Entries in Secretary of State Hilary Clinton (11)


Could Reese Witherspoon or Scarlett Johansson Play Hillary Clinton?

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- An upcoming movie about the law school years of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is drawing interest from a roster of A-list actresses, according to one report.

The Independent reports that the movie, Rodham, which is due out in 2016, has attracted a bevy of actresses interested in playing the 26-year old Clinton, including Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson.

“They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position,” Rodham director James Ponstoldt told the Independent.

The film recounts Clinton’s days as a promising law school student at Yale Law School in the 1970s.Some of the film’s more risqué elements, including its depiction of the burgeoning relationship between Clinton and a young University of Arkansas Assistant Law Professor Bill Clinton emerged when a copy of the screenplay was obtained by the Daily Beast earlier this month.

With a proposed release date that will correspond with the 2016 presidential election, during which some hope Clinton will be a candidate, the film project has garnered a much interest.

“Regardless of peoples’ political affiliation or how they feel about Hillary Clinton, you don’t find people who question the quality of her intelligence or her drive. I want a wonderful actress who could embody that,” Ponstoldt said.

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Hillary Clinton’s Mother Dorothy Rodham Dies at Age 92

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham, died shortly after midnight Tuesday morning. She was 92.

Clinton canceled trips to London and Turkey Monday in order to stay by her sick mother’s side in Washington, D.C., and was with her when she passed away.

“She was a warm, generous and strong woman,” the Clinton family said in a statement, “an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.”

Despite her daughter’s public life, Rodham stayed largely out of the spotlight, granting only one televised interview, which aired on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004.

Rodham, who has been living with her daughter outside of Washington since 2006, fell ill Monday night.

She died at Georgetown University Hospital surrounded by family, according to the Clinton family’s statement.

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Hillary Clinton’s Mother Dorothy Rodham Falls Ill 

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton has cancelled scheduled trips to London and Turkey to be by the side of her 92-year-old mother, who has become ill.

Clinton decided to remain in Washington when her mother Dorothy Rodham fell ill Monday. A State Department official confirmed that Secretary Clinton will remain in Washington, but did not disclose the nature of Rodham’s illness.

Clinton was scheduled to attend international conferences on cyber security and Afghanistan on her trip to Europe. Wednesday’s conference in Istanbul will be on improving Afghanistan’s security and economic development.

Though Rodham has mostly stayed out of the public eye as her daughter rose to political prominence, she did hit the campaign trail in support of Clinton’s 2008 Presidential bid, and appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2004.

Rodham was also seen in 2010 at the wedding of her granddaughter Chelsea Clinton to Marc Mezvinsky.

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Bid for U.N. Recognition Weighs Heavily on Obama

Jim Ballard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As President Obama gets ready to address the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, the Palestinian bid for U.N. recognition weighs heavily over this week’s proceedings. The White House and its allies are scrambling to prevent a showdown, and critics, including the two leading Republican presidential candidates, say the Palestinian quest for statehood highlights Obama’s failed Middle East peace strategy.  

Last year, Obama said in his address to the U.N. General Assembly that, working together, a peace agreement might be possible by the time of the next meeting. “We can waste more time by carrying forward an argument that will not help a single Israeli or Palestinian child achieve a better life. We can do that…or, we can say that this time will be different,” Obama said in September 2010. “This time we should reach for what’s best within ourselves. If we do, when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the United Nations – an independent, sovereign state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel.”

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is readying to bring his bid for statehood to the U.N. Friday, a move the U.S. strongly rejects and has vowed to veto.

“The only way to resolve the issues between the Palestinians and the Israelis and to ultimately create a Palestinian state is through direct negotiations. The Palestinians will not and cannot achieve statehood through a declaration at the United Nations,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters last week.

In the meantime, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her allies are engaged in an intensive diplomatic negotiations to present an alternative plan that would allow for the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians to resume.

“We are engaged in extremely intensive ongoing diplomacy, reaching out to not only the parties but to all of the people who are here for the U.N. General Assembly.  And we continue to believe and are pressing the point that the only way to a two-state solution, which is what we support and want to see happen, is through negotiations.  And no matter what does or doesn’t happen this week, it will not produce the kind of outcome that everyone is hoping for.  So we’re going to stay very much engaged and focused,” Clinton said Monday.

While President Obama is scheduled to meet one-on-one with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu this week, there are no plans for him to meet with Abbas.

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Clinton Says She Won't Challenge Obama

McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she won’t take former Vice President Dick Cheney’s advice that she challenge President Obama for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2012.

Cheney made the suggestion during an interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

The former vice president has criticized many officials that he served with in the Bush administration, including Clinton’s predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, but said he believes Clinton is doing a good job as America’s top diplomat, calling her “the most competent person” in the Obama cabinet.

He said, “Maybe if the Obama record is bad enough, and these days it’s not very good, given the shape of the economy, maybe there will be enough ferment in the Democratic Party so that there will be a primary on their side.”

What's the chance she'll run?

“Oh … it’s below zero,” Clinton said when asked by CNN during an interview on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange what the chances were that she’d pursue the presidency again.

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Gates: Was Not 'Vital National Interest' to Intervene in Libya

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that Libya did not pose a threat to the United States before the U.S. began its military campaign against the North African country.

On ABC's This Week, when asked if Libya posed an actual or imminent threat to the United States, Gates responded, "No, no."

In a joint appearance with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, their first since the Libya operation began, Gates said, "It was not -- it was not a vital national interest to the United States, but it was an interest and it was an interest for all of the reasons Secretary Clinton talked about. The engagement of the Arabs, the engagement of the Europeans, the general humanitarian question that was at stake."

Gates explained that there was more at stake. "There was another piece of this though, that certainly was a consideration. You've had revolutions on both the East and the West of Libya," he said, emphasizing the potential wave of refugees from Libya could have destabilized Tunisia and Egypt.

During his campaign for the presidency, in December, 2007, Barack Obama told The Boston Globe that "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

Earlier in 2007, then-Senator Hillary Clinton said in a speech on the Senate floor that, "If the administration believes that any -- any -- use of force against Iran is necessary, the President must come to Congress to seek that authority."

ABC News’ Jake Tapper asked Clinton, "Why not go to Congress?"

"Well, we would welcome congressional support," the Secretary said, "but I don't think that this kind of internationally authorized intervention where we are one of a number of countries participating to enforce a humanitarian mission is the kind of unilateral action that either I or President Obama was speaking of several years ago."

Gates said it is unknown just exactly how long operations in Libya would last. The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for almost ten years, at war in Iraq for almost eight years and at war in Libya for nine days.

On the humanitarian side, the defense secretary said significant progress has been made.

President Obama has called for Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi's departure, but regime change is not one of the goals of the United Nations-led military operations. Tapper asked about this seeming inconsistency.

"So why not have, as part of the mission, regime change, removing Gadhafi from power?" Tapper asked the Secretary of Defense.

"Well, first of all, I think you don't want ever to set a set of goals or a mission -- military mission where you can't be confident of accomplishing your objectives," he said. "And as we've seen in the past, regime change is a very complicated business. It sometimes takes a long time. Sometimes it can happen very fast, but it was never part of the military mission."

Clinton emphasized the humanitarian rationale for the U.S. military intervention in Libya, recalling instances from recent history when a lack of U.S. intervention had left hundreds of thousands dead.

Clinton said that the United Nations-backed military intervention in Libya "is a watershed moment in international decision making. We learned a lot in the 1990s. We saw what happened in Rwanda. It took a long time in the Balkans, in Kosovo to deal with a tyrant. But I think in what has happened since March 1st, and we're not even done with the month, demonstrates really remarkable leadership."

Clinton also played out a hypothetical of what non-intervention by the United States might have looked like.

"Imagine we were sitting here and Benghazi had been overrun, a city of 700,000 people, and tens of thousands of people had been slaughtered, hundreds of thousands had fled and, as Bob [Gates] said, either with nowhere to go or overwhelming Egypt while it's in its own difficult transition. And we were sitting here, the cries would be, why did the United States not do anything?" she said

"Why -- how could you stand by when, you know, France and the United Kingdom and other Europeans and the Arab League and your Arab partners were saying you've got to do something," Clinton said.

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Clinton Seeks to Reorganize the State Department and USAID

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will soon recommend changing the way the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are structured, an effort her aides say is aimed at improving how it responds to crises around the world and streamline the way the department operates.
Among the many proposed changes, sanctions enforcement, international energy affairs, and human rights bureaus will get more prominent positions at the State Department, and USAID will get its own policy planning staff.
The changes are among many recommended by a team that has been drafting the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), a long-term budget strategy similar to one conducted by the Pentagon. There’s no estimate yet on how much this will cost. The QDDR is 14 months in the making, and several months delayed. The final report is due out sometime in December.
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Clinton and Gates: Washington's Most Powerful Odd Couple

Photo Courtesy - Scott J. Ferrell/ Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- You could call them the power couple of United States foreign policy, or perhaps, the odd couple.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is a Republican insider who has served eight presidents, but shuns politics.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a Democrat and one-half of perhaps the most political couple on earth.  Historically, the country's secretary of state and secretary of defense have often been at each other's throats, competing for budgets, political turf and influence.  Clinton and Gates say their experience has been the opposite.

"We didn't get the memo about how we were supposed to be diametrically opposite on everything," Clinton said, as she and Gates sat down with Nightline's Cynthia McFadden, the only joint television interview the two have ever granted abroad.

Clinton and Gates have formed a rare and powerful alliance.  They've joined forces to become two of President Obama's most trusted advisors.  In Bob Woodward's recent book, Obama's Wars, they are referred to as two of the "blocks of granite" -- standing firm in their push for the president to add more troops in Afghanistan.  This week found the pair meeting with officials in Melbourne, Australia.  It's their fourth trip together this year.

Before they began working together, they didn't really know each other.

"All I knew of Hillary was what I'd seen on TV," Gates said.

Clinton knew Gates from his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which Clinton served on while in the Senate.  Gates, she said, was a change from his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld.  "This secretary would actually answer questions. He would express his opinion," she said.

Today, the two like to share laughs about being older members of the administration.  "We have what we call the Old Folks Caucus," Gates said.  "We're the only ones that kind of pick up on our cultural allusions and our jokes and things like that."

For Gates, old age jokes belie serious questions about his retirement.  He confirmed to Nightline that he plans to leave his post "sometime next year."

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Hillary Clinton Claims Progress in Afghanistan

Photo Courtesy - US State Dept.(MELBOURNE, Victoria) -- The nation’s top diplomatic envoy contends that important gains are being made in the Afghanistan war despite 2010 being the deadliest year for coalition forces.

Speaking Sunday at a forum at Australia's Melbourne University, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “We are seeing progress I mean again sometimes it gets lost in the headlines of everything that can and does go wrong.”

Clinton acknowledged that Australia has remained one of America’s strongest allies, particularly since the 9/11 attacks, providing soldiers for both the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The former first lady also reaffirmed the U.S. goal to start a gradual drawdown of forces by July 2011, maintaining, “We don't want to abandon the people of Afghanistan so we will take this step by step.”

She added that the new composition of Congress, with Republicans taking over the House next January, shouldn’t affect the administration’s plans.

As for the Afghan government wish to take over security responsibilities by 2014, Clinton admitted Washington will have to straddle a fine line between withdrawing forces and allowing the Afghans to take over the fight against the Taliban.

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Biden: Obama's Already 'Asked Me to Run Again'

Photo Courtesy - The White House | Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- While on the campaign trail in preparation for November's midterm elections, Vice President Joe Biden told The New York Times on Monday that Obama has already asked him to be his running mate again in 2012. 

"I tell you what, there's a real trust, that's why he's asked me to run again," he told the Times.  Biden continued by recalling his conversation with the president: "'Look,' he said, 'We're going to run together.  Are you going to run?'  I said, 'Of course, you want me to run with you, I'm happy to run with you.'" 

Biden's remarks are not considered official statements. However, they indicate that President Obama may already be contemplating a run for a second term.

Biden's comments to the Times also seem to contradict earlier speculation stirred up by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward about a possible 2012 ticket in which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would replace Biden as Obama's running mate.

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