11:52 AM, Jan 22, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Hillary Clinton has not been especially aggressive on ideas and policy. On money, however, it is a different story.
As Amie Parnes writes in The Hill:
Major donors are ready to announce huge financial commitments to Hillary Clinton as soon as she announces a second run for the White House, according to Clinton allies and Democratic fundraisers. The Clinton team wants to build excitement about her campaign launch, which is expected in March or April. The money blitz would be a show of Clinton’s strength meant to scare away potential primary rivals.
It will be interesting to see how Clinton squares her fondness for the big donor class with the emerging sense that the 2016 campaign will be heavy on “populist” themes. Since, as Parnes writes, the plan is “to astound, intimidate with fundraising ‘like nothing you’ve seen,’” it will be tough for Ms. Clinton to run against the big money and offer herself as champion of the middle class.
But one suspects she will find a way.
7:01 AM, Jan 22, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a couple paid speeches in Canada yesterday. She was reportedly accompanied by 65 agents of the United States Secret Service to at least one of the events.
The agents were presumably on hand to help keep the former first lady safe.
The news of Clinton's large Secret Service contigent was reported by CJME News Talk 980, a co-sponsor of the event.
'Wide Open on Both Sides'7:25 AM, Jan 21, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Joe Biden told ABC News this morning that there's "a chance" he'll challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. He called the race "wide-open."
6:10 AM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said over the weekend that President Obama's entire State of the Union plan would "absolutely not" be passed by Congress. Now the Associated Press is saying that speech's goal is to influence the 2016 presidential election debate.
11:44 AM, Jan 18, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Stephanie Cutter, a deputy campaign manager in President Obama's reelection campaign, said this morning on CBS that Vice President Joe Biden "would be a very good candidate" in the 2016 presidential race:
Cutter made the comment in response to a question about who will run on the Democratic side if Hillary Clinton decides to pass this time.
And Declare 'Islam Has a Problem.'9:05 AM, Jan 14, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, will give a major foreign policy address next week in London. According to early excerpts of the address, Jindal will use the speech to bash Hillary Clinton, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, and to go after radical Islam in wake of last week's Paris terrorist attacks.
11:37 AM, Jan 13, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Back in 2012, I suggested that the Senate use Leon Panetta's confirmation hearing for CIA director to clear up one of Washington's more interesting media mysteries—who leaked Daniel Patrick Moynihan's authorship of controversial memo that used the phrase "benign neglect" in reference to the black community.
10:23 PM, Jan 12, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Protesters gathered outside the Clinton Foundation in New York City to complain about "missing money" from the Haiti recovery effort from the 2010 earthquake:
"New Yorkers with roots in Haiti say the picture [of the Haiti recovery] isn't so rosy," said the NY1 anchor.
The protesters claimed that the $10 billion meant to help rebuild Haiti did little to help the country after the devastating quake. And that much of the money went to non-Haitian companies.
Shared image of Bill Clinton holding knife to her wrist.5:01 PM, Jan 10, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Clinton once held a knife to her wrist. But now Wendy Clark, who claimed to be "Blood brothers with Bill Clinton," is reportedly going to work for his wife, Hillary Clinton.
The trade publication Beverage-Digest reported on Twitter that Clark, a Coca-Cola executive, has gone to work for probable Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
7:44 AM, Jan 8, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
On July 18, 2006, the Clinton Foundation received a $25,000 check from the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, whose president was known pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of Bill Clinton. The donation is revealed in the C.O.U.Q. Foundation's 990 tax form, filed with the IRS.
Others have previously reported that Epstein and Clinton parted ways in 2005, as the New York Post did, due to Epstein's legal problems:
7:08 AM, Dec 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
This morning, Hillary Clinton sent an email to supporters with the subject line, "Announcement." But the contents of the message did not explain the former secretary of state's future political ambitions. Instead, the message asked for money from supporters of what is now the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
3:31 PM, Dec 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The AP’s Dave Gram writes that Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders of Vermont continues to deliberate.
8:32 AM, Dec 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Keith Ellison wants Elizabeth Warren to run for president of the United States.
10:24 PM, Dec 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The New York Times reports the Obama administration relaxed immigration restrictions and did favors for a wealthy Ecuadorian family after some members of the family donated to Democratic campaigns. From the Times:
9:06 AM, Dec 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
On MSNBC, David Axelrod said that Hillary Clinton was in "danger" of getting "in front of any rationale for" her presidential candidacy: