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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

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July 2007: "...The life that Hugh and Dorothy created for Hillary and her two brothers was a classic 1950s middle-class suburban childhood. Park Ridge in those days was the kind of place where everyone left their doors unlocked and the neighborhood kids all played on the block together. Hillary was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout. She started her political life as a Republican, like her father. She even volunteered as a Goldwater girl!

Faith was central to her family. Her mother taught Sunday school, and Hillary was a regular in her church youth group. She was deeply influenced by her youth minister who taught her about "faith in action." There were trips to the inner city, babysitting for the children of migrant farm workers, and an extraordinary night when Hillary was fourteen and her youth group went to hear a speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

Hillary went to Wellesley College, where she was chosen by her classmates to be the first-ever student commencement speaker. She talked about the tumultuous times that her generation was living through and said, "The challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible."

Next came Yale Law School, where Hillary focused on questions about how the law affected children and began her decades of work as an advocate for children and families. As a law student, Hillary represented foster children and parents in family court and worked on some of the earliest studies creating legal standards for identifying and protecting abused children. Following graduation, she became a staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund.

After serving as only one of two women lawyers on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee considering the impeachment of Richard Nixon, Hillary chose not to pursue offers from major law firms. Instead she followed her heart and a man named Bill Clinton to Arkansas. They married in 1975 and their daughter Chelsea was born in 1980.

Hillary ran a legal aid clinic for the poor when she first got to Arkansas and handled cases of foster care and child abuse. Years later, she organized a group called Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. When she was just 30, President Carter appointed her to the board of the United States Legal Services Corporation, a federal nonprofit program that funds legal assistance for the poor.

When Bill was elected Governor of Arkansas, Hillary continued to advocate for children, leading a task force to improve education in Arkansas through higher standards for schools and serving on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital, helping them expand and improve their services. She also served on national boards for the Children's Defense Fund, the Child Care Action Campaign, and the Children's Television Workshop.

She also continued her legal career as a partner in a law firm. She led the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, which played a pioneering role in raising awareness of issues like sexual harassment and equal pay. Hillary was twice named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

When her husband was elected President in 1992, Hillary's work as a champion for women was recognized and admired around the world. She traveled the globe speaking out against the degradation and abuse of women and standing up for the powerful idea that women's rights are human rights.

In the White House, Hillary led efforts to make adoption easier, to expand early learning and child care, to increase funding for breast cancer research, and to help veterans suffering from Gulf War syndrome who had too often been ignored in the past. She helped launch a national campaign to prevent teen pregnancy and helped create the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, which moved children from foster care to adoption more quickly. Thanks in part to her efforts, the number of children who have moved out of foster care into adoption has increased dramatically.

As everyone knows, Hillary's fight for universal health coverage did not succeed. But her commitment to health care for every American has never wavered. She was instrumental in designing and championing the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which has provided millions of children with health insurance. She battled the big drug companies to force them to test their drugs for children and to make sure all kids get the immunizations they need through the Vaccines for Children Program. Immunization rates dramatically improved after the program launched.

Hillary's 1995 book It Takes A Village, about the responsibility we all have to help children succeed, became an international best seller. Hillary has donated the proceeds -- more than a million dollars -- to children's causes across the country.

Hillary's autobiography, Living History, was also a best seller. It has been translated into 12 languages and sold over 1.3 million copies.

In 2000, Hillary was elected to the United States Senate from New York. As Senator, Hillary has continued her advocacy for children and families and has been a national leader on homeland security and national security issues.

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Hillary worked with her colleagues to secure the funds New York needed to recover and rebuild. She fought to provide compensation to the families of the victims, grants for hard-hit small businesses, and health care for front line workers at Ground Zero. And she continues to work for resources that enable New York to grow, to improve homeland security for New York and other communities, and to protect all Americans from future attacks....

In 2006, New Yorkers reelected Hillary to the Senate with 67 percent of the vote."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2016: "WASHINGTON — Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead."

June 2016: "The fact is Trump raised valid questions about Clinton's foreign policy positions, fund-raising practices and email quandary -- but he did so in his vintage over-the-top fashion, with so many personal insults that many will ignore or forget the substance of his criticism."

May 2016: 'WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, an independent audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff “the matter was not to be discussed further.”'

September 2012: "Ordinarily, a murder in Bangladesh attracts little outside attention, but Mr. Islam’s death has inspired a fledgling global campaign, with protests lodged by international labor groups and by European and American diplomats, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. This outside pressure is partly because so many global brands now use Bangladeshi factories. But Mr. Islam also worked for local labor groups affiliated with the A.F.L.-C.I.O., a connection to the American labor movement that has infused his death with geopolitical overtones."

May 2012: "By refusing to ratify the treaty, Mrs. Clinton said, the United States could fail to exploit untapped oil and gas deposits buried beneath the offshore seabed. It could lose out to Russia, Norway and other countries in staking claims to the Arctic Ocean, where melting ice is opening up untold mineral riches. And it could lose credibility in reining in China’s maritime ambitions in the South China Sea."

November 2011: 'He also pressed for passage of a federal bill to increase the use of electronic health records, collaborating with one of its co-sponsors, Representative Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island, and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, both Democrats. After appearing at a press briefing on the issue with Mrs. Clinton in 2005, he stated flatly on Fox News: “We’re launching a bill.”'

December 2011: "As the pace of legislative and constitutional change gained speed this year, international observers including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed concerns over the erosion of independent institutions. But the situation in Hungary has remained largely under the radar in Europe, whose leaders have been almost entirely preoccupied with the sovereign debt crisis that has threatened the survival of the euro."

June 2011: "In an effort to avert a vote that would embarrass the administration, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with scores of House Democrats on Thursday afternoon to urge them to vote against the resolution limiting funds, insisting that the collective effort in Libya was close to ousting Colonel Qaddafi."

June 2011: 'U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made gay rights a key focus of the State Department's human rights agenda, expressing her view that "gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights."'

March 2011: "At a ceremony last year marking the resolution’s 10th anniversary, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the United States would develop a plan to accelerate the advancement of its goals, including $44 million for women’s equality initiatives around the world."

January 2011: "Through the eight years of the Bush administration, democratization was at least a rhetorical priority of American policy in the Middle East, even as the United States maintained its support for Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other authoritarian governments in the region. On Thursday, as the protests in Tunisia were escalating, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a scathing critique of Arab leadership and the region’s political and economic stagnation. Her comments seemed one attempt to reposition the United States, which backed Tunisia’s dictatorial leader as a partner against terrorism."

December 2010: 'Foreign governments have followed the case closely, and many in the West questioned the verdict. “This and similar cases have a negative impact on Russia’s reputation for fulfilling its international human rights obligations and improving its investment climate,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement.'

May 2010: 'She had to concede she “misspoke” after saying she had run head down to evade sniper fire after landing in Bosnia in 1996, when actually she was met by a little girl who read a poem. Hillary also hyped her role in the Irish peace process.'

March 2010: 'Both Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton raised the issue in congressional testimony explaining Obama's new strategy. Clinton called "siphoning off contractual money from the international community . . . a major source of funding for the Taliban." Corruption, she said, "frankly . . . is not all an Afghan problem."'

August 2008: "The exchange injected racial politics front and center into the general election campaign for the first time, after it became a subtext in the primary between Mr. Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton."

July 2008: "Jokes have been made about what Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton really thought about Mr. Obama during the primaries, and about the vulgar comments the Rev. Jesse Jackson made about him last week. But anything approaching a joke about Mr. Obama himself has fallen flat."

July 2008: 'Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton early last year released a list of her “Hillraisers,” people who had raised $100,000 or more for her. But in November she also stopped updating her list, which had more than 320 names, according to watchdog groups, soon after one of her top bundlers, Norman Hsu, who had raised more than $800,000, was accused of fraud and questionable fund-raising tactics. While the Hsu case cast a harsh spotlight on the often-hidden nature of bundlers in campaigns, it is not at all clear that the Obama campaign was seeking to hide anything in its sporadic updating of its bundling list.'

July 2008: "The audit, by State's inspector general, was prompted by the discovery in March that three of the department's contract workers had peeked at the private passport files of Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain and that a State Department trainee had examined the file of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton."

June 2008: 'Angered by what they consider sexist news coverage of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, many women and erstwhile Clinton supporters are proposing boycotts of the cable networks, putting up videos on a “Media Hall of Shame,” starting a national conversation about sexism and pushing Mrs. Clinton’s rival, Senator Barack Obama, to address the matter.'

June 2008: 'The CIA's al-Libi report is one of several new--but so far largely overlooked--disclosures to be found deep in the fine print of the Senate's long-awaited "Phase 2" report on pre-war intelligence. The Senate investigation sought to compare the public statements of top administration officials during the run-up to the Iraq War with the underlying intelligence-community reporting within the government that provided the basis for them. After much partisan squabbling within the panel over the issue, the final report (approved by all seven of the panel's seven Democrats and two of its Republicans) reached a largely unremarkable conclusion: that while most of the Bush administration's claims were "substantiated" by some internal intelligence-community reports, the public statements of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and others were selective and failed to convey the considerable doubts, dissents and uncertainties within the community about much of the public case for war. (The panel's GOP vice chairman, Sen. Chris (Kit) Bond, and several other Republican members strenously dissented from the report on the grounds that it did not examine the pro-war statements of leading Democrats such as Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John Rockefeller, who now chairs the intelligence panel.)'

May 2008: 'The Clinton campaign is in full push-back mode this morning, trying to “set the record straight” and contain the damage from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s comments Friday about Bobby Kennedy. The Daily News trumpeted a letter from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on its front page on Sunday.'

May 2008: 'Before they became presidential rivals, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, both Democrats, co-sponsored federal legislation in 2005 that would have made [medical?--Ed.] apologies inadmissible. The measure died in a committee under Republican control. Mrs. Clinton included the measure in her campaign platform but did not reintroduce it when the Democrats took power in 2007. Her Senate spokesman, Philippe Reines, declined to explain beyond saying that “there are many ways to pursue a proposal.”'

May 2008: "Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton both oppose same-sex marriage but support civil unions. They also oppose a constitutional ban."

May 2008: "The Espinozas were among at least 460 Texans, most of them rural Hispanics in South Texas or African-Americans in Houston, who received payments from the Clinton campaign for this kind of work, according to a review of Federal Election Commission records. The records show that Mrs. Clinton did something similar in Ohio, giving $38,300 to a state legislator, Eugene R. Miller, who says he used it to pay more than 200 people to get out the vote in predominantly black neighborhoods in Cleveland."

May 2008: "Both Democratic presidential candidates, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, have strongly condemned the racial disparities in arrests and incarceration during their campaigns, although neither has said how they would end them."

August 2007: "Beyond the hundreds of thousands of dollars he raised from others for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Mr. Hsu personally contributed more than $600,000 to federal, state and municipal candidates in the last three years, a review of campaign finance records shows. It was a startling amount of money for someone whose sources of income remained far from obvious yesterday, as visits to addresses he has provided for his businesses showed no trace of Mr. Hsu."

April 2008: 'Also, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), a Democratic presidential candidate, yesterday called on Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to investigate the report of contract abuse and to explain the misspending of tax dollars. Clinton vowed to introduce legislation to hold the administration accountable for "out-of-control spending."'

March 2008: 'Bill Burton, an Obama spokesman, told journalists, "this is an outrageous breach of security and privacy...We demand to know who opened Sen. Obama's file." Reuters news service quoted McCain saying that "if anyone's privacy is breached, they deserve an apology and a full investigation and I believe that will take place." And Clinton's office released a statement saying "Senator Clinton will closely monitor the State Department's investigation into this and the other breaches of private passport information."'

March 2008: 'In the states where Connerly's self-described "civil rights initiative" appears on the ballot, voters are likely to see it alongside the name of the first black or female major-party presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) Connerly contends that the success of Obama and Clinton shows that preferences are no longer necessary "to compensate for, quote, institutional racism and institutional sexism."'

March 2008: "The Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), have laid out proposals for expanding health-care coverage by requiring most employers to either offer it or pay a fee to subsidize the purchase of health insurance. Expanded coverage, they say, will lower costs for everyone. They also support legislation that would make it easier to organize labor unions, something they say would give workers better leverage in seeking pay and benefit improvements."

March 2008: 'the classic example of such political theater — the 1992 “60 Minutes” interview with Bill Clinton, then seeking the Democratic nomination for president, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Trying to tamp down escalating rumors of an affair between Mr. Clinton and Gennifer Flowers, Mrs. Clinton, nestled on a sofa with her husband, said, “You know I’m not sitting here — some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette.”'

December 2007: "Now, the secrecy surrounding the William J. Clinton Foundation has become a campaign issue as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the Democratic presidential nomination with her husband as a prime source of strategy and star power. Some of her rivals argue that donors could use presidential foundations to circumvent campaign finance laws intended to limit political influence."

February 2008: '["Fahrenheit 9/11"'s] popularity did not go unnoticed among Republicans. Now, with the 2008 presidential primaries well under way, a Washington-based conservative advocacy group has produced its own political documentary. It's called "Hillary: The Movie."'

January 2008: 'IT WAS probably to be expected that the first presidential race in which a woman emerged as a serious contender would raise issues of sexism and misogyny in politics. Such a debate has raged for months around Senator Hillary Clinton, the former first lady and Democratic front-runner - intensifying recently when Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC program "Hardball," came under fire for an allegedly sexist remark about Clinton.'

January 2008: "On the presidential campaign trail, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and John Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, attacked the Republican approach for excluding people who need help the most. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has already proposed a $90 billion program of rebates and supplemental Social Security payments that his aides said would reach 95 percent of workers."

November 2007: This year, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and former Gov. Bill Richardson, candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, have all voiced support for quality charters. So have a few teachers’ union officials.

November 2007: Mrs. Clinton denies playing the gender card — at least in the sense of saying that as a woman she should be exempt from the traditional rough-and-tumble of campaigns — and her remarks on the subject have certainly been oblique.

October 2007: That reply did not satisfy some senators, who noted that the technique had been widely described in the press. Four Democratic senators who are running for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Christopher J. Dodd, said this week that they would not support Mr. Mukasey based on his initial testimony on waterboarding.

October 2007: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), the Democratic front-runner, said yesterday that 'we cannot send a signal that the next attorney general in any way condones torture or believes that the president is unconstrained by law.' Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.), a member of the Judiciary panel, issued similar statements.
October 2007: "Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group suing the Clinton library for failing to respond to its FOIA requests, is struck by the former president's restriction on records relating to his and his wife's families. That, he says, blocks disclosure of records relating to Roger Clinton, the former president's half brother, and Hillary Clinton's two brothers, Tony and Hugh Rodham, both of whom were involved in controversial business deals and efforts to secure last-minute pardons later investigated by Congress."

October 2007: Some of the current confusion can be traced back to a bill introduced in March by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Representative John D. Dingell of Michigan, both Democrats. They would have explicitly allowed all states to expand eligibility to families making four times the poverty level. But the bill passed by Congress did not go that far.

October 2007: In a stinging critique of Bush administration science policy, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York said yesterday that if she were elected president she would require agency directors to show they were protecting science research from “political pressure” and that she would lift federal limits on stem cell research.

October 2007: Under Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s proposal, people could keep their existing coverage, choose a private plan offered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program or sign up for a new “public plan option similar to Medicare.”

September 2007: 'There are many in the political world and, frankly, in the broadcast world today that take a particular aim at the Latino population,' Clinton said. 'I think it is very destructive. It undermines our unity as a country.'

August 2007: The press is agog at the pace at which presidential candidates are schnorring for cash. And, to be fair, the sums involved are terrifying: Hillary Clinton has already raised $63 million...

July 2007: Shortly after endorsing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack received nearly $90,000 in donations to his defunct presidential campaign from some of Clinton's major backers, campaign finance reports show.,1,4161296.story

July 2007: Mrs. Clinton’s references to faith, though, have come under attack, both from conservatives who doubt her sincerity (one writer recently lumped her with the type of Christians who “believe in everything but God”) and liberals who object to any injection of religion into politics. And her motivations have been cast as political calculation by detractors, who suggest she is only trying to moderate her liberal image.

July 2007: The White House responded angrily yesterday to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's statement that President Bush was acting 'above the law' in commuting the prison sentence of I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, accusing her of hypocrisy because of the pardons issued by her husband on the last day of his presidency.

June 2007: Mrs. Clinton argues that the military should regulate misconduct, not orientation; she said that homosexuals, like heterosexuals, would be subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which covers misconduct like assault, sexual harassment and fraternization. “But people would not be judged on who they are,” she added.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Children's Defense Fund Organization Jul 31, 2007
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Children's Television Workshop (CTW) Organization Jul 31, 2007
Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization Jul 31, 2007
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Organization Jul 31, 2007
Research/Analysis Subject PolitiFact Source Jul 17, 2016
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) State Department/Department of State (DOS) Organization Dec 3, 2010
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) US Senate Organization
Student/Trainee (past or present) Wellesley College Organization Jul 31, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Yale University Organization
Supervisor of (past or present) Huma Abedin Person Jun 1, 2016
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Stephen "Steve" L. Bing Person Mar 1, 2008
Supported by (past or present) Prof. Allida M. Black Person Jun 21, 2008
Advised by (past or present) Blumenthal Person Jun 26, 2016
Family Member Colleague/Co-worker of (past or present) Chelsea Clinton Person Jun 10, 2016
Family Member President William ("Bill") Jefferson Clinton Person Jul 31, 2007
Opponent (past or present) Thomas "Tom" J. Fitton Person Mar 18, 2008
Succeeded by Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand Esq. Person Jun 5, 2013
Advised by (past or present) Rev. Billy Graham Person Nov 22, 2007
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Vinod "Vin" Gupta MBA Person Mar 1, 2008
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Norman Hsu Person Apr 24, 2008
Succeeded by Secretary John F. Kerry Esq. Person Sep 5, 2013
Advised by (past or present) Ira C. Magaziner Person Mar 1, 2008
Family Member Cooperation (past or present) Friend (past or present) Colleague/Co-worker of (past or present) Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky Person Jun 10, 2016
Family Member Marc Mezvinsky Person Jun 10, 2016
Supervisor of (past or present) Cheryl Mills Person Jun 1, 2016
Cooperation (past or present) Colleague/Co-worker of (past or present) Appointed/Selected by Opponent (past or present) Subordinate of (past or present) Pres. Barack Hussein Obama Esq. Person Dec 3, 2010
Successor to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell Person Jun 1, 2016
Opponent (past or present) Reince Priebus Esq. Person Jun 1, 2016
Family Member Hugh Rodham Person Mar 18, 2008
Family Member Supporter of (past or present) Tony Rodham Person Mar 18, 2008
Cooperation (past or present) Opponent (past or present) Sen. Bernard "Bernie" Sanders Person Jun 29, 2016
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Anne-Marie Slaughter Ph.D. Person Jun 24, 2012
Research/Analysis Subject Sally Bedell Smith Person Mar 18, 2008
Research/Analysis Subject Opponent (past or present) Kenneth W. Starr Esq. Person Oct 12, 2007
Appointed/Selected Supervisor of (past or present) Ambassador Todd Stern Esq. Person Dec 12, 2010
Possible/Unclear Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Person Jun 29, 2016
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Jake Sullivan Esq. Person Jun 1, 2016
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Hamed Wardak Person Mar 29, 2010
Supervisor of (past or present) Mayor William "Bill" de Blasio Person Dec 4, 2014

Articles and Resources

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Jun 28, 2016 2-Year Panel on Benghazi Ends, Finding No New Fault by Clinton

QUOTE: the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead. The 800-page report, however, included some new details about the night of the attacks, and the context in which it occurred, and it delivered a broad rebuke of government agencies like the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department — and the officials who led them — for failing to grasp the acute security risks...

New York Times
Jun 22, 2016 Is Donald Trump right about Hillary Clinton?

QUOTE: ...Trump raised valid questions about Clinton's foreign policy positions, fund-raising practices and email quandary -- but he did so in his vintage over-the-top fashion, with so many personal insults that many will ignore or forget the substance of his criticism.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 13, 2016 A Party Agrift

QUOTE: ...there has always been a close association between the movement and the operations of snake-oil salesmen — people who use lists of campaign contributors, right-wing websites and so on to sell get-rich-quick schemes and miracle health cures. Sometimes the political link is direct...Sometimes it just seems to reflect a judgment on the part of the grifters that people who can be persuaded that President Obama is Muslim can also be persuaded that there are easy money-making opportunities the establishment doesn’t want you to know about.

New York Times
May 25, 2016 State Department email audit faults Hillary Clinton

QUOTE: Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, an independent audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff “the matter was not to be discussed further.”

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Jul 23, 2015 Uber wins, liberals lose

QUOTE: The model for these big new disruptors, like Uber (for rides) and Airbnb (for rooms), in the so-called sharing economy is simple: 1) Make markets, while treating workers as independent contractors or eliminating them altogether, 2) Build scale quickly and then negotiate from strength with would-be regulators, 3) Use the money they're raking in to sway if possible and crush if not any politician who tries to interfere with (1) or (2).

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 16, 2015 The ambassador’s tale: Lessons I learned about success and scandal

QUOTE: Truth often loses its way in Washington and never more quickly than during a presidential campaign....Several of my friends tried to rally the president’s support, but I knew no one from the White House would publicly walk into what was to them a minor story.

Washington Post
Sep 09, 2012 Fighting for Bangladesh Labor, and Ending Up in Pauper’s Grave

QUOTE: For years, mutual suspicion has defined the relationship between the labor federation and the Bangladeshi establishment. Citing labor abuses, the A.F.L.-C.I.O. is currently petitioning Washington to overturn trade preferences for Bangladesh, infuriating Bangladeshi leaders and casting suspicions on the domestic labor groups nurtured by the federation, including those where Mr. Islam worked.

New York Times
May 23, 2012 Law of the Sea Treaty Is Found on Capitol Hill, Again

QUOTE: Thirty years after it was signed in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the United Nations treaty that governs the world’s oceans is undergoing one of its periodic resurrections in Congress... The Senate has never ratified the treaty...its opponents — a handful of conservative Republicans who view it as an infringement on American sovereignty...

New York Times
Dec 21, 2011 Foes of Hungary’s Government Fear ‘Demolition of Democracy’

QUOTE: Democracy here is dying not with a single giant blow but with many small cuts, critics say, through the legal processes of Parliament that add up to a slow-motion coup. And in its drift toward authoritarian government, aided by popular disaffection with political gridlock and a public focused mainly on economic hardship, Hungary stands as a potentially troubling bellwether for other, struggling Eastern European countries with weak traditions of democratic government.

New York Times
Nov 29, 2011 Gingrich Gave Push to Clients, Not Just Ideas

QUOTE: in the eight years since [Gingrich] started his health care consultancy, he has made millions of dollars while helping companies promote their services and gain access to state and federal officials. In a variety of instances, documents and interviews show, Mr. Gingrich arranged meetings between executives and officials, and salted his presentations to lawmakers with pitches for his clients

New York Times
Jul 20, 2011 Stopping wartime sexual abuse - of men

QUOTE: the United Nations (UN) and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) “barely acknowledge” the pervasive sexual violence against men that occurs in modern war....of roughly 4,000 NGOs addressing wartime sexual violence, only 3% mentioned male victims (and usually only in passing).

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 24, 2011 House Spurns Obama on Libya, but Does Not Cut Funds

QUOTE: The House dealt a symbolic blow to President Obama on Friday by resoundingly rejecting a bill to authorize United States military operations in Libya. But the chamber also defeated a measure that would have limited financing to support those efforts.

New York Times
Jun 22, 2011 My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

QUOTE: ...I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality. It means going about my day in fear of being found out....Last year I read about four students who walked from Miami to Washington to lobby for the Dream Act, a nearly decade-old immigration bill that would provide a path to legal permanent residency for young people who have been educated in this country...Their courage has inspired me.

New York Times
Jun 17, 2011 U.N. council passes gay rights resolution

QUOTE: In what the U.S. State Department is calling a "historic step," the U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution Friday supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. The resolution, introduced by South Africa, is the first-ever U.N. resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 19, 2011 Obama Sees ’67 Borders as Starting Point for Peace Deal

QUOTE: ...Mr. Obama declared that the prevailing borders before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war — adjusted to some degree to account for Israeli settlements in the West Bank — should be the basis of a deal. While the 1967 borders have long been viewed as the foundation for a peace agreement, Mr. Obama’s formula of land swaps to compensate for disputed territory created a new benchmark for a diplomatic solution.

New York Times
May 14, 2011 As Rift Deepens, Kerry Has a Warning for Pakistan

QUOTE: The United States and Pakistan are veering toward a deeper clash, with Pakistan’s Parliament demanding a permanent halt to all drone strikes just as the most senior American official since the killing of Osama bin Laden is to arrive with a stern message that the country has only months to show it is committed to rooting out Al Qaeda and associated groups.

New York Times
Apr 15, 2011 Qaddafi Troops Fire Cluster Bombs Into Civilian Areas

QUOTE: “It’s unconscionable that Libya is using these indiscriminate weapons, especially in civilian populated areas… Cluster munitions are inaccurate and unreliable weapons that pose unacceptable dangers to civilians.”

New York Times
Apr 15, 2011 At Mexico Morgue, Families of Missing Seek Clues

QUOTE: Extortion payments have become more regular than taxes, security analysts say, while many of the authorities are either terrorized or bought off… “We have to hope that this time they act on all their declarations… We have to demand that there are conditions to live in security.”

New York Times
Apr 15, 2011 As Bahrain stifles protest movement, U.S.’s muted objections draw criticism

QUOTE: "The kingdom has largely silenced the opposition, jailing hundreds of activists in a crackdown that has left the Obama administration vulnerable to charges that it is upholding democratic values in the Middle East selectively…”

Washington Post
Apr 12, 2011 Countering the Siege

QUOTE: In Wisconsin and Ohio, newly enacted laws will cripple the bargaining rights of 200,000 members of his union and may cause many to quit… The union… is also under assault in Florida and New Jersey, where governors and lawmakers are seeking to curb bargaining rights or achieve far-reaching concessions on what many say are overly generous health benefits and pensions.

New York Times

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