January 7, 2014 |
Ready for Hillary, a "super PAC" that is urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, announced Tuesday that it raised more than $4 million last year. "Thanks to the groundswell of enthusiasm for Hillary's potential run and the steadfast commitment of our supporters, we have exceeded our goals and are ahead of schedule in raising the funds necessary to build a grass-roots army that can be activated the moment Hillary makes a decision," Adam Parkhomenko, executive director of the group, said in a statement.
December 30, 2013 |
The annual Gallup poll of the most admired men and women in America has come out, and it contains two actors, a queen, a pope, a Pakistani, a talk show host and a plethora of politicians. President Obama hung on to the top spot on the list of most admired men, despite the healthcare drama, for the sixth year in a row. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton was first on the list of most admired women -- her record-setting 18th (count 'em) time on the list. Francis, the pope whose popularity soared in 2013 amid anecdotes of his selflessness and frugality, tied for second with George W. Bush.
December 12, 2013 |
On the day after declaring war on the conservative groups that helped propel his party to power in the House, Speaker John Boehner on Thursday was advancing a two-pronged strategy - delivering another brush-back pitch at them while arguing that everyone needs to just move along to more fertile territory for Republicans. Boehner said during a Thursday news conference that outside groups pressuring members to vote down the new budget deal were “misleading their followers. I think they're pushing our members in places where they don't want to be. And frankly, I just think that they've lost all credibility.” The speaker blamed the groups for pushing Republicans in Congress into their unpopular decision to shut down the government - “My members know,” he said, “that wasn't exactly the strategy that I had in mind” - and defended himself as “as conservative as anybody around this place.” As Boehner objected again to the tactics employed by moneyed groups like Heritage Action and the Club for Growth, who have warned members that they are expecting “no” votes on the deal, he also sought from his opening words to shift attention back to the rocky rollout of the president's healthcare plan.
December 9, 2013 |
Ready for Hillary, the independent effort prodding former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, held events Monday in the Los Angeles area courting high-profile Hollywood backers. "Building a historic movement like this requires resources and lots of energy,” said Michael Trujillo, a senior advisor to the super PAC. “Tonight we planted the seeds for both.” Previous events here have raised money for the group -- one of two independent efforts focused on a potential Clinton run -- but the two on Monday were deemed informational.
December 8, 2013 |
Has John F. Kerry turned into the unexpected star of President Obama's second term? He was Obama's second choice as secretary of State (after Susan Rice). He's the same windy, stiff Bostonian who ran unsuccessfully for president a decade ago. And he's taken on a list of assignments that looked distinctly unpromising: nuclear negotiations with Iran, peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the civil war in Syria. But in 10 months, Kerry has embarked on a whirlwind of diplomacy.
November 19, 2013 |
"Project Runway's" Tim Gunn is writing a monthly political fashion commentary column for Politico with journalist Ada Calhoun, critiquing pols from both sides of the aisle on on their style sense. Among their first subjects are Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joe Biden, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul. While many of them are taken to task for one failing or another, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gets an A+ for having the confidence to take occasional fashion risks.
November 12, 2013 |
Stephen Colbert addressed the erroneous "60 Minutes" report regarding the Benghazi attacks and the subsequent apology on "The Colbert Report" on Monday night, but when Colbert attempted to discover just who was behind that apology, he got sucked into his own web of misreporting. This being a comedy show, the misreporting was all fake, of course. Colbert claimed there could be only one person behind the "60 Minutes" apology, and that was former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
November 9, 2013 |
Under the chandeliers at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, guests sipped white wine and sampled Vietnamese spring rolls as Hollywood's power players gathered for yet another fete celebrating Hillary Rodham Clinton, this time for her work with women and girls in Third World countries. President Clinton, a surprise guest, had popped into Friday night's VIP reception upstairs to greet industry heavyweights including Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and Rob Friedman, co-chairman of Lionsgate's motion picture group.
November 9, 2013 |
Past and perhaps future presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton pressed Congress on Saturday to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which has been bottled up in the Republican-held House. “You go around the world, we are so lucky as a nation that we have the talents of people from everywhere,” she told hundreds of people packed into a sold-out brunch benefiting the Mexican-American Leadership Initiative at USC. “Our diversity is one of our great strengths, and part of the obvious argument for immigration reform is that we are a country of immigrants, and we should be celebrating that rather than fearing it.” The event was attended by Latino leaders from across the nation, including three former Cabinet members -- Henry Cisneros, Carlos Gutierrez and Hilda Solis.
November 8, 2013 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton was wrapped in the embrace of Hollywood once again Friday night, honored at a glittery gala for the International Medical Corps at the Beverly Wilshire hotel for her work with women and girls in Third World countries. As Clinton remains mum about whether she will run for president in 2016, the titans of Hollywood are gathering around her - publicly signaling their eagerness for a Clinton campaign. Co-hosting the gala Friday night were Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg and their wives.