October 15, 2013 |
Tapping California's political donors, Hillary Rodham Clinton will later this month headline a Beverly Hills fundraiser for Virginia gubernatorial candidate and longtime family friend Terry McAuliffe. The Oct. 30 luncheon, hosted by media mogul Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl, will cost $15,000 per person and $25,000 per couple, according to an invitation. Clinton has largely skirted politics since stepping down as secretary of State in February, but of late has begun advocating for McAuliffe, who is a longtime confidant and fundraiser for Clinton and her husband, former President Clinton.
October 9, 2013 |
A super PAC that is pushing Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016 is planning to hold a fundraiser in Los Angeles in November, days before she comes to the area to accept a set of awards. “Ready for Hillary” is to hold its event on Nov. 6 at the Exchange in downtown Los Angeles, with the goal of drawing 500 people and raising at least $12,000, said Michael Trujillo, an unpaid senior advisor who worked on Clinton's unsuccessful White House bid in 2008. The goal, he said, is the largest pro-Clinton small-donor fundraising effort for the super PAC, which is forbidden by law from coordinating with a candidate.
October 1, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out where September went. The Skinny: The government may shut down but the Morning Fix is here for you. Caught up with "The Good Wife" premiere. I like the show but could do without its "Ally McBeal" moments. I don't have enough space here to complain about "Homeland. " Tuesday's headlines include a look at the early days of the fall TV season and Hillary Rodham Clinton projects at CNN and NBC are DOA. Daily Dose: Satellite broadcaster Dish Networks and Walt Disney Co. have extended contract negotiations on a new distribution deal.
September 30, 2013 |
NBC and CNN have both pulled the plug on projects about potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. In July, NBC announced with fanfare that it was developing a four-hour minseries about Clinton and had tapped Diane Lane to portray the former first lady and former secretary of State. The project was blasted by the Republican National Committee and others who feared that Clinton would be given softball treatment. They worried the minseries would be little more than a campaign commercial for an expected run by Clinton for the White House in 2016.
September 30, 2013 |
Filmmaker Charles Ferguson has canceled his plans for a controversial documentary about Hillary Rodham Clinton that had been planned to air on CNN in 2014. Just after news of his decision broke, NBC announced that it has quashed plans for a proposed Clinton miniseries it had said was in development. Ferguson announced his intentions in a blog post written for the Huffington Post on Monday. In it, he explained that he ran into a near-total stonewalling by Clinton's people, as well as reluctance to participate from anyone who had ever covered her or been connected to her, including journalists.
September 25, 2013 |
So, will Hillary Rodham Clinton run for president? In an interview with New York Magazine published this week, the former secretary of State acknowledged that she's wrestling with the idea but still needs time "to weigh what the factors are" before "making a decision one way or the other. " While Clinton is weighing factors, her supporters are building a campaign operation. A group called "Ready for Hillary" has collected more than 1 million Facebook "likes" and compiled preemptive endorsements from a long list of national figures, including Bill Clinton campaign veteran James Carville, civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
September 25, 2013 |
Does Hillary Clinton -- or any Democratic candidate -- really face an uphill battle in the presidential election of 2016? In my Wednesday column , I noted that in the six most recent presidential elections with no incumbent in the race, if one party has been in the White House for eight years, it almost always loses. Examples include the Republican loss in 2008 after eight years of George W. Bush and the Democratic loss of 2000 after eight years of Bill Clinton. Political scientist Larry Bartels of Vanderbilt University calls this phenomenon “incumbent party fatigue.” In his statistical model for presidential elections, he calculates that the incumbent party loses almost 1 percentage point of the popular vote for every additional year it holds the White House.
September 19, 2013 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton will extend her November visit to the Los Angeles area by one day to accept an honor at USC. On Nov. 9, the former secretary of State will be honored at the campus by the Mexican American Leadership Initiative, which aims to foster relations between the two nations. The night before, she will accept a previously announced award for her work on behalf of women and children at a gala for the International Medical Corps . It is expected to be attended by several hundred people who are donating as much as $100,000 each to the nonprofit.
September 3, 2013 |
There isn't even a finished script yet, but NBC has already run into trouble with its planned biopic about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Executives in July announced plans for a miniseries starring Diane Lane that would look at the life and career of the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of State. What angle the miniseries will take is far from clear, but Clinton's political opponents, expecting her to run for president in 2016, aren't taking any chances. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus called "Hillary" a "political ad masquerading as an unbiased production," and the RNC said it would nix NBC from its primary debates if the network went ahead with plans.
August 30, 2013 |
Hillary Clinton will return to California in November to accept an award from a Santa Monica-based nonprofit - and spend some quality time with Hollywood moguls who would be crucial if she decides to mount a White House bid in 2016. The Nov. 8 gala for the International Medical Corps is expected to be attended by several hundred people who are donating as much as $100,000 each to the nonprofit. Hollywood titans and major Democratic fundraisers Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg and their wives are among the hosts of the benefit.