerous’

Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- For the second time in two days a top Republican has rejected claims by Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other Republicans that an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ties to a radical Islamic organization.

House Speaker John Boehner said the suggestion by Bachmann, R-Minn., and the others was “pretty dangerous.”

Earlier this week Sen. John McCain called the insinuations “ugly” and “sinister.”

Last month, Bachmann, R-Minn., and four other House Republicans wrote a letter claiming that the family of Huma Abedin, a senior Clinton aide, has ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and questioned whether she is part of a conspiracy to harm the United States by influencing U.S. foreign policy with her high-level position at the State Department.

Boehner, R-Ohio, told a news conference today that he had not read the letter, but said, “I don’t know Huma, but from everything that I do know of her she has a sterling character. Accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”

The letter was sent June 13 to Harold Geisel, the Deputy Inspector General at the Department of State, while similar copies exploring other ties to the Muslim Brotherhood were sent to the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The letter states, “The Department’s Deputy, Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.”

It adds, “Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy making.”

The letter was signed by Bachmann, Trent Franks, R-Ariz., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Thomas Rooney, R-Fla., and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., read. “Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy making.”

Asked whether he believes that Bachmann should lose her seat on the Intelligence Committee, Boehner said he did not believe that the issues were related. Bachmann contends that the intent of her letter has been distorted.

Abedin, who was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., is married to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat who resigned after admitting he sent lewd pictures of himself to women from his House office.

McCain, R-Ariz., went on the Senate floor Wednesday to denounce the letter.

“These attacks have no logic, no basis, and no merit and they need to stop. They need to stop now,” McCain said.

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Thursday
Jul192012

Hillary Clinton Close to Paying Off 2008 Campaign Debt

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton, who has steadily chipped away at the more than $25 million in debt her campaign amassed during her run for president, owes only $100,000, according to Federal Election Commission disclosures for the second quarter of 2012.

Running for president is expensive, and although the subject of campaign debt has usually been synonymous with Newt Gingrich in the past several months, Clinton is among the many former presidential candidates who’ve departed the trail in debt.

She suspended her campaign in June 2008 owing $25 million, but had paid off enough by the end of that year to owe $5.9 million.

Almost four years later, the campaign owes $100,000 to one entity, the firm of Penn, Schoen & Berland for consulting and polling fees.  Penn, Schoen & Berland is a market research firm headed up by a trio of longtime advisers to both Bill and Hillary Clinton: Mark Penn, Doug Schoen and Michael Berland.

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Wednesday
Jul182012

McCain Defends Hillary Clinton Aide Against Bachmann Accusation

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Describing the accusations against her as “ugly” and “sinister,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., came to the defense of Huma Abedin, longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Last week five Republican members of the House of Representatives, including former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, made claims that Abedin’s family has ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and questioned whether she is part of a nefarious conspiracy to harm the United States by influencing U.S. foreign policy with her high-level position at the State Department.

“The Departments Deputy, Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and /or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy making,” according to the June 13th letter, signed by Reps. Bachmann, R-Minn., Trent Franks,  R-Ariz., Louie Gohmert,  R-Texas, Thomas Rooney, R-Fla., and Lynn Westmoreland, R-GA.

The letter was sent to Harold Geisel, the Deputy Inspector General at the Department of State, while similar copies were sent to the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

[ READ THE LETTER TO GIESEL HERE ]

The lawmakers point to a report by the Center for Security Policy, a conservative think tank, which makes the allegations about Abedin’s family ties and calls on the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of State to begin an investigation into the possibility that Abedin and other American officials are using their influence to promote the cause of the Muslim Brotherhood within the U.S. government.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took to the Senate floor today to rip apart his fellow Republicans’ accusations and came to the defense of Abedin, whom he calls a “fine and decent American,” after observing her work as both a long-time aide to Clinton while she was a Senator and as the Secretary of State.

“These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way,” McCain said. “These attacks have no logic, no basis, and no merit and they need to stop. They need to stop now.”

McCain argued that there is no evidence to back up the claims by the House Republicans.

“To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it,” McCain said. “The letter in the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department or as a member of then-Senator Clinton’s staff that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government.”

McCain said that no one, “not least a member of Congress,” should launch such a “degrading attack against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are an ignorance of that hey stand for.”

A statement issued after McCain’s speech by Bachmann suggested the letter was being taken out of context.

[ READ BACHMANN’S RESPONSE HERE ]

The controversy comes at a time when Abedin’s husband, disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, may be trying to revamp and clean up his image. After being out of the public eye for over a year following an embarrassing sexting scandal which led to his resignation from Congress, rumors are swirling that Weiner may be planning a bid to succeed Michael Bloomberg as New York City’s mayor.

“It took a lot of work to get to where [we] are today, but I want people to know we’re a normal family,” Abedin told People magazine in an interview this week with her husband.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Hillary Clinton to Be Most-Traveled Secretary of State in US History

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touches down in Latvia Thursday, she will hit a milestone, having traveled to a staggering 100 countries in less than four years. Clinton will become the most-traveled secretary of state in U.S. history.

The previous record holder was Madeleine Albright, who visited 96 countries when she was the nation’s top diplomat from 1997 to 2001.  Clinton’s predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, visited 85 countries in four years.

Rice talked to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night about how living out of a suitcase is a requirement of the job.  The frequent visits demonstrate that the secretary of state has to travel, “widely because the inbox for the world is really the American secretary of state’s inbox,” Rice said. “That is really what those numbers show. You have to get out there and represent the United States.”

Besides Lativia’s being the 100th country Secretary Clinton has visited, it will also be the first time a secretary of state has visited the tiny Eastern European country in nearly 20 years.  A senior State Department official called Clinton’s industrious travel, “a testament to the enormous activity that she has put into her job.”

And she’s not done yet. Clinton still has six more months before she says she will depart her post, which means more time on planes as the public face of U.S. diplomacy.

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Wednesday
May092012

Does Hillary Clinton Care About Her Appearance?

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton made major headlines on her trip through Asia, while she managed to avert a full out diplomatic crisis between America and China over a blind dissident and pressed India to reduce its oil imports from that rogue nation Iran.

The secretary of state shot down, again, that she plans to run for president in 2016.  She also wore very little make-up, sported glasses and had un-coiffed hair during an official event in Bangladesh.

“Hillary Au Naturale” screamed the Drudge Report headline, as it showed a photo of the secretary wearing glasses, loose hair and nothing but a little bit of lipstick.  If the headline and picture were supposed to be embarrassing to Clinton, she hasn’t taken the bait.

In fact, her response to CNN’s Jill Doherty when asked about criticism over her looks was not to weigh in on the debate over her fashion sense, but instead to laugh it off.

“I feel so relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now, Jill, because if I want to wear my glasses, I’m wearing my glasses,” said Clinton.  “If I want to pull my hair back, I’m pulling my hair back.”

The picture in Bangladesh is just the latest example of the ongoing debate over just how fashionable the former first lady, former senator and current secretary of state is.

In the 2008 election, there was much chatter about her short hair and pant-suits. 

Recently, fashionistas have taken issue with Clinton’s stubborn determination to occasionally wear scrunchies, a dated hair tie that even the fashion-forward Carrie Bradshaw character of Sex and the City mocked.  Clinton reportedly likes them because they keep her hair tied back neatly and out of her face.

Right or wrong, appearance scrutiny continues to be a factor for any female politician, regardless of party.  Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman receive nearly as much attention about how attractive they are as they do their policies.

Even Clinton’s predecessor Condoleezza Rice, who’s no longer politically active, can’t escape being analyzed for her appearance.

For Clinton’s part, she tells CNN she’s tired of the whole debate.

“At some point it’s just not something that deserves a whole lot of time and attention.  If others want to worry about it, I’ll let them do the worrying for a change,” she said.

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Thursday
May032012

Hillary Clinton Kept Bin Laden Raid Secret, Bill Clinton Says

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(LOS ANGELES) -- Former President Bill Clinton Thursday offered a personal reflection on the death of Osama bin Laden and said that throughout the planning for the Navy SEAL raid he was kept in the dark.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Clinton was asked whether his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, shared details with him about the mission and its outcome.

“I’m trying to remember exactly when I was notified, but I’m pretty sure that I was notified by the White House, not the State Department, which was exactly the right thing,” he said. “She never said a word to me about this -- exactly the right thing."

“When Hillary became secretary of state -- in general, if a former president asks for it, on a daily basis you can get a briefing from the CIA called the president’s daily briefing. You can get an attenuated version of that,” Clinton said. “And when she got named to that position, I said, ‘Look, I don’t want any more briefings unless the president or the National Security Council -- the White House people -- want me to have it.’ Because I give too many talks, do too much work -- I never want to inadvertently say something that complicates their job."

“So I didn’t know about it until they told me,” Clinton said. “She never said a word.”

The 42nd U.S. president described his reaction to the news of bin Laden’s killing in personal terms.

“It was a long saga for me -- deeply, personally, emotional, because I’m a New Yorker,” Clinton told DeGeneres.

“I knew people that died in 9/11. Hillary was a senator there. Our daughter was in lower Manhattan. Our daughter was one of the tens of thousands of people in clear visibility of the World Trade Center and [was] told to just walk north and keep going. And we couldn’t find her and didn’t know what was going on. It was an emotional moment.”

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