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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

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April 24th, 2007

Hillary Headlines Archive

Top Hillary Headlines for March 26, 2008

McClatchy: “When people in this worn-looking city near Pittsburgh lament how the sagging economy is slowly crushing them, some are also quick to add how much Hillary Clinton could help them. As people gathered Tuesday to hear the New York senator address them in a college gym here, they matter-of-factly described the changes in their lives as food and energy prices have risen and job prospects have sunk. “I eat hamburger now, not steak,” said Susan Indof, a Smithton cashier. Mary Beck, a nursing home laundry worker, said the price of gasoline is so high that she does her errands on her way home from work so she won’t have to go out again in the evening and burn more fuel. Clinton spent an hour and 15 minutes in the gym of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg explaining her ideas about the economy, including a new initiative aimed at helping families save for retirement, and she was warmly received by about 1,000 people.”

Philadelphia Daily News, Mayor Nutter Op-Ed:
“With that in mind, I believe that the best candidate for Philadelphia is the one who has not only ideas but the skills to implement them, is willing to embrace change while also working in collaboration with us at the local level, is experienced and willing to extend a helping hand and possesses both good judgment and a profound sense of social justice. Based on those criteria, I’ve made my decision on which candidate I support. I have endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton has an impressive, 35-year record of fighting on behalf of working families and children; fighting for universal health care for every American, and has a comprehensive plan to end the war in Iraq and restore our standing around the world. But, most importantly, she has a strong commitment to revitalizing our urban centers, and I believe that under her leadership our American cities will rise again. The Hillary Clinton agenda for revitalizing Philadelphia and other major metropolitan areas is called Leave No City Behind, and it creates a vital partnership between our efforts here in Philadelphia and the efforts of the federal government.”

Top Hillary Headlines For March 25, 2008

WTHR: “The President has been to seven cities and Senator Clinton has been to three and she’s coming back on Friday,” said Dan Parker with the Clinton campaign. The former president made stops in Lawrenceburg, Richmond and Ft. Wayne last week, while Senator Hillary Clinton kept the pressure on, stopping in Terre Haute, Anderson and Evansville. This week, Bill Clinton returned to the state, campaigning in South Bend, Rochester and Logansport. Chelsea Clinton’s visit to Butler University Tuesday afternoon represented the third wave of the Clinton full-court press, which makes you wonder how much longer can Senator Obama continue to not be in Indiana.”

Herald Standard: “Pledging to work her heart out if elected president, Democratic candidate U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton shared her campaign platform Monday evening to an enthusiastic crowd gathered inside the community center at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus. “I think the turnout says it all,” Clinton said. “You know how important this election is.” Clinton went down a list of a “stack of challenges” that will face the next president upon taking office next year. Among the problems awaiting the next administration, Clinton mentioned the Iraq war then needs to be ended, a war in Afghanistan that needs to be won, an economy slipping into trouble, uninsured Americans, people facing mortgage foreclosures, rising gas prices, an energy policy that doesn’t make sense for the 21st century and the need for an education system that must be a passport for opportunity. “We need to send someone who can be commander in chief and president,” Clinton said. Calling the campaign a job interview, Clinton told the crowd to ask themselves whom they would hire for the job of president. Vowing to “seize opportunities and confront challenges” as soon as she is sworn into office, Clinton said the tax code needs changed to help people making less than $200,000 a year and new jobs must be created in renewable energy. Saying that she has heard people criticize the 1990s and keeping in mind that you can never go back, but should go forward, she asked what people didn’t like, “the peace or the prosperity.”

Philadelphia News: “Hillary Clinton evoked themes of sisterhood and motherhood while addressing women voters in Blue Bell today – and reminded them she’d be a strong commander-in-chief and a fighter for universal health care. “We have seen changes that are unimaginable for our mothers and grandmothers,” Clinton said at a crowded gymnasium at Montgomery County Community College. Yet, she noted, even when she was growing up, “there were colleges I couldn’t go to, scholarships I couldn’t apply for.” Her talk resonated with the crowd, one of whom told the candidate during the question-and-answer period, “I’d like to say ‘Madame President’ just once.” Nearly a thousand people filled the room, and more were directed to an overflow space, the line to get inside stretching for blocks along campus sidewalks. The crowd at the “Pennsylvania Women for Hillary” event looked like Clinton’s base – female, white, a little older. Not that the over-35 crowd were the only ones present. Mothers came carrying babies or trailing teen daughters, and two little boys held up a sign that said, “Our Mama’s for the Mama!”

She battled a balky microphone – “There must be a Republican gremlin in the sound system,” she said, provoking laughter – as she noted that the April 22 primary falls on Equal Pay Day, an event held to point out the wage gap between men and women. Authorities say women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, and for no reason other than gender. “This is not a ‘woman’s issue,’” Clinton said of the disparity. “This is an issue of equality and justice. This is a family issue.” “I love her,” said Nancy Streit, of Oreland, who hobbled into the event on a cane. “I’d like to see a woman become president.” She was among those who came out on a sun-splashed spring day to see not just a presidential candidate but what they hoped would be a part of history. “Not only women love Hillary,” said Catherine Allison, who works with the Chester County Democrats, noting the men in the audience. She supports Clinton, she said, because of the senator’s courage and intelligence – evident in her 1990s attempts to secure universal health care.”

Top Hillary Headlines for March 24, 2008

Washington Post: “To solve the current crisis, Hillary Clinton believes we need sorely missed proactive policies that ask what is best for families on Main Street. That starts with economic leadership that is poised to preempt rather than chase crises. Last March, when the Federal Reserve and the Bush administration claimed that the subprime mess was “contained,” Clinton called on regulators to take preemptive action — including a foreclosure timeout, strengthening the Federal Housing Administration’s capacities to respond to a crisis and cracking down on predatory lending practices with plain-language disclosure requirements. She has since called for a plan to encourage the restructuring of viable mortgages through a voluntary agreement to freeze interest rates on subprime adjustable-rate mortgages and a 90-day foreclosure moratorium. She immediately supported the legislation introduced by Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd seeking a more systemic effort to unlock and restructure mortgages, and she continues to consult experts over the most effective method for doing so.”

Clinton believes that even when seeking to get ahead of a Wall Street crisis, we must apply a “Main Street Test.” Complex lending vehicles for sophisticated financiers must ultimately be shown to benefit America’s working families. What justifies a $30 billion temporary lifeline for Bear Stearns and more common-sense supervision of our mortgage industry is the recognition that hands-off postures toward mindless or mind-numbing lending practices can lead to an economic spiral that can hit Main Street hard.

Sometimes the best way to meet the Main Street Test is to directly assist those who live there. On Thursday, Clinton proposed a second stimulus package, focused on helping at-risk homeowners and communities. Across the nation, concentrated foreclosures and vacant buildings are leading to downward spirals; they threaten to bring crime and blight into once-viable neighborhoods. In early January, Clinton called for a $30 billion Emergency Housing Fund to give localities broad tools to head off this threat, including the latitude to buy and rent out or resell such vacant properties. Today, even Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is calling for policies to confront the community harm traced to “clusters of foreclosures.” If we can provide a $30 billion lifeline for Bear Stearns, can’t we afford $30 billion to prevent Main Streets from turning into mean streets? As important as productivity growth can be, the ultimate test of our long-term economic policies are the wages, jobs, health care and economic mobility of typical and too often “invisible” American families. The answer does not lie in extending high-income tax cuts or in expensive new corporate tax cuts. Nor is it in creating a spate of new government bureaucracies. Hillary Clinton supports policies that empower Americans directly to achieve greater economic security and upward mobility: a health-care tax credit that goes directly to you; a $1,000 matching tax cut that goes directly to your savings account; and higher education tax cuts that go directly to pay for your or your child’s tuition and dreams of a better future.

Top Hillary Headlines For February 7, 2008

New York Times: “Mrs. Clinton had the overall lead of delegates and so-called superdelegates — Democrats who are governors, senators and party leaders, according to an analysis by The New York Times. Mrs. Clinton had 892 delegates and Mr. Obama 716; the Democratic nomination requires support from 2,025 delegates. The Times counts only delegates that have been officially selected and are bound by their preferences.”

Campaign Headquarters: “Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (MI-15), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and the Dean of the House of Representatives, and Congressman Dale Kildee (MI-05), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the Committee on Education & Labor, endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton for President. The two veteran Michigan Congressmen made the following statements:
Congressman Dingell’s statement: “I will no doubt be asked why I chose to endorse a candidate for President after my own state has voted. The answer is simple; I did so out of the immense respect that I have for the effort led by my dear friend, Senator Carl Levin, and my wife, Deborah Dingell, to give Michigan a voice in the Presidential Primary process. I am pleased that after all of the early contests we have not yet decided on a nominee. “We do however have a clear choice. I choose the candidate who I believe will stand up for Michigan’s working families, whose keen intellect and strong convictions will make her an ally to our struggling state, and whose will and determination will make her a leader who will move our nation forward. I choose Hillary Clinton.” [snip]

“Hillary Clinton, however, has stood up for Michigan voters and for issues important to our state, and I am proud to stand up for her. She is the candidate that best understands the issues that impact Michigan most – health care, protecting our manufacturing jobs, and fighting for the working families who are struggling to pay their mortgages and put food on the table. She is also the only candidate that insisted that Michigan voters be given a voice in our nominating process: she left her name on Michigan’s ballot and she has called for Michigan’s delegates to be seated at the Democratic Convention.
“Universal health care is the defining purpose of my congressional career and my father’s before me. My father first introduced universal health care legislation in 1943 and I have introduced legislation to ensure every American in this nation has health insurance for twenty-six Congresses. When Hillary Clinton is President, I will finally see that ambition become a reality.”

Top Hillary Headlines For February 2, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, barnstorming California in the final days before the Feb. 5 primary, made a strong appeal to Bay Area voters Friday, telling them “the future has been invented right here in San Jose, in Silicon Valley, in California.”
“So let’s begin again to show the world, and prove to ourselves, that we’re the innovators, we’re the inventors, we’re the people who understand that the future is what America is all about,” the New York senator, her voice hoarse, said to the thunderous cheers of more than 4,000 people who assembled in the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. “America once again needs to be the innovation nation.” Clinton’s appearance in San Jose, combined with a standing-room-only evening fundraiser at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown San Francisco, was part of a three-pronged Clinton family march through the nation’s most populous state with its 376 Democratic delegates up for grabs on Tuesday.
Clinton planned a final rally in Los Angeles Saturday, while her daughter, Chelsea, is set to campaign in the Bay Area, including at Mills College. Former President Bill Clinton planned to be traveling up and down the state in the final days on his own campaign swing, campaign officials said.
Hillary Clinton’s appearance Friday in San Jose drew thousands of cheering supporters to an event with a celebratory Latino theme, backed by a giant banner that read “Solutions for America.”
And on her final Bay Area campaign swing, Clinton was surrounded by a retinue of high-profile Democrats, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The rally clearly aimed to energize voters who constitute Clinton’s particular strengths in California: She is ahead 2-1 with women and 3-1 with Latinos, the latest Field Poll shows.”

Denver Post: “When Democrats gather in Denver in August to nominate their candidate for president of the United States, they will make history by nominating someone other than a white male for the nation’s highest office.
Whether the oldest political party (with roots dating back to Thomas Jefferson) chooses the first African-American or the first woman to bear its standard, it will send a powerful message that the promise of “liberty and justice for all” truly does mean all Americans.
But as important as that symbolism is, Democrats have an even greater responsibility: to pick the most qualified candidate to lead America at a time when it faces great challenges at home and abroad.
Measured by her long record in public life and her thoughtful proposals to deal with America’s most pressing problems, The Post believes that candidate is New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Top Hillary Headlines for February 1, 2008

ABC News: “With Super Tuesday just days away, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. will join George this Sunday to discuss her prospects and strategy in these pivotal, final days.”

Financial Times: “Hillary Clinton on Friday accused Barack Obama of deploying the same Republican techniques that sank her attempt at providing universal healthcare in 1993, which was ultimately undone by a combination of industry opposition and Democratic disunity….Both propose a dramatic increase in healthcare, with the difference that Mrs Clinton’s includes an “individual mandate” that compels everyone to buy insurance. The Clinton campaign says Mr Obama’s plan would still leave 15m without insurance out of the 47m currently uninsured.”

Associated Press: “An estimated 8.3 million television viewers watched Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama debate Thursday night in California, more than double the audience for Republican candidates the night before. The CNN audience for Clinton and Obama’s debate, the first one-on-one contest for Democrats now that John Edwards has dropped out, was second only to the 9.4 million people who watched the Democrats on ABC Jan. 5, according to Nielsen Media Research.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 19, 2008

CBS News: “Hillary Clinton made an impassioned plea to her Democratic opponents and to the unions of the Silver State to let Nevadans caucus for whomever they decide. “I want to be very clear about this to everyone. I’m afraid some people may feel they can’t come, or shouldn’t come, or they can’t support the candidate of their choice. We know that there are some unions… telling people who to caucus for and if they’re not going to caucus for who they are going to choose, then don’t come at all. I don’t think that’s right I don’t think that’s the American way,” Clinton said. Clinton’s comments come as reports that some members of the prominent Culinary Workers’ Union (with around 60,000 members) are allegedly being coerced to vote in Saturday’s caucus for Barack Obama, who the union endorsed earlier this month. During a radio interview with a local Las Vegas station, a caller who was part of the Culinary Union told Clinton that several members of the union wanted to caucus for her. Clinton said she appreciated their support and indicated that she was aware of the alleged intimidation taking place. “Obviously, we want everyone to have an equal access and opportunity to participate in the caucus. I hear so much from people in the Culinary Union who feel like, you know, maybe they’ve been a little intimidated, but they’re standing up and they’re speaking out and that means a lot to me,” Clinton told the caller.”

Associated Press: “John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Barack Obama’s praise of the Republican Party and Ronald Reagan — an anathema for many Democrats, particularly union members considered crucial to winning Nevada’s Democratic caucuses Saturday. Obama responded by suggesting Clinton would be a “president whose plans change with the politics of the moment” as part of one of his most direct critiques of the New York senator yet. The intensity reflects what polls suggest could be a tight contest Saturday as Nevada plays its most prominent role ever in a presidential nominating campaign. Nevada was granted a coveted spot right after Iowa and New Hampshire in an attempt to bring more racial and geographic diversity into the selection.”

Seattle Post Intelligencer: “But the ground game of Sen. Hillary Clinton is operating at top form, and “Hillaryland” has taken on its own hue in the campaign’s closing hours. Color it brown, after the Clintons’ intense and visibly successful courtship of the Silver State’s large Hispanic community. A couple new polls show Clinton narrowly ahead. With Ragin’ Cajun consultant-turned-pundit James Carville in tow, ex-President Bill Clinton drove out in the desert to this retirement community Friday with a message: Don’t believe the good news. “Who will win depends on who wants it the worst,” he declared.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 18, 2008

Las Vegas Sun: “Hillary Clinton says she didn’t fully appreciate the depth of the subprime mortgage crisis until she walked door-to-door in a Las Vegas neighborhood, campaigning for Saturday’s caucus. It was a slice of the nation’s troubled economy that she hadn’t confronted while campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton said in a phone interview while campaigning in California on Thursday. Nevada leads the nation in the rate of foreclosures. “This makes it real,” Clinton said of her time in Nevada, which she returns to today. “It’s not just numbers. It’s people’s lives.”

Chicago Sun-Times: “Native daughter Hillary Rodham Clinton is sending in staff to help land some delegates in the Feb. 5 Illinois primary, ramping up an operation in the Land of Obama because the name of the game in winning the Democratic presidential nomination is collecting delegates. Illinois is not a winner-take-all state when it comes to claiming the delegates to be elected Feb. 5 from each of the 19 congressional districts in the state, which is why Clinton has a chance of picking up some delegates in Barack Obama’s home state. If Clinton meets a threshold of 15 percent of the statewide vote and then gets at least 15 percent in a congressional district, she will be able to claim delegates, the number depending on her turnout.”

Denver Post: “Two former co-chairs for Gov. Bill Richardson’s Colorado presidential campaign, as well as a state Democratic superdelegate, threw their support behind Hillary Clinton today. Lawrence Martinez, a retired official with the Graphics International Union, and Polly Baca, a former state lawmaker, both served as co-chairs for Richardson’s Colorado campaign. They and Ramona Martinez, a member of the Democratic National Committee and a superdelegate to the convention, held a press conference at the Colorado Capitol today to announce their support for Clinton. Lawrence Martinez said said it was Clinton’s concern for working people that won his endorsement. Baca, who served in the Bill Clinton administration, said she had known Hillary Clinton for more than three decades.
“She knows how to change what’s going on this country,” Baca said. Ramona Martinez also emphasized Clinton’s experience. “She will know what to do,” she said. “She has the experience behind her.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 17, 2008

Saint Petersburg Times: “Barack Obama doesn’t care what Florida Democrats say on Jan. 29. In a memo released Tuesday, he reiterated his long-standing view that their primary votes will be worthless. And he vaguely charged that Hillary Rodham Clinton may violate her pledge not to campaign in Florida by holding events here later this month. “We signed a pledge not to campaign in Florida before Feb. 5, and we’re not going to campaign in Florida,” Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said. “But it is disappointing that the Obama campaign continues to tell people that their voices don’t count, that they continue to disenfranchise people. Hillary Clinton wants to be president of all 50 states.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 16, 2008

The Street: “We learned that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D., NY) wants to be the hands-on CEO, Sen. Barack Obama (D., Ill.) prefers being an inspirational leader, and John Edwards likes the role of the fierce fighter. When the debate turned to policy, the three Democrats agreed on most issues. But deciding who won the debate came down to critical differences to answers on three big issues: the economy, energy policy and foreign policy. On these issues Clinton asserted her knowledge on policy issues and dominated Edwards and Obama.”

Las Vegas Sun: “The issues that dominated the debate were the Iraq war, those involving minorities and the nation’s sluggish economy, which recent polls have shown Democratic voters care most about. Clinton, coming off a convincing win in the New Hampshire primary last week, had a commanding grasp of the issues that top the lists of everyday Americans and demonstrated she is more than ready to be president. A defining moment of the debate was when moderator Tim Russert asked Obama about a comment he’d made to the Reno Gazette-Journal. The newspaper reported that Obama acknowledged he doesn’t have the experience to run a bureaucracy, but he said voters weren’t looking for a chief operating officer. Clinton responded that there was a difference between the two candidates on this issue, and that you have to be able to manage and run a bureaucracy and hold it accountable every day. Indeed, President Bush’s hands-off style of governing, which can be seen notably in the fiascoes in the handling of the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina, is something the United States can ill afford again. We need proven leadership at the helm, not someone who will need on-the-job training.”

Newsweek: “The Democrats’ competition for Hispanic votes has intensified. Now that the nominating process has moved beyond the mostly white states of Iowa and New Hampshire, candidates are courting more diverse constituencies in places like South Carolina, California and New York. In Nevada, where the caucuses will be held on Jan. 19, the ballooning Latino community makes up 12 percent of the eligible electorate. That could help Democrats move the state, which Pres. George W. Bush carried narrowly in 2004, into their column come November. Given the sometimes caustic rhetoric by Republicans on the illegal-immigration issue, the Latino vote has become more strongly Democratic in the past few years, according to polls. Overall, surveys show Hispanic voters supporting Clinton by wide margins. A just-released Los Angeles Times poll (with an admittedly small Latino sample) showed that California Hispanics supported Clinton over Obama by 61 percent to 19 percent. Clinton’s lead should come as no surprise. She benefits from Hispanics’ fondness for her husband and warm recollections of buoyant economic times under his leadership. As New York’s junior senator, she has continued to cultivate ties among Latinos and earned their affection in her own right. And now that the nominating contest is in full gear, she’s benefiting from what has been widely hailed as a first-rate Hispanic outreach team. “Every event I’ve attended with a glimmer of a political opportunity, a Clinton representative has been there,” says Dr. Carlos Campo of the College of Southern Nevada. “They’re tremendously successful in rallying folks.”

Times Herald: “Many women at the polls said they voted for Clinton because they thought she would stand up for the rights of women and other historically disadvantaged groups. A single parent, Christine Rank, 49, of Port Huron, said she wants Clinton to get the Democratic nod, win in November and eventually push the Equal Rights Amendment through Congress. The bill, which has failed to gain enough support from politicians to pass, could require employers to pay men and women in the same position the same amount of money. “I’m going for a woman,” she said. “I’m for her. I think it’s about time we get a woman in office. … I do really believe in her.” Her daughter Candice, 11, accompanied her to the polls. “It would give girls more rights to do things they want to do,” she said.

Reno Gazette-Journal: ““I feel that your mom has been definitely been criticized the most,” Mandy Albert said to Chelsea Clinton. “I’ve found that it’s harder to stand up for her because everyone’s excited about (Barack) Obama because he’s the new kid on the block. It helps me that I know more about your mom so there will be less surprises.” Groves, 68, a self-described politically “junkie,” switched from being a registered Republican to a Democrat just to vote for Hillary Clinton. “I want to tell her to keep working on health care, it’s one of the most important things in this country especially if you don’t have it,” Grove said. “I’m really proud of my mom; she tried to get universal health care in ’93 and ’94,”
Clinton said. “Health care costs have more than doubled.” Mandy Albert said she’s been delighted by the election process. “I’m so excited, especially since this is the first time I get to participate,” she said. “For so long Nevada has been the forgotten state and now we’re in the forefront and that’s really exciting.” Before she left to attend a lunch at the Chocolate Bar on Arlington Street, Chelsea Clinton said, “Thanks for supporting my mom.”

Top Hillary Heaadlines for January 15, 2008

L.A. Times: “Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding lead over Barack Obama in California as the Democratic presidential contest heads toward the Feb. 5 primary, a new statewide poll has found. John McCain’s resurgent campaign claimed a slim lead among Republicans, with a trio of candidates competing to challenge him.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 14, 2008

The Hill: President of California NAACP endorses Hillary: “Over the years, Hillary Clinton has earned my respect as a staunch advocate for the rights of people invisible to our nation’s government, including women, minorities, children and seniors,” said Alice Huffman, who heads California’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “Hillary shares my commitment to children, and has been a lifelong advocate for improving childhood education and healthcare. As president, I feel strongly that Hillary will create an atmosphere in this country that accepts and promotes the rights of all Americans.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 13, 2008

Newsday: “Hillary Clinton was hugging babies and posing with grandmas while canvassing door-to-door in a working-class Hispanic neighborhood one evening when a man in a checked flannel shirt and wool cap waved her into his pocket-sized yard. “You are going to win!” Jose Velasco, 47, a porter in the Mirage casino who is bucking his own union’s endorsement of Barack Obama to support Clinton, said last week. “I will, with your help,” she replied with a wide grin. Hispanics make up only between 12 and 15 percent of Nevada’s Democratic electorate, but Clinton has spent virtually all of her time since New Hampshire courting the state’s Mexican, Cuban, Central American and Puerto Rican populations.”

“Five of seven public appearances during Clinton’s three-day swing through California and Nevada that ended yesterday were geared toward Hispanic voters. A sixth stop, to plug her proposed $70 billion economic stimulus package, also courted that group. A seventh was held at a Mexican restaurant. A big part of Clinton’s push is aimed at undermining Velasco’s union – the 60,000-member Culinary Workers Local 226 – by appealing directly to its membership of dishwashers, busboys and other casino-industry food workers, which is nearly 40 percent Latino.”

“But Clinton is also gunning for a bigger prize, using her Hispanic targeting campaign in Nevada as a steppingstone to woo California’s huge, highly politicized Spanish-speaking population, which represents nearly a quarter of that state’s electorate. “It’s weird that she’s been so totally focused on a group that makes up such a small percentage of the actual population here,” says a top Las Vegas organizer for Obama. “… So what’s her real strategy? California.” Indeed, Clinton “is very focused on California” and sees Nevada as a way of honing messages that appeal to Latinos in the Golden State, an aide said.”

Free Press: “Even though Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York is the only top-tier candidate on Michigan’s Democratic ballot, her supporters are taking nothing for granted. About 150 of them gathered in a steamy hotel conference room in Southfield to remind voters that they need to cast their ballots for her. “As we’ve gone through tough times in Michigan, Hillary has become the cochair of the manufacturing caucus in the Senate,” said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. “So she gets us. She understands us.”Gov. Jennifer Granholm, in a poke at Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards who both withdrew their names from Michigan’s ballot, said it’s important to reward the candidate who stayed committed to Michigan. “All the Democrats signed that darned pledge not to campaign in Michigan,” Granholm said. “But it was Hillary who said she wasn’t going to abandon Michigan. She said, ‘I’m going to keep my name on the ballot.’”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 12, 2008

York Dispatch: “Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, attempting to earn the “la presidenta” title bestowed by supporters in the West in recent days, appealed to Nevada’s Hispanic community Saturday to back her potentially history-making candidacy as an affirmation of the American dream they share. “Help us reach our common purpose,” Clinton said at a rally touting her support within the Hispanic community. “The common purpose of America is progress, not just for the wealthy and the well-connected, but everyone. Every single person deserves a shot at the American dream. That is why I’m running for president.”

L.A. Times: “In her first trip to California since her surprise victory in the New Hampshire presidential primary, a buoyant Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday worked the crowds at a union hall and a taco stand as she tried to shore up support among labor and Latinos, two prize blocs of voters for the Democratic candidates facing off in the Feb. 5 California primary. Clinton, rocked last week when she placed a disappointing third in the Iowa caucuses, appeared relaxed and confident during her three-stop campaign swing through Southern California, taking freewheeling shots at President Bush for his “happy talk” about the economy and posing for snapshots with tattoo artists and others outside King Taco in East Los Angeles.”

Union Tribune: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed a $70 billion economic stimulus package yesterday designed to help low-and middle-income Americans weather a troubled economy that could be headed into recession. The plan calls for measures to help families with unaffordable mortgages keep their homes, provide assistance for people facing soaring heating bills and extend unemployment insurance. The U.S. senator from New York said Congress and President Bush should enact these measures and be prepared to pass an additional $40 billion in tax rebates for working-class and middle-class Americans if the economy continues to worsen. “This economy may be working for some people, but it sure isn’t working for everybody,” Clinton told a crowd gathered inside an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall in this industrial city south of downtown Los Angeles. “And what we’ve got to decide is whether we’re going to allow this economy to slip into recession.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 11, 2008

Newsday: “But in stopping at the ornate Mexican restaurant last night, Democratic hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton deftly hit two key Nevada issues at once. Outsiders may associate the Silver State with gambling, but the two biggest trends here are the home foreclosure rate, the highest in the country, and a booming Hispanic population, which could play a pivotal role in both Nevada’s Jan. 19 caucuses and in the general election. And at the Lindo Michoacan, many Hispanics said they were victims of unscrupulous mortgage brokers. “This is the worst fraud ever,” an indignant Clinton said inside the packed eatery after hearing several Hispanics recount their mortgage tales of woe. “… There’s a big difference between talking about something and doing something about it and we’re going to do something about this.” Earlier, Clinton canvassed a Hispanic neighborhood with her daughter, Chelsea, hugging children, shaking hands and urging residents to vote for her.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 10, 2008

L.A.Times: “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s victory in the New Hampshire primary was born of two disparate forces — a sympathetic turn by voters, particularly women, who tired of seeing her attacked and a muscular political organization focused on concerns about the economy. Campaign activists here suggest that the election shifted, at first imperceptibly, in Saturday night’s debate when John Edwards and Barack Obama ganged up on her and when Clinton was faced with another blunt question about her likability.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 5, 2008

Siglo21 “This year’s presidential elections represent one of the biggest challenges faced by the United States in many decades. The concern is to elect a president who can restore democracy and having the brand of leadership needed to pull our nation from the setbacks it experienced in all orders under President Bush’s administrations. We need a President with the strength, good faith and capacity to solve problems effectively. Problems such as the migration reform, the exit from Iraq and climate change require a real compromise with the human beings affected. We are convinced that Senator Hillary Clinton is more than qualified to face those challenges with effectiveness. For that reason, Siglo21 endorses the candidacy of Hillary Clinton to be the nominee of the Democratic Party in the New Hampshire primaries to be carried out on January 8.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 4, 2008

Las Vegas Sun: “A prominent Spanish language newspaper in southern Nevada plans to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, the publisher said Thursday. El Mundo publisher Eddie Escobedo says the endorsement will appear in Friday’s edition of the 35,500-circulation, free weekly. El Mundo is the oldest and most politically engaged Spanish paper in Nevada, where Hispanics make up nearly 25 percent of the population but a far smaller portion of the electorate. The group will be closely watched in Nevada Democrats’ Jan. 19 presidential caucus. Escobedo, who said he feels “a loyalty to the Clintons,” had previously announced his personal support for the New York senator. A vote by the paper’s editorial staff was 4-2 for Clinton over New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, he said.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 3, 2008

The State: “By HILLARY CLINTON AND JOHN LEWIS – Guest columnists – A half-century ago, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice opened its doors with a simple mission: protecting the civil rights of our citizens as guaranteed by our Constitution. For the past seven years, the division — like President Bush’s Justice Department as a whole — has lost sight of that historic mission. This anniversary offers an opportunity to reclaim it. By what it has done and what it has failed to do, the Bush Justice Department has made clear it would rather advance its narrow partisan agenda than the cause of civil rights. Fifty years after President Eisenhower’s Justice Department intervened to help nine black children attend an all-white Little Rock high school, President Bush’s Justice Department petitioned the Supreme Court to undermine Brown v. Board of Education. Incredibly, the administration’s lawyers asked the court to prevent local communities from pursuing voluntary integration programs. The result will be more segregated schools, not fewer, in the 21st century.”

The State: “The wife of the Rev. Jesse Jackson is backing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in a new radio ad being aired in South Carolina, a split from her husband, who is supporting rival Barack Obama. Jesse Jackson in March said Obama, an Illinois senator, has his vote. But Jacqueline Jackson in the ad that started airing this week calls Clinton “by far the most qualified candidate to be president in these tough times.” In the ad, Jacqueline Jackson talks about the role of women in nurturing their children and about the New York senator’s work in attempting to provide universal health care. “Hillary believes that the way we treat our children reflects our nation’s values. For 35 years, Hillary has fought for families,” Jacqueline Jackson says in the 60-second ad.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 2, 2008

Campaign Headquarters: “The Clinton campaign today launched a new television ad in New Hampshire, featuring newspaper endorsements from across the state. Over the past two weeks, Hillary has earned the endorsements of key newspapers across the Granite, including 11 Salmon Press weekly papers, Foster’s Daily Democrat and Laconia Citizen, four Cabinet Press weekly papers, the Keene Sentinel and the Concord Monitor. All agree that she is the right candidate to tackle our country’s toughest challenges starting on day one.”

Top Hillary Headlines for January 1, 2008

First Read: “With exactly a week to go until New Hampshire, McCain has pulled ahead of Romney and Clinton has opened back up a double-digit lead in New Hampshire, according to a 7News/Suffolk University poll. McCain gained 12 points since a month ago in the same survey to vault ahead of Romney 31%-25%. Romney had led in the December Suffolk poll 31%-19% over McCain. Giuliani is third with 14%, a three-point drop from 17%. A month ago, Clinton led Obama by 7 points (33%-26%), but now the poll shows her with a whopping 36%-22% lead. Apparently, Clinton has peeled away some of those undecideds from a month ago as that number dropped from 19% to just 12% this month. Edwards comes in third with 14%. (He had 15% in December.)”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 31, 2007

The Bulletin: “Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has picked up the backing of Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, the 10th Senate endorsement Clinton has received in her presidential bid. The campaign was set to announce Cantwell’s endorsement Monday. “Hillary is ready to address our energy challenges on day one with a bold, comprehensive plan to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and move America toward a renewable energy future,” Cantwell said in a statement.”

Buffalo News: “After a difficult six weeks in which the candidate and her campaign suffered through several gaffes — including a muchcriticized attempt to get tough on her top opponent — Clinton has rebounded in recent weeks. In fact, an average of the five most recent Iowa polls gives her a 2-point edge on her leading rival, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Pundits and voters alike attribute her rebound to the kinder, gentler approach the candidate has adopted since mid-December, along with an intense campaign schedule that brings her to places such as Traer on a regular basis. “Hillary has changed tremendously since I first saw her,” said Jan Hetzel, 50, of Windsor Heights, who saw the senator at a campaign appearance in Cumming (pop. 206) last week. “She’s more down-toearth, more kind. I was impressed.” Indeed, Clinton has changed the way she talks to voters. Her stump speech used to be a laundry list of program proposals not unlike the one that got her nicknamed “the laundry lady” during her 2000 Senate campaign. But now her stump speech is jam-packed with quotes and anecdotes designed to tug at the heart strings.”

Gazette Online: “Roger Mier may not represent New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s target demographic, but that didn’t stop the Vinton construction worker from clapping and cheering enthusiastically as she called for a new beginning to the 21st century that includes universal health care and an economy built on shared prosperity. As Clinton wound up her remarks at a Sunday afternoon campaign rally at Vinton-Shellsburg High School that attracted more than 400 people, Mier plunged into the throng of supporters hoping to get close to Clinton, who promised that if Iowans stand up for her in their precinct caucuses Thursday night, she will stand up for them every day of her presidency. It seems, Mier said after he had gotten close enough to snap a cell phone picture of his choice for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, that he’s been waiting for Clinton ever since George W. Bush was inaugurated. “We can’t afford no more Republicans,” said Mier, who lives in Vinton, but travels to Minnesota to find work. Clinton “will bring back the jobs and boost the economy.” “It’ll be like when Bill Clinton was in office,” Mier said. “America was living better then.” She’s not planning on turning back the clock, Clinton said, but did promise a return to economic policies that produced millions of new jobs and income growth during her husband’s eight years as president. “But it’s not like I’m talking about ancient Rome,” she said. “It was just 10 years ago.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 30, 2007

Globe Gazette: “The crowd, which sang and played Hillary trivia prior to her arrival, cheered as she talked about new beginnings and restoring America’s reputation as a world leader. Ed Boothroyd of Britt said he was very impressed with Clinton’s appearance. “She said a lot of very interesting things,” he said. “I was most impressed with her comments on health care for all Americans and the war.” He agreed with her position of starting troop pullouts from Iraq within 60 days of taking office. Boothroyd said he will caucus for Clinton. Laura Swingen, of Garner, was most impressed with Clinton’s position on restoring the U.S. status as a nation. “I was also interested in her position on health care and the role of women,” Swingen said.”

CBS News: “While discussing a visit to Bosnia during the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords as First Lady, Clinton took a swipe at Obama saying, “We landed in one of those corkscrew landings and ran out because they said their might be snipers. I don’t remember anybody offering me tea on the tarmac when that was happening.” She was referring to remarks Obama made yesterday that some – including the Clinton camp – perceived to be a jab at her foreign policy experience. The comment drew fire from the Clinton folks who quickly released a statement from former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. “Senator Clinton has been in refugee camps, clinics, orphanages, and villages all around the world, including places where tea is not the usual drink. In addition to these experiences she has met with world leaders and has known many of them for years. I have been with her on many of these occasions, and it is this combination of experience and understanding that sets her apart from the field, and why I am supporting her for President.” Clinton continued to push her foreign policy expereince before a crowd of nearly 700 supporters tonight saying, “I was so honored to be able to travel around the world representing our country. You know going to places that often times were not necessarily a place a president could go. We used to say in the White House that if a place was too dangerous, too small or too poor send the First Lady. I had the time of my life,” Clinton said drawing laughter from the crowd.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 29, 2007

Boston Globe: “As first lady, Hillary Clinton had an unique opportunity to observe the give and take of Washington politics which only 43 men (presidents) and 42 women (first ladies) have had. Few first ladies have been better suited to use this opportunity than Hillary Clinton, except for, perhaps, Eleanor Roosevelt. She was able to meet and converse with world leaders and high level government officials from all over the world, learning how they thought and related to America’s role in the world. Mrs. Clinton traveled to over 82 countries from South Africa, to China and India. She met both with government leaders in capitals and ordinary people in small rural villages. In Bangladesh she learned how the micro-loans programs started by Mohammad Yunus stimulated economic development and improved the lives of women and their families. She helped to spread word about micro-lending programs, even before Mr. Yunus became a Nobel laureate. In her travels, she was a strong advocate for human rights and, especially, women’s rights, and she was very well received.”

Mayor Doug Palmer: “But as a mayor who has for nearly two decades witnessed both the potential of our cities and the squandered promise when our federal government turns its back on urban America, the choice of who to support was always clear – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Within a talented field, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision, passion and experience lifts her far above the rest. I am impressed by her longstanding commitment to fighting for children and families, beginning over three decades ago with Marian Wright Edelman at the Children’s Defense Fund. I believe America sorely needs her bold plan to provide quality, affordable healthcare to every single American. And I am inspired by her commitment to create a green economy with millions of high-paying green-collar jobs. But the one thing that gives me so much confidence in Senator Clinton and her campaign has received next to no attention in this campaign. That is her commitment to America’s cities.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 28, 2007

Political Blotter: “The eight-term congresswoman, in a news release, cited Clinton’s commitment to ending the war in Iraq as the top reason for her backing: “Hillary Clinton is the candidate with the strength and experience to bring about the change that California families need. I trust Hillary to end the war in Iraq, bring our troops home quickly and safely, and regain our nation’s standing around the world.” Said Clinton: “I am honored to receive Lynn’s support. She has been a tireless fighter for working families and has led the effort to end the war in Iraq.” Other local representatives supporting Clinton include Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo; Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo; and Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater — notably, perhaps the three greater Bay Area Democrat considered most centrist, while “Woolsey” and “centrist” are hardly ever spoken in the same sentence. Meanwhile, Lee is the only California member of Congress on Obama’s endorsement list; that choice also set her apart from her political mentor, longtime Congressman and current Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, who picked Clinton.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 27, 2007

New York Times: “Mrs. Clinton apparently found in her a kindred spirit. “Bhutto acknowledged the difficulties faced by women who were breaking with tradition and taking leading roles in public life,” she wrote. “She deftly managed to refer both to the challenges I had encountered during my White House tenure and to her own situation. ‘Women who take on tough issues and stake out new territory are often on the receiving end of ignorance,’ she concluded.”

New York Post: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton edged out Oprah Winfrey – who is backing Sen. Barack Obama for president – in a survey of the world’s most admired women this year. Clinton was selected by 18 percent of survey respondents in the USA Today/Gallup poll, over Winfrey’s 16 percent – a number that was an all-time high for the duchess of daytime TV talk shows.”

Boston Herald: “Researchers reviewed more than 480 election news stories – nearly 16 hours of airtime – that aired on the flagship evening news shows on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15. The study was done by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University. The study found that the on-air commentary and analysis of Clinton were nearly 3 to 2 negative, with 42 percent of them positive and 58 percent negative. Obama’s evaluations were better than 3 to 2 positive, with 61 percent positive and 39 percent negative.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 26, 2007

Kedger-Enquirer: “U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton received another boost from a prominent black leader on Wednesday as the head of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators threw his support behind her presidential campaign. Georgia state Rep. Calvin Smyre said Clinton has “the strength and experience” to bring about needed change. “Hillary is ready to lead this country on her first day in the White House and her agenda to expand economic and educational opportunities for all Americans will be a welcome change from the last seven years of presidential neglect,” Smyre said in a statement. Clinton is locked in a battle for the black vote with Sen. Barack Obama, who is trying to become the nation’s first black president. That fight is heated in Georgia where blacks have made up nearly half the vote in the state’s recent Democratic primaries. Georgia’s presidential primary is Feb. 5. Clinton has already been endorsed by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, of Atlanta, a hero of the civil rights struggle. Attorney General Thurbert Baker and Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, the state’s only two black statewide elected officials, are also supporting Clinton.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 25, 2007

New York Daily News: “Hillary Clinton has retaken a big lead with Iowa Democrats, according to a new American Research Group poll. Other recent surveys have suggested a tight three-way race among Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, and some had Obama in the lead. But American Research showed her with 34% among likely caucusgoers, to 20% for Edwards and 19% for Obama. The Dec. 20-23 sampling of 600 voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 24, 2007

Nashville Business Journal: “Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is ramping up its efforts in the state, naming a Tennessee Steering Committee with 100-plus Democratic party activists from across Tennessee. Members include chairs former Gov. Ned McWherter; Jane Eskind, former chair of the public service commission and State Senator Thelma Harper. Other members include Hazel O’Leary, Fisk University president and former U.S. Secretary of Energy; attorney Maria Silas of Davidson County; Leo Waters, former Metro Councilman and Johnny Hayes, former director of the Tennessee Valley Authority. “We’re going to run a grassroots campaign from Kingsport to Memphis and from Chattanooga to Clarksville, Clinton says in a press release.”

Campaign Headquarters: “As the Clinton campaign’s momentum continues to build in Iowa, State Senator Jack Hatch of central Des Moines, Senate District 33, endorsed Hillary today, citing the superiority of her health care plan. Senator Hatch is the 21st Iowa legislator to endorse Hillary. The endorsement comes on the heels of endorsements from prominent newspapers, including the Des Moines Register, Quad City Times and Burlington Hawk Eye, as well as Secretary of State Michael Mauro, over 100 Iowa women elected officials, and Iowa labor leaders.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 23, 2007

Campaign Headquarters: “Hillary Clinton passes test after test after test. This Clinton arrived for the caucus campaign with much, much more experience than the first Clinton to stump across Iowa. In campaign speeches and in an interview with the Times Editorial Board, she spoke passionately of people – specific, real people – whose stories drive her desire to solve problems. “I was brought up to believe we were the problem solvers,” she told the editorial board. “If it was hard, that meant America would do it.” This Clinton hasn’t shied away from problems. As first lady, she stepped far beyond the traditional role and took on a major policy issue: health care. Washington special interests villified her for trying, branding any reform “socialized medicine” and even giving it her name: “Hillarycare.” Regardless, she persevered, becoming an advocate for children worldwide and pioneering the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has survived Republican and Democrat Congresses.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 22, 2007

Associated Press: “”I know about glass ceilings,” said Larsen, only the third woman to lead the state legislative branch. Larsen said Clinton represented the United States on international trips, worked for children and families and was a major player in her husband’s administration. “As first lady, she was both a strategist and an idealist,” Larsen said. Clinton planned to tell New Hampshire voters how she reached across party lines and produced results — echoing television ads already on the air. She also dispatched supporters to vouch for her record and soften the sometimes harsh public caricature that has frustrated her campaign. “This is a person who can reach common ground and never compromise her principles,” New Yorker Jeff Volk said, telling the story of being stuck in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit and how Clinton helped him. “I met one of the most caring, compassionate and informed people I have ever met in my entire life,” said Volk, a Republican who has given the maximum of $2,300 to Clinton’s campaign and $5,000 to Clinton’s political action committee in 2007. Clinton, standing at Volk’s shoulder, said only through bipartisan work can “a sense of fear and fatalism coming from the White House” be erased. “A lot of the problems that we face in America are not Democratic or Republican problems. They are American problems and I want us to start acting like Americans again,” she said. “I want us to roll up our sleeves and solve our problems.”

Newsday: “Responded Clinton spokesman Phil Singer, “Senator Obama is attacking Senator Clinton by making demonstrably false claims about his foreign policy credentials that, in the process, raise more questions about his own lack of experience.” On Thursday, Clinton warned an Iowa audience not to support someone who isn’t “up to speed on foreign affairs and military matters.” “That’s the kind of logic that got us George Bush in the first place,” she said. Advisers said the line was part of her closing argument against Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, with the three in a tight race in Iowa.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 21, 2007

Bloomberg News: “Even as Clinton sought to present herself as an agent of change this week, she also delivered the message that she is a forged-by-fire first lady and senator. With a smile on her face to soften her image, she frequently invoked the past, particularly the accomplishments of former President Bill Clinton’s administration. In Independence, she even joked, “There she goes, talking about the ’90s” while praising her husband’s economic policies.”

Altoona Herald: “Ending the war in Iraq and helping troops with physical and mental injuries are the top priorities for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she said Thursday. Several Iowans said they appreciated the message from a team of well-known retired military officers and diplomats who took the stage with Clinton and stressed that she has the experience to change the direction of the country, starting with Iraq. “There is no one who has fought harder on behalf of our active duty military duty personnel, our National Guard and Reserve and our veterans than Senator Clinton,” retired Lt. Gen. Robert Gard said. “When Senator Clinton is president, our troops will also know that they have a commander in chief who genuinely cares about their safety, the well-being of their families, their treatment if they are wounded or injured, and the benefits the nation must offer to those who take the greatest risks,” Gard said. Others vouching for Clinton included retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former United Nations ambassador Richard Holbrooke and former Secretary of the Army Togo West Jr. Afterward, Mike Waggoner, 59, of Waterloo said: “I find the argument about experience to be compelling. The argument about having done the change vs. promising it and having the experience to back it up is a gentle nudge toward (Barack) Obama and (John) Edwards, of course, but it’s true.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 20, 2007

ABC News: “”We’re going to break the highest glass ceiling, for not just me, but for all girls and women. …You know that wonderful old line about women do everything? It’s like Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels. Well, we just have to go out and do it. There’s no point in worrying about it.” “I think the campaign is doing very well,” Clinton told “Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden. “There’s a rhythm to campaigns. I know that. I’ve been in a lot of them over the course of my life. It’s really picking up steam, and that’s what I feel.”

Falls Church News-Press: “In our view, as the 2008 presidential election year approaches, Hillary Clinton is the strongest Democratic candidate and Rudy Giuliani the strongest on the GOP side. We commend each to their respective party. It is not fashionable at this stage of the process to be saying good things about Hillary Clinton. As the Iowa caucuses and the first primaries approach, the ganging up against her, as the long standing front runner, by her Democratic rivals is clearly having an effect. It is fairly safe to say that Republicans are quietly adding to this mood of dissent. They would be right to assume that Ms. Clinton would be their toughest adversary in next year’s presidential election. Ms. Clinton is akin to the tough women who fought and eventually won the suffrage movement, winning for women the right to vote. Their role in the world was mightily enhanced by the model of Eleanor Roosevelt, whose influence for a dozen years in the White House and many after is unparalleled for a woman in leadership in this nation’s history. Like those who went before her, Ms. Clinton has routinely been underestimated. She was ridiculed for her health care and other initiatives in the early years of her husband’s presidency because she broke the mold of the traditional “first lady” for the first time. She baffled the pundits by not falling into the trap set by sworn enemies of a Democratic-controlled White House when she held firm and steadfast in her marriage through Bill Clinton’s worst moments following the Monica Lewinsky revelations. Her tough resolve during that period not only sealed the Clinton legacy and kept their popularity intact, much to chagrin of their political opponents, but maintained a degree of stability which buoyed her, against the expectations of the pundits once again, to win a U.S. Senate seat in New York. She’s proven her mettle and if nominated, she will win the White House. As a strong and highly-qualified president, she will set the nation, with a Democratic-controlled Congress, on a whole new course.”

Internation Union of Painters and Allied Trades: “The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) announced today that it will be throwing its full support behind Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next president of the United States. The endorsement is the result of an unprecedented special ballot that was sent to 160,000 IUPAT members and retirees across the United States. “Our members have spoken and they have overwhelmingly chosen Senator Clinton as the IUPAT candidate for president,” said IUPAT General President James Williams. “They told us that they want retirement security, health care reform and a leader in the White House who can deliver the change this country needs. Senator Clinton, the members of the Painters and Allied Trades believe in you, and we’re ready to help you win in 2008.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 19, 2007

Foster’s Daily Democrat: “When New Hampshire Democrats and nonaligned voters planning to vote in the Democratic primary go to the polls next month, we urge them to vote for Hillary Clinton. The voters of New Hampshire are getting ready to play the role in American politics of which they are rightly proud. They will soon choose among the candidates of the two major parties. They have been wide open primary campaigns, rated by some as the most exciting primaries since 1952. New Hampshire is the beginning for some and the end for others. Few elections for president in the past half century have been as important as the one in which Americans will choose in 2008 — an election in which the path of our country will be determined for years to come. The American people are divided — divided not as much among themselves as they are divided from their government. America needs a president who will close the gap that separates them from an institution that has become distant; someone who will restore the confidence of the American people and renew their place of respect in the world community. After weeks of interviewing candidates of similar, varied and divergent views, we have concluded Hillary Clinton, among Democrats, is the best qualified to lead the United States as its next president.”

Chicago Sun-Times: “How many of you know somebody who doesn’t have health insurance?” White House hopeful Hillary Clinton asked a thousand cheering supporters at the downtown Hyatt Regency on Tuesday night. At least half of the hands went up. “How many of you have health insurance but you had to fight with the health insurance company to get it to pay for what you needed?” she asked. About a third of the hands went up. “When you really need it, they won’t pay,” Clinton said. “What point is it to have health insurance if you’re diabetic if they won’t cover diabetes?” Despite her failure to solve the health insurance issue during her husband’s presidency, Clinton said she is resolved to solve it as president. “We’re going to tell the insurance companies that they’re going to have to change the way they do business,” Clinton said. “You know, we regulate banks. We regulate utilities. Well, we’re going to regulate the insurance companies.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 18, 2007

Quad City Times: “To make it personal, Clinton gave Iowa-specific numbers at a noon campaign rally where the audience was dominated by people with gray hair. Nearly 60 percent of Iowa caucus-goers are age 55 and over, which Clinton campaign staffers know well. “I will not forget all of the faces and the stories I have heard as I have crisscrossed Iowa,” she told the crowd of about 250 people. She was toasted with hearty laughter when she squinted at a piece of paper that outlined her ideas to curb rising foreclosures, make college more affordable, and to help Americans with home heating bills, save for retirement, and pay for long-term care.”

Des Moines Register: “Basketball legend Magic Johnson surprised shoppers at a grocery store on Martin Luther King Parkway in Des Moines this morning, by showing up with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill Clinton. The trio greeted customers, and a select crowd of teens from three Des Moines schools – Callanan Middle, Lincoln High and North High – who had been alerted to the campaign stop at Hy-Vee. “This is not going to be an easy job,” Johnson said when explaining why he was there to support Hillary Clinton. “We’re all going to have to help her.” As the five-foot, five-inch Hillary Clinton stood next to the super-sized athlete, reporters asked her about the new bounce in her step. “You mean I’ve got my groove back? Yeah,” she answered.

Top Hillary Headlines for December 17, 2007

Concord Monitor: “As Hillary Clinton campaigns for the presidency, she’s drawing in part on the lessons she absorbed during 18 years in Arkansas politics. It was there that she learned to rebut campaign attacks and first played a prominent public role, leading Arkansas’ education reform effort while her husband was governor. But it was also her home, the place she has spent the most time in her adult life. Arkansas is where she built a career in the state’s male-dominated legal profession, where she married and started a family, and where she made what she says were “some of the best friends I’ve ever made in my life.” “Moving to Arkansas and living there for 18 years was probably the most important formative set of experiences that I had for what I’m doing now,” Hillary Clinton said in a recent interview with the Monitor. In college and law school, and then working in Washington, “it’s so easy to kind of get separated from the day-to-day life experience that goes on around you,” she said, referring to her time before Arkansas. “And that was impossible in Arkansas. We knew everybody, we were involved with everybody, from the richest people to the poorest people.”

USAToday: “”She made me feel like it was just two mothers” talking in her car, Mallozzi said, then worked with her to get action on the disease and checked up on her daughter’s health. Mallozzi said she once viewed Clinton as aloof and remote, but “she’s anything but that.” Mark Penn, a top Clinton strategist, said that’s the message: “It’s important for people to understand the depth of Hillary, the way she has helped people.” Citing the Register endorsement, Clinton on Sunday said she’s “picking up momentum.” Edwards, who got the paper’s endorsement in 2004, appeared on three TV talk shows to discuss a rejection he made clear he knew was coming. The Register said Sunday that “his harsh anti-corporate rhetoric would make it difficult to work with the business community to forge change.”

New York Post: “Our campaign is energized, we’re picking up momentum, and we’re going all the way to January 3rd with your help,” she told a crowd of more than 100 in Council Bluffs. The Des Moines Register put a new skip in Clinton’s step by delivering its coveted endorsement yesterday – trumpeting her experience and legislative know-how. “I’m actually even going to get into a helicopter after I leave you,” she told the audience yesterday. “We’re calling it a Hill-o-copter, and we’re going to be able to cover more ground that way.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 16, 2007

Courier: “Former President Bill Clinton and former National Basketball Association superstar Earvin “Magic” Johnson are scheduled to campaign for Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton in Waterloo Tuesday, the Clinton campaign in Des Moines announced late Friday. Time and location for their appearance have yet to be a Clinton campaign representative said. The Waterloo tour is part of a larger campaign tour on behalf of Sen. Clinton by the former president and Johnson, the three-time NBA Most Valuable Player who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s, following a 1979 NCAA national championship at Michigan State.”

Associated Press: “After going door-to-door to meet voters in Manchester, Clinton attended a rally in a high school gym, where she spent more time than usual focusing on her resume. Repeating her recent suggestion that, unlike her rivals, she has worked for change rather than merely hoped for or demanded it, Clinton argued that only she has experience doing such work. “That work means knowing when to find common ground and when to stand your ground,” she said. “If you are too unyielding, then you are likely to end up with nothing to show for it. If you are too compromising, you may very well give up your principles and your values. You’ve got to find that balance.” “We need a president with a lifetime of experience in making positive change,” she said, citing as examples her work for the Children’s Defense Fund after college, her unsuccessful universal health care plan while her husband was president, and her work as a U.S. senator to expand health benefits for National Guard members. “This is what I have done during my life. This is what I believe in,” she said. “I believe that I have an obligation, a responsibility and the honor to use the talents God gave me, that my parents helped to nurture, that my teachers helped to develop, on behalf of those who maybe aren’t quite so fortunate.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 15, 2007

Iowa Press-Citizen: “Former Vice President Walter Mondale stopped in Iowa City Friday to endorse who he said is the best candidate to win the presidential election and usher in Democratic control of the White House — Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Every poll shows she’s the only Democratic candidate that is ahead of all the Republicans,” said Mondale, who attended a luncheon with residents at the Oaknoll Retirement Community, 1 Oaknoll Court. Mondale’s visit follows a string of celebrity and surrogate appearances that have hit Iowa as campaigns gear up for the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on Jan. 3. The roster has included everyone from Oprah Winfrey to TV handyman Bob Vila. Mondale said the country needs a candidate who can “restore America’s stature in the world” and “restore decency.”

Boston Globe: “Maine—Gov. John Baldacci has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton. He’s the eighth governor to back the New York senator in her race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Baldacci, a Democrat, touts Clinton’s “strength and experience” as making her the best for a “a very rough job.” He also she’ll “be ready to lead on her first day in office.” Other governors who have thrown their support behind her include New York’s Eliot Spitzer, New Jersey’s Jon Corzine, Ohio’s Ted Strickland, Maryland’s Martin O’Malley, Arkansas’ Mike Beebe and Michigan’s Jennifer Granholm.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 14, 2007

Boston Globe: “Clinton, herself, plans to hopscotch through 16 counties in a chopper called, yes, the “Hill-a-copter.” She is also enlisting the help of surrogates, including former President Bill Clinton, to convince Democrats before the Jan. 3 caucuses. Polls show her, Barack Obama, and John Edwards in striking range of winning. “As I have traveled throughout the state, it has been wonderful to see the energy and enthusiasm that people have for this campaign and our shared vision of how we can change America,” Clinton said in a statement. “In the final days before the Iowa caucuses, I want to tap into that spirit so that every voice is head on caucus night for universal health care, a stronger economy, and an end to the war in Iraq.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 13, 2007

The Page: “On tarmac at Reagan Airport en route to debate, Clinton tells rival that negative, personal characterizations are not a part of her campaign. Disavows comments by big-shot New Hampshire supporter Billy Shaheen.”

L.A. Times: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is anticipating that she will not have to wait long to become the Democratic presidential nominee, privately telling campaign donors in California that the race “is all going to be over by Feb. 5.” Though the focus of the 2008 presidential campaign is on Iowa and New Hampshire, the states with the earliest contests, Clinton suggested that California’s influence might be larger than was commonly believed.”You’ve got to realize that people in California will start voting absentee about the time Iowa and New Hampshire happen,” the senator from New York said at a closed-door fundraising reception Tuesday evening. “In fact, more people will have voted absentee by the middle of January than will have voted in New Hampshire, Iowa and a lot of other places combined.” On Friday, California absentee ballots began going out to members of the military and others living abroad. California’s remaining absentee ballots will be sent out beginning Jan. 7, one day before the New Hampshire primary and four days after the Iowa precinct caucuses. California holds its primary Feb. 5, along with 21 other states and American Samoa. “California, Texas, New York, New Jersey — you’ve got way more than half the country,” Clinton said at the fundraising event at a Sacramento restaurant. “And we’re going to be ready, thanks to all of you. We’re running a vigorous campaign here in California.”

ABC News: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is calling for a formal government investigation into allegations that a young female American contractor was gang-raped in Iraq and then held incommunicado in a large shipping container by her American employer, KBR, then a subsidiary of Halliburton. “These claims must be taken seriously and the U.S. government must act immediately to investigate Ms. Jones’ claims,” Sen. Clinton wrote in a letter today to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Attorney General Michael Mukasey.”

New Jersey Star Ledger: “Tony Bennett put his song stylings to the service of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign last night, performing for a crowd of about 1,000 of her supporters — including her husband — at the State Theater in New Brunswick. Former President Bill Clinton filled in for his wife, who was campaigning in Iowa. Campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe told the audience the candidate had to cancel her plan to attend the New Jersey event to ensure she would be in Iowa today for the final debate before that state’s Jan. 3 caucuses.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 12, 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer: “With Bill Clinton at his side, Philadelphia Mayor-elect Michael Nutter tonight endorsed the presidential candidacy of the former president’s wife, saying that she understood the challenges facing urban America.
Nutter’s endorsement came during a fund-raiser/rally for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign that attracted about 1,000 people to the Electric Factory. The mayor-elect told the crowd that he had come to his decision after talking several times with the Democratic presidential front-runner and determining that “her priorities are the right priorities for Philadelphia.” “It’s time for cities and metropolitan areas to take their prominent place in America again,” he declared.”

New York Post: “December 12, 2007 — DES MOINES, Iowa – Barack Obama’s highly unusual bid to get thousands of out-of-state students at Iowa colleges to support him in the caucuses has ignited a furor and is drawing charges of dirty tricks from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s camp. Obama has been making regular stops at the state’s colleges, and urging people as young as 17 and 18 – many of them from nearby Illinois – to register to caucus as long as they will be old enough to vote on Election Day. No ID is required to take place in a caucus. The Obama camp handed out 50,000 fliers on college campuses stating, “If you are not from Iowa, you can come back for the Iowa caucus and caucus in your college neighborhood.” That has infuriated rival campaigns and angered Iowans who say the first votes in the nation in the 2008 presidential race should be cast by Iowans – not kids from somewhere else. “Maybe we should call these the Illinois caucuses,” David Yepsen, the influential Des Moines Register columnist, grumbled in a recent piece – warning that Iowans won’t take kindly if Chicago-style politics makes its way to Iowa.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 11, 2007

Campaign Headquarters: “The Clinton Campaign today announced the endorsement of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE). IATSE represents more than 100,000 members in the motion picture, theatrical and television professions. “Hillary Clinton’s ability to create real change for America’s working families is exactly what this country needs,” said IATSE International President Thomas C. Short. “She has the strength and experience to provide quality, affordable health care for every American and rebuild our middle class.” “I am honored to have the support of the hard working men and women of IATSE,” Clinton said. “I will continue to stand with them as they fight for fair wages and safe working conditions across our country.”

Politico: “Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and other Clinton supporters will hold a conference call TODAY, Tuesday, December 11, to discuss why Hillary Clinton’s is the most electable Democrat to beat the Republicans and take back the White House in 2008.”

Des Moines Register: “It’s one thing for Obama to turn out non-Iowans to party dinners, eastern Iowa rallies, Oprah Winfrey visits or door-knocking. It would be something else to have them actually vote, something the campaign emphatically says it isn’t encouraging. But Larry Rasky, a spokesman for Joe Biden’s campaign, said last week: “Obama has paid no more than lip service to the timely call by the Dodd campaign for all the candidates to pledge to keep their out-of-state supporters on the sidelines.” However, both laws and practical considerations are in place to help ensure the integrity of the Iowa caucuses:

- Falsely registering to vote is fraud in Iowa. Someone from Illinois who thinks voter fraud is a way of life in that state will find a much different attitude from Iowa prosecutors.

- It would take hundreds of people in the right precincts to make a difference in the outcome. Any plan that brings thousands of people into Iowa to vote would be so visible everyone would see it, and it would backfire on the candidate who is supposed to benefit. It’s also called conspiracy, another crime.

- There is a law of diminishing returns on the Democratic side. After a candidate has won all the delegates from a college precinct, adding more caucus-goers to it does nothing to improve that candidate’s score.

- These are neighborhood meetings. In most caucuses, people know one another.

- Credibility. It’s not going to do Obama or Paul any good to have a showing in Iowa that is tainted. Obama has worked hard in Iowa. He has built an impressive organization and can win this on the legit. He doesn’t need to give opposition spinners a way to discredit a victory.

The bottom line here is that on caucus night, Iowans in both parties should work hard to conduct caucuses that are above reproach.

If Iowa can’t get this right, then Iowa shouldn’t get this sort of influence.

Top Hillary Headlines for December 10, 2007

Press of Atlantic City: “Polls have consistently put Clinton well ahead of Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates in the Garden State, with likely Democratic voters here favoring her by 26 to 31 percentage points. With such a healthy margin, the campaign has seen New Jersey less as a battleground and more as a cash cow. She makes her first appearance Tuesday at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory, where her husband, former President Bill Clinton, hosts a special endorsement and rally. Tickets are $100 per person, with $50 tickets for students. The next night, singer Tony Bennett is part of this year’s final New Jersey Hillary for President rally. Tickets at the State Theater in New Brunswick are steeper, running from $100 to $2,300 per person. An invitation sent out in mid-November underscores the purpose, noting, “with less than 44 days until the Iowa caucuses, we need your help and support now more than ever!”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 9, 2007

News Review: “Hillary Rodham Clinton was joined by her mother and daughter Saturday as she vowed “change across the generations” and stepped up her pitch to the women voters who could hold the key to Iowa’s caucuses. “We’re getting close to the caucuses,” said Clinton. “I always think it’s better to go to the caucuses with a buddy. Today, I’ve got some buddies with me.” Those “buddies” included 88-year-old mother Dorothy Rodham and 27-year-old daughter Chelsea Clinton, making her first appearance with her mother on the trail in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Washington Post: “Back then, chicken a la cheese won recipe contests, and an Amana Free-o-Frost was the answer to every woman’s problems. Hugh Rodham woke up each morning in his thick-walled suburban dream home in Park Ridge, Ill., bellowing the songs of Mitch Miller and the Gang (Singalong favorites! “Ain’t We Got Fun”!), and sat down each night to dinner served exactly at 6 p.m., over which he issued loud pronouncements about American self-reliance, as opposed to communists and deadbeats seeking handouts.That’s when the argument would start. “Now, wait a minute,” his wife, Dorothy Rodham, would suggest, voice soft as a housedress. “Sometimes things happen to people that they have no control over.” Their daughter, Hillary, would follow the conversation, alternately agreeing with each, until Hugh had the last word. Fathers were the ultimate authority then. Fathers, and presidents.”

Mark Penn: “What’s happening in the Democratic primary for president? A lot less than the headlines would suggest. Iowa continues to be a competitive race while Hillary is maintaining meaningful leads in all the other states and in the national polls that are representative of her Feb 5th strength. But with the plethora of polls it is becoming increasingly difficult to follow what is a trend, what is a poll without a trend, what is a screened phone poll and what is a computer driven poll. The natural tendency is for those polls that show it closer to get more attention. They are “news.”

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Top Hillary Headlines for December 8, 2007

AFP: “An honor roll of 32 former US diplomats and ambassadors on Friday put their names to a letter vouching for Democratic White House front-runner Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy expertise. The letter was the latest shot by the former first lady’s campaign in a battle over experience with her top party rival Barack Obama, just 27 days before the leadoff Iowa caucuses nominating contests. Democratic foreign policy sages including Richard Holbrooke, who brokered the Dayton peace accords which ended the war in the former Yugoslavia, and former vice president Walter Mondale signed the letter. Joseph Wilson, the former US ambassador who saw his wife’s cover as a CIA spy blown after he criticized the Bush administration over the war in Iraq, was also on the list. Senator Clinton “is the candidate with the strength and experience to restore America’s standing in the world and to return the United States to a position of global leadership,” the letter said. Clinton has argued that in eight years as first lady, and now into her second term as a senator, she has unique foreign policy experience suited to the maelstrom of current international crises. “During her tenure as first lady, Senator Clinton traveled the world as a representative of the United States, meeting with Presidents and Prime Ministers, refugees and victims of war and genocide,” a campaign statement said. “In her diplomatic role, she fought for human rights from China to Uganda to Kosovo, and helped pave the way for improved US relations with countries such as India.”

Voice of America: “Voters in Iowa will be the first to pick among U.S. presidential candidates running for the two major political party nominations. A new poll shows, however, two of the contenders dominate the field in three crucial states that will vote later. In simultaneous surveys in the three so-called “swing” states, the Quinnipiac University Poll shows Senator Hillary Clinton leads all Democrats, and former New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani is at the top of the Republican field. VOA’s Ravi Khanna has more.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 7, 2007

ABCNews: “ABC News’ Charles Gibson spoke with Sen. Hillary Clinton as part of the “Who Is” series, which features one interview a week with a presidential candidate from now until December, with a focus on their private lives. Hillary Diane Rodham was born Oct. 26, 1947, in Chicago. Her father, Hugh Ellsworth Rodham, owned a textile business and her mother Dorothy Emma Howell, was a homemaker. Her parents made a home for Clinton and her younger brothers, Hugh and Tony, in a middle-class suburb called Park Ridge.”

Concord Monitor: “Citing her grasp of Washington politics, Hillary Clinton said yesterday that it was a “mistake” for her Democratic presidential opponents to outline specific plans to shore up the federal Social Security program. Any solution, she said, would come from bipartisan compromise. “Most of my opponents are more than happy to throw out all their ideas,” Clinton said at the Gunstock Lodge in Gilford, in response to a question about whether she’d consider more payroll taxes on higher-income earners. “I just know – maybe it’s because I’m a student of history and I’ve been studying this – I know that eventually you’ve got to have a bipartisan commission. That’s the only way we’re going to resolve this.”

Newsday: “Author John Grisham served as master of ceremonies for the holiday-themed event at Union Station, which raised $1 million from some 1,200 people, organizers said. Donors paid between $250 and $2,300, while families could attend for $1,000. Supporters drank hot chocolate and munched on cookies while children did crafts and made holiday cards, played with dreidels or had their pictures taken with either a snowman or reindeer character. Clinton appeared at a fundraiser with Grisham, the best-selling author of legal thrillers, in September in Charlottesville, Va. Grisham was a former Democratic state legislator in Mississippi before his literary career blossomed in the early 1990s.”

In.News: “Americans and Europeans agree that Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton would make the best US president of the current contenders for the post, according to a poll made public Friday. The survey by the Harris Institute for France 24 television and the Paris-based International Herald Tribune found that enthusiasm for Clinton was significantly higher among Europeans than Americans. Asked which of 10 candidates would make the best president, Clinton received the nod from 22 percent of the Americans asked, 24 percent of the British, 29 percent of the Spaniards, 30 percent of the Italians, 35 percent of the French and 40 percent of the Germans. She was far ahead of the two men who finished second, Democratic rival Barack Obama and Republican Rudy Giuliani, both of whom were supported by 12 percent of the US respondents. Obama finished second in France and Germany, while Giuliani was the runner-up in Britain, Italy and Spain. In a question involving only Americans, Clinton also came out ahead in voter intention, with 25 percent of respondents saying they would vote for her, compared to 15 percent for Giuliani and 13 percent for Obama. Most European respondents agreed that the election of a woman as US president would have a positive effect on the US, with support ranging from 53 to 56 percent in Spain, Italy, France and Germany.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 6, 2007

ABC News: “Hillary Clinton is holding off Barack Obama in New Hampshire with a single-digit but seemingly solid lead, scoring more committed and enthusiastic support, higher trust to handle pressing issues and broad margins on leadership, experience and electability…. Clinton’s lead in New Hampshire inches up in lower-turnout scenarios, suggesting her support is more reliable. Moreover, among those who’ve definitely decided on their candidate, she leads Obama by a wide 43-28 percent; and among the most enthusiastic likely voters she leads him by 45-24 percent. There’s no such difference in Iowa….Looking at the flipside, changeability, among the one in four likely voters who say there’s a good chance they may change their minds, 23 percent currently support Clinton, 36 percent Obama. That suggests he’s more vulnerable to reconsideration.”

The Hill: “Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, a 2004 presidential candidate who is now a supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), said Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), is to blame for the recent volley of barbs between the candidates. “I was at the debate in Philadelphia,” Clark said in a Wednesday conference call with reporters organized by the Clinton campaign. “That’s where it really started, and I think it started with Barack advertising that he was going to go on the offensive and start attacking.”Clark said that October night in Philadelphia was when “the tone of the campaign started to change.” “I think it is clear who started the attacks and why,” Clark said. The four-star general was in Iowa campaigning for Clinton as the campaign rolled out a new ad featuring Clark speaking directly to the camera.In the ad, Clark says: “I see that Hillary’s opponents have started attacking her. That’s politics. What this country needs is leadership.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 5, 2007

L.A. Times: “”She has been steadily attacked publicly and privately by candidates and surrogates for months,” Clinton said after giving a speech here. He said the accuracy of his wife’s statements slamming Obama’s record as a state and U.S. senator “has never been disputed,” but did not mention the Illinois lawmaker by name. “Why don’t we just have a little debate? She didn’t do anything wrong.” Clinton’s comments came as he wrapped up a daylong solo campaign swing for his wife in snowbound towns of New Hampshire. The New York senator this week has hammered Obama’s record on healthcare, Social Security, Iran and his history of voting “present” rather than “yes” or “no” in the Illinois Senate.”

Des Moines Register: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign is starting a file of “dirty campaign tricks” after a handful of supporters reported that negative information about the Democratic presidential candidate is being peddled by telephone. Two Iowans reported so-called push polls, where the unidentified callers pretended to be opinion pollsters but instead did little more than bash Clinton. Two other Iowans reported feeling badgered by callers who said they were from the Obama campaign.”

Associated Press: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton accused rival John Edwards of making an “outlandish political charge” for portraying her vote against Iran as a pretext for war in a spirited debate Tuesday, one month before the Iowa caucuses. Clinton came under criticism from her rivals, who highlighted her September vote in the debate, which came the day after release of a new intelligence report that says Iran stopped development of a nuclear weapon four years ago. Edwards said Clinton gave President Bush just what he wanted when she voted to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Clinton said her vote was meant to encourage diplomacy. “That’s supposed to be diplomacy?” Edwards objected. “What possible conclusion could you reach other than we are at war?” Clinton objected. “You know I understand politics and I understand making outlandish political charges, but this really goes way too far,” said the New York senator, who is locked in a tight three-way race with Edwards and Barack Obama in this first-voting state.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 4, 2007

Courier Post: “But Clinton has a higher approval rating among blacks nationwide than does Obama, according to a poll released a few days ago by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. That suggests it’s possible Obama could win in Iowa and New Hampshire only to see his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination run aground when voters go to the polls in states with sizeable black populations — such as South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Alabama and New York. In the Joint Center poll, conducted for AARP, Clinton had a 83 percent favorable rating among blacks. Just 9.7 percent of blacks viewed her unfavorably. Obama had a favorable rating of 74.4 percent, and was rated “unfavorable” by 10.1 percent of blacks likely to vote in the presidential primaries, according to the Washington-based think tank. While these findings may surprise a lot of people outside the political mainstream, they were well known to the Obama camp even before the Joint Center’s findings were published. For weeks now, Obama and a tight circle of his supporters have been trying to figure out how to win over black voters, who ought to be his core constituency. Instead of giving Obama the kind of backing they gave Jesse Jackson in his two attempts to win the Democratic presidential nomination, many black voters are casting their lot with Clinton. Clinton’s backers say those voters believe she’s the best Democrat for the job.

St. Louis Post Dispatch: “ST. LOUIS — Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton brought cheers from a crowd here Sunday evening with her plans to end the war in Iraq, develop universal health care and improve education. And she brought them to their feet when she mentioned the possibility of making history. “I’m thrilled at the prospect that I could be the first woman president of the United States of America,” the Democratic senator from New York said near the end of her 25-minute speech, in her first visit to St. Louis as a candidate. The crowd of about 1,300 that packed the Pageant on Delmar Boulevard boomed in response.
Some of the homemade signs that covered the walls of the concert venue read, “Women Belong in the White House,” and “Women 4 Hill.” Clinton said she’s running for president not because she is a woman, but because she is the most qualified. But it is “thrilling,” she said, to see two groups of people in her campaign stops: parents telling their daughters they can be anything they want to be, and women born before women had the right to vote and excited about the possibility of seeing a woman elected to the highest office.

Top Hillary Headlines for December 3, 2007

Wall Street Journal: “In a sign that the housing crunch is increasingly resonating on the campaign trail, Sen. Hillary Clinton is expected to call today for a 90-day moratorium on home foreclosures, as well as a five-year freeze on the rates of adjustable mortgages, an idea the Bush administration is already considering. The Democratic presidential front-runner’s move signals a likely priority shift for political candidates, from one dominated by foreign affairs and domestic issues such as health insurance to one that more directly addresses the economic well-being of individual Americans. High oil prices, plummeting home values and an increasingly volatile stock market are making consumers nervous, and a credit crunch has them fretting about their personal liquidity. “I think it’s inevitable” that the political conversation will turn more sharply toward economic issues, as the campaigns move into 2008, Mrs. Clinton said in an interview. “There are just too many factors converging here.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 2, 2007

Chicago Sun-Times: “Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign called on rival Barack Obama to shut down a political action committee he controls that has contributed money to elected officials in early presidential contest states. Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson posed the demand to chief Obama strategist David Axelrod during a television interview Sunday and the campaign followed up with a press release shortly after. Wolfson accused Obama of using the PAC in ‘‘apparent contravention of campaign finance laws.”

Financial Times: “Hillary Clinton would ask hard questions about whether it was worth reviving the stalled Doha round of world trade talks if she were elected US president, the former first lady has told the Financial Times in an interview. Mrs Clinton said she believed that theories underpinning free trade might no longer hold true in the era of globalisation. She has called previously for the US to take “time out” on new trade agreements.”

Associated Press: “In a letter to President Bush Saturday, Hillary Rodham Clinton said that in light of the terrorist threats facing the nation, “it is unimaginable to hear that you would cut funding for our nation’s law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders by more than half.” Other officials said the cuts would penalize a city attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, and in 1993.”

Top Hillary Headlines for December 1, 2007

CBSNews: “In her New Hampshire press conference, she stood before a column of police in green and tan uniforms. She talked of meeting with hostages. She mentioned that she spoke to the state’s governor about eight minutes after the incident began. The scene was one of a woman in charge. “It looked and sounded presidential,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “This was an instance of the White House experience of this campaign. They knew how to handle this.” That the crisis was outside Clinton’s control gave it a rare quality in this era of hyper-controlled politicking, Sabato added. “What’s most important about it is that it’s not contrived. It’s a real event and that distinguishes it from 99 percent of what happens in the campaign season.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 30, 2007

Chicago Sun-Times: “Jackson Sr. wrote in his latest column he was disappointed in all the Democratic candidates — except John Edwards — for ignoring “the plight of African Americans in this country.” One of his sons, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.( D-Ill.), is on the Obama campaign leadership team. Another son who lives in Chicago, Yusef, is a major Clinton fund-raiser who has bundled together at least $100,000 in contributions. Now his mother is also siding with Clinton and may go on the road to stump for her. If she goes to South Carolina — where Jackson Sr. was born and where he won the 1988 presidential primary — she will find herself having to dilute the impact of radio ads her son Jesse Jr. has made for Obama. Jacqueline Jackson is an activist in her own right; in June 2001, she was jailed for 10 days in Puerto Rico protesting the U.S. Navy’s using the island of Vieques for a bombing range.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 29, 2007

KETV: “”Hillary Clinton has the strength and experience to bring the war in Iraq to an end and reverse the potentially devastating effects of global warming,” Kennedy said in a statement released by Clinton’s campaign. “I watched proudly as Hillary won over New Yorkers across the state in her race for the Senate seat my father once held,” he said. “Since then, she’s been re-elected in a landslide victory and proven that she is ready to lead this nation from her first day in office. Hillary will inspire the real change America needs.” Kennedy’s father, Robert F. Kennedy, was a New York senator and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination when he was assassinated in 1968. “Bobby has worked tirelessly to protect our environment and raise awareness about the dangers of global warming and pollution,” Clinton said in a statement. “I’m deeply honored to have his support and counsel.”

Chicago Tribune: “A Clinton campaign mantra is that she is the most famous but least known candidate in the presidential race, an odd conceit given that hers is one of the best known faces in the world. Perhaps no one in American public life has had her life subjected to such intense and personal examination — the dozens of books, the many investigations, the tabloid obsessions. Her hairdos, her cleavage, even her laugh have been picked apart for hidden meaning. Few names are as likely to start an argument. Her qualities are also enmeshed in the profound question that her presidential candidacy presents: whether America is ready for a woman as commander in chief.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 28, 2007

Hillary Campaign: “Iowans for Hillary today announced the membership of Hillary Clinton’s new Pottawattamie Leadership Council. The council includes former and current elected officials, community activists, small business owners, farmers, teachers, and others who support Hillary Clinton for President. Members of the council will act as Hillary’s steering committee for Pottawattamie County; recruiting volunteers, assisting with campaign operations, and sharing information on Hillary Clinton’s ideas and events throughout the community.”

Columbus Dispatch: “Baltes and his staff have been hawking their wares at Democratic state conventions, Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners and labor rallies across the nation. Based on those sales, Baltes sees the Democratic race shaping up with Clinton in first, Obama a very close second and Dennis J. Kucinich coming in third.”

China View: “Singer-actress Barbra Streisand said Tuesday she backed Hillary Clinton for presidency, one day after another entertainment heavyweight, Oprah Winfrey, announced her commitment to Barack Obama, media reported. “Madame President of the United States … it’s an extraordinary thought,” said the Oscar winner in a statement issued by the Clinton campaign. “We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman’s potential has no limitations.” Streisand, 65, is one of Hollywood’s leading Democratic activists and donors, and a longtime supporter of former president Bill Clinton. She performed at Bill Clinton’s inaugural gala in 1993.”

WISTV: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she would cut minority dropout rates in half during the next decade by spending 1 billion dollars on various programs. Clinton told educators at a middle school in Bennettsville Tuesday the money would identify at-risk children, get teachers to high-need areas and for early childhood education programs. The New York senator wants to address what she called the “crisis of untapped potential” that comes from dropouts.”

Chicago Tribune: “Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York defended her increasingly aggressive approach on the campaign trail, declaring in a Tribune interview today that she was not the first to throw a stone in the Democratic presidential race. “I have for months tried to stay positively on the issues, to talk about what I will do as president, to set force my credentials and experience, the strengths that I think I bring to the position,” she said in a phone interview while traveling in South Carolina. “But I have been attacked pretty regularly by my two leading opponents, and it’s gone on for months. So, at some point, as we get toward the end of these campaigns, you have to stand up and rebut what people are saying and put out the contrasts and that is what I intend to do.”

“The New York senator also responded to a statement Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois made in a broadcast interview Monday evening in which he suggested Clinton is falsely claiming too much credit for White House experience. “Voters are going to decide who has the qualifications and experience to be president and lead our country through these challenging times. I’m very proud of my record of accomplishment, going back 35 years, and certainly of the opportunity I had to represent our country in more than 82 countries, to be the voice and face of America in so many places, to stand up for women’s rights and human rights in China, to pursue religious tolerance by meeting regularly with leaders of Islamic countries that I was privileged to visit,” she said. “If he wants to argue about our relative experience, that’s a discussion that I welcome.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 27, 2007

New York Times: “Many young women have been enthusiastic supporters, but Mrs. Clinton, of New York, has shown particular pride in the women in their 70s, 80s and 90s at her events. She spends extra time with them on the rope line and repeats their stories to audiences. “A couple of weeks ago in New Hampshire, a woman said, ‘I’m 98 years old, this will probably be my last election, we need to hurry up,’” Mrs. Clinton recounted recently in Vinton, Iowa. “And I said, ‘I don’t know, I may need you for my re-election.’ And she said, ‘Well, my doctor just put in a new pacemaker, and she says it’s good for seven years.’” The Clinton campaign is courting these women in Iowa as the senator seeks an edge in a three-way fight with Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and John Edwards of North Carolina to win the state’s caucuses on Jan. 3.”

L.A. Times: “She always came prepared. From the first planning sessions for her husband’s victorious 1992 presidential run through the final 1994 White House meetings she chaired as the Clinton administration’s ill-fated healthcare initiative collapsed, Hillary Rodham Clinton was a force to be reckoned with as a decision-maker. Her debut on the national stage in the early 1990s was a defining era for Clinton, a period when she emerged as Bill Clinton’s most influential campaign strategist and policy advisor. She was forceful and methodical in shaping the Clinton administration’s domestic policies and political strategy, and proved to be a disciplined partner to her famously disorganized husband: commanding, opinionated, daunting.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 26, 2007

Washington Post: “Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign today accused rival Sen. Barack Obama of campaigning in a manner that “appears to be inconsistent with the prevailing election laws,” a statement released in response to this morning’s report in The Washington Post that described how Obama’s senate leadership PAC doled money out to politicians in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

“In January, Obama announced that he would stop raising money for the leadership committee, called Hopefund. But in recent months, Obama has handed out more than $180,000 from the PAC to local Democratic groups and candidates in the key early-voting states, campaign reports show. Some of the recipients of Hopefund’s largesse were state and local politicians who have recently endorsed Obama’s presidential bid. The fund also spent more than $440,000 on other expenses, including contributions to Democratic candidates in states that do not have early presidential contests.

Washington Post: “That may be an overly harsh word to describe the New Hampshire Democratic establishment — state legislators, retired officials and lawyer-lobbyist types who tend on the whole to be as personable as most of their small-state neighbors. But there was no mistaking the show of Establishment force at the historic carriage house here where Clinton came to pick up yet another high-profile Democratic endorsement, from Susan Lynch, the wife of the state’s popular governor John Lynch. Clinton was introduced by the speaker of the New Hampshire House, Terie Norelli, and the relatively small audience packed into the room included the president of the state Senate, Sylvia Larson; an influential veteran senator from Manchester, Lou D’Allesandro; and at least a dozen other state legislators from the Concord area. Larson said the local establishment backing for Clinton is a reflection of legislators’ belief that she is better prepared for presidency than her rivals. “She’s the experienced, capable candidate who’s ready to go to work on the first day,” said Larson. “Those of us who’ve worked in the field all these years recognize that it takes time to make things happen, that you need that background to succeed.”

CBS News: ” With the Iowa caucus just over a month away, CBS News anchor Katie Couric sat down for an exclusive interview with Democratic frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton. She’s the woman on everyone’s mind right now. But polls in Iowa are showing the race could shape up to be very close. Couric asked Clinton if she’s lowering her expectations as the primary approaches. “I never raised them, you know when I got into race at the beginning of the year. I wasn’t even in double-digits. I was so far behind in Iowa it was embarrassing,” Clinton said. Her campaign instead is “encouraged” she said, because “we’re making progress – but I take nothing for granted, this is going to be a tight race.” “I think everybody should just take a deep breath and say ‘let’s just go to the finish line,’ which will be probably be midnight West Coast time on Feb. 5,” she said.

Top Hillary Headlines for November 25, 2007

First Read: “Hillary Clinton used the first stop on a two-day, post-Thanksgiving swing through Iowa on Saturday to lay out a $700 million a year plan to help people affected by autism. The money would be spent for research and provide support for families and teachers dealing with the disorder, as well as for autistic children and adults. The senator said autism diagnoses had risen dramatically in the last 15 years to some 25,000 each year, affecting 1.5 million Americans and their families and costing the country at least $35 billion a annually. She talked about spending time with a child with autism while living in Little Rock and her work on behalf of children with disabilities over the years.”

Buffalo News: “To hear the Clinton campaign talk, there are millions of women like Staresinic and Soto out there — enough to turn the “gender gap” into a chasm and redraw the electoral map in Clinton’s favor. And while Clinton’s critics doubt that thesis and say her polarizing nature will doom her candidacy, experts on women and politics say Clinton’s campaign could very well benefit from an influx of new women voters. “There will be people who have never voted before, from grandmas to granddaughters, who will come out to vote if the [Democratic] nominee is Hillary Clinton,” predicted Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. Of course, the general election is nearly a year away, and Clinton is in a tightening race against Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and others for the Democratic nomination.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 24, 2007

Boston Globe: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign is capitalizing on an overlooked strain of feminism in blue-collar women – nurse’s aides, factory workers, farmers, and single mothers – to help fuel her strength among the Democratic candidates for president. Even many working-class women who have spent their lives in traditional roles at home and work have been animated by Clinton’s effort to shatter what she has called “the highest, hardest glass ceiling.” In recent interviews, some of these Clinton supporters say that they have been impressed enough by her advocacy for healthcare and children to jettison their previous views of her as a brash, ambitious lawyer and politician. Some said a female president would do things not just differently, but better.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 23, 2007

AFP: “Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton Friday slammed China for calling her criticism of made-in-China toys “slander,” and urged Washington to take “immediate, decisive steps” to protect US children. Clinton’s statement came a day after China railed against her warning Tuesday of a dangerous tide of Chinese-made gifts, saying that “any slander or exaggeration of facts is irresponsible.” “This is the same government that just this month revoked the licenses of more than 750 of its toy companies because of quality control problems and ordered another 690 to renovate or improve their facilities, even as it asserted that 99 percent of toy exports met quality standards,” Clinton said in her statement. “And the Chinese government’s watchdog agency reported earlier this year that 20 percent of the toys made and sold in China pose safety risks. That is unacceptable.”

The Independent: “Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will win a glowing endorsement today from an unexpected source – Bernadette Chirac, the former first lady of France. To win the support of a Chirac may not be every US presidential candidate’s dream. Nonetheless, Mme Chirac hopes that Ms Clinton – a friend since they were first ladies together in the late 1990s – will find a place for her on her campaign. “If I can be of any use to her somewhere … I’m available,” Mme Chirac told Le Figaro Magazine in an interview published today. “I’d like to go with her and I’m going to suggest it to her.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 22, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald: “Hillary Clinton has condemned the sentencing of a Saudi rape victim to 200 lashes and six months in jail as an outrage and rebuked the White House for its response. The Democratic frontrunner decried the Bush Administration’s refusal to condemn the sentence on the grounds that it was an internal Saudi decision. “I urge President Bush to call on King Abdullah to cancel the ruling and drop all charges against this woman,” Senator Clinton said. “As president I will once again make human rights an American priority around the world.”

Hollywood Reporter: “The workers at CBS News have been without a contract for close to 2 1/2 years,” Clinton said Wednesday. “It is my hope that both sides will reach an agreement that results in a secure contract for the workers at CBS News but let me be clear: I will honor the picket line if the workers at CBS News decide to strike.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 21, 2007

Washington Post: “In remarks after an event yesterday in Shenandoah, Iowa, circulated by her campaign as “New HRC Comments on Experience,” Clinton was quoted as saying, “I have traveled the world on behalf of our country — first in the White House with my husband and now as a senator. I’ve met with countless world leaders and know many of them personally. I went to Beijing in 1995 and stood up to the Chinese government on human rights and women’s rights. I have fought for our men and women in uniform to make sure they have the equipment they need in battle and are treated with dignity when they return home.” Later came this zinger, directed at Obama: “Now voters will judge whether living in a foreign country at the age of 10 prepares one to face the big, complex international challenges the next president will face. I think we need a president with more experience than that.” Clinton’s initial remarks were in response to comments Obama made in Clarion, Iowa, on Monday, when he cited his experience living in a foreign country as one of the factors that informs his world view. “I spent four years living overseas when I was a child living in Southeast Asia,” said Obama, who was born in Hawaii and spent four years in Indonesia. “A lot of my knowledge about foreign affairs is not what I just studied in school. It’s actually having the knowledge of how ordinary people in these other countries live.”

New York Post: “FORMER ABC News anchor who turned journalism professor Carole Simpson may stump for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Simpson says she would leave her teaching job at Emerson College if she decides to campaign for Clinton.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 20, 2007

Boston Globe: “Hillary Clinton takes a whack at Republicans to solicit support from Democrats in her latest TV ad. The 30-second spot, which is to air starting today on stations in New Hampshire, opens with images of television ads from Republican presidential hopefuls John McCain and Mitt Romney that attacked Clinton under the heading “The Republican Attack Machine.” McCain’s hit her on her support for federal funding of a museum commemorating the 1969 Woodstock concert, and Romney’s criticized her lack of executive experience, saying she had never even run a corner store, much less a state government. “Here they go again — the same old Republican attack machine is back. Why?” the announcer asks. As a series of images of Clinton with voters plays, the announcer answers his own question, saying that Republicans know there is one Democratic candidate who can get the US out of Iraq, end corporate tax giveaways, repair the budget deficit, and help the middle class. “The strength to fight, the experience to lead,” the announcer concludes.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 19, 2007

SCPols: “The South Carolina Clinton Campaign today announced the endorsement of the Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) in South Carolina. SMART is a newly formed union, merging the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and the United Transportation Union, with a combined membership of 2,300 in South Carolina. “Hillary Clinton is an experienced leader who has always kept an eye out for working families and has worked hard to make positive changes for our workforce,” said Andrew Maute, business manager of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local Union No. 399. “We are ready for a qualified leader to guide our nation toward a brighter future, and we are proud to support Sen. Clinton as the right candidate for the job. “Senator Clinton supports policies that are good for South Carolina, our workers, and the economy. She is a strong advocate for programs that provide affordable health care, retirement security, sustainable energy plans, and fair trade,” said Maute. SMART represents rail workers, bus operators and mechanics, transit workers, airline pilots and employees, and sheet metal workers that perform work in the building and construction trades, in production manufacturing, and in the railroad and shipyard industries.”

CBS News: “Clinton spoke next, repeating Curwood’s praise for California’s energy initiatives. She said she hoped those changes could be developed into national policy. The senator quoted a recent United Nations report on “the abrupt and irreversible consequences of global warming.” She then outlined her “bold, comprehensive plan” to tackle energy dependence and the climate crisis. Her three major goals, Clinton said, are to reduce greenhouse gases to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050, to cut foreign oil imports by two-thirds by 2030 and to move from a carbon-based economy to a green economy by encouraging innovation. Clinton also described the dire conseqences and risks of inaction. “We cannot afford to fiddle while the world warms,” she said. “We already know conclusively what that will do to us.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 18, 2007

First Read: “Clinton went up with a new health care ad in Iowa and New Hampshire over the weekend, featuring a man who says he asked for Clinton’s help when his insurance company would not cover a bone marrow transplant for his son. She came through, he says, and adds, “Now her opponents are saying that Hillary can’t be trusted? I trusted this woman to save my son’s life. And she did.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 17, 2007

Chicago Tribune: “The Clinton camp then criticized Obama’s reaction, arguing that he was too quick to believe the worst about the former first lady and it showed inexperience on his part. “A Republican-leaning journalist runs a blind item designed to set Democrats against one another. Experienced Democrats see this for what it is. Others get distracted and thrown off their games,” Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said in a statement. “We have no idea what Mr. Novak’s item is about and reject it totally,” Wolfson added.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 16, 2007

News UK: “Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has hit back at her Democrat party rivals, accusing John Edwards of “throwing mud”. In the first face-to-face debate since the Democrat frontrunner came under fire over her credibility in a televised debate on October 30th, the former first lady put in a strong performance in response to criticism from Mr Edwards and Barack Obama.”

Times Online: “Hillary Clinton has reasserted her authority over her Democratic rivals with an aggressive performance in the latest presidential debate. After a troubled fortnight in which a defensive Mrs Clinton has fended off questions about her honesty and electability, she moved forcefully on to the front foot. She accused Democratic rivals of throwing mud at her simply because she was ahead in the polls. The rivals, Barack Obama and John Edwards, were booed by some in the crowd when they went on the attack. The result was that Mrs Clinton appeared to steady the ship. The first words out of a senior aide’s mouth yesterday were: “She’s back.”

Houston Chronicle: ” Hillary’s back on top. After the rockiest two weeks of her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton regained her footing this week with a strong debate showing Thursday even as her two chief rivals may have hurt themselves. Barack Obama appeared to stumble, probably costing himself the momentum he’d been building in the first-to-vote state of Iowa, where he’d been gaining on Clinton. John Edwards had an even worse night, seen by voters and analysts as too angry in attacking his party’s front-runner. The candidates’ performances and reactions to them suggest that what had seemed to be a moment when the race’s dynamics might be shifting away from Clinton now seems to have passed. The contest is back to its pre-Halloween landscape, with Clinton steady in the lead. “She lifted herself up and put her opponents down at the same time,” Republican pollster Frank Luntz said. “It was a double-edged victory.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 15, 2007

Newsweek: “First up is leading American historian Sean Wilentz, professor at Princeton University, author of the Pulitzer-Prize-nominated “The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln” (2005) and a “dyed-in-the-wool Democrat”–as if his 2006 Rolling Stone cover story “The Worst President in History?,” about President George W. Bush, didn’t give him away. Full disclosure: I studied under Wilentz in college. But I didn’t call him out of convenience. As a longtime Clinton supporter (he “came out” for Hillary on Wednesday) who’s also a fiercely intellectual scholar of American politics, Wilentz, I thought, would be uniquely qualified to make a dynamic historical case for Hillary’s candidacy. He didn’t disappoint. I hope you find his argument about the importance of Hillary’s “Politics of Politics” as interesting as I do.”

Hillary Clinton campaign: “The Reviews Pour In: ‘That’s Why The Lady Is The Champ’
DES MOINES REGISTER’S DAVID YEPSEN – ‘THAT’S WHY THE LADY IS THE CHAMP’: “The evening gave her rivals a chance to trip her up some more. They blew it.” [Des Moines Register, 11/16/07 ]“

  

Top Hillary Headlines for November 14, 2007

Yahoo News: “Both openly-gay members of Congress have now endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. The New York senator secured the support of Tammy Baldwin, the Wisconsin congresswoman who is the only out lesbian in the House, months ago. And this week Clinton gained the enthusiastic endorsement of House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, the only out gay man currently serving in the chamber.”

New York Times: “When presidential candidates appear at public forums, passions about the field are often on vivid display. Monday, Senator John McCain received a question from a woman in Hilton Head Island, S.C., that was blunt and harsh. “How do we beat the bitch?” the woman asked. Mr. McCain was obviously uncomfortable, trying to deflect the vitriol with humor and offering to give a translation. But he did not condemn the questioner, instead calling it an “excellent question.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 13, 2007

CNN: “On Saturday, Edwards, while campaigning in Iowa, criticized the Clinton camp for planting a question in the audience, saying the practice is “what George Bush does.” “George Bush goes to events that are staged, where people are screened, where they’re only allowed to ask questions if the questions are favorable to George Bush and set up in his favor,” the former senator from North Carolina said. But it is Edwards who is acting more like the sitting Republican president, the Clinton camp says. “What George Bush does is attack Democrats and divide the country,” Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee said Monday. “Sen. Edwards’ campaign resembles that more and more every day.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 12, 2007

Newsday: “Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton marked Veterans Day by calling for new assistance programs, but said she would move more carefully than her rivals on dealing with looming shortfalls facing the Social Security system. Her move came as rival Barack Obama said he would lift the income ceiling on the Social Security tax. Currently, only the first $97,500 of a person’s annual income is taxed; the cap is scheduled to rise to $102,000 next year. “I know it may sound good at first blush,” said Clinton. “If you look at all the complexities of this, I think it’s much smarter to say: Look, we’re going to deal with the challenges by fiscal responsibility and we’re going to use a bipartisan commission. And we’re not going to do it by further burdening middle-class families.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 11, 2007

Hillary Clinton Campaign “We pause today to honor all of the brave men and women who have honored us by wearing our nation’s uniform. Through their service and sacrifice, our veterans defended our country, our freedom, and our values. We could never adequately repay the debt that is owed. But what we can do and must do is ensure that veterans receive the benefits they have earned through their service and continue strengthening the country they fought for and love.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 10, 2007

Columbus Dispatch: “Gov. Ted Strickland endorsed Hillary Clinton for president today, saying she is the strongest candidate for the Democratic Party and best leader for the nation. “These are very serious times for our nation and the world, and I believe that we need a serious leader who is capable of bringing about the change that we so desperately need,” Strickland said.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 9, 2007

Wall Street Journal Washington Wire: “Two-thirds of Democrats in new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll give New York senator strong marks for “bringing real change,” compared with half who say that about Obama. Potential first woman president outpaces potential first African-American president on representing “an exciting choice,” and matches him on “being compassionate.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 8, 2007

New York Times: “In an early indication of where Democratic Party leaders are leaning, a survey of the party’s superdelegates — elected officials and other leaders who vote at the party’s convention but are not selected in primaries — found they are favoring Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. While more than a third of the party’s 850 superdelegates said they were undecided, more of those who have decided support Mrs. Clinton more than any other candidate. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois is next to garner support.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 7, 2007

Gazette Online: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — who is often the target of attack from her GOP counterparts — fired back Tuesday by saying the 2008 Republican field is “bankrupt of ideas” other than to carry on the failed policies of the Bush administration. “There are just no ideas other than just continuing the Bush policies. I think that is a very stark contrast to what we on the Democrats are saying,” Clinton said during a meeting with The Gazette’s Editorial Board.”

“We may have differences on the Democratic side about specifics, but I think we all stand for really substantive change away from what we have seen as a dangerous experiment in extremism,” she added. Clinton also acknowledged the political shots being fired at her by Democratic rivals but said she intended to maintain a positive campaign with less than two months left before Iowa’s leadoff caucuses, regardless of what her opponents do. “Everybody chooses how to run their own campaigns, and I’m not running anybody’s campaign except my own,” she said. “I’m just going to keep using my energy to talk about energy and health care and all of that and I’ll let my opponents decide if they want to use their energy attacking me. I guess that seems to be the choice they’re making.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 6, 2007

Detroit Free Press: “Sen. Hillary Clinton took aim at U.S. automakers Monday, saying that if she were president she would seek fuel economy standards of 40 miles per gallon in 2020 and 55 m.p.g. by 2030 as part of her plan to combat global warming. While such standards far surpass proposals in Congress and what Detroit automakers say they could achieve and stay in business, Clinton said her plan includes $20 billion in low-interest bonds for automakers to update their plants, along with tax breaks for retiree costs and increased spending on hybrid vehicle research.”

Newsday: “Former President Clinton on Monday compared Republican criticism of his wife’s position on driver’s license for illegal immigrants to the ads that helped sink John Kerry’s White House hopes in 2004. “I had the feeling that at the end of that last debate we were about to get into cutesy land again,” Clinton told some 3,000 members of the American Postal Worker’s Union at a convention… Republicans — and her rivals for the Democratic nomination — quickly criticized her answer, accusing her of trying to have it both ways. But Bill Clinton said the issue is too complicated for sound bites. “It’s fine for Hillary and all the other Democrats to discuss Governor Spitzer’s plan. But not in 30 seconds — yes, no, raise your hand,” he said.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 5, 2007

QCTimes: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday that she’s disappointed Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has imposed emergency rule, but she saved her harshest criticism for President Bush who she accused of incoherence toward Pakistan. Clinton campaigned in eastern Iowa on Sunday, which included stops in Clinton and Davenport. “Part of the reason that we’re in this very difficult and dangerous situation is because of the failed policies of the Bush administration,” Clinton told reporters on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.”

Associated Press: “The battle against global warming means big economic opportunities as well as challenges for the U.S., Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday, touting her energy proposals as she campaigned in Iowa. “For this generation, climate change is our space race,” said Clinton, speaking in a cavernous factory with giant wind turbines in the background.”

AM New York: “Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday rejected charges she’s being secretive about her role as first lady in trying to overhaul the nation’s health care system. “There’s been some misunderstanding and some misrepresentation about what the facts are,” said Clinton, the front-runner for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.”

Salt Lake Tribune: “Former President Bill Clinton told an adoring crowd of supporters Sunday that his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, offers the best hope for the United States to restore its global standing, address inequality and bridge divides in the world. “The first thing we have to do is send a big loud signal to the rest of the world, that the United States is back in the cooperation business, we’re back in the diplomacy business,” Clinton said. “We don’t have any higher priority in the world than getting our standing back.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 4, 2007

Des Moines Register: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continued to hammer away at the policies of President George W. Bush and his administration while avoiding attacks on her Democratic opponents during an appearance in eastern Iowa today. She said her campaign is about balance and that Americans are in the center politically. “That’s who we are as a country,” she said. “We are problem-solvers. We are not ideologues.”

The New York senator was accompanied in Clinton for her speech at the Eagle Point Lodge by former Vice President Walter Mondale, who endorsed Clinton and urged those in attendance to caucus for her. Mondale praised Clinton’s efforts to avoid criticizing her Democratic competitors. “She knows it’s not the time to tear down her fellow Democrats with personal attacks,” he said. “Now she’s running this positive campaign.”

Bloomberg News: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton survived criticism from her party rivals in a debate Oct. 30 with her lead for the nomination unchanged, according to Newsweek’s most recent poll. The poll, released today, shows New York Senator Clinton favored by 44 percent of those polled, compared with 24 percent for Illinois Senator Barack Obama and 12 percent for former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, the magazine’s poll showed in results released a year before the 2008 election.”

Washington Post: “Her campaign had mentioned the strong support she is getting from young people in a memo to reporters this past week, but it was not referring to the ones here. Even before the Democrat from New York entered a farming museum in this town, fifth- and sixth-grade girls, seated behind where Clinton would speak, were shouting, “We want Hillary for president.” “I’m . . . thrilled to have my very own cheerleaders,” Clinton joked after arriving. Later, as they chanted her name again, she turned and proclaimed: “This is better than a poll. I’m going to take these young women with me everywhere I go.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 3, 2007

Associated Press: “Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday her status as the Democratic presidential front-runner — not her gender — has led her male primary rivals to intensify their criticism of her. “I don’t think they’re piling on because I’m a woman. I think they’re piling on because I’m winning,” Clinton told reporters after filing paperwork to appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot. “I anticipate it’s going to get even hotter, and if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. I’m very much at home in the kitchen,” she said.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 2, 2007

ABC News: “ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: There’s no place like home. Or, in the case of Hillary Clinton, there’s no place like Wellesley. Two days after a rough debate, Clinton, D-N.Y., got a confidence boost at her alma mater when hundreds of ‘Wellesley girls’ had ear-piercing screams in support of the Senator as she graced the stage. “In so many ways this all women’s college prepared me to compete in the all boys club of presidential politics,” Clinton said, after several references from campaign supporters that Tuesday’s debate was a six men vs. Clinton match up.”

News and Observer: “U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton leads in South Carolina, heading into the state’s January Democratic presidential primary, a new poll shows. Clinton, of New York, leads U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois by 33 percent to 22.7 percent among registered voters who say they are likely to cast a ballot in the state’s Democratic primary, according to the poll, released Thursday.”

Top Hillary Headlines for November 1, 2007

New York Times: “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton received the endorsement yesterday of one of the nation’s largest and most politically active labor unions, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which has 1.4 million members. The union’s executive board voted to endorse Mrs. Clinton, capping a 10-month process in which the union’s leaders interviewed candidates, sponsored candidate forums and polled members nationally and in several key states. “We looked for the candidate who will fight for working families and who has the greatest ability to win,” said Gerald W. McEntee, the union’s president. His union has 30,000 members in Iowa, making it a major force in the Democratic caucuses there in January.”

New York Times: “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate office announced this afternoon that Mrs. Clinton, along with 29 other Democratic senators, had signed a letter to President Bush expressing “serious concerns” about the administration’s posture toward Iran and its strategy to stop that nation from developing nuclear weapons.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 31, 2007

Boston Globe: “Hillary Clinton came under relentless fire last night from fellow Democrats, who slammed her on issues ranging from Iran to Social Security, and all but called their rival a liar as they sought to slow down the New York senator’s campaign momentum.”

Yahoo News: “The debate, though, focused primarily on the scuffle between front-runners Clinton, Obama and Edwards. And while Obama seemed to find his voice against Clinton late in the evening, it was Edwards who stood out, offering the clearest distinctions and the sharpest rhetoric in order to distinguish himself. In the end, that outcome could benefit Clinton. With Obama in solid second place in most of the polls and suffused with enough cash to outlast at least a month of early contests, Edwards still will help himself to a sizable chunk of the Anybody-But-Clinton crowd. That constituency remains fractured, and by the end of the day, that’s good news for Hillary Clinton.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 30, 2007

New York Times: “When the Democratic candidates gather on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia on Tuesday for yet another debate, the arrows may be pointed even more directly at Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. And they could be coming from more than one direction. In an interview last week, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois telegraphed his intention to sharpen his distinctions with Mrs. Clinton. At the same time, though, he said he had no plans to “kneecap the front-runner.”

New York Post: “If there’s no such thing as bad publicity, Hillary Rodham Clinton is walloping Barack Obama – earning twice as many negative stories, according to a new media survey.
The former first lady has been the chief media obsession of the TV campaign, generating more coverage – good and bad – than any other candidate, according to a study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Clinton was the main topic of 17 percent of all campaign stories. Obama trailed with 14 percent. Behind them were Rudy Giuliani with 9 percent, John McCain (5), John Edwards (4) and Fred Thompson (3). Of stories about Clinton, 27 percent were positive, 38 percent were negative, and 35 percent were neutral. Obama got 47 percent positive coverage, 16 percent negative and 37 percent neutral.”

Boston Globe: “In the nine months since launching his insurgent campaign for president, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has seized on a slew of issues in trying to set himself apart from Senator Hillary Clinton of New York. But with Clinton’s dominance unabated, there is little evidence Obama has made headway on any of them. Poll after poll shows Clinton not only leading the Democratic field, but also leading on issues on which Obama has sought to gain advantage. Likely voters say that they see Clinton as the best candidate to fix Iraq. They trust her over her rivals to solve the healthcare crisis. And they believe she would bring change to Washington. Part of Obama’s problem, analysts say, is that despite how hard his campaign is working to highlight its differences – he is vowing again this week to take her on more directly – he and Clinton are simply not far apart on major issues.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 29, 2007

Chicago Sun-Times: “Clinton answered back, unveiling a new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire that contends she challenged President Bush when he tried to introduce private accounts and has pushed legislation to help people care for adult family members. ‘‘These days, it seems like every candidate on Earth is coming here for you. But which candidate has been there for you all along?’’ says the ad from the two-term New York senator.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 28, 2007

New York Times: “Senator Barack Obama said he would start confronting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton more directly and forcefully, saying Friday that she had not been candid in describing her views on critical policy issues, as he tries to address mounting alarm among supporters that his lack of assertiveness so far has allowed her to dominate the presidential race. Mr. Obama’s vow to go on the offensive comes just over two months before the first votes are cast for the Democratic nomination, and after a long period in which his aides, donors and other supporters have battled — and in some cases shared — the perception that he has not exhibited the aggressiveness demanded by presidential politics.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 27, 2007

Newsday: “Greeted by the sweet sounds of the Abyssinian Baptist Church choir and the handclaps of its congregation, Sen. Hillary Clinton was hailed by her husband Saturday as the best Democratic choice for the White House at a rally just uptown from his Harlem office. “I would be campaigning for Hillary even if I was not married to her,” Bill Clinton said from the altar of the historic church on West 138th Street. “I believe she is the best qualified, best suited non-incumbent ever.” The Clintons appeared before the near-capacity crowd with the senator walking out first, followed by the former president. The church echoed with cheers as Bill Clinton saluted the crowd, which responded with chants of “Hillary! Hillary!”

Boston Globe: “IN AN interview with The Boston Globe editorial board on Oct. 10, Senator Hillary Clinton made a remark that has been so badly twisted by her opponents that we feel it necessary to reprint the interview transcript that contains the remark….All in good fun, perhaps, until you learn that Clinton was saying she opposes big government spending, not the other way around.

At the Globe meeting, Clinton was asked why she had turned cool on a proposal for so-called baby bonds that she has spoken favorably about just the week before. Baby bonds – sometimes called Individual Development Accounts – are small nest eggs government sets aside for each American child, which would build until adulthood when they could be used for college tuition or a down payment on a house. Though ridiculed when Clinton mentioned them, baby bonds have bipartisan support and can be an effective way to fight poverty. Clinton was asked whether dropping a good, new, bold idea like this was a symptom of what some critics have called a too-cautious campaign.

Here is Clinton’s full answer: “Well, I have a lot of good, new, bold ideas, and I have to make some choices among them.” She explained that baby bonds didn’t have the level of political support of other proposals she had to help people pay for college. “I have a million ideas. I can’t do all of them. I happen to think in running a disciplined campaign – especially when it comes to fiscal responsibility, which is what I’m trying to do – everything I propose I have to pay for. You know, you go to my website, you’ll see what I would use to pay for what I’ve proposed. So I’ve got a lot of ideas, I just obviously can’t propose them all. I can’t afford them all. The country can’t afford them all.”

Clinton has adopted a pay-as-you-go rule for new spending, much like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rules for the Democratic Congress. In order to avoid ballooning the deficit, the pay-go rules require a funding source be attached to any new spending. The 60-cent hike in the cigarette tax that would have paid for the expansion of children’s healthcare is one example.

What Americans really can’t afford are cheap political distortions”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 26, 2007

Miami Herald: ” A longtime Democratic fundraiser from Florida has abandoned Barack Obama’s campaign to help rival Hillary Rodham Clinton win the party’s presidential nomination. Bob Farmer, who was a top fundraiser for several past Democratic presidential candidates, had served on Obama’s national finance committee.”

New York Times: “The campaign sent out an e-mail tonight, using some of the strongest language it has used in public against Mr. Obama, who has been raising a ruckus over her vote to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. “Stagnant in the polls and struggling to revive his once-buoyant campaign, Senator Obama has abandoned the politics of hope and embarked on a journey in search of a campaign issue to use against Senator Clinton,” the e-mail said.
“Nevermind that he made the very argument he is now criticizing back in November 2006,” it adds. “Nevermind that he he co-sponsored a bill designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a global terrorist group back in April.”

CBS News: “In a hypothetical three-way contest, 51 percent of Democratic primary voters choose Clinton as the nominee. That’s the highest percentage since CBS News started asking the question in the spring and an increase of seven points from September. Twenty-three percent back Sen. Barack Obama, while 13 percent support former Sen. John Edwards. Sixty-four percent of Clinton’s supporters say they “strongly favor” the former first lady, while 26 percent say they support her with reservations. Obama is strongly favored by 47 percent of his supporters, while 43 percent support the candidate with reservations.”

Washington Post: “Quietly but systematically, Hillary Clinton is building a firewall in New Hampshire. She can afford to lose the Iowa caucuses as long as she can win here. She can’t afford to lose both states. As a result, say Democrats with long experience in state politics, Clinton has been doing everything “the New Hampshire way.” She has carefully cultivated strong personal ties that go back to her husband’s 1992 campaign and has built an organization with deep local roots. Although a victory by Barack Obama in Iowa could still propel him to triumph here, Clinton is setting herself up to withstand an Obama surge by using New Hampshire to become, if necessary, the second Comeback Kid.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 25, 2007

Wall Street Journal: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign will close down Washington’s Union Station for all but the trains to hold a major fund-raiser there Dec. 6 — a month before the first and most-anticipated presidential-nominating vote in Iowa. The location is no accident, says a lobbyist who’s among the planners (though publicly still aligned with a rival Democrat): The metaphorical message is, It’s time to get on board. The cavernous rail station, which also includes restaurants and stores, is expected to draw 2,000 to 3,000 people for the evening gala, this person said, though a campaign aide’s figure was 1,000. The funds raised will boost the New York senator’s take for the fourth quarter. In the just-completed third quarter, she out-raised rival Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois for the first time; each Democrat has raised about $80 million to date, far out-pacing the rest of the pack, as well as Republicans.

New York Daily News: “While many women see their 60s as an opportunity to wind down their work life and perhaps take up new hobbies, Clinton’s Act 3 “project” is running the free world. “I’m so grateful that I have a project like running for President that I believe in so strongly,” she said. “It’s a good time in my life.” Asked what she would be doing if she hadn’t entered politics on her own, the former First Lady replied, “maybe teaching, and writing, and working in philanthropic endeavors on behalf of kids here at home and around the world.” Given all the personal and political turbulence she experienced in her marriage and the White House, Clinton sounded remarkably at peace. “I feel like I’ve had a very lucky life,” she said. So what will the woman who wants to make history in 2008 as the first female President be wishing when she closes her eyes and blows out the candles tomorrow? “I really have everything that I could ever hope for,” she said. “I feel very fortunate. I’m thrilled to be making this race for President. “Obviously I hope and expect that I will win. But I know it doesn’t come from wishing, it comes from hard work. And I am going to do everything between now and then to make that happen.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 24, 2007

L.A. Times: “As a leading actor in her husband’s presidency, Clinton entered the race for the White House linked tightly to his legacy of personal scandal and political polarization. But today, the Times/Bloomberg poll found, nearly two-thirds of Democrats and nearly half of all voters say Hillary Clinton’s famously unsuccessful effort in the 1990s to provide health coverage for all Americans makes her better able now to deal with healthcare as president. More than 7 in 10 Democrats, and about half of all voters, said they would welcome a White House advisory role for Bill Clinton, who jokes that he would be called “first laddy” if his wife became president.”

New York Daily News: “Hillary Clinton didn’t just beat Barack Obama in the last quarter of the campaign money race – she completely turned the tables on him, grabbing broader support in most states. Clinton’s furious fund-raising in the presidential campaign propelled her to the top of the cash ledger in 30 states during the past three months, slashing deeply into the state-by-state buck-raking lead Obama built earlier this year.”

ABC News: “Speaking to reporters in Denver, CO Senator Clinton (D-NY) said that she would back a filibuster for the controversial FISA bill. “As matters stand now I could not support it and I would support a filibuster absent additional information coming forth that would convince me differently.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 23, 2007

Des Moines Register: “Other presidential candidates such as John Edwards and Barack Obama understand that if they don’t stop her here, in the leadoff state, they may not get a chance elsewhere. So, they are pouring everything into Iowa in an effort to trip her. “That’s a real problem for me,” she said. “I know that. That’s what they should be doing. They haven’t broken through on the national level.” She laughs: “I am well aware this is ‘pile on.’ I used to play touch football with my brothers and my friends, and I am on the bottom and they are piling on, and I’m thinking how am I going to get out of here?”

ABC News: “ABC News’ Eloise Harper and Teddy Davis Report: Citing labor sources, Newsweek’s Howard Fineman is reporting that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will receive the endorsement of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (A.F.S.C.M.E.) next week. A.F.S.C.M.E. cannot confirm that the endorsement is going to Clinton. But the powerful public employees union, which has 1.4 million members, says that it will either go to her — or to no one.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 22, 2007

Miami Herald: “Bashing each other’s conservative credentials, eight Republican presidential candidates met for the first time on a Florida stage in a prime-time Sunday debate that gave them a launching pad for crowd-pleasing shots at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 21, 2007

Hillary Clinton will return to the Silver State this Sunday, October 21 to meet with Nevadans and discuss her plans to bring the change America needs. On Sunday, Clinton will host a town hall-style “Discussion on Health Care” at the East Las Vegas Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Avenue in Las Vegas. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Later, Clinton invites Nevadans to a “Ready to Lead in the West” rally at Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Crossroads Commons Amphitheater, 333 S. Valley View Boulevard in Las Vegas. Doors open at 12:45 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 21, Las Vegas, NV, 10:30 a.m. PDT, Hillary Clinton hosts “A Discussion on Health Care”, East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV

12:45 p.m. PDT, “Ready to Lead in the West” rally with Hillary Clinton, Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Crossroads Commons Amphitheater, 333 S. Valley View Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV

Top Hillary Headlines for October 20, 2007

Seacoast Online: “The campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said it has secured the grass-roots support and help from nearly 80 Seacoast activists. One of Clinton’s supporters is 83-year-old Myra George of Dover, who has volunteered for a campaign for the first time in her life. The campaign said 333 activists from New Hampshire have lent their support to Clinton. “(Clinton is) addressing the issues that matter most to me, and I know that as president, Hillary will end the war in Iraq, provide quality, affordable health care to every American, and lead us toward energy independence,” said Patricia Yosha of Exeter”

The Herald: “You know a candidate has big support and bigger momentum when: It’s Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. and the inevitable downtown Rock Hill train goes by nearby with a whistle that drowns out the speeches and still nobody leaves. And the candidate isn’t even there. And all that is on tap on a Friday after work — not a cold beer in sight — is the opening of a regional headquarters. And still more than 80 people show up. Because the candidate is Hillary Clinton.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 19, 2007

Las Vegas Review Journal: “A Senate committee on Wednesday announced a hearing on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, enabling Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to claim credit for delivering on a campaign promise made to Nevadans over the summer. The Oct. 31 hearing will be the first Senate airing of the proposed waste repository since Democrats took control this year. The Environment and Public Works Committee that is organizing the session is headed by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., a critic of the proposed repository, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The hearing probably will have political undercurrents as well. Clinton sits on the committee and is expected to take part in the hearing. The senator from New York has sought to position herself as the strongest voice against the project among Democrats running for president in advance of the state’s party caucuses in January.”

El Tiempo Latino: “A pocos meses para que se decida cuál será el candidato o candidata para la presidencia del partido Demócrata, algunas mujeres latinas se ocupan estos días de promocionar la imagen de Hillary Clinton. Para ellas, se trata de apoyar los intereses de la mujer, de la agenda hispana, de la igualdad y de los temas sociales. Y para ello se necesita la plataforma más poderosa: la presidencia de Estados Unidos. Ingrid Durán, cofundadora y directora de DNT Creative Strategies y subdirectora de Nacional Hispana Leadership Institute, aseguró que desea que Hillary Clinton consiga la candidatura y la presidencia porque, “como madre y mujer”, Clinton sabe cuáles son los problemas que preocupan a la comunidad hispana.”

Detroit Free Press: “Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Lt. Gov. John Cherry endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president today. The endorsement didn’t come as a surprise, especially after all of the other front-running Democrats decided to withdraw from Michigan’s presidential primary ballot last week because the state moved up its primary election date in violation of national Democratic Party rules.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 18, 2007

Boston Globe: “For months, as the presidential primary calendar has grown more uncertain, political junkies have joked that New Hampshire voters would be going to the polls in church clothes on Christmas Eve – or worse, in their costumes on Halloween. But the presidential contenders have stopped laughing and begun preparing for the possibility that the vaunted first-in-the nation primary will take place in 2007, almost a year before the country selects its next president. The authority for setting New Hampshire’s primary date lies with the secretary of state, William Gardner, who is notoriously vague about his intentions. But with other states encroaching on the Granite State’s closely guarded tradition, Gardner and one of his closest allies, state Representative Jim Splaine, have been hinting that the date might be in December, perhaps Tuesday the 11th. As a result, the presidential campaigns are girding for a much earlier New Hampshire primary than they have been anticipating. “Last week I would have said it was crazy,” said a senior aide to one leading Democratic candidate, speaking on condition of anonymity. “This week, I’d say it’s possible.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 17, 2007

Boston Globe: “Republicans, it seems, have already decided they’re running against New York Senator Hillary Clinton, and have made the Democratic presidential candidate a frequent target on the campaign trail. References to “Hillary-care” and other derisive remarks about Clinton’s platform might rile up the conservative base. Rudy Giuliani, the GOP front-runner in national polls, argues incessantly that he’s the one who can beat Clinton next November. But the focus on Clinton makes for a bad general election strategy, former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson warned today. Addressing a polite, but unenthusiastic, audience of the Republican Jewish Council, Thompson said his party needs to persuade voters to vote for Republicans — not against Clinton. “I don’t think we need to worry about Hillary Clinton as much as we need to worry about ourselves,” Thompson, a late entry into the presidential race, told the group. Merely demonizing Clinton would “play into the hands” of the Democrats, he said. Instead of telling voters what’s wrong with the Clinton approach, “we need to figure out what we want to do,” he said.”

RTE News: “US Presidential hopeful, Senator Hillary Clinton, has for the first time raised more money than her rivals for the Democratic nomination and moved further ahead in opinion polls. Speaking in New Hampshire last night, Senator Clinton said this was a turning point election for America.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 16, 2007

ABC News: “”The struggle to balance family and work can be simply overwhelming,” the New York senator told a gathering of about 250 people at the Young Women’s Christian Association offices in Manchester, New Hampshire. At the heart of her plan is a $1 billion a year federal grant to encourage states to introduce a paid family leave program by 2016. It also called for an expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act to cover an additional 13 million workers. “We’ve got to get back to fiscal responsibility but we have got to get back to family responsibility as well,” she said.”

Real Clear Politics: “Unfortunately for Edwards, there is little evidence that Clinton cannot be elected president or that Edwards has a measurably better chance of being elected than she does. … On the question of “how confident” survey respondents would be in the various candidates’ “skills and ability necessary to be president,” Clinton easily bests her Democratic adversaries in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey. Surveys also show that she widely is regarded as having many of the attributes needed by a president. An early September CNN poll found six in 10 respondents picked Clinton as having “the right experience to be president,” while only 15 percent picked the second-place Democrat, Edwards, and 9 percent picked Obama. The same survey also found a plurality of voters (42 percent) selecting Clinton as the Democrat best described by “Is most likely to bring needed change to the U.S.” Obama was second with 30 percent, while Edwards was a distant third at 10 percent.”

Washington Post: “By contrast, Ms. Clinton’s plan would direct savings where they are most needed — to retirement accounts — in a way contrary to the perverse current system, in which the best-off Americans get the most from tax incentives to save. Ms. Clinton would have the government match the first $1,000 in savings for married couples making up to $60,000. For those making between $60,000 and $100,000, the government would match 50 percent of the first $1,000. The money could go into existing 401(k) accounts or new, portable accounts. The cost, $20 billion to $25 billion, would be paid for by freezing the estate tax exemption at its 2009 level, $7 million per couple. Ms. Clinton would not go so far as to require employers to automatically enroll workers in retirement savings plans, with workers having the option of opting out. But employers would be encouraged to do so, with tax credits to small businesses that provide direct deposit options. Nearly one-third of households do not have enough retirement savings, along with Social Security benefits, to replace even half their pre-retirement incomes. Ms. Clinton’s proposal is the boldest of the campaign to address this troubling situation.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 15, 2007

St. Petersburg Times: “Which Democratic presidential hopeful has the strongest backbone? When it comes to the “pledge” the Democrats have signed to boycott Florida’s Jan. 29 primary, Hillary Clinton so far is the one standing up strongest for Florida Democrats. Yes, the Democratic front-runner is avoiding overt campaigning in Florida. But she’s also the only Democrat willing to test the limits of that pledge to the Democratic chairs in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada not to campaign in any other state with a primary sooner than Feb. 5. The latest example comes Oct. 21, when Bill Clinton headlines a Clinton fundraiser in Miami, in which students, teachers, Democratic executive committee members and union members can get in for $50. Fundraising is allowed under that pledge, but this veers close to a rally.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 14, 2007

Washington Post: “In the early days of the 2008 presidential race, the question was often asked: Is the country ready to elect a female president? And Clinton seemed to be bracing to confront the doubters. But as the primary campaign has evolved, giving Clinton a substantial lead in national polls in the race for the Democratic nomination, her public approach to the gender issue has shifted with it. Far from running away from the so-called woman question, she has taken to openly embracing it. The result is a campaign that is much more overtly feminist than her own advisers had anticipated — more House Speaker Nancy Pelosi than former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, more focused on reaching out to women than neutralizing worries about a woman candidate. This week, Clinton is holding a series of events designed to underscore her strength among women. After a speech in New York on Monday, Clinton will unveil in New Hampshire on Tuesday a domestic policy initiative that aides say has implications for women, followed by a women’s fundraiser on Wednesday.”

The Hill: “A new poll shows former Vice President Al Gore’s entry into the Democratic presidential race might not have such a large impact on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) after all. In fact, it might help to further solidify her frontrunner status. The InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion poll, which was conducted nationwide Friday evening after Gore was named a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change, shows Gore taking heavily from undecided voters and the other candidates – not Clinton. Clinton registers 43 percent in the Gore-inclusive poll, which is a similar number to her take in polls without Gore. And her 20-30 point lead holds steady, as Gore takes second place with 15 percent, while Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) take 13 percent and 10 percent, respectively.”

Union Leader: “Last month, Senator Clinton voted for a non-binding resolution that urges the administration to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization in order to strengthen our diplomatic hand. And earlier this month, she joined Sen. Jim Webb in co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit the use of funds for military action in Iran without specific authorization by Congress. Her strong support for congressional leverage and a strong national posture is what is needed to engage Iran. I have supported Senator Clinton in both these votes. She is committed to ending the unilateralism of the Bush-Cheney administration. She is a strong supporter of direct nuclear talks with Iran because she believes that direct dialogue with our adversaries is a sign of strength and confidence, and a prerequisite to achieving America’s goals and objectives. That is why I am so dismayed and disappointed about political attacks that misrepresent the senator’s positions and betray a fundamental misunderstanding about how to conduct effective diplomacy in the 21st century.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 13, 2007

Birmingham News: “The state’s most influential black political organization today welcomes Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Hoover, where it will likely endorse her for the presidency over Sen. Barack Obama. If the Alabama Democratic Conference does give its nod to Clinton, it will be her second coup in two days in the battle for black votes. U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a civil rights legend, endorsed her Friday. Clinton, D-N.Y., is scheduled to start speaking at 12:30 p.m. to ADC, whose mission, at least in part, has been to create “more opportunities for blacks to participate and achieve fair and equitable representation at all levels of government,” according to the group’s mission statement.”

Slate: “When I told an Obama aide I didn’t think she was changing her position on direct personal negotiations with Iranian leaders, the aide asked, “So when she says I, she actually means someone else?” The answer is yes. Clinton is using a common campaign construction in which the first-person singular stands for the entire administration. So, for example, when Obama pledges, as he did earlier in the month, “I will begin to remove our troops from Iraq immediately,” he is not saying that he will go to Iraq to do the job himself. He’s saying he would task his secretary of defense and the Joint Chiefs to get the job done. So, too, with Clinton: She would task people to negotiate, but it does not necessarily follow from her statement that she would do the negotiations herself, which has always been her distinction. There’s no evidence she was talking about direct negotiations with foreign leaders. Hence, no flip-flop.”

First Read: “”What I have been saying for a long time is that the United States of America should negotiate with Iran,” Clinton said. “That’s a very big difference between setting up a structure for diplomatic negotiations than saying that as president, any president, would meet with dictators of countries like that in the first year personally without preconditions.”
Clinton reiterated that her vote to call Iran’s army a terrorist organization was in no way meant to lay the foundation for a later attack on the country, but to apply diplomatic pressure to the country. Clinton answered a handful of questions at a brief press conference following the endorsement of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) at an Atlanta restaurant.”

Newsday: “Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton either doesn’t have enough experience or has too much experience, depending on which of her presidential rivals is talking. Republican former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is in the ‘not enough experience’ camp, saying Friday at a stop in Columbia that the New York senator has never run a local or state government and “had the responsibility for the safety and security of the people on your shoulders.” On the other end is Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. The Democrat is quick to tell crowds Clinton has the wrong kind of experience — being too close to lobbyists and too willing to compromise key issues.

Clinton chuckles at the competing thoughts. “I don’t know what they’re talking about. But I can’t run anyone else’s campaign. I can only run my campaign. And my campaign is about a positive agenda for America’s future,” she said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press after visiting an after-school program in Columbia.

Top Hillary Headlines for October 12, 2007

Reno Gazette-Journal: “The political horizon for conservatives is bleak and will get worse before it gets better, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey said today. In an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal, Armey predicted U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton will win the presidency next year, saying no Republican candidate is strong enough to beat her. “The Democrats will win,” Armey said. “I don’t see any way that Hillary Clinton won’t be president. She is more well-organized, she is more intelligent.”

The Hill: “Former Vice President Walter Mondale, the 1984 Democratic presidential nominee, is planning to endorse Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), The Hill has learned. Mondale’s endorsement could prove especially valuable in Iowa, which borders his home state of Minnesota. Mondale won Iowa overwhelmingly in the ’84 primary. The endorsement is fitting given Mondale’s decision more than two decades ago to select Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, the first time a woman was tapped to serve on a major party’s presidential ticket. If Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, she would also make history.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 11, 2007

Newsday: “But raising the prospect of a second Clinton administration will not persuade the majority of “values voters” who staunchly oppose abortion and gay marriage, said Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Center. “The simple ABC song of ‘anybody but Clinton’ is not enough to motivate and attract social conservatives,” Perkins said. ” . . . I think you have to give them more of a reason to work.” Gary Bauer, president of the group American Values, said, “I agree it’s not enough to be just better than Hillary.” Since Giuliani and Clinton support abortion and gay rights, Perkins said, “in the eyes of many social conservatives, there’s little distinction between them.”

Boston Globe: “Hillary Clinton said today that if she is elected president, she intends to roll back President Bush’s expansion of executive authority, including his use of presidential signing statements to put his own interpretation on bills passed by Congress or to claim authority to disobey them entirely. “I think you have to restore the checks and balances and the separation of powers, which means reining in the presidency,” Clinton told the Boston Globe’s editorial board. While Bush has issued hundreds of signing statements, declarations that accompany his signature on bills approved by Congress, Clinton said she would use signing statements only to clarify bills that might be confusing or contradictory. She also said she did not subscribe to a theory called the “unitary executive” that puts the president’s power above that of Congress and the judiciary. “It has been a concerted effort by the vice president, with the full acquiescence of the president, to create a more powerful executive at the expense of both branches of government and of the American people,” she said.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 10, 2007

The Hill: “Clinton has introduced more bills this year than any other senator, staking out her positions on an array of policy matters and insulating herself from criticism that she does not have a signature accomplishment after more than six years in Congress. Clinton has introduced 74 stand-alone bills that would have the force of law if passed by Congress and signed by the president. Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), her chief rival for the Democratic nomination, has introduced 46 such measures, despite the perception that he is more vulnerable to charges that he is not sufficiently experienced to become president. The totals were compiled from records kept by the Library of Congress.”

CNN: “He wouldn’t say which presidential candidate he supports by name, but former Mexico President Vicente Fox made clear Monday on CNN’s Larry King Live who he hopes will be the next occupant of the White House. “A lady would be my choice,” the man who served as Mexico’s president from 2000-2006 said, when asked if he had a favorite in the White House race. Asked if he was referring to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Fox repeated that he’d prefer a woman in the White House.
“There ain’t no other lady running,” King noted.

IndyStar: “Two weeks after endorsing New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh is heading to Iowa to help her out. Bayh is scheduled to travel to four Iowa communities Wednesday, talking up Clinton to Democratic activists. “We’re thrilled to have him coming out here,” said Mark Daley, a spokesman for Clinton in Iowa. “He’s spent a significant amount of time out here last year. He made some great friends and we hope that he can connect with them and share his personal connections with Sen. Clinton and why he believes she’s the candidate of strength and experience to create the change we need in America.”

Detroit Free Press: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will remain a candidate in Michigan’s primary. Her campaign staff this afternoon confirmed she will remain on Michigan’s Jan. 15 ballot, despite the fact that other candidates – Barack Obama, John Edwards, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden – have withdrawn.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 9, 2007

Boston Globe: “Don Schwartz, who describes himself as “a super-Deaniac progressive type,” decided to back Hillary Clinton – whose centrist views, he concedes, do not necessarily match his own – for a simple reason. He wanted, finally, to be with a winner. When Schwartz, the vice chairman of the Londonderry Democratic committee, started to contact his neighbors, with a goal of reaching 100 people per week, he thought he would have to appeal to their respect for her rather than their affection.

“I was actually surprised how many people said they were for Hillary,” Schwartz said. “Now, they’re getting to know her, and they’re starting to like her. She is a nice person!” That reaction to the kind feelings the New York senator is able to generate has been a common one in New Hampshire, where a range of Democrats said last week that they are amazed to find themselves falling for the presidential hopeful. “I actually like her more than I thought I would,” Martha LaFlanne, 49, the vice president of student affairs at New Hampshire Community Technical College in Berlin. “I think she’s proven to be her own woman.”

Wall Street Journal: “New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is reaching out to middle-class voters with an expanded economic agenda, returning to Iowa just as polls for the first time have shown her leading Democratic rivals there. For four days, Mrs. Clinton will travel through Iowa and New Hampshire on a bus dubbed the “Middle Class Express” to propose new savings incentives so more Americans have 401(k) retirement plans, revenue bonds so states can refinance mortgages for those facing home foreclosures, and expanded college scholarships.”

L.A. Times: “Hillary Rodham Clinton fleshed out her economic platform Monday, rolling out proposals to toughen U.S. trade policy and help homeowners facing higher adjustable-rate mortgage payments. Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) discussed her presidential proposals as she set out on a two-day campaign road trip — the “Middle-Class Express Bus Tour” — across rural Iowa. Appearing at a veterans memorial hall in Cedar Rapids, she ticked off a litany of statistics — on stagnant wages, higher costs for college and healthcare, softening housing prices, higher household debt — and said the nation had “a trapdoor economy.” “Too many families are standing on that trapdoor, just one diagnosis, one pink slip, one missed mortgage payment away from falling through and losing everything they’ve worked for,” Clinton said.”

New York Times: “After being courted intensely by the top Democratic presidential candidates, the Service Employees International Union decided yesterday not to endorse anyone.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 8, 2007

Seattle Times: “Former Gov. Gary Locke, the nation’s first Chinese-American governor, has signed on as state co-chairman of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s bid for president. Locke will join King County Executive Ron Sims and U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee as state co-chairmen for Clinton. Inslee is national co-chairman of Clinton’s energy and environment advisers and Sims, the state’s top-ranking black officeholder, is a member of the panel. Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon also has endorsed Clinton.”

LATimes: “Now, Levesque is an avid fan. After seeing Clinton three times, she was wowed by the New York Democrat’s apparent brainpower. She was, to use her word, “underwhelmed” by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) when he made a presidential campaign stop in Peterborough, N.H., recently. And as the granddaughter of a pioneering supporter of women’s suffrage, Levesque, 65, is thrilled with the prospect of electing a woman president. Levesque’s conversion offers a window into how Clinton has emerged as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination: One of the most demonized politicians in America has begun to win a second look from skeptics. And among women and seniors, such as Levesque, she has built big leads over her rivals.”

Examiner: “”I think it is time that we assess trade agreements every five years to make sure they’re meeting their goals or to make adjustments if they are not,” the New York senator said. “And we should start by doing that with NAFTA.”

USA Today: “Susan asked whether Clinton has any qualms about having Berger as an unofficial adviser to her campaign, given his mishandling of sensitive, classified intelligence documents in 2003? “He has no official role in my campaign. He’s been a friend for more than 30 years. But he doesn’t have any official role,” Clinton said. But he’s an unofficial adviser, Susan asked? “I have thousands of unofficial advisers,” said Clinton, “and, you know, I appreciate all of that. But he has no official role in my campaign.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 7, 2007

DesMoines Register: “Hillary Clinton has climbed into first place in a new Des Moines Register poll of Iowans expected to participate in the state’s Democratic presidential caucuses, with John Edwards and Barack Obama both in striking distance. The Iowa Poll shows 29 percent of likely caucusgoers preferring Clinton, a New York senator, an improvement from the Register’s most recent poll in May.”

UPI: “Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Iowa, has received the endorsement of George McGovern, the 1972 U.S. Democratic presidential candidate defeated by Richard Nixon. McGovern, 85, endorsed Clinton Saturday at a barbecue in Iowa City, where more than a thousand people turned out to hear five Democratic presidential hopefuls speak of their vision for the nation, The Des Moines Register reported Sunday.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 6, 2007

Examiner: “Hillary Rodham Clinton has strengthened her position as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. But her strong showing nationally belies a much closer race in Iowa, where she is in a tight three-way contest with Barack Obama and John Edwards. A new AP-Ipsos poll shows Clinton ahead of Obama, her closest rival, by more than 20 points – 46 percent to 25 percent. The rest of the field is in single digits: Edwards, a former North Carolina senator pulled in 9 percent. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden each had 2 percent and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd 1 percent.”

Denver Post: “Some 29 percent of Democrats said they supported Clinton, compared to 23 percent each for Edwards and Obama, the poll said. Remaining candidates, including Republican Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, were in the single digits.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 5, 2007

Gallup: “Sen. Hillary Clinton, who currently leads the Democratic race for the 2008 presidential nomination by more than 20 percentage points in a USA Today/Gallup poll, is also chosen by Democrats (including Democratic-leaning independents) as the candidate best able to handle many national issues. In fact, according to the latest Gallup Panel survey, Democrats perceive Clinton as the best prepared of the top three Democratic contenders to handle 13 of 17 different challenges that could face the next president.”

L.A. Times: “IF there’s such a thing as the Hollywood Presidential Primary, then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the clear favorite in the back-lot polls. In fact, Clinton’s Democratic industry supporters are so confidant of their candidate’s popularity that they believe the race is in the can. Last week, the senator secured the backing of director Rob Reiner, an influential fence sitter who had previously been skeptical of the senator’s electability; he announced that he believes Clinton “is the next president of the United States.” To seal the deal, he’s holding a fundraiser/birthday party for Clinton later this month. The director was personally calling people this week to invite them to the soiree. (By Thursday, it was practically sold out.)”

Newsday: “Rudy Giuliani says he’s the only Republican who can stop Hillary Rodham Clinton, but it’s Clinton who’s getting the best of the ex-mayor this week – trouncing his fundraising totals and pulling ahead of Giuliani in a new poll.”

AP: “Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday she would sign an executive order rescinding President Bush’s restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The presidential candidate also said she would bar political appointees from altering or removing scientific conclusions from government research without a legitimate reason for doing so. “The Bush administration has declared war on science,” the New York senator said. “When I am president, scientific integrity will not be the exception it will be the rule.” Her address to the Carnegie Institution for Science was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Sputnik satellite by the Soviet Union. The launch, which caught U.S. scientists by surprise, helped start the U.S.-Soviet space race and led to the creation of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 4, 2007

Washington Post: “The Chicago Tribune, Obama’s hometown paper, on Tuesday handed Clinton the royal robes, labeling her “inevitable” and “presumptive.” Yesterday, Post media critic Howard Kurtz bestowed on Clinton the scepter, writing that “the media have collectively decided that the wife of the 42nd president is the inevitable nominee.” If there is somebody in Washington who still believes there is suspense in the race for the Democratic nomination, that person did not attend yesterday’s Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s candidate forum at the Washington Convention Center.”

CNN: “For the first time, a majority of Democrats nationwide supports Clinton for their party’s nomination. Clinton’s support in the Washington Post-ABC News poll jumped 12 points from last month, to 53 percent. She’s 33 points ahead of her closest competitor, Sen. Barack Obama. That establishes Clinton as the clear national front-runner. Being front-runner means being a target of criticism from other Democrats.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 3, 2007

Salon: “Blowing off the vastly overblown if not entirely unwarranted media interest in her laugh, Hillary Clinton ended a brief and platitude-filled endorsement-acceptance appearance before the American Federation of Teachers today by saying, “I don’t want to go on too much longer because it might cause me to laugh, and then heaven knows what we’d be hearing about for the next week or two. You’ve gotta have a sense of humor in this business.”

The Hill: “Fresh off a victory in the third-quarter fundraising battle, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) received another boost to her presidential campaign Wednesday in the form of an endorsement from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The group, which has 1.4 million members, could prove a critical ally in Clinton’s aim to establish her education credentials. “Our members have told us that they want a leader they can trust to strengthen public education, increase access to healthcare, promote common-sense economic priorities and secure America’s place in the world,” AFT President Edward J. McElroy said. “Hillary Clinton is that leader.”

DesMoines Register: “Poet Maya Angelou said today that she endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton because of the graceful way she has dealt with personal pain. “I have seen her face some horrible experiences — some which would take many of us down,” Angelou said. “She has faced them and come up a woman, not apologizing for having life happen to her, but facing life.”

USA Today: “Among the six senators running for president, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has emerged as the juggler supreme. She’s kept up an ambitious travel schedule that often exceeds most of her rivals by relying on a highly organized campaign that orchestrates events designed to maximize her exposure. At the same time, she has remained in the nation’s capital for important Senate floor votes and used the Washington media spotlight to criticize the policies of an unpopular Republican president.”

USA Today: “But how they’re allocating their resources is key: With about $17.5 million stockpiled for the general election, Clinton has been able to convince some of her donors that she’ll be the one facing the Republican nominee Nov. 4, 2008.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 2, 2007

New York Times: “Surpassing her rivals by a margin that few Democrats predicted, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign announced this morning that it had raised $22 million since July to compete in the 2008 primaries, and another $5 million for the general election should she win her party’s nomination.”“Clinton’s blow-away third quarter fundraising total is likely to have, among other things, a profound psychological effect on voters,” Mr. Panagopoulos said. “It will give the impression of growing Clinton strength — both in terms of dollars and number of donors.”

Top Hillary Headlines for October 1, 2007

Taylor Marsh: “In March, James Webb introduced legislation demanding that the President seek congressional approval before striking Iran. I’ve just learned that Senator Hillary Clinton will co-sponsor legislation with Webb and re-introduce it into the Senate. Exact language isn’t available, but this is what Webb offered in March: Specifically, the amendment requires that the President seek congressional authorization prior to commencing any broad military action in Iran and it allows the following exceptions: First, military operations or activities that would directly repel an attack launched from within the territory of Iran. Second, those activities that would directly thwart an imminent attack that would be launched from Iran. Third, military operations or activities that would be in hot pursuit of forces engaged outside the territory of Iran who thereafter would enter Iran. And finally, those intelligence collection activities that have been properly noticed to the appropriate committees of Congress.

Top Hillary Headlines for September 30, 2007

Gannett News Service: “When it comes to the issue of experience as a qualification to be president, many Democratic voters are passing over candidates with years of public service, including one who is a governor and former U.N. ambassador and another who is considered a leading expert on foreign policy in the Senate.

Instead, the mantle of experience is being credited to a former first lady because she’s met with foreign leaders, helped her husband on policy issues and supported him against political attacks.

Polls show more than four in 10 voters nationwide – including Republicans and independents – give Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton the edge among the Democratic candidates on the issue of experience.

“She sat as close to the job as you can sit without doing it,” said Bob Sweeney an assistant high school principal and undecided Democrat from Atlantic, Iowa.

“She’s worked with foreign diplomats before,” said Leanne Dell of Pella, Iowa, an uncommitted Democrat.

“Everybody pooh-poohed her talk of a vast right wing conspiracy,” said Fred Noon, president of the Municipal Laborers Local 353 in Des Moines. “There absolutely was. It may not have been coordinated, but she and her husband have been the focus of a right wing slander campaign, and they handled it very well.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 29, 2007

Times Tribune: “With the backing of California Rep. Diane Watson this week, the Clinton campaign counts 13 supporters in the 43-member group to Obama’s 12. Although technically since Obama is a member and supporting himself, one could say they are tied. The endorsements reflect the split of black voters, with the two candidates competing for their support. The only other sitting CBC member to run for president was Rep. Shirley Chisholm of New York, a founding member who ran in 1972.”

U.S. News and World Report: “Please don’t stereotype Fran Drescher, the famed star of The Nanny, as ditzy actress. To say she gets Washington is an understatement. She’s such a regular that they know her well at two of the city’s best restaurants, Cafe Milano and Teatro Goldoni, she’s made the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton a rival of the Four Seasons for Hollywood star overnights, and she’s blazed a bipartisan path on Capitol Hill to promote women’s healthcare. But she’s really interested in the presidential race. As a $2,300 contributor to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Drescher is onboard the front-runner’s bid. She told us her dream team should Clinton win: for vice president, Sen. Barack Obama.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 28, 2007

ABC News: “ABC News has learned that former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, is planning to endorse the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 6.”

USA Today: “According to a transcript of the pre-recorded Olbermann interview that MSNBC just e-mailed to reporters, president Clinton says:I loved it. I thought to myself, you know, Tim Russert is a very clever interviewer, he thought that he had trapped her, and instead she made the obvious point that if she is elected, she will be the president, I won’t, she will make the final call and I completely agree with her about the policy. The United States has to be against terror.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 27, 2007

ABC News: “ABC’s David Chalian reports: In the build-up to the sixth Democratic presidential debate this year, there were high expectations for every Democratic candidate not named Clinton to come gunning for the frontrunner. Perhaps the fireworks were not quite as bright as the pundits had predicted, but there was no doubt that Sen. Hillary Clinton was taking some heat from her opponents for the Democratic presidential nomination. The rest of the field (and the moderator) kept Clinton on defense for most of the evening, though nobody seemed to be able to land a clean punch that posed any serious harm to Clinton.”

Wall Street Journal: “Eight candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination did little to shake up the race at a party-sponsored debate last night, despite mounting evidence that front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton continues to pad her substantial lead in polls.”

Real Clear Politics: “New York Senator Hillary Clinton, a target in previous debates, was the target this time. But while many fellow contestants made overtures at real attacks, none of the punches thrown landed with any accuracy. That’s not to say moderator Tim Russert, of NBC News, wasn’t trying to elicit criticism of the runaway front-runner. But given the opportunity to attack Clinton, Senator Barack Obama, who has the most to gain from a faltering Clinton, and others frequently demurred.”

“As candidates leave Hanover, the story line remains much the same as it was entering. Clinton’s performance, while not exceptional, stood out by virtue of other campaigns’ lack of ability to make her stumble. If that is to change, Edwards, Obama and other candidates will need to find a new line of attack that can actually bring her down.”

L.A. Times: “Director Rob Reiner, one of liberal Hollywood’s most courted presidential fence-sitters, said Wednesday that he has decided to endorse New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Her campaign staff is set to make the announcement today. To seal the deal, Reiner also will throw a fundraiser party for Clinton’s 60th birthday at his Brentwood estate Oct. 21. “I’ve been around a long time in the political wars, and I’ve been on the front lines of them,” Reiner said in an interview. “I’m interested in someone who can really manage those political waters. “Every one of the Democratic candidates is strong, but Hillary is head and shoulders above the rest,” he said.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 26, 2007

New York Times: “Anyone wanting to understand why Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is being praised these days in many quarters — including rival campaigns and the White House — needed to look no further than their televisions on Sunday morning. Mrs. Clinton appeared on five interview programs, the campaign equivalent of a home run. …”

But even putting aside the gamesmanship, it is hard to find someone who thinks Mrs. Clinton is not now the candidate to beat. Even President Bush reportedly told a group of television journalists last week that he thought she would win her party’s nomination.

But what is this assessment of front-runner status based on? And how realistic is it?

Typically, a candidate is adjudged a front-runner because he — or she — leads in the polls, has the most endorsements, is ahead in fund-raising, gets the most media attention, draws the biggest crowds and, well, just comes across as a front-runner.

Mrs. Clinton has been helped considerably by the perception in Democratic circles that she has outpaced her competitors at most of the candidate debates.”

New York Observer: “They’ve been absolutely effective because she has been able to skip the introduction phase,” said Evan Tracey, who tracks political advertising as chief operating officer for TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group. “She can go right in on issues and go right in drawing contrasts between her and the current administration. In much the same way McDonald’s rolls out a new sandwich, her campaign was right there with the rollout of her health care plan. And that’s a luxury.”

“So while Barack Obama has spent nearly $3 million introducing himself to primary voters and Bill Richardson has spent more than $2 million, Mrs. Clinton has been able to go directly to Phase Two. When she finally rolled out her long awaited health care plan last week, for example, it was followed immediately by a 30-second ad boosting her plan.

According to Mr. Tracey, Mrs. Clinton has bought about $800,000 worth of advertising time so far in Iowa and New Hampshire for her three ads, mostly on local broadcast networks. In other words, she’s just getting started.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 25, 2007

Washington Post: “The Hillary Clinton who appeared on five Sunday morning shows was a formidable political candidate: poised, polished, knowledgeable. The package she presented was designed to send a message to her Democratic rivals: catch me if you can.

She now sits atop the Democratic field, in a tier by herself. She has achieved that by performing at a consistently high level in debates and on the campaign trail, along with help from a campaign that has been largely free of major mistakes. She showed Sunday she could stand in against some of the best pitching in political journalism.

Baltimore Sun: “Rev. William Gray III, the former Philadelphia congressman and former head of the United Negro College Fund, is backing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Gray is the highest-ranking African-American congressman to serve from Pennsylvania, rising in the 1980s to become the first black lawmaker to chair the House Budget Committee and the Democratic Caucus. He later served as Majority Whip before retiring in 1991 to head the UNCF.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 24, 2007

Examiner: “President Bush, for the first time, is predicting that Hillary Rodham Clinton will defeat Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primaries. “She’s got a national presence and this is becoming a national primary,” Bush said in an interview for the new book, The Evangelical President. “And therefore the person with the national presence, who has got the ability to raise enough money to sustain an effort in a multiplicity of sites, has got a good chance to be nominated.”

L.A. Times: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton reinforced her position as the Democratic presidential front-runner Sunday as she executed the rare feat of appearing on all five major TV talk shows in one morning, defending her new healthcare proposal and vowing to oppose any Iraq war funding unless it is tied to starting a U.S. troop withdrawal.

“I will not vote for any funding that does not move us toward beginning to withdraw our troops, that does not have pressure on the Iraqi government to make the tough political decisions that they have, that does not recognize that there is a diplomatic endeavor that has to be undertaken,” the New York Democrat said on “Fox News Sunday.” President Bush plans to ask Congress this week for nearly $200 billion to fund the war through the end of next year.

Clinton — who holds a 22-point lead over her closest rival, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, in the latest national Gallup Poll on the Democratic presidential field — did not criticize her opponents for the party nomination. Instead she focused on her general-election prospects, highlighting her success in winning Republican and independent votes in her two Senate races.

“Anyone who gets the Democratic nomination is going to be subjected to the withering attacks that come from the other side,” Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think I’ve proven that I not only can survive them but surpass them.”

Daily Press: “Democrat Hillary Clinton said on Sunday her campaign will not concede traditional Republican strongholds like Virginia in her presidential campaign, and President Bush’s ebbing popularity gives Democrats more reason than ever to feel that way. During a fundraiser with author John Grisham, Clinton said Bush’s promise last week to veto a bipartisan health insurance program for children of low income and working class families is part of “a dangerous experiment in extremism” by the White House that will help Democrats. Clinton said some congressional Republicans were dismayed about Bush’s opposition to the child health insurance legislation.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 23, 2007

Washington Moonie Times: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has built double-digit leads over her chief rivals for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination in four of the five major party preference contests in January. With three months to go before the start of the caucus and primary season, Mrs. Clinton has pulled away from her top challengers in all but the Jan. 14 Iowa caucuses, where she leads by a slim 2.6 percent average in the latest polls. If her large leads hold up in later contests, it would send her into the “Super Duper Tuesday” battles on Feb. 5 with significant momentum and a strong chance to capture the bulk of the delegates at stake in more than 20 states. According to polling averages tracked by the Real Clear Politics Web site, the New York senator now leads in the Jan. 15 Michigan primary by 16 percent, the Jan. 22 New Hampshire primary by 20.5 percent, the South Carolina primary by 11.3 percent and the Florida primary by 25 percent. The South Carolina and Florida primaries are Jan. 29.”

Washington Post: “Down-to-earth and sturdy, with gray hair, she does not bear an obvious physical resemblance to her daughter, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, but even if she did, few people would recognize her because she is rarely seen at public events. In an instance last summer when she was — during a portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian Institution for her daughter and son-in-law — Rodham, 88, sat unobtrusively in the front row, holding onto her granddaughter’s arm.”

Sea Coast On line: “Bottom line: Clinton’s plan has a chance. Whoever becomes president, the final product that makes it through the lobbyist-pounded crucible of Congress will look fairly much like it — not the government-run “single-payer” system loved by many liberals, not the “market-driven” status quo dominated by health insurers that is preferred by many conservatives. And it has a chance because Clinton’s proposal addresses the key concerns of middle-class voters, especially the swing constituency in the suburbs.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 22, 2007

Kansas City Star: “This wasn’t supposed to be a cakewalk. But as the fall campaign begins, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is showing signs that she’s on top of the Democratic field to stay.”

Boston Globe: “”Her opponents are starting to worry that she is consolidating her position, and that’s potentially fatal for them,” said Raphael Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. “A lot of people watching her campaign are surprised by the fact that it’s strengthening and could be starting to break away.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 21, 2007

MyFox Boston: “Hillary Clinton is the only mother in the race to come up with an idea for a political daycare.”

Radio Iowa: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says only 37 percent of Iowa’s small businesses provide health care coverage to their workers. The health care plan she unveiled Monday seeks to provide a tax break to small companies so more small businesses in Iowa and elsewhere will start offering a health care benefit to workers.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 20, 2007

Los Angeles Sentinel: ““She’s the only candidate who can turn this country around,” Earvin “Magic” Johnson told the very receptive audience which included LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, newly-elected Congresswomen Laura Richardson, Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, State Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally and a host of community leaders. “We need an experienced person and the Senator is the only person who can do just that,” proclaimed Johnson who sounded more like a fiery Pentecostal preacher speaking to his amen congregants. “She’s a woman who had 30 years of experience. A woman who has been in every community, in every neighborhood and cares about our children and the education of our children. She cares about jobs for our children when they graduate and also making sure they have a chance to go to college.”

Politico: “At the beginning of her campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief strategist said she was “famous but really unknown.” So I asked her Wednesday how that was going. “One of the most common things people say to me is, ‘You know, you are not at all like I thought you would be!’” Clinton said and then laughed uproariously. “And I find that a very high compliment!”

Time Magazine: “Clinton’s utter ease with this topic, her ability to parry Romney’s jabs without breaking a sweat, is the latest bit of evidence that her experience — including past disasters — may actually count for something. If she is to win the Democratic nomination, Clinton will have to do a fair amount of baggage shedding between now and the primaries. There is all manner of baggage to be shed. Some of it is personal: her cold, calculating image. Some of it — like her current fund-raising imbroglio, the $850,000 she had to return to the skeevy Norman Hsu — is a debilitating reminder of Clinton-era misdemeanors. Some of it is beyond her control, and has to do with the prospective First Laddie. Much of the substantive baggage has to do with her stiff-necked mismanagement of health care, her unwillingness to modify her ideas, to play the angles, to be a pol. Her current, clever health-care plan makes all that moot. Her load is lighter now, and the job confronting those who would defeat her is getting tougher every week.”

Boston Globe editorial: “But Clinton knows Congress will fill in the details, and a national connector could be added then. Notwithstanding the fine points of any candidate’s health plan, the key ingredients of reform are a presidential commitment to universal coverage, a Congress that is amenable to a new approach, and money to cover the costs of new coverage.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 19, 2007

La Voz: “Detrás del resplandor que ha cobrado la contienda presidencial de la demócrata Hillary Clinton, se encuentra una latina. Patti Solis Doyle, la jefa nacional de la campaña de la ex primera dama puede ser un boleto expreso para ganar la preferencia del voto latino. Poco acostumbrada a estar en el ojo público Solis Doyle, de 42 años, recibió el galardón de “Liderazgo de Excelencia” otorgado por la Conferencia Nacional de Mujeres Hispanas que se celebró en Phoenix. “No quiero ser la mejor mujer latina que es jefa de una campaña presidencial, sino la mejor jefa de campaña que hay en todo el país”, dice al recibir el reconocimiento por ser la primera en ese puesto.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 18, 2007

“The chairman of the California Legislature’s black caucus broke Tuesday with most other members of the group and endorsed New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for president. Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton, said he was impressed with the answers Clinton gave to questions about job creation, education, economic development and public safety when she attended an event in his district. “The answers Sen. Clinton provided and the connection she was able to make with the audience convinced me that Sen. Hillary Clinton is the candidate with the strength and experience to make the changes our communities need and want,” Dymally said in a statement.”

CNN: “One day after unveiling her health care plan, Sen. Hillary Clinton called criticism of her strategy “politics as usual” and defended the proposal as an effective way to give all Americans affordable insurance. In Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Clinton announced a $110 billion plan that would require all Americans to have health insurance. “I feel very good and quite confident that the parts of the plan that I have put together will find a lot of favor among people who know what we have to do to get to universal coverage,” Clinton, D-New York, told CNN.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 17, 2007

Washington Post: “Appearing Sunday at a mini-Democratic convention of sorts in a field, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton declared that if she is elected she will not wait until her inauguration to begin acting as president.
Clinton said that, the day after winning election, she would select envoys to “travel around the world with a very simple message: The era of cowboy diplomacy is over.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 16, 2007

Post and Courier: “U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton told the biggest annual gathering of Lowcountry civil rights leaders Saturday that she will take five specific steps to help their cause if she wins the presidency next year. Clinton addressed almost 1,000 people during the Charleston NAACP’s 91st annual banquet, and she chose the occasion to unveil her plans for bolstering civil rights.”

Chicago Sun-Times: “Mike Andrews says he has heard all sorts of opinions about his good friend Hillary Clinton. But he’s not shy about selling his famous classmate from Park Ridge’s Maine South High School to the public. So on a sunny Saturday, Andrews and other “Friends of Hillary” approached fans outside the crosstown rival football game at Maine South, seeking signatures on petitions to place the New York senator on the ballot in Illinois — her onetime home turf. Clinton’s high school friends echo the same story: The presidential candidate is impressive in person and on the stump. And perhaps meeting or hearing her in person will change views about the former first lady, whom some see as controversial. “I don’t think they know her like some of us do,” said Andrews, 60, who also taught at Maine South for 37 years. “When I talk with [voters], and banter that back and forth, they tend to agree that she has some very good points.”

Yahoo News: “These things happen quietly, subtly, without pronouncements, sometimes without anyone ever noticing they are occurring. But often — not always, mind you — one candidate surges to such an advantageous position in the fight for a presidential nomination that the contender suddenly becomes the front-runner. It just happened.It’s not quite clear what celestial or temporal event prompted it. No one took a straw vote (the Republicans did that, and they still have no front-runner), and no one caucused. It’s not a mainstream media conspiracy, either. It’s just a discernible adjustment in the political climate. But find me someone who thinks, deep in his or her heart, that Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t in the strongest position right now in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 15, 2007

Tom Harkin: “Join us LIVE ONLINE from the 2007 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, IA this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CST with Sen. Tom Harkin and presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd, and Joe Biden. The live webcast on Ustream.TV will feature analysis and commentary by Iowa political blogger Chris Woods of PoliticalForecast.net and conclude with a live interview with Sen. Tom Harkin.”

The Guardian: “Is the Democratic nomination already Hillary’s? Could be. In some ways, it’s a pretty simple calculation. She began with the support of the Democratic establishment, at least a third of primary voters, a big advantage with women, who make up the majority of these voters, and by far the most experienced campaign organization. Though she’s been – rather amazingly – out-fundraised a bit by Barack Obama’s campaign, she’s got all the dough she needs…

But here is one of the almost countless advantages Hillary enjoys by virtue of her marriage. Nobody seriously thinks he understands American politics better than Bill Clinton does. Having the only Democrat who happened to win two full terms as president since FDR as your top adviser ends a lot of arguments before they begin.

What’s more, for a front-runner to lose a nomination – something that is admittedly far more common among Democrats than Republicans – something big has to happen to upset the proverbial apple cart. But not only has Hillary’s organization worked enormously effectively, the candidate’s performance itself has been almost flawless.

She has shined in the debates, demonstrating poise, knowledge and even warmth in equal measure. No less important, she has defanged her most significant nemesis: her Iraq vote and her relationship to the party’s furiously antiwar base.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 14, 2007

Quad City Times: “Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told a Quad-City audience Thursday that U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton is uniquely qualified to be president and mend the international ties that have been damaged by the Bush administration. Albright, who was the country’s chief diplomat from 1997 to 2001 in Bill Clinton’s administration, made remarks to 150 people at the Putnam Museum and IMAX Theater.

Broadcast newsroom: “Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to make his third appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Sept. 20 at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). Clinton previously appeared as a guest on the show on Sept. 18, 2006 and Aug. 9, 2004.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 13, 2007

L.A. Times: “Gayle Moore, an Iowa nurse, wants U.S. troops “out, out, out” of Iraq as soon as possible. Darleen McCarthy of South Carolina fears that Iraq is turning into “another Vietnam.” But when these two Democrats vote in January to help decide their party’s 2008 presidential nominee, neither plans to support the self-styled anti-war candidates. Instead, they are siding with the one top contender who supported the invasion and has refused to apologize for it — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

“It’s just a gut feeling,” said Moore, 53, a mother of five. “It’s her experience.”

A new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll of voters in key early primary states reveals that Moore and McCarthy are not alone. They represent a paradox of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination: While a plurality of Democratic voters considers the Iraq war to be the most pressing issue facing the candidates, the more hawkish Clinton has found a sweet spot in the debate that makes her appealing. Many voters who want an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops support her candidacy and consider her best able to end the war, as do many who back a more gradual drawdown.

“It’s just the way Hillary Clinton handles herself,” said McCarthy, 55, who lives near Myrtle Beach, S.C . “She says what she wants, and I think she’ll let the American people know exactly what’s going on.”… The poll, which surveyed registered voters who planned to turn out for the primaries or caucuses in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, found that a plurality in each state thought Clinton more than her rivals would be “the best at ending the war in Iraq” — 33 percent in Iowa, 32 percent in New Hampshire and 36 percent in South Carolina. Clinton holds substantial leads even among voters who listed the war as the top priority facing the candidates.

Top Hillary Headlines for September 12, 2007

Boston Globe: “Hillary Clinton snagged her fourth union endorsement when the National Association of Letter Carriers announced today that it will support her presidential bid… The letter carriers union claims 300,000 active and retired members. In a statement issued by the Clinton campaign, union President William H. Young said that Clinton was the runaway winner of a survey of union members and that she won support for being the first candidate to back legislation banning the contracting out of carrier jobs to low-wage private firms.

“There is nobody better prepared to take up the battle for universal health insurance, and there is no one I would trust more than Senator Clinton to strengthen Social Security in order to keep the promises we have made as a nation to our retirees, our disabled workers and to their survivors,” Young said in the statement. Clinton said, “These hardworking men and women are part of the fabric of every community in America, and they deserve an advocate in the White House.” She also has the support of the United Transportation Union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the Transportation Communication Union.

CNN: “Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, sent a letter to President Bush describing his reported plan to withdraw 30,000 troops next summer “too little too late and unacceptable to this Congress.” “As Commander-in-Chief you have the authority and ability to greatly accelerate the redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq, and to bring so many more troops home so much faster,” Clinton, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, writes in the letter. “I strongly urge you to choose this course of action.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 11, 2007

Miami Herald: “For Clinton, the Century Village clubhouse jammed with diehard Democrats was familiar territory, compared to the first-of-its-kind Miami debate aired Sunday night on Spanish-language television. Instead of Latin America and immigration, healthcare and Social Security dominated the discussion. ”Social Security is supposed to be there no matter what,” said Clinton, decrying the Bush administration’s efforts to ”privatize” the system. “You don’t gamble with your safety net.” That’s gospel to the elderly crowd, and they responded warmly. ”She’s just unbelievable,” said Carol Wolfson, 66. “She hit it right in the heart.”

Palm Beach Post: “Speaking to a crowd of about 400 at the heavily Democratic Century Village retirement community west of Boca Raton, Clinton pledged to protect Social Security and Medicare, enlarge the Medicare prescription-drug benefit and protect consumers against health-care and insurance scams. She also said that she will lay out a plan next week “to provide quality, affordable health care to everyone.” Clinton said she expects her plan to encounter opposition. “It’s not going to be easy because, you know, I tried this back in 1993 and 1994 and I know how powerful the insurance companies and drug companies are. But if you stay with me, we can beat them,” Clinton said.” .. “If word got out on a Friday that Barack Obama was going to be here on Monday, would we have a crowd like this?” Skidmore said. In Century Village, Skidmore said, “they are pretty much, I think, Clinton diehards….She’s very popular here.” Clinton attended three fund-raisers before the Century Village event, then headed to a $100-and-up event at the South County Civic Center west of Delray Beach and a $1,000-minimum event in Boca Raton.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 10, 2007

Politico: “Who he? Per Hillaryland, that’s the Lawrence County, TN Executive, Paul Rosson, who I’m told just endorsed Clinton. Lawrence County, of course, is the storied home precinct of one Fred Thompson. “Small communities–like the county I represent–need a president that understands our struggles, and Hillary will be a partner we can count on in the White House,” Rosson said in a statement via the campaign.”

JTA: “Asked which candidate is most supportive of Israel, 41 percent said they were unsure. Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) polled highest, at 22 percent, followed by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican, at 16 percent, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at 3 percent. Clinton also was ranked as most supportive of Jewish causes in America in general with 24 percent, followed again by Giuliani with 10 percent and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) with 3 percent.”

Buisiness Wire: “Univision captured the #1 network ranking among all Adults 18-34, not just Hispanics, and outdelivered ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CW for the entire first week of Nielsen’s single national panel (NPM).”

Post-Standard: “One of the nation’s leading authorities on political trends and U.S. elections likes what he sees in the early days of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president. Charlie Cook, publisher of the Cook Political Report, said Clinton has the “best organized” presidential campaign he has seen since Richard Nixon won re-election in a landslide in 1972. “On the Democratic side, I think it’s going to be a real challenge for any other candidate to knock out Hillary Clinton,” Cook told a small group of journalists Monday at the National Press Foundation in Washington. He called New York’s junior senator a “disciplined campaigner” who has worked with “Prussian-like efficiency” in her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Cook said he traveled to New Hampshire and was impressed after watching Clinton interact with voters and deliver her stump speech. He said the senator has every detail covered and leaves nothing to chance, which is why some people criticize her for coming across as calculating and impersonal. “Does she give up spontaneity? Yes. But my guess is she’ll come up with a plan to deal with spontaneity,” Cook said. In polls, Clinton on average now runs ahead of each of the major Republican candidates, he said.

Top Hillary Headlines for September 9, 2007

Newsweek: “Of all the current candidates for president—or, for that matter, just about anyone who’s ever made the race—Hillary Clinton is most intimately acquainted with the powers and pressures of the office.”

New York Times: “Several hundred union workers and elected officials, including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, rallied near ground zero yesterday in support of federal legislation that would provide long-term monitoring and treatment for people exposed to dust in Lower Manhattan during the 9/11 cleanup.”

Newsweek: “Hillary Clinton has been in politics long enough to know the value of the word “change.” In 1992, her husband’s political guru, James Carville, hung a white sign in the Clinton campaign war room that read change vs. more of the same. Bill Clinton won the presidency that year with 370 electoral votes.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 8, 2007

Examiner: “Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton wistfully recalled her husband’s presidency on Friday, saying the Bush administration had squandered the nation’s economic strength under Bill Clinton to fund tax cuts for the rich and the war in Iraq. “Just seven years ago we had a balanced budget and a surplus and we had a plan to ensure Social Security’s solvency until 2055,” the presidential contender and former first lady told thousands of senior citizens attending an AARP lifestyles forum. “Now we have been set back, by endless deficits.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 7, 2007

Buffalo News: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is not the only Democratic presidential candidate with a plan to revamp health care, but she’s the only one to have waded into that swamp before. That painful experience is evident in the plan that she is gradually revealing. The interesting thing about Clinton’s plan is that it suggests an ability to learn from mistakes, a valuable quality in a president — one that might have taken the Iraq war in a different direction if only the current president had it.”

Boston Herald: “Sen. Hillary Clinton brought her considerable star power to an awestruck crowd of thousands of retirees yesterday, vowing to revamp Social Security, fix the nation’s health care system and end the “war on science.” Clinton (D-N.Y.) turned on the charm, joking about her age and taking shots at President Bush during the half-hour speech to the AARP conference at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. “I turn 60 this year,” she said to loud applause. “Speaking for myself, I consider it the new 30.”…
Earlier, Republican former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee spoke. The two were the only 2008 presidential candidates to accept the invitation to speak to the convention, which has attracted 27,000 people to Boston. AARP officials say 25 percent of all 2004 presidential voters were members of the organization.

Top Hillary Headlines for September 7, 2007

Fox: ““I think it would be fun to have you over for lunch, at my table, in my home in Washington,” Hillary Clinton says on her campaign Web site. Bill Clinton doesn’t want to be left out. “I hear you might be having lunch with Hillary — do you mind if I drop in?” Bill Clinton wrote in an e-mail message sent out to supporters. Apparently a lunch with Hillary Clinton would be one to remember. “I’ve met some of the greatest people of our time from every walk of life. But of all the people I have ever shared a table with, I still learn the most when I sit down to a meal with Hillary,” Bill Clinton says in the e-mail. To win a date with the Clintons, the New York senator’s campaign Web site asks supporters to make a contribution by Sept. 7. When donors contribute, their names go into a raffle for the winner and a guest to join the Clintons in their home.”

The Economist: “The most striking thing about the race is how stable it is. For all the blizzard of daily events, the “fundamentals” have stayed fixed for a year. The Democrats, and especially the Clintonians, are in the ascendant—and the Republicans are flailing about like people trapped in quicksand. ..”

“The Democratic pecking order is also remarkably stable. Hillary Clinton has enjoyed a double-digit lead over her nearest rival for months. The latest Pew poll suggests that, if anything, that lead is widening, with 40% of Democrats and Democrat-leaners favouring Mrs Clinton compared with 21% who favour Barack Obama. But most Democrats would be thrilled to have either of the front-runners as their nominee.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 6, 2007

Concord Monitor: “Democrat Hillary Clinton’s first New Hampshire television advertisement describes her as the presidential candidate with the “strength” and “experience” to bring change to Washington. The 30-second spot reiterates Clinton’s latest campaign theme: Transformation requires political experience. The advertisement features footage of Clinton’s visit to New Hampshire last weekend with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Shots of Clinton speaking with veterans, meeting children and addressing the crowd stream by as a voiceover says, “We will change things in this country. Because we want it. Because we have one candidate who spent her life fighting for it.”

Philadelphia Daily News: “Dressed to the nines in floral prints and fitted suits, but sensible middle-age shoes, hundreds of women crowded a hotel ballroom yesterday to applaud U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton. .. Before Clinton appeared, a series of speakers urged the audience – as women – to get involved, participate and donate to the campaign… “Just think about January 20, 2009, watching the first woman president being sworn in,” said Schwartz. “Can we, can women, make it happen?” This was, for the most part, a crowd of zealots. The 800-plus group went wild when Clinton took the stage – accompanied by her campaign song, “You and I” by Celine Dion. Clinton promised to fight for for all citizens if elected. “I believe in an America where none of us is invisible,” she said. “When I am president, there will be no invisible Americans.” Clinton stressed several key campaign themes – affordable health care, more progressive energy policies and an end to the war in Iraq. But perhaps the biggest cheer came when she promised to send ambassadors to other world leaders and declared that “cowboy diplomacy is over.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 5, 2007

Reno Gazette Journal: “Reno residents will join campaign leaders and supporters to cheer on Hillary Clinton during the first-ever Univison presidential candidates forum on Sunday, organizers said tonight. The groundbreaking forum is the first to focus specifically on issues of importance to the Latino community, they said.
The “América con Hillary” watch party will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Reno at Cantina Los Tres Hombres (7111 S. Virginia St. A separate event is planned in Las Vegas, at El Patron Restaurant (2797 S. Maryland Parkway).

L.A. Times: “With Labor Day past, and that potential movement ahead, it’s a good moment to pinpoint the key questions that could decide each party’s nomination. One fundamental difference separates the two races: Democrats have a genuine front-runner — Sen. Hillary Clinton — and Republicans don’t. That contrast shapes the pivotal issues on each side.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 4, 2007

Seattle PI: “King County Executive Ron Sims is joining Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, as an adviser and Washington state co-chairman. Sims joins a fellow Democrat, Washington state U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, in leading Clinton’s campaign in Washington state. Sims and Inslee are also on Clinton’s panel of energy and environment advisers.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 3, 2007

Associated Press: “”Change is just a word if you don’t have the strength and experience to make it happen,” Clinton said. “I bring 35 years of experience to make the changes I think we need to make in America.” She sounded her theme before more than 2,000 activists at a Labor Day picnic in Sioux City. Clinton said she would hit the ground running, acting even before sworn into office. The day after winning election, Clinton said, “I’m going to ask distinguished Americans of both parties, including my husband” to begin traveling the globe with the message: `America is back.’”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 2, 2007

Concord Monitor: “No citizen has ever voted for a woman for a major party’s presidential nomination with a reasonable expectation that she might wind up in the White House. The last two women to run, Elizabeth Dole and Carol Moseley Braun, vanished before the New Hampshire primary even occurred. Beginning with our 1952 primary, the first of the modern era, 221 people have received votes for president either as official candidates or as write-ins. Eight were women. Only one of the eight, Margaret Chase Smith, received more than 1,000 votes.”

Top Hillary Headlines for September 1, 2007

Yahoo News: “Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards on Saturday joined three other Democrats who say they will skip states that break party rules by holding early primaries. Their decision is a major boost to the primacy of four early voting states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — and a welcome development to the Democratic National Committee. “We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process,” Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle said. “And we believe the DNC’s rules and its calendar provide the necessary structure to respect and honor that role.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 31, 2007

Newsday: “Asked by talk-show host David Letterman if Bill Clinton could serve as her vice president should she be elected to the White House, the former first lady acknowledged that he could not. “Believe me,” she joked, “he looked into that.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 30, 2007

Orange County Register: “Clinton, a New York senator and former first lady, beat out Edwards and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich for the endorsement. The union only considered candidates who appeared before members during its conference this week at the Walt Disney World Resort. “Hillary Clinton earned the IAM’s endorsement by focusing on jobs, health care, education and trade – the bread and butter issues of the American middle class,” union President Tom Buffenbarger said in a news release. “She is the only candidate of either party to come forward with a comprehensive manufacturing policy.” Clinton said in a statement she was honored to received the union’s endorsement. “It is time for America’s working families to again share in our nation’s prosperity,” Clinton said. “They will not be invisible to my administration.”

New York Times: “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign said yesterday that it would give to charity $23,000 it had received from a prominent Democratic donor, and review thousands of dollars more that he had raised, after learning that the authorities in California had a warrant for his arrest stemming from a 1991 fraud case… On his own, Mr. Hsu wrote checks totaling $255,970 to a variety of Democratic candidates and committees since 2004. Even though he was a bundler for Mrs. Clinton, his largess was spread across the Democratic Party and included $5,000 to the political action committee of Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois.

Wall Street Journal: “Labor experts expect other big unions, including the American Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, to support Mrs. Clinton, in part because they believe she has the best chance to win the presidency. Sen. Barack Obama is expected to get more support from union members in and around Illinois, his home state.

Top Hillary Headlines for August 29, 2007

Guardian Unlimited: “Europeans overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton in her bid to become the next US president, according to a poll published today. The poll, conducted in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, put Barack Obama, her main rival, in a distant second place… The Republican candidates trailed behind Ms Clinton, possibly reflecting antipathy in Europe towards the Bush administration over the Iraq war…In the UK, 29.8% of those polled supported Ms Clinton compared with only 7.1% for Mr Obama and 9.5% for Mr Giuliani… Ms Clinton enjoyed the biggest support in Germany, where she recorded 45.5%, followed by 43.7% in France, and 35.2% in Italy. In Britain, France and Germany, more men expressed a preference for her eventual victory than women… The same questions were asked in Canada, where 38.9% expressed support for Ms Clinton, compared with 13.4% for Mr Obama and 9.6% for Mr Giuliani… Other candidates, such as John Edwards, John McCain and Mitt Romney, barely registered, polling in low, single figures.”

TPM: “Presumably, the people who would best know this are New Yorkers, who got the closest view of Rudy in the disaster’s aftermath. So when New Yorkers are asked who they trust more to handle terrorism, Rudy or Hillary, naturally they pick Rudy, right? Well, take a look at this new Rasmussen poll. It finds: Which of NEW YORK’S PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS do you trust the most to handle the War on Terror? 36% Giuliani, 44% Clinton Meanwhile, the poll also finds that Hillary is crushing Rudy the Terminator of Terrorists by an astonishing 25-point margin in New York, 58%-33%. Which would seem to make it tougher for Rudy to sustain his argument that he’s the one who as GOP nominee would put reliably blue states — such as his own — in play.

Boston Globe: “The Clinton campaign said it will be the Hillary and Bill show as they spend Sunday in New Hampshire, which will hold the nation’s first primary, though it’s not clear yet exactly when that will be. They will spend Labor Day in Iowa, which will hold the first caucus. That date is also uncertain because of other states trying to move up in the nominating calendar. The New York senator is the clear front-runner among Democratic presidential contenders, leading in national, New Hampshire, and Iowa polls.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 28, 2007

New York Daily News: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday criticized President Bush and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their response to Hurricane Katrina and re-emphasized her plan for Gulf Coast recovery.
Clinton said it remained “an American obligation” to rebuild the region, even as the second anniversary of Katrina arrives tomorrow with swaths of the city vacant and bureaucracy choking federal and state assistance designed to help victims of the disaster.

Orlando Sentinel: “U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton brought a populist, pro-labor message to Central Florida on Monday, telling about 700 union members that the country can’t afford another Republican presidency. The Democratic presidential contender from New York painted President Bush as unconcerned about most Americans and said the United States needs to “change direction.” “There is not a better slogan for what we have to do in this election,” Clinton said. “Enough is enough.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 27, 2007

FirstRead: “In Cedar Rapids, IA beginning at 11:00 am ET, four Democratic presidential candidates — Clinton, Edwards, Richardson, and Kucinich (in that order) — participate today in the LIVESTRONG presidential cancer forum, moderated by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Lance Armstrong. Each candidate will have two minutes for an opening statement, and then will engage the moderators for 13 minutes in Q&A. …Also, this will be the first forum/debate that Obama, whose mother died of ovarian cancer, has skipped since his campaign declared that it would begin limiting the senator’s appearances at debates and forums.”

Union Leader: “Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and host of the “Face the Nation,” told the New Hampshire Union Leader yesterday that Hillary Clinton has shaped the Democratic field in a way no other frontrunner has. Having a woman as the frontrunner, Schieffer said, has created a new dynamic in the race for the nomination, leading the wives of the other Democratic presidential candidates to be more assertive. “You’re seeing the wives take a more active role,” Schieffer said.”

Boston Globe: “Clinton — accompanied by her husband and their daughter Chelsea — smiled broadly and swayed to the music as singer Carly Simon and her two children, Ben and Sally Taylor, sang “Devoted to You” for a Martha’s Vineyard crowd of more than 2,000. Simon, along with actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, showered the Clintons with praise and predicted the senator from New York will be elected as the nation’s first woman president. “Is it Mrs. President or Madam President?” Simon asked a smiling Clinton.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 26, 2007

Concord Monitor: “Rivals have been seeking to undermine Sen. Hillary Clinton’s claim that her experience is an advantage in her run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Her eight years as first lady count for little, they say. Sure, she won re-election last November, they say, but New York is a solidly Democratic state. Really, she is just a one-term senator.”

In the logic of politics, questioning an opponent’s credentials is a fundamental right. And in our overheated 24/7 presidential campaign, any claim is likely to find partisans and media types willing to run with it for a few days. But during her editorial board with the Monitor on Friday, Clinton made a convincing case that both in campaigning with her husband and in living with him in the White House for eight years, she learned plenty.”

“She spoke wistfully of the 1992 primary campaign in New Hampshire. Her husband took two huge hits in the final days of that campaign. He faced allegations of sexual dalliances, and a letter he wrote to the draft board during the Vietnam War became public. The first he answered on 60 Minutes with his wife at his side. On the second, he faced the media and defended himself in Manchester. Hillary Clinton told us that even on election eve, as campaign aides advised Bill Clinton to prepare for a drubbing, she remained confident.

“From this experience and from watching John Kerry fall to an attack on his patriotism and war experience in 2004, she learned a valuable lesson: Immediately answer any attack on your character, no matter how absurd. During the interview, Clinton described the presidency as a lonely job in which her husband turned to her for counsel on “everything.” She contrasted the Clinton style – don’t just interact with leaders of other countries, go directly to the people – to the Bush style. She described how the lessons of her failed effort to reform health care in the early months of the Clinton presidency had informed the way she approaches the issue now.”

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But Hillary Clinton knows the rough-and-tumble of American politics as well as anyone. For her, political experience is a strength, not a weakness. To claim otherwise plays right into her hands.

New York Times: “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday evening that if she is elected president in 2008, she would quickly ask “distinguished Americans of both parties” to travel the world before her inauguration to proclaim a new era of “bipartisan foreign policy” in the United States.”

Reuters: “Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hit back on Sunday at Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton and other U.S. critics who have called for him to be replaced, telling them “to come to their senses”.

Top Hillary Headlines for August 25, 2007

Union Leader: “A new name, with no national reputation, has entered conversations among Democrats contemplating a running mate for Sen. Hillary Clinton if she is nominated for president: newly elected Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 24, 2007

Boston Globe: “At a backyard gathering of supporters, Clinton was asked why she has the best chance of defeating the eventual Republican nominee. She argued that her long history of coming under Republican fire as first lady and now a New York senator makes her the most prepared for a general election fight.”

“I’ve been through it and I understand their tactics. I have been subjected to them for 15 years and I have survived them,” she said. “There’s something to be said for that, because I understand what they will do.” She said the goal of Republicans will be to “drive up the negatives” of the Democratic nominee.”

Newsday: “If Hillary Rodham Clinton wins Iowa’s presidential caucuses, it won’t be because of endorsements or poll numbers. It will be because of people like Carol McCarty, who lives in the state’s heavily Republican northwest corner but plans to attend her local caucus and stand up for Clinton.

“Hillary’s been through the mill,” McCarty, who calls herself a retired homemaker, said at a recent Clinton campaign meeting at a Pizza Ranch restaurant here. “She took a lot of abuse as first lady, and hopefully she knows how to handle it. She’s very strong, she’s very smart and I’m glad she’s a woman.” In Iowa, it’s all about getting people to the caucuses on a cold night this winter.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 23, 2007

New York Daily News: “Sen. Barack Obama’s sexiest fan respects the presidential candidate more than ever now that he has knocked her Web video, “I Got a Crush on Obama.”But “Obama Girl”actually may vote for Hillary Clinton… “I have to say I’m very impressed with Hillary Clinton,”she tells Steppin’ Out magazine’s Chaunce Hayden. “I watched the recent debates and I liked a lot of her answers!”

Politico

“It looks like a relatively slow week for the campaigns on both sides next week. But on Thursday, Sen. Hillary Clinton will appear on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” As AP noted when breaking this news a few weeks ago, it’s her seventh time on the show, and she’s appearing as part of the 14th anniversary of the broadcast… Dave’s already done:Hillary Clinton Internet Screen Names, Ways The White House Is Different Now That Hillary Has Moved Out, Surprises in the Barbara Walters-Hillary Clinton Interview, Signs Hillary Clinton is Running for President, Ways Hillary Clinton Could Improve Her Image, Things Heard In Line To Buy Hillary Clinton’s Book, Signs There’s Tension In The Clinton Marriage, Signs Hillary Clinton Wants To Be Vice President, Ways Hillary Clinton Can Ruin Her Approval Rating, Signs Hillary Is Not Taking Her Job Seriously, Signs Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Understand New York City, Ways Things At The White House Are Different When Hillary Is Away, Highlights of Hillary Clinton’s Grand Jury Appearance, Things Hillary Clinton Whispered To Me Before The Interview, Chapter Titles In Hillary Clinton’s Book On Entertaining, Hillary Clinton’s Financial Tips, Signs Hillary Clinton Might Be Pregnant, Highlights of Hillary’s Appearance on Larry King, Chapter Titles In Hillary Clinton’s New Book, Ways Hillary Clinton Celebrated Her 50th Birthday.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 22, 2007

Napa Valley Register: “The unofficial poll from the Democrats of Napa Valley gathered the opinions of 500 or more registered voters on who they would like to see win the Democratic Party’s primary. Clinton overwhelmingly topped her competitors — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. — winning 50 percent of the informal vote.”

“I have a slightly different theory. As Rove departs his long-held post at the ear of President Bush, I think his recent bash-Hillary tour of media interviews is the first Band-Aid in his attempts to patch up the damage he left behind, both to his party’s prospects and his president’s legacy. After all, with Republicans largely dispirited and in disarray in their search for a clear front-runner in the presidential race, what better way to pull the forces together than to wave their long-time foe Hillary Clinton in their faces?”

Newsday: “No candidate has benefited as much from primary debates since Ronald Reagan in 1980, said Northeastern University Professor Alan Schroeder, a debate expert. “Clinton has been a big surprise,” he said. “She was very reluctant to engage in these debates, but they have played favorably into her hand against expectations. She has had more gravitas than other people on the stage and she seems completely unrattled.” That’s a big improvement from earlier, lackluster debates in 2000 and 2006. Clinton’s most famous debate moment in 2000 was a flinch – after Rick Lazio made his ill-advised trip to her podium. The difference between Clinton in 2007 and 2000 is “night and day,” said a person close to Clinton. “She’s much more comfortable than she was, much more in command.”

Washington Post: “And, as you might have guessed from my tone, I don’t think it would much matter if Democrats were to live in The World According to Edwards, who has never taken lobbyist money. Nice symbolism, perhaps, but how does it make candidates any purer to disdain checks from lobbyists while avidly vacuuming up contributions from the various industries they represent? Edwards is no less tainted by the trial-lawyer money he scoops up by the bucketful than he would be by lobbyist contributions. Obama is no more ethical now than when he was an unknown Senate candidate dutifully calling lobbyists and asking for a check, please.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 21, 2007

Pine Bluff Commercial: “”We can win this election and I intend to win Arkansas with your help,” Clinton told a crowd of about 200 people in front of the state Capitol. “I not only know the difference between Mountain Home and Mountain View and not only have been to Magnolia and a lot of other places throughout the state, but I intend to campaign throughout Arkansas. I’m going to go throughout the state with the governor, with my friends, taking the message of change and experience throughout this state.”

“There seemed to be a little bit of a debate about do we need change or we need experience? Well, we need both. It’s not either or,” Clinton said. “And I’m going to take my 35 years of experience and I’m going to put it to work on behalf of the change we need in Washington on day one.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 20, 2007

Kansas City Star: “More than 3,000 delegates to the VFW convention at Bartle Hall gave Sen. Hillary Clinton a polite and at times warm reception this morning. Clinton’s 40-minute address dealt largely with expanding benefits for veterans. “I won’t appoint a secretary of veterans affairs, I’ll appoint a secretary for veterans,” she told the delegates.”

New York Daily News: “Four days after a horrific car crash that left her 23-year-old son paralyzed in a Queens hospital, Maria Alzate finally reached his bedside yesterday. “I’m here, Tesoro,” the 66-year-old mother whispered to her unconscious son, Eider Valencia-Alzate, after a five-hour flight from Bogota, Colombia. “I’m here.” Stuck in her native Colombia without a visa, Maria Alzate had been tormented with worry about her youngest child, who has been in a coma since Tuesday’s deadly crash on the Cross Island Parkway. That’s when relatives called Sen. Hillary Clinton’s office for help. Two days later, Alzate had a humanitarian visa and was on a flight to New York.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 19, 2007

Examiner: “Clinton addressed the crowd first. “It was unions that organized workers, that gave them better wages and working conditions and benefits like health care and pensions,” she said. “And what is happening now is that the American middle class is under assault.”

The crowd thinned out after Edwards’ speech, leaving scores of empty seats for Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, who spoke third. The rest of the field spoke to mostly empty rows.

Top Hillary Headlines for August 18, 2007

Times-Picayune: “Sen. Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, agreed Friday to attend an Aug. 27 “hope and recovery” summit being organized in New Orleans by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., to discuss post-Katrina and Rita recovery.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 17, 2007

North Jersey Media: “Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton picked up the endorsement of Rep. Bill Pascrell on Thursday, adding to a list of longtime Democrats to lead her New Jersey campaign. Pascrell, a former Paterson mayor who was elected to Congress in 1996, will advise the campaign on homeland security matters.”
“Hillary Clinton has been a leading advocate for our first responders affected by 9/11 and for strengthening our homeland security,” Pascrell said in a statement. Clinton also has the endorsement of Governor Corzine, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Rob Andrews, and former Govs. Brendan Byrne and James J. Florio. A Rutgers-Eagleton Institute poll last week found that 45 percent of New Jersey Democrats would support Clinton in the primary, while 21 percent would choose her main rival, Sen. Barack Obama.”

New York Times: “When Karl Rove said yesterday that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unfavorable rating was in the “high 40s,” maybe he hadn’t seen the most recent CBS News poll. And when he said no one had been elected with negatives as high as hers, he had apparently forgotten some recent history. The CBS News poll, conducted from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12, showed Mrs. Clinton’s unfavorable rating at 39 percent. That number has been falling bit by bit since its high mark of 46 percent in April.

That 46 percent was the highest negative rating measured by The New York Times and CBS News since the two news organizations began polling about Mrs. Clinton in 1992.
Over the last few months as her negative ratings have fallen, her positive ratings have fluctuated, with the most recent poll showing that 41 percent of voters have a favorable view of her. Mr. Rove’s point was this: “There’s nobody who has ever won the presidency who started out in that kind of position.” In fact, Mrs. Clinton’s husband was in that very position and did win. And Mrs. Clinton’s numbers are better than his were at this point in his first campaign for the White House. In April 1992, only 26 percent of voters had a favorable view of Bill Clinton, while 40 percent viewed him unfavorably, according to a Times/CBS poll. By June 1992, his favorables had plunged further, so that only 16 percent had a favorable opinion, with 40 percent still unfavorable. After Mr. Clinton won the nomination and after his convention, his favorable rating began to rise. By October 1992, his ratings had become about even, with 34 percent favorable and 35 percent unfavorable.

Top Hillary Headlines for August 16, 2007

Union Leader: “WHEN WILL the New Hampshire primary be held? Despite long-distance lobbying from Iowa leaders who do not want their first-in-the-nation caucus shoved into December 2007, Secretary of State Bill Gardner has not budged on his intent to hold the New Hampshire primary on the traditional Tuesday. He made it clear last week that it would take an “extraordinary circumstance” for him to schedule the primary on a day other than a Tuesday. Yesterday, he was even more resolute in that opinion.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 15, 2007

“Clinton will announce in Iowa today proposals for cutting back on deceptive and fraudulent practices in the industry, according to information provided to The Des Moines Register by her campaign staff. She wants to stop insurers who raise costs without warning, who refuse to pay benefits based on fine-print technicalities and who overzealously market policies without giving people clear information about drawbacks, her campaign aides said Tuesday.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 14, 2007

ABCNews: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., made a splash yesterday with an Iowa ad (her first television buy of the campaign) that takes direct aim at the Bush/Rove legacy. (Forget bus tours — they’re so second tier.) It’s hardly earth-shattering stuff — ordinary Americans are “not invisible to me,” she says (and Clinton herself is far from invisible walking through a corn field in slacks and a jacket) — but the message works on several levels: Here’s a candidate who wants to take on President Bush — and is ready to take Iowa.”

USAToday: “The nurse’s 12-hour shift at the hospital’s Siena campus started as usual at 7 a.m. but at mid-afternoon Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived. The New York senator spent more than two hours shadowing Estrada in the fourth-floor medical/surgical ward before heading to Estrada’s home for dinner with her and her three children. “I’m following Michelle around today to see what a nurse does,” Clinton explained to the patient in Room 471. Kristine Arone, 65, was admitted to the hospital with blood clots in her lungs after a long car ride with her husband, Mike, to Las Vegas from Buffalo, Minn. “It’s something my husband and I think about a lot because we travel so much,” Clinton told her, confiding that she had once suffered a deep vein thrombosis.”

CNN: “New York Sen. Hillary Clinton said Monday that President Bush needs to clarify recent comments from an administration official saying the military draft “has always been an option on the table.”

In a letter to Bush dated Monday, Clinton writes, “While our forces, in particular the Army and Marine Corps, are under strain, re-establishing a draft is not the answer. The seeds of many of the problems that continue to plague our mission in Iraq were planted in the failure to adequately plan for the conflict and properly equip our men and women in uniform.”

Morning News: “U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., a leading contender for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, is scheduled to appear at big-ticket fundraisers in Arkansas next week. The former Arkansas first lady is first set to appear at a luncheon and VIP reception beginning at noon Monday in Fayetteville at the home of Suzie Stephens and Jim Hatfield. Later Monday in Little Rock, she is to appear at a 7 p.m. VIP reception and 7:45 p.m. cocktail reception at the home of Kaki Hockersmith and Max Hehlburger, according to invitations to the events posted on Clinton’s campaign Web site.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 13, 2007

New York Daily News: “Hillary Clinton will work a little magic – fund-raising style – at a star-studded upcoming Los Angeles event at the home of former NBA star, businessman and philanthropist Earvin (Magic) Johnson.”

“We need a winner as our next President of the United States – someone that can help realistically improve relations in the world, someone that will work to provide affordable and accessible health care, and someone that is simply a strong leader,” Johnson said in a campaign statement. “I know that’s Hillary Clinton.”

Also helping Clinton haul in the cash at the $1,000-a-ticket Sept. 14 bash will be music mogul Quincy Jones, who endorsed Clinton last month, Motown founder Berry Gordy and former Motown Chairman Clarence Avant.

Top Hillary Headlines for August 12, 2007

Boston Globe: “In several national polls and in Iowa, the first caucus state, she is the Democrat who most likely primary voters say is the “strongest leader,” a term generally seen as encompassing defense know-how. And a New York Times/CBS News poll of Republicans as well as Democrats last month found that 58 percent of respondents thought it was somewhat or very likely that she would be an effective commander in chief.”

“Clinton came into the campaign with some advantages in foreign policy, including eight years of globe-hopping and meetings with world leaders as the wife of a president. But the extent to which she is seen among voters as a credible commander in chief has surprised many campaign observers, given how much other women in American politics have struggled to be taken seriously on military and foreign policy issues.”

Anne Rice: “Again, I believe the Democratic Party is the party that is most likely to help Americans make a transition away from the abortion crisis that we face today. Its values and its programs — on a whole variety of issues — most clearly reflect my values. Hillary Clinton is the candidate whom I most admire.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 11, 2007

Houston Chronicle: “Saying “it will take a woman” to clean up the problems in the White House, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton today urged about 1,000 Houston-area voters to support her campaign to change America. “Bring your brooms,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the crowd at a union hall in downtown Houston. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. Stay with me all the way to November. We’re going to make Texas blue again.” Clinton promised to bring the troops home from Iraq, improve relations with other nations, implement a health insurance program for all Americans and develop an economy that is not dependent on “unstable regimes around the world.” “We’ve got to start acting like Americans again,” she said.”

Newsday: “”Hillary Clinton is a very capable person and I’m sure she would be on top of, or on the short list of anybody’s list for VP – she is on the short list for president, too,” he said, drawing laughter and applause at a candidates forum hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists. “I have admiration for Sen. Clinton.” Obama will have to battle Clinton for support among black voters. She is pulling ahead of him in South Carolina, where blacks are expected to make up nearly half of primary voters.”

My Silver State: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign today announced one of the bigger Nevada endorsements. Former Congressman James Bilbray (NV-02 – the seat is now held by Democrat Shelley Berkley) joined Hillary’s campaign on the day that the Senator is in Las Vegas for the kick off of her “Ready to Lead in the West” tour.”

San Francisco Chronicle: “It was just another political dog-and-pony show to announce San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s endorsement, complete with a hokey photo opportunity to snap Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton smiling in front of an environmentally trendy pile of dirt. But then the New York senator tossed in a wrinkle as she strolled through the partially constructed skeleton of the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park on Friday afternoon, alongside one of the scientists in charge of planning it. She actually knew what she was talking about.”

Did growing plants on a roof instead of nailing down shingles sound goofy to her? Nope – she understood the “urban heat island” effect, which means that the soil-and-plant roof will be 40 percent cooler than a typical top. And how hippie-silly is using shredded blue jeans to insulate the walls? Not at all, she said – aside from the recycling benefit, it snuffs the danger of glass-like fibers breaking down and polluting the air. “It’s exciting to tour someone who is so aware of the issues of sustainability, of green buildings and even the challenges of creating green buildings,” said a shell-shocked-looking Chris Andrews, who as the academy’s associate director led Clinton and Newsom through the $484 million structure. “I frankly did not expect that.

“I’ve led a lot of tours like this with a lot of officials, and believe me, this was pretty unusual to have someone understand what I was talking about.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 10, 2007

Out In Hollywood: “What. A. Night. When Hillary Clinton took the stage last night at The Abbey, it was like being at a rock concert and she was our rock star. I hope she never forgets this incredible night and the raucous reception she got because I don’t think any of us ever will. I was near the stage, probably about 10 feet away, and made a lot of friends because we were crammed in tight!
She greeted a giddy crowd that was just beyond itself with excitement. “I think I just might have found one of the answers to the energy crisis,” Sen. Clinton joked after one too many persons called out and interrupted her flow. “I am excited to see this level of intensity and involvement. But, it’s a long way to the election.” The front-runner for the Democratic nomination had come straight to The Abbey in West Hollywood after participating in a presidential forum on LGBT issues – the first of its kind – sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and Logo.

Queerty: “Last but certainly not least, we got ourselves a bit of Hillary Clinton. The front runner amongst gays and Democrats, Clinton seemed the most comfortable on stage, laughing and charming the pants and panties off the crowd. “I’m your girl,” she laughed with Margaret Carlson.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 9, 2007

New York Times correction: “An article on Tuesday about the relationship between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama inaccurately described a moment involving them while they were doing television interviews after the State of the Union address. Mrs. Clinton took a circuitous route past Mr. Obama not to avoid him, but to accommodate a television producer.”

Union Leader: “If South Carolina Republican Chairman Katon Dawson sets his party’s primary date for Jan. 19, 2008, as UnionLeader.com and news Web sites in South Carolina and Washington reported as a strong possibility yesterday, it will set off a chain reaction that could leave caucus-goers in Iowa voting on New Year’s Eve or perhaps even before Christmas this year. If so, that would seriously hurt Iowa’s impact on the nominating process. Its “bounce” would pretty much go flat.”

QC Times: “Gov. Chet Culver vowed Wednesday to keep Iowa’s presidential caucuses first in the nation even if South Carolina and New Hampshire move to shake up the primary calendar.
South Carolina GOP Chair Katon Dawson is expected to announce today that his state plans to move its Jan. 29 primary to an earlier date, potentially to Jan. 22 or Jan. 19. He’ll make the announcement in New Hampshire. Such a move likely would force New Hampshire to move its Jan. 22 primary to Tuesday, Jan. 15, or an earlier date. Iowa’s precinct caucuses are scheduled for Jan. 14 and state law says they must be held eight days before any other state’s vote. As the dominos fall, Iowa Republicans and Democrats could be pushed to move the caucuses to Jan. 7 or perhaps even into December before the holidays. Culver, a Democrat and Iowa’s former secretary of state, said he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to keep Iowa in the lead.”

Chicago Tribune: “While opposition operatives will be watching for a video moment that later can be used to portray a candidate as out of the social mainstream, gay-rights advocates will be alert to signs of discomfort or hedged commitment.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 8, 2007

Marine Times: “Clinton’s question is fair. Our real enemy — Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network, which is headquartered in Pakistan, not in Iraq — already knows most Americans want our Iraq adventure to end. Clearly, a mistake was made in the Pentagon when Edelman’s reply was drafted. Edelman is a Foreign Service officer, as I once was. He was an assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney during the buildup to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and has stayed mostly out of the limelight since settling in the Pentagon in August 2005. It’s unclear why Edelman signed the letter to Clinton, which, according to typical Washington practice, should have borne Gates’ signature. Edelman, Clinton said, was “impugning the patriotism of any of us who raise serious questions.” Clinton has taken a measured approach to change in Iraq. Her request for information doesn’t mean she supports an immediate pullout. Clinton’s detractors are passionate, but even they cannot deny that Clinton has more experience than many public figures.”

Bloomberg News: “Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chairman Lloyd Blankfein endorsed Democratic New York Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, a day after her opponents sought to portray her business support as more of a burden than a blessing.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 7, 2007

“Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said yesterday she wants the government to crack down on “unscrupulous” mortgage brokers and provide more help to families who are facing foreclosure. The New York senator and former first lady laid out her four-part proposal during a campaign stop at the Ernest P. Barka Elementary School during the morning. She said too many families are signing off on mortgage deals without understanding the fine print and wind up losing their homes when they can’t keep up.”

“Before they know it, their dream of homeownership turns into a nightmare,” Clinton said. Clinton said her plan involves making sure brokers are honest with their clients and licensed with their states, establishing a $1 billion fund to go toward state programs assisting families facing foreclosure and dedicating another $1 billion to organizations seeking to add affordable housing.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 6, 2007

Campaign Headquarters: “The polls went up for Hillary and the open attacks on her have begun. Related? In politics it usually is.The latest round of national polls last week – from Newsweek and NBC/Wall Street Journal – have shown Hillary making significant gains on two fronts – consolidating her lead among the Democratic primary electorate nationwide and advancing in the general election against likely Republican nominees.This two-pronged movement is the result of the first six months of campaigning and the voters taking a good hard look at all the candidates and concluding that Hillary has what it takes to be President and what it takes to take on the Republicans. They know that Hillary Clinton has the experience and strength to bring about real change.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 5, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Former Republican U.S. House leader Tom DeLay predicted Saturday that Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton would be elected the nation’s next president unless national Republicans quickly “get their act together.” DeLay’s audience in St. Louis — a convention of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies — groaned as he asserted that national Republicans remained in disarray. DeLay, from Texas, sounded almost like a Clinton booster as he reeled off the attributes of the Democratic senator from New York.

“She has the organization, she has the money, she has the discipline,” DeLay said. “I’m not trying to depress you. I’m trying to get you to face reality.” DeLay explained in an interview earlier in the day that his aim was to energize rank-and-file conservatives, such as the 200 federation members from 26 states who gathered at the Airport Marriott for the three-day conference, which ends Sunday.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 4, 2007

New York Times: “A New York Times/CBS News poll in July 2006 found that among Democrats who said the invasion of Iraq had been a mistake, 56 percent said they had a favorable view of Mrs. Clinton’s performance. A year later, that figure had risen to 69 percent. Her standing during that period among all Democrats has also shown improvement. On the campaign trail, antiwar protests at her appearances are less frequent and less loud.”
“Thanks to her votes on defunding the war and supporting a timetable for withdrawal, she has defused the war issue as a problem for her, and her 2002 vote for the war, to quite an extent,” said Medea Benjamin, a leader of the antiwar group Code Pink, whose members once regularly booed and heckled Mrs. Clinton whenever she spoke about the war.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 3, 2007

Time: “The Democratic presidential front-runner, whose request for information on end-of-war planning was rebuffed two weeks ago by Undersecretary Eric Edelman, received a classified briefing from Edelman. Clinton would not discuss what Edelman told her and other members of the Senate Armed Services Committee behind closed doors, but she said she expected more to come from the Pentagon and the Bush administration.”

“I don’t think that by any means answers the questions,” said Clinton, D-N.Y., who has been seeking such a briefing for two months. She and Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., announced proposed legislation seeking specific answers on how the Pentagon is planning to remove troops and equipment from Iraq whenever the U.S. decides to draw down its military presence there.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 2, 2007

TechPresident: “But it’s not at all clear that Clinton had actually committed to participating in the more intimate breakout session in the first place. I was sitting next to NY State Democratic Party co-chair Dave Pollak, who is a Hillary supporter, and he immediately called one of the campaign’s top national staffers to check on what had happened. A few minutes later, he told me, Clinton internet director Peter Daou called back and told him, in essence, that Clinton had never actually agreed to do the breakout session, and that he had been telling the YearlyKos people this for over a week.”

“The New York Times’s Katharine Q. Seelye was standing next to us and has reported the same story on the Times’ blog, The Caucus. Ari Melber of The Nation has a post up that tells the story the way it must appear to most Kossacks, as a last-minute reversal by Clinton and a seemingly “odd” move for her campaign as it appears to be making some headway reaching out to the netroots. Right now as I write this, one of the top recommended diaries on Daily Kos is titled, “YK ’07: Effing Hillary Jilts Kossacks!” Since in politics, 90% of reality is perception, it will be interesting to see how the Clinton campaign deals with this episode. Perhaps the YearlyKos organizers will offer a clarification tomorrow. Stay tuned.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 2, 2007

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “It’s hard to say whether it would have gotten traction in the current Congress. It didn’t in the previous Congress. But with the collapse yesterday of the I-35W bridge in Minnesota, George Voinovich’s “National Infrastructure Improvement Act” could wind up on the floor of the Senate as quickly as tonight, Voinovich’s office says.”
“Voinovich’s bill to establish the commission was co-authored by Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat. Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican (and former St. Paul mayor), and Hillary Clinton, a New York Democrat, signed on as co-sponsors.”

Concord Monitor: “Speaker of the House Terie Norelli endorsed Hillary Clinton yesterday, pledging to crisscross the state to tell voters about her candidate. Norelli, a Portsmouth Democrat, will serve as co-chairwoman of the New York senator’s campaign, along with veteran activist Bill Shaheen. She is the latest in a list of legislative endorsements for Clinton, including Senate President Sylvia Larsen, a Concord Democrat, and 50 other lawmakers. Asked about the importance of endorsements, Norelli emphasized her intent to work for the campaign. She said that, with the legislative session over, she will work at the “same pace, but it will just be for a different cause.” First up, Norelli has scheduled 10 events for the campaign in the next two weeks, including coffee klatches in North Conway, Laconia and Keene.”

Top Hillary Headlines for August 1, 2007

Fosters: “House Speaker Terie Norelli endorsed Hillary Clinton for president this morning. Clinton’s campaign is touting Norelli — who on Dec. 6 became the first democratic Speaker in over 70 years and just the second woman to hold the post — as among their “biggest” New Hampshire endorsements. Norelli will also co-chair Clinton’s Granite State campaign alongside Bill Shaheen, she told reporters and Clinton supporters over coffee at Cafe Espresso, on Islington Street, Tuesday morning. “This is not a decision I take lightly,” she added as cheers died down. “We all have a lot of choices to make. … I think she should be the next president.”

Newsday: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday of falsely portraying her attempt to get Iraq planning information out of the Pentagon. The Democratic presidential front-runner has been hammering at the Bush administration for two weeks since a top Pentagon aide refused to tell her whether or how the military was planning for the eventual withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. In a letter Wednesday directly to the vice president, she accused Cheney of offering “inaccuracies” in opposing her request.”

New York Observer: “Hillary Clinton said it was “silly” when Barack Obama said she wanted to pursue a version of foreign diplomacy that was “Bush-Cheney lite.” And in a letter she just sent out asking supporters to co-sign a petition calling on President Bush to bring home the troops, Clinton again contrasts herself directly with Dick Cheney. “It’s not just that Cheney doesn’t think Congress should have oversight — he thinks those of us who do are “reinforcing enemy propaganda.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 31, 2007

Star Ledger: “The public rally was officially nixed, but it happened anyway. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had just finished taking questions from campaign donors at a fundraiser held at the Newport Financial Center building in Jersey City this evening when an organizer tapped her on her shoulder and said a crowd had gathered outside. A rally that was supposed to take place had been officially canceled because of “time constraints” on the part of the candidate, but no one told the well-over 500 people who wanted — and waited — to hear from Clinton, a U.S. senator of New York. Wearing a gray jacket, black pants, and her trademark wide-eyed grin, Clinton worked the police line, shaking hands and exchanging greetings.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 30, 2007

Des Moines Register: “More than 100 Iowa woman, most with credentials in politics, have agreed to be on a team whose mission is to recruit other women to support Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Each woman is charged with encouraging friends to become more active in Clinton’s campaign and to drive turnout for Clinton at the January caucuses. The campaign calls the group the Women’s Leadership Council for Team Hillary.”

London Times: “There is no easy exit from Iraq, but defence secretary Robert Gates has admitted for the first time that the Pentagon is poring over the options. Under pressure from Hillary Clinton, the senator for New York, defence officials are to give a “closed door” briefing to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week about US troop withdrawals.”

“You may rest assured,” Gates wrote to Clinton, “that such planning is indeed taking place with my active involvement.” The Soviet rout from Afghanistan is one of the worst-case scenarios that a rapid withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq could provoke. “They had to airlift out of Kandahar, the fighting was so bad,” Morgan recalled. Another nightmare image remains familiar decades on – the helicopters taking off from the roof of the US embassy in Saigon, leaving desperate Vietnamese allies to their fate.

Top Hillary Headlines for July 29, 2007

The State: “Still, Clinton has run what appears thus far to be a flawless campaign. She has an excellent staff, which includespeople who have worked in successful presidential campaigns. The candidate on the spot is Obama. He presents the greatest threat to Clinton but seems to be losing ground in his effort to overtake his U.S. Senate colleague. After Monday night’s debate and Clinton’s widening lead over Obama in the polls, some began to wonder whether the Democratic race isn’t over. Many Democrats are saying Obama must make his move soon or be caught up in the Clinton sweep.

Top Hillary Headlines for July 28, 2007

Gazette-Mail: “Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 700 on Friday, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton brought the crowd to its feet more than once, but never for longer than when she said she would end the war in Iraq. “I have made a solemn pledge that if President Bush does not end the war while he’s in office that I will,” Clinton, D-N.Y., told the crowd at West Virginia State University. The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, the former first lady said the U.S. military has done everything it has been asked to do and the Iraqi people must step forward to end the conflict.”

The State: “U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton said Saturday that, if elected president, she will call on “a new generation of Americans to serve.” Clinton made her comments in wrapping up the three-day College Democrats of America convention at the University of South Carolina. The leader in polls among Democratic presidential candidates for 2008, Clinton told several hundred cheering young Democrats that the next presidential election is about new leadership but also “a new citizenship” that defines who we are as a nation. She said six years under Republican President George W. Bush have led to U.S. “alienation around the world” and “incompetence and indifference here at home.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 27, 2007

Associated Press: “Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton fielded questions on health care, Iraq and China during a Friday stop in West Virginia, considered safely Democratic when her husband ran for the White House but which helped elect President Bush twice. The senator from New York said she plans to resume the push for universal coverage that foundered during President Bill Clinton’s first term. “We just have to be more willing to listen to each other about what will work. We can do this,” Clinton told a first-come, first-seated, standing-room only crowd of about 700 at West Virginia State University.

Top Hillary Headlines for July 26, 2007

New York Times: “The biggest story of this presidential campaign is the success of Hillary Clinton. Six months ago many people thought she was too brittle and calculating and that voters would never really bond with her. But now she seems to offer the perfect combination of experience and change.”

“She’s demonstrating that it really helps to have lived in the White House. She can draw on a range of experiences unmatched by her rivals. She’s dominated most of the debates. She’s transformed her position on Iraq without a ripple. Her measured, statistic-filled speeches rarely inspire passion, but always confidence.”

“Her success has put incredible pressure on Barack Obama. He continues to attract huge crowds and huge money, but he also continues to make rookie mistakes, like saying he’d talk with Hugo Chávez. He’s forced to campaign on the defensive now, knowing that each misstep reinforces the “He’s too young” story line.”

Chicago Sun-Times: “The big story line out of the Democratic presidential race thus far has got to be how Hillary Clinton keeps improving, maturing and getting more effective as a candidate.”

Reuters: “But he said he believed Clinton came out the winner. Obama’s attack on Clinton as “Bush-Cheney lite” undermined his message that his campaign represents politics of hope over negativity — “the exact elements that made him interesting in the first place,” said Lehane.”

PR-Inside: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the leading U.S. Democratic presidential contenders, will be a guest on CBS television’s «Late Show with David Letterman» on Aug. 30th to help observe the 14th anniversary of the broadcast, her campaign said Thursday.”

Newsday: “New York’s Civil Service Employees Association announced it was endorsing Sen. Hillary Clinton for president Wednesday. A crowd of about 250 people from the union cheered as Clinton said she wanted a labor department in Washington that was “actually” pro-labor.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 25, 2007

theLeftCoaster: “Now in late July 2007, after concluding that Al Gore is not going to enter the race, I used the same criteria to determine whom I will be supporting in 2008. I’ve thought about which of the Top Three candidates can:·Most capably deal with the biases of the corporate media;
·Most capably fight the right wing smear machine;
·Ruthlessly battle the GOP’s likely 2008 campaign tactics;
·Obtain the nomination and,
·Most importantly, step into the job in January 2009.
After looking at these factors and knowing that the problems any Democrat will face in January 2009 are even more challenging than those faced in January 2005, I will be supporting Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2008.San Francisco Chronicle: “Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, bolstering what appears to be an increasingly formidable campaign operation in delegate-rich California, will announce her endorsement by Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior senator, today, sources close to the campaign have said. The endorsement of the New York senator’s presidential bid by Feinstein — one of the state’s most popular politicians — swells what is now a growing list of recent Clinton supporters among key Democratic political figures in the nation’s most populous state. They include Rep. Ellen Tauscher of Walnut Creek and Assemblyman Sandré Swanson of Alameda, who announced his support for Clinton this week.”

Seacoast: “Clinton had heard that Montplaisir, who plans to register to vote when she turns 18 on Dec. 6, will cast her first vote in the 2008 New Hampshire Primary. “I would be honored to have your first vote,” Clinton told the young woman. Montplaisir was one of many who were captivated, charmed, ecstatic, pleasantly surprised, or outright thrilled with Clinton on Tuesday. When he arrived at the event, David Hendrix of Portsmouth said, he was undecided on a candidate for president. By the time he left, Hendrix was a convert to the Clinton camp.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 24, 2007

First Read: “Former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on a conference call with reporters that she thought Hillary Clinton’s answer at last night’s debate on meeting with dictators “showed she had an understanding of the whole process. It is necessary to have lower-level people make the initial contact to clear the brush away.”

During last night’s debate, Clinton said she would not meet with dictatorial leaders “without preconditions” in her first year as president. In contrast, Obama answered that he would.

Wired: “The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration will hold a hearing in D.C. this Wednesday to discuss Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Ballot Integrity Act (or S. 1487) — the Senate bill that would federally mandate a paper trail on all voting machines, among other things. The list of witnesses invited to speak at the hearing includes Senator, and presidential-hopeful, Hillary Clinton as well as election officials.”

Top Hillary Headines for July 23, 2007

Campaign Headquarters:
“There’s only one way to change America: together. There’s only one way to make history: together. And I’m so proud to have you by my side as we take our country back after six and a half years of cronyism and corruption, incompetence and deception. Every “You go girl!” and “Give em Hill!”, every letter of support you’ve sent, every dollar you’ve contributed, every friend you’ve recruited, every blog you’ve written, every house party you’ve attended, every petition you’ve signed, every time you’ve shown your support, every one of these things is the heart and soul of my campaign. To put it simply: I owe the success of my campaign to each and every one of you. And to the skeptics who doubt the strength of our grassroots community, I say you’ve proven them wrong. Now I want to share an astonishing — and humbling — number: 981,440. That’s how many of you have supported my campaign for change.”

Haaretz: “Outgoing World Jewish Congress secretary-general and prominent gay rights activist Stephen Herbits will lead Hillary Clinton’s campaign within the gay and lesbian community, as she seeks to win the Democrat presidential nomination. Herbits has in the past held several positions related to the gay and lesbian community in the United States. In his last post, Herbits served as the personal assistant to Donald Rumsfeld during his term as secretary of defense. He was then appointed secretary-general of the WJC.

Top Hillary Headlines for July 22, 2007

Gambling911: “A review of all the 2008 Presidential hopefuls reveals that Hillary Clinton has had the most views in a given period of time (the last two months) than any other candidate, though Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and surprisingly Sam Brownback have enjoyed solid readership as well.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 21, 2007

Las Vegas Sun: “After more than a week of watching her Democratic rivals capture local headlines with their Nevada visits, Sen. Hillary Clinton launched a haymaker from 2,500 miles away Friday, seizing ownership of Nevada’s signature issue: Yucca Mountain. In a late afternoon conference call from Washington, a well-prepped Clinton called for congressional hearings on Yucca Mountain, the proposed repository for the nation’s nuclear waste about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

In particular, she wants the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, on which she serves, to pressure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt clear radiation standards that would ensure public health and safety. She also called on the Department of Energy to halt the project’s application until the EPA takes action.
“There has been a great deal of confusion and stonewalling by the administration to finding appropriate, scientifically based information,” Clinton said. “We need to get this information on the record and do everything we can to lay the groundwork to make it clear that we will not proceed with Yucca Mountain.” If elected president, Clinton said, she would “not go forward” with the project. In a past interview with the Sun, Clinton said she would refuse to fund Yucca Mountain.

Associated Press: “Bill Clinton charmed crowds in South Africa this week, showing the diplomatic skills he could put to use if his wife becomes America’s first female president. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has said that she would make the former president a roaming ambassador, using his talent to repair the tattered image of the United States abroad.”

Guests at a birthday function Bill Clinton attended Thursday for former South African President Nelson Mandela wanted to know if the American was ready for a role reversal. “You bet!” Clinton said, sitting next to a chuckling Mandela.

Top Hillary Headlines for July 20, 2007

CNN: “Why does Clinton appear to have an edge over Obama among blacks? According to CNN Polling Director Keating Holland, one reason may be the “brand loyalty” many blacks feel toward the name Clinton — most black primary voters in South Carolina say that Clinton understands their problems better than Obama does.”

“But another may be the “electability” factor,

Associated Press: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hit back Friday at a Pentagon aide who charged that her questions about Iraq withdrawal planning have the effect of helping the enemy – calling the accusation a spurious dodge of a serious issue.”“Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner for president, had asked the Pentagon to detail how it is planning for the eventual withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq. She first raised the issue in May, pointing out that whenever troops leave, it will be no simple task to transport the people, equipment, and vehicles out of Iraq, possibly through hostile territory.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 19, 2007

Newsday: “Taking a page from MeetUp.com and other online organizing pioneers, supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will host 400 house parties to watch her square off with her Democratic rivals in Monday’s presidential debate. The parties are sponsored by Club44, an effort by the Clinton campaign to recruit younger female supporters.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 18, 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer: “He still believes Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D., N.Y.) will win the presidency next year, thanks to her organization and Republicans’ disarray. “The Democrats have been very good at building one of the most powerful coalitions I’ve ever witnessed, very well-financed, very well-coordinated,” DeLay told an audience of more than 200 at the National Constitution Center. “It all belongs to Hillary Clinton. That’s why she’ll be the next president of the United States, especially if the Republicans don’t get their act together. And I don’t see that they are.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 17, 2007

New York Post: “The former first lady and current presidential front-runner lassoed more superstars in the past three months, new federal campaign records show, while Obama has largely become a favorite of Hollywood’s African-American set. Clinton pilfered from Obama such A-listers as Tom Hanks, comedian Ben Stiller and “Spider-Man” star Tobey Maguire, who all gave to Obama at the start of the year but switched to Hillary in the past three months. Clinton also collected cash from actress Jodie Foster and actor-director Danny DeVito.

La Vegas Sun: “Former Vice President Dan Quayle said Sunday that Sen. Hillary Clinton is sure to win the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and whoever the Republican nominee is will need to run an “outside-Washington” campaign against her.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 16, 2007

Joe Wilson Endorses Hillary: “I’m delighted to fight the fight with her. … The person who has always reached out to us has been Hillary. … I think Hillary is a fighter. … She is a wonderful individual. … More diplomacy the better. There is no daylight between us on Iran.” – former ambassador Joseph Wilson”

Associated Press: “Clinton, the New York senator, got raucous applause when she reminded the crowd that she voted against Bush appointees Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. “At the time, I warned in my speeches on the floor that especially with Justice Alito — he had been so willing to side with big business against nearly anyone on any issue during his judicial career — that if given the opportunity to serve on the Supreme Court he could become part of a majority that began to undo years of precedent,” she said.”

Clinton labeled the Bush presidency a “dangerous experiment in extremism.” “I would argue that his is the most radical presidency we’ve ever had in our country’s history,” she said.

Top Hillary Headlines for July 15, 2007

Detroit Free Press: “”There’s only one candidate who throughout her career had worked to better the situation for women and girls,” Gandy said. “It’s very important to understand that NOW has taken the position not only because she’s a woman, but we endorse the best feminist.” But endorsing Clinton and electing her are two different issues.

“Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who ran for president in 2004, said women have a tendency to bad-mouth each other and sabotage their campaigns. “It’s a nasty business. Women will put standards on other women that they won’t put on the men,” she said at Saturday’s event. “We’re socialized to be competitive in a way that men don’t have to be because they already have the power.” Braun, who was a senator in 1993-99, operates an organic food company.

Top Hillary Headlines for July 14, 2007

Associated Press: “Anyone who thinks his wife can’t win because she’s a woman or because “she’s so polarizing” should remember how polarizing he was when he first ran for president, Clinton said. He said his wife is the target of so much criticism because she is the candidate Republicans most fear in the general election. “They always pick the person they think is the most trouble for them and beat ‘em to death as early as they can,” he said.

In Keene, Clinton said electing his wife will restore America’s standing in the world “virtually overnight.” He praised his wife’s dedication in her many public roles, including Friday morning when her arrival was delayed by nearly two hours so she could vote on a bill increasing the reward for information leading to the capture of Osama bin Laden. More than 1,000 people attended the first two rallies and about double that many were in Manchester. Commenting on the crowd size, the former president recalled an early trip to New Hampshire in 1991, and being told that at least 50 people needed to attend at an event “to avoid abject humiliation. About 400 showed up. “I thought, `I might actually win this thing,’” he said. “And I first realized it in Keene, New Hampshire.”

At their final stop, he joked: “When I ran for president, I didn’t get a crowd this big in Manchester until about 14 minutes before the polls opened.”

Politico: “It was 11:38 a.m., and the crowd had been told to show up at 10 a.m. “The reason we’re late today,” he began to appreciative chuckles, “is not me. And it’s not Hillary. The reason we’re late today is one of the reasons you ought to support her for president.” He went to explain that she had just flown in after voting on a bill increasing the reward for information leading to the capture of Osama bin Laden to $50 million and requiring the administration to make a report in 90 days on the hunt’s progress.”

Union Leader: “Thousands turned out yesterday for the first joint appearance in New Hampshire by America’s political power couple, a sign the state’s Democrats are still bonkers for Bubba. Only one Clinton will be on the New Hampshire primary ballot in six months, but U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign demonstrated it has a formidable weapon in former President Clinton.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 13, 2007

Sioux City Journal: “Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Thursday that Republicans need to be ready to run against Hillary Clinton and be prepared for a tough fight. “I hear people in the Republican Party say, ‘I hope she’s the nominee. She’ll be easy to beat.’ I tell them, ‘No, you’re making a huge mistake.’ Those are the same people who thought her husband would be easy to beat and they were very wrong,” Huckabee said in a telephone interview between Iowa campaign stops.”

KSTP: “The nomination of Gene Cretz is a step in restoring normal diplomatic relations after decades of tensions over Libya’s alleged involvement in terrorism. The Bush administration has sought to reward Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi since he surprised the world by agreeing to dismantle his country’s weapons of mass destruction programs. But the four Democrats _ Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York _ say they will invoke a Senate procedure to delay the nomination until Libya pays compensation for terrorist attacks in the 1980s.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 12, 2007

WCAX: “Hillary Clinton has canceled a campaign visit to New Hampshire on Saturday to attend funeral of Lady Bird Johnson. Clinton was scheduled to appear in Rochester and Salem. Hillary and Bill Clinton will be in the state tomorrow, and the campaign says tickets for the Rochester and Salem events will be honored at tomorrow’s events in Keene, Nashua and Manchester.

Des Moines Register: “More Iowa lawmakers have endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton than any other single Democratic candidate. Since Clinton announced she’s running for president, 14 Iowa lawmakers have announced their support for her.”

Boston Globe: “Hillary Clinton and Newt Gingrich, an erstwhile odd couple on healthcare issues, reunited briefly this week to promote Alzheimer’s research. They appeared at a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday to announce a new study group headed by Gingrich, a Republican and former House Speaker, and onetime Democratic senator Bob Kerrey, now president of the New School. Clinton is a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination; Gingrich has said he is weighing a bid for the GOP nomination and will make a decision after September. When it was Clinton’s turn to speak, she joked about “President Kerrey,” then teased about Gingrich, “I’m sure he’s president of something as well.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 11, 2007

365Gay: “For the first time the leading candidates for the presidency will hold a televised debate devoted solely to LGBT issues. The one-hour event will be held on August 9 and broadcast on gay network LOGO at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm ET) and through live streaming video at LOGOonline.com. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have confirmed they will participate. Several other Democratic candidates also may join the debate. The debate will be conducted with a live audience in Los Angeles. On the panel questioning the two Democrats will be Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese and singer Melissa Etheridge.”

Media Matters:
Despite past discussion on his show, Hannity claimed he had “never heard”
Coulter call for Clinton assassination
“On the July 9 edition of Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity responded to liberal blogger Hart Williams’ recent statement that he has “dibs on [conservative radio host] Rush [Limbaugh], as soon as it’s legal and lawful to shoot him” by asking, “And what if it was a conservative that said this?” Later in the segment,co-host Alan Colmes cited right-wing pundit Ann
Coulter’s statement in her book High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case against Bill Clinton (Regnery, 1998), that the national debate during the Monica Lewinsky uproar should not have focused on whether President Bill Clinton “did it,” but rather “whether to impeach or assassinate” him. Media Research Center president L. Brent Bozell III
replied: “I have never heard her say that.” Hannity agreed: “I’ve never heard it, either.” However, as Media Matters for America documented, Coulter’s comments were
discussed on a previous edition of Hannity & Colmes.

On Rose, Gerth and Van Natta repeated discredited defense of alleged 1993 plan for Hillary Clinton presidency “On the July 6 edition of the Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBS) Charlie
Rose Show, authors Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. repeated their defense of
the disputed claim in their book Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Little, Brown & Co., June 2007) that after President Bill Clinton took
office in 1993, he and Hillary Clinton updated their alleged “twenty-year
project” to include “eight years as president for him, then eight years for
her.” When host Charlie Rose noted that the purported source of the story,
historian Taylor Branch, “has denied it,” both Gerth and Van Natta suggested
that Branch originally told them that he “didn’t remember” relaying this
story to a married couple (whose secondhand account the authors cite in the
book) “at a barbecue in Aspen, Colorado, in the summer of 1993.” Gerth and
Van Natta also claimed that Branch “wouldn’t deny it happened” when they
spoke to him during the writing of the book. However, as Media Matters for
America noted, Branch claimed in a May 31 written statement that the authors “never told” him what he was “supposed to have said” to the couple and that what he
“didn’t deny” was dining with the couple in Aspen in 1993. Branch asserted
that it was not until receiving advanced “proofs” of Her Way that he became
aware of the substance of “a story attributed to me therein from the summer
of 1993″ and further stated he had “never heard either Clinton talk about a
‘plan’ for them both to become president.”

Media Matters: Cal Thomas: Hillary Clinton is “not a person who believes in the central tenets of Christianity”
“In his July 10 nationally syndicated column, Cal Thomas discussed a July 7 New York Times article that reported that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) “said she believed in the resurrection of Jesus, though she described herself as less sure of the doctrine that being a Christian is the only way to salvation.” Thomas asserted: “This is a
politician speaking, not a person who believes in the central tenets of Christianity.” He went on to suggest that a Christian cannot believe that “there are other ways to God than through Jesus.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 10, 2007

Campaigns and Elections: “The New Hampshire for Hillary campaign today announced additional details of Senator Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton’s trip to the Granite State at the end of this week. This trip marks the Senator’s 10th visit to New Hampshire and the first time the Clintons have traveled to the state together for the campaign. Events are open to the public and free. Tickets are available online for the Keene and Manchester events or tickets will also be available at designated ticket locations in Keene, Nashua and Manchester. Further details on this weekend’s events, including Salem and Rochester, are forthcoming. For more information, please visit www.hillaryclinton.com/nh or call the state headquarters (603) 634-4455.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 9, 2007

Bob Novak: “It is hard to cut the gloom among Republicans on Capitol Hill about the 2008 elections. They see Democrats winning three ways — actually increasing their margins in both the House and Senate and putting Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) in the White House.”

From Mark Penn at Campaign Headquarters: “The bottom line? Hillary’s electoral strength has grown in the last quarter and she is better positioned today than ever before to become the next President of the United Sates. Recent polls have her at or near 40% with leads of 15-20 points over her nearest competitors. Voters yearn for change and they say that Hillary has the strength and experience to actually bring about that change. Hillary’s message: that her strength and experience will bring real change that America needs, is resonating strongly with voters.”

QC Times: “Call it the duel in Des Moines. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will hold simultaneous campaign events on Tuesday just blocks apart in Iowa’s capital city. Each is considered a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton is scheduled to deliver a 10 a.m. speech on the Iraq war at the Temple for the Performing Arts. At the exact same time, Obama will hold a town hall meting on the economy at Des Moines Area Community College’s urban campus. Clinton announced Saturday that she would speak in Des Moines. Obama’s trip was announced this morning.”

Media Matters: “On CNN, Jeffrey falsely asserted Clinton has “high negatives in her own party” – On the July 5 edition
of CNN’s The Situation Room, Human Events Online editor
Terry Jeffrey asserted that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has “high
negatives in her own party.” In fact, recent polls show Clinton’s
unfavorable ratings among Democrats to be under 20 percent, which is
comparable to those of the three leading Republican presidential candidates
within their party.”

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Media Matters: “NY Times article on Clinton’s faith lacks sources for those who question her “sincerity”

clinton.html?_r=2&hp=&pagewanted=all>A July 7 New York Times article by reporter Michael Luo exploring how Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-NY) Methodist faith “intertwines” with her “political life” asserted that Clinton “has been alluding to her spiritual life with increasing regularity in recent years,” and that those references “have come under attack, both from conservatives who doubt her sincerity …
and liberals who object to any injection of religion into politics.” Yet the
article cited only one named conservative source attacking the “sincerity”
of Clinton’s faith — Weekly Standard senior editor Andrew Ferguson, whose
comments were taken from a separate interview on MSNBC, previously noted
by Media Matters for America
– as well as unnamed “conservative bloggers.” By contrast, in addition to
interviewing Clinton about her faith, Luo cited numerous sources –
including those close to Clinton, Republican candidate for president and
former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (himself a Baptist minister), =About.Home> theologians, and other religious experts — asserting in a
variety of ways that Clinton is, as John C. Green, senior fellow at the Pew
Forum on Religion and Public Life, was quoted as saying in the article, “a
person of deep and sincere faith.” Notwithstanding Luo’s assertion about
“attack[s]” on Clinton’s “references to faith” from both conservatives and
liberals, the article did not quote — either by name or anonymously — any
“liberals who object” to Clinton’s “injection of religion into politics.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 8, 2007

New York Times: “We all have things that oftentimes we’re upset about, or ashamed of, or feel guilty over, and so many people carry these enormous burdens around,” Mrs. Clinton said in a recent interview. “One of the great gifts of faith is to let it go.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 7, 2007

Union Leader: “The Clinton campaign yesterday announced some details of the upcoming visit, on the heels of campaign appearances in Iowa this week by former President Bill Clinton alongside his wife. Both Clintons are expected to appear in Manchester, Nashua and Keene on Friday. Sen. Clinton will continue solo on Saturday, visiting the Salem and Rochester areas. New Hampshire Clinton spokesman Kathleen Strand said the New Hampshire events will be free gatherings open to the general public. Tickets, however, must be obtained through Clinton headquarters at 634-4455, online at www.hillaryclinton/nh or at designated locations, she said.”

Times-Picayune: “The audience that gathered Friday at a downtown convention hall, drawn by the Democratic Party heavyweight headlining the day’s agenda at the Essence Music Festival, burst into a standing ovation before U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton uttered a single word. But more than her promises to restore the Gulf Coast and end the Iraq war if voters elect her to the White House in 2008, it was Clinton’s references to the failures of the Bush administration to enact a swift and lasting response to Hurricane Katrina that raised the mostly African-American crowd to its feet again and again.”

Overthetopblog: “Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton created quite a firestorm this afternoon inside Hall D at the New Orleans convention center. A group of hecklers chanting “reopen public housing” initially seemed to derail Clinton’s attempt to bring her message to the “sister circle” at Essence music fest. The small but loud group made it impossible to hear much of what Clinton had to say — that is until the audience fought back, literally giving gracious applause at the end of her every sentence.”

“Perhaps Barak Obama chose the wrong place and time last night to bring his message to the people, who seemed more interested in the O’Jays than politics. While there were certainly more people last night at the Superdome, Hillary’s presence ignited the thousands in the audience today in a way that Obama could only have hoped for. Even when Clinton referred to a “charismatic young man” who introduced her to politics many years ago, the crowd whooped with excitement. She didn’t even have to say the name Bill.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 6, 2007

Newsweek: Hillary favorable 57%, unfavorable 36%; Obama favorable 54%, 19%.

“Experience appears to outweigh both race and gender in voters’ minds, however. More than two-thirds (70 percent) of the poll’s respondents feel Clinton, a former First Lady now in her second term as senator from New York, has enough experience in government to be a good president. For Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, the number drops to 40 percent (as many as 34 percent say he does not have enough experience). Both candidates are considered more qualified for office by nonwhites than by whites. Fifty-four percent of minorities say Obama is qualified; only 34 percent of whites agree. Eight in 10 (79 percent) minorities consider Clinton to be qualified enough, versus 67 percent of whites. More than half (55 percent) say former senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards has enough experience to be president, while 25 percent say he does not.”

Bay Area Reporter: “I just got to make clear, I got tested with Michelle, when we were in Kenya in Africa. I don’t want any confusion here about what’s going on,” said Obama, as the audience laughed and applauded. “I was tested with my wife, in public.” Moderator Travis Smiley said he was “sure Michelle appreciates you clarifying that.”

“Some members of the LGBT community watching the debate or hearing it afterwards said they took Obama’s remarks simply as an effort to inject some humor at a time when many in the audience were, no doubt, surprised that Biden would publicly disclose such personal information about another person. But others flinched.”

“I think Biden was wrong in mentioning Obama’s getting tested,” said Ronald Johnson, deputy executive director of AIDS Action. “But Obama just needlessly played into some underlying homophobia in the black community. By saying he wanted to make it clear, he was saying, ‘I don’t want anybody to get the wrong idea.’ He was needlessly saying, in effect, ‘I’m not gay’ and getting a cheap laugh at the expense of gay men and black gay men.”

“For her part, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) triggered a spontaneous standing ovation from many of the women in the audience when she said, “If HIV/AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34 there would be an outrage, an outcry in this country.” She went on to say that, among other things which had been mentioned by other candidates, she’s working to increase funding for the Ryan White CARE Act for AIDS treatment “because there are a lot of women, particularly, who are becoming infected in poor rural areas, as well as underserved urban areas ”

L.A. Times: “But for all his dizzying success over the years (more than 70 Grammy nominations) there is one notation that stands out amid the early fervor of the 2008 presidential election: He is one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most loyal — and powerful — Hollywood supporters. It’s not that he doesn’t like Sen. Barack Obama, Jones said in an interview. It’s just that he sees the Clintons as family. It’s a relationship that goes back years, cultivated by long presidential discussions over sherry (Jones’ favorite aperitif) and splendid evenings at the White House.”

“Don’t get me wrong,” said Jones, phoning from Amsterdam, where he was hanging out with some pals, a selection of Nobel Prize winners. “I love the guy. Obama is a genius, he’s a star. And by the time he’s succeeded in doing everything he wants to do, he’s going to be major, major, major. But you have to know how the system works. “Right now, with what’s going on in the world, it’s really scary. We need someone who really understands that. Hillary is fantastic. She’s an amazing woman. And Bill will be back.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 5, 2007

Taylor Marsh: “What does this mean? Well, as a born and raised Missourian myself, it isn’t nothing, because Gephardt remains a very popular man in the show me state. Gephardt has been involved with advising Clinton for at least a couple of months, but an endorsement is a different thing. Does anyone really care? Clinton does and I imagine Edwards does too, because Gephardt was once Mr. Union, though in 2004 that title clearly diminished when unions couldn’t even deliver Iowa. But unions had begun to change by then, becoming quite a different beast than when Gephardt grew up.”

Earth Times: “Gothenburg University in Sweden is awarding U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton an honorary doctorate in medicine. The Democratic senator from New York will be presented the doctorate at a ceremony in the United States this fall, The Local reported Wednesday.
“Hillary Clinton’s involvement in issues around medical research and health problems are well known,” said Professor Olle Larko, dean at the Sahlgrenska Academy. “She is also a strong advocate for increased investment in medical research.” The university cited her work to raise awareness of health problems such as obesity, poor food quality and physical inactivity.”

Associated Press: “During her more than 30 years in the U.S. Army, retired Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy specialized in military intelligence. Now, she says she’s working on behalf of more intelligent political choices. “We’ve had eight years of very discouraging attacks on our own Constitution and complete incompetence at protecting our citizens where it counts. We’re just being sucked dry of our money,” Kennedy said Wednesday in a phone interview from her home on Hilton Head Island.”

“Kennedy, 60, is one of several dozen retired military service members advising U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign. When the steering committee was announced earlier this year, Kennedy called Clinton a strong leader who can protect the nation and rebuild relationships with other countries. Kennedy was the first female three-star general in the Army and served as the Army’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence for three years. She made headlines when she accused Maj. Gen. Larry G. Smith of making unwanted sexual advances in 1996. Smith was reprimanded and retired in 2000.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 4, 2007

ABC News: “It seems the Clintons veered off their official campaign schedule, in an attempt to meet, behind closed doors, and behind cameras, with small groups of voters, community leaders, and elected representatives. This runs in stark contrast to the events that the couple has on the official agenda: the state fair in Des Moines, rallies in Iowa City and Davenport, each event drawing a crowd in the upper hundred reds. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton spoke to the small groups and the conversation focused on the issues near and dear to the Clinton campaign: health care, the Iraq War, energy, and jobs creation. In addition to supporters and county leaders, some “on the fence voters” were present to listen in and participate on the conversation. Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Hanley, says that “results were good,” from meetings with those undecided voters.”

Taylor Marsh: “Money isn’t everything and even though Barack Obama is raising record cash, Clinton is obviously making her push in Iowa. But is Bill by her side enough to change the dynamic? She’s done a lot on her own. She’s smart, competent, hard working, tenacious, strong and willing to do what it takes to win and fight to the death to get it done. It’s the fight I like. After 2000 and 2004, that’s a big part of what I want in a candidate. A give ‘em hell, Harry, kind of person. A fighter like Bill.”

“Having seen Candidate Clinton in action up close more than once, she doesn’t have to worry that she can deliver. She’s been underestimated from the start, with people believing the right-wing talking points thrown out by the wingnuts for over a decade. Democrats that don’t like her will never come over, but that doesn’t make her less effective. The fact is she offers young women an historic chance to change history. That’s a powerfully modern pull.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 3, 2007

Iowa Independent: “With this endorsement, Ruth Harkin joins several other prominent Iowa women who are active in the Clinton campaign. State Central Committee member Bonnie Eggers, Cedar Rapids Mayor Kay Halloran, former First Lady Christie Vilsack, former University of Iowa Democrats President Megan Heneke, Des Moines activist and philanthropist Susan Knapp, Iowa Rep. Mary Mascher, former candidate for lieutenant governor Dr. Andrea McGuire, former Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson and former Iowa Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Bonnie Campbell have all publicly announced their support of Clinton”

South Carolina Politics: “Rep. Cathy Harvin, D-Clarendon, has endorsed New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, according to the Clinton campaign. The campaign said in a news release the Harvin endorsement is proof Clinton is running strong among women. Last week Sen. Linda Short, D-Chester, signed on as one of Clinton’s state campaign co-chairs. Harvin said Clinton is the best choice to meet the nation’s international and domestic challenges.”

Philadelphia Daily News: “”For me, the choice was very easy,” said Street, the city’s second black mayor. The city, which is 45 percent black, is a Democratic stronghold in a swing state. Clinton said she would strive to help those who have been rendered “invisible” by the current administration. A quarter of Philadelphia residents live below the poverty line. “It is a breach of faith with the promise of America to turn our backs on those in need,” Clinton said. “I have both the opportunity and the obligation to pay back.” The former first lady also received the support of U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., and state Sen. Connie Williams, D-Montgomery, at the City Hall event.”

Arkansas News: “She said America needs to become a place again that sets noble goals, the first of which should be health coverage for everyone. You found yourself taking her seriously, considering that she once tried health reform arrogantly and ineptly. Now she knows the two most important things: the issue and what not to do. She said that if our debacle in Iraq hasn’t been drawn down by the time she becomes president, she’ll end it forthwith. America’s greatest foreign policy need will be to regain trust, respect and friendship in the world. You sense that Hillary has the right sensibility for that, and you are certain that, with her husband, she has the residual good will internationally.

Top Hillary Headlines for July 2, 2007

Union Leader: “Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign got a local boost with two new endorsements: Lillye Ramos Spooner, executive director of Greater Manchester AIDS Project and the first Hispanic woman appointed to the New Hampshire commission on the Status of Women, has been active in mobilizing the Latino community — especially women — to register and vote. Manchester attorney Greg Sargent, a member of the newly formed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans for Hillary steering committee and co-chair of the NH for Hillary LGBT organizing effort, will focus his efforts on political outreach, communications, policy advice and counsel and fundraising.”

Concord Monitor: “We work every day as if we’re behind,” said Kathleen Strand, Clinton’s New Hampshire spokeswoman. “We operate as if the polls don’t exist.” Although Clinton is a household name – and she’s frequently trailed by a swarm of reporters – many of her New Hampshire events have been town-hall-style “conversations” (as the Clinton campaign calls them), giving voters an opportunity to ask questions. And Clinton hasn’t been a stranger: Since announcing her candidacy in February, she’s visited the state nine times. “She started off with the town hall meetings, and she tries not to leave until every question has been answered,” said Bill Shaheen, co-chairman of Clinton’s state campaign and of her national campaign.”

Top Hillary Headlines for July 1, 2007

Forbes: “Taking a swipe at a potential GOP presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday criticized Fred Thompson for suggesting Cuban immigrants pose a terrorist threat. “I was appalled when one of the people running for or about to run for the Republican nomination talked about Cuban refugees as potential terrorists,” Clinton told Hispanic elected officials. “Apparently he doesn’t have a lot of experience in Florida or anywhere else, and doesn’t know a lot of Cuban-Americans.”

Arabisto: “On June 27th, Senator Hillary Clinton issued a statement further condemning the detention of imprisoned Iranian-American academic, Haleh Esfandiari and her colleagues Parnaz Azima, Dr Kian Tajbakhsh, and Ali Shakeri. In her statement issued on Wednesday, Senator Clinton wrote: “I am saddened and dismayed by the continued detention of Dr. Haleh Esfandiari and Parnaz Azima, and the recent arrests of fellow Iranian-Americans Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh and Ali Shakeri. I have joined the fifteen women Senators in writing to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urging him to intervene on behalf of Dr. Esfandiari and Ms. Azima, and I am gravely disappointed that the situation in Iran has been allowed to escalate. It is an unconscionable violation of human rights to detain and imprison individuals without just cause, and we cannot let this situation stand.

Miami Herald “If there ever was a time for a woman president it’s now,” the Presidential hopeful told a mostly female crowd of nearly 1,000 at Jungle Island. “We’re going to have to do a lot of cleaning up after President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Ladies, get out your mops and brooms.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 30, 2007

Philadelphia Daily News: “Mayor Street will endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton for president Monday, a source close to the Clinton campaign said. Clinton will be in town that day to attend a forum hosted by the anti-poverty organization ACORN. The endorsement will be announced at City Hall in the mayor’s reception room in the morning. Street’s relationship with Clinton and former president Bill Clinton goes back a long way. In 1999, when Street was battling in a tight race for mayor, Bill Clinton came to town and attended a rally on his behalf.

Des Moines Register: “The Clintons are planning a three-day, six-city swing beginning Monday evening at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The event kicks off a series of campaign rallies and represent the first time the former president will campaign anywhere for the former first lady, outside of attending fund-raisers for her.”

“The campaign is casting a wide net to promote the Monday event, putting out a recorded telephone message in central Iowa, whose recipients included people registered as Democrats and independents. The Clintons also are scheduled to campaign together at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and in downtown Davenport on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, they plan to participate in the Clear Lake July 4th parade before headlining an afternoon event at the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo and an evening event in Cedar Rapids.”

“Sen. Clinton will stay on in Iowa after the former president breaks off the trail after Wednesday, with plans to campaign in Muscatine, Ottumwa and Fort Dodge on Thursday. For details about attending any of the events featuring former President Bill Clinton, call the telephone numbers for the respective cities:

Des Moines: (515) 558-9630

Iowa City: (319) 358-5837

Davenport: (563) 322-8715

Clear Lake: (641) 424-3569

Waterloo: (319) 833-9465

Cedar Rapids: (319) 364-4083

PollHudson: “New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton received a 93 percent rating from the AFL-CIO for her voting record last year. That ties her with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.”

Miami Herald: “Frontrunning Democrat Hillary Clinton has a whirlwind Saturday planned: She starts off the day at a “women’s breakfast” fundraiser at Parrot Jungle Island. Then she heads to Orlando to attend another reception and give a speech to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. Then she jets back to South Florida for three more fundraisers before midnight at the homes of attorney Stuart Ratzan, businessman F.J. Pollak and developer Jorge Perez.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 29, 2007

Campaign Headquarters: Raves for Hillary from: Des Moines Register, Brazile, Tavis Smiley, NY Post, ABC News, Daily News, George Stephanopoulos, The Nation, MSNBC, San Francisco Chronicle, and Politico

Top Hillary Headlines for June 28, 2007

Campaign Headquarters: “Hillary recently attended a campaign luncheon attended by more than 300 women of color. Women of all backgrounds came together to talk about ways to help the campaign and to hear Hillary discuss her plans for education, health care, and the War in Iraq. The event had several special guests; Mary Wilson of the Supremes spoke to the group about why she supports Hillary and actress Victoria Rowell spoke movingly about her personal experiences as a foster child and why she is convinced that Hillary is the candidate to champion children’s issues in the White House. Representatives Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Nydia Velazquez, Grace Napolitano, and Sheila Jackson Lee came to show their support for Hillary, while Dr. Maya Angelou appeared via video to share her thoughts about Hillary’s candidacy. The event was a great success – exciting and fun for everyone who attended, as you can see: [pictures, see link]

Newsday: “”In this interdependent world, the United States cannot unilaterally kill, jail, occupy or isolate all of our actual or potential allies,” Clinton said. “What we have seen here and around the world is the administration has systematically broken down and thrown aside our hard-won partnerships and alliances and undermined our greatest asset: America’s moral authority,” she told members of the Center for a New American Security.Clinton said President George W. Bush’s White House is “not just destroying the work of the previous decade but the difficult work of more than a half century of internationalism practiced by Democratic and Republican administrations alike.”

Chicago Sun-Times: “Canadian support for Hillary Clinton cuts across age, education level, and even political affiliation,” the poll reported. Liberals admire her, so do Conservatives. The Quebecois positively love her.”

Advocate: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced today the formation of “LGBT Americans for Hillary”—a national steering committee made up of more than 65 LGBT leaders (full list included below), all of whom have personally endorsed Clinton for president. This committee will work with the campaign on several areas including political outreach, communications, policy advice and counsel, and fund-raising. The press release noted that the move came on the eve of the 38th anniversary of Stonewall, June 28, 1969—you have to hand it to Clinton and her advisors on this one. Among others, every major openly gay elected official from New York State is on the list—including all four gay members of the state legislature and out New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 27, 2007

New York Daily News: “Billionaire Warren Buffett called Hillary Clinton “the person to run this country” at a private dinner in Manhattan last night, according to one attendee. “Hillary Rodham Clinton has the same goals that I do,” said Buffett, according to New School Dean Fred Hochberg. “She is the person for the White House.” Asked how the markets would fare under her administration, Buffett said, “Ten years out, they’ll be far more up with Hillary than any of the Republicans running now,” according to Hochberg.”

CBS News: “Among those who plan to vote in the Democratic primaries, 29 percent are enthusiastic about Clinton and 26 percent about Obama. Forty-five percent of younger Americans aren’t enthusiastic about any candidate. If the election were held today, a majority of 17 to 29-year-olds (54 percent) say they’d vote for the Democratic candidate, while 32 percent would vote Republican.”

ClickZ News: “Hillary Clinton overtook Barack Obama in May, John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani held steady and Ron Paul rocketed from fifth place to first. That’s according to Hitwise data showing the ebb and flow of traffic to the official sites of the Democratic and Republican presidential primary candidates.” In a custom report created for ClickZ News, Hitwise measured traffic market share of the candidate sites. The measurement firm found traffic to Democratic candidate sites was top heavy, favoring Clinton’s, Obama’s and Edwards’s sites. HillaryClinton.com garnered nearly a third of visits among Democratic candidate sites in May. BarackObama.com attracted almost 28 percent, and JohnEdwards.com drew 23 percent of visitors to Dem campaign sites last month.

Press Citizen: “Two honorees and 200 guests at United Way of Johnson County’s eighth annual women’s leadership luncheon received a surprise message Tuesday from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The Democratic senator from New York congratulated honorees Joyce Aron and Jean Lloyd-Jones at the “Women of Courage, Women of Conviction” event for their work helping other women. It was the second year the Women’s Leadership Circle presented awards to two area women for their accomplishments giving back to their family or greater community. Clinton had planned to surprise the honorees with a live appearance, but she and other presidential candidates canceled scheduled visits to Iowa City on Tuesday because of a U.S. Senate vote on the Employee Free Choice Act.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 26, 2007

Media Matters: “With his well-documented Republican ties and history of being criticized and reprimanded by his peers, it’s clear that Frank Luntz cannot be trusted to provide objective analysis of Thursday’s forum. Today, I’m asking you to contact PBS and let the organization know that it should reconsider its decision to use Luntz in light of his partisan Republican ties and history of questionable scientific methodology. If Luntz must be a part of PBS post-forum coverage, let it know you expect that its viewers will be informed of these facts on the air.”

New York Daily News: “After being dissed by Barack Obama, Indian-Americans gathered in what organizers called the biggest event their community ever held to hand Hillary Clinton about $2 million yesterday. “I will work very hard to be a good steward of those contributions,” Clinton told 1,200 of the nation’s most prominent Indian-Americans, who flew in from all over the country and paid $1,000 to $4,600 to dine with her at the New York Sheraton. “It is important that the relationship and partnership between India and the U.S. deepen and strengthen.”

“Obama’s campaign irked the Indian-American community last week by circulating a memo that described Clinton as a Democrat representing Punjab and detailing her ties to Indian firms that specialize in outsourcing. “It’s done Obama a lot more harm than good. He had something good going for him and he screwed it up,” said Riyaz Akhtar, who attended a private VIP reception with Clinton before the dinner.”

“The memo couldn’t have been more ill-timed. Obama angered the richest and best-educated of America’s immigrant communities just as they are starting to flex their considerable political muscle for the first time in a presidential election.”

Greenville News: “Former U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley will endorse New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign today at a news conference in Columbia, Clinton’s South Carolina campaign manager Kelly Adams said. Riley, who also served two terms as South Carolina governor, supported the campaign of former President Bill Clinton in 1992, then served as education secretary for both of Clinton’s terms.”

CNN: “Even at this early stage of the primary race, the business endorsements of Clinton alone rival – in size, scope and prestige the list of CEOs publicly supporting the Kerry-Edwards ticket in the 2004 general election. The more than 150 top executives who have raised money for Clinton represent such brand names as Anheuser-Busch (Charts, Fortune 500), Comcast (Charts), Estée Lauder, Palm (Charts), Sun Microsystems (Charts, Fortune 500) and Qualcomm (Charts, Fortune 500). Venture capitalist James D. Robinson III, the former CEO of American Express and a longtime Republican, told Fortune he now supports Clinton for President, citing her “breadth of experience, especially on the international level, which is critical for going forward.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 25, 2007

Orlando Sentinel: “The presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York announced today that the former first lady had earned the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a fellow Democrat whose Florida district curls into parts of Orlando.

BayouBuzz: “Three things you can take to the bank (or your bookie) next year: the Arizona Cardinals won’t be playing in the Superbowl, Mardi Gras will be on a Tuesday, and Hillary Rodham Clinton probably will be the Democrat’s presidential nominee.”
“With the 2008 primary calendar frontloaded as 17 states will be voting on February 5th, only two weeks after New Hampshire, there’s not going to be much room for movement unless those who finish third and worse drop out immediately after New Hampshire so supporters of the unsuccessful candidates can shift. And it’s not going to take many first place wins before the media declares her the de facto nominee.”

Bay Post: “Peter Daou is the internet director of Senator Hillary Clinton’s campaign and presides over an empire of “about 10 and growing” staff who are responsible for her online presence at hillaryclinton.com. This week the Clinton campaign scored a coup with a video spoof of The Sopranos, starring Hillary and her husband, Bill. Set in the diner where the last scene of the TV series takes place, it was created to announce the winning theme song for the campaign – a contest that had also taken place over the internet. Within 48 hours the clip had recorded more than a million hits direct to the site, with another 100,000 on YouTube and an estimated 200,000 on other sites. “It’s been hugely successful,” Mr Daou said. “It’s a huge viral movement. And it was really fun too.”

Moneycontrol India: “In recent days, the race for the White House has been dominated by talk over the memo from Barack Obama’s campaign in which Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were criticized not only for their closeness to Indian-Americans but also to India. That cast some doubt about whether the controversy would keep the New York Senator from attending a major fund-raiser organized by the community for her on Sunday. But Hillary Clinton made a point of being there and of underscoring her links to India and Indians in America.”

“Sunday’s event raised nearly 3 million dollars for Hillary’s campaign from 1,250 people who attended the dinner, showcasing the financial clout of Indian-Americans. At this fund-raiser, Hillary Clinton ignored the recent barbs from Barack Obama’s camp and did not shy away from focusing on her proximity to India and to Indian-Americans.”

Adweek: “So far in the 2008 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s campaign gets an A+ for cultural awareness. For starters, no one has outvideo-ed Hillary. She and her team have used the Web brilliantly, especially to highlight her easier, looser side. In a series on her Web site called “Let the Conversation Begin,” she answers viewer e-mail in a way that’s off-the-cuff but still demonstrates her laserlike intelligence and enormous mastery of issues. (One reason the “1984″ video parody by that random Obama follower with a Mac didn’t get more traction is that the footage of Hillary appears to be from one of these sessions. She looks and sounds way too good to be a convincing Big Brother.)”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 24, 2007

WMCStations: “4 of the five Democrats in Arkansas’ congressional delegation endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Clinton is the headliner for tonight’s state Democratic Party fundraiser at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, where some 2,500 people are expected to turn out. The former first lady of Arkansas — now a U.S. senator in New York — has the support of Arkansas congressional members Mark Pryor, Vic Snyder, Marion Berry, and Mike Ross. Senator Blanche Lincoln says she will probably announce her endorsement after the state’s February Fifth primary and she is hoping other Democratic presidential contenders visit the state. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe says it’s also too early for him to make an endorsement.”

Pine Bluff Commercial: “”I just remember people wanting to achieve things together,” she said, standing on a stage in the center of Alltel Arena. “That’s the way Arkansas worked best and that’s the way America will work best.” Clinton called upon her audience of some 4,000 attending the Democratic Party of Arkansas’ annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraiser to work with her. “I want to be a president who sets goals for America again,” she said. “And I want to ask everyone to work together to achieve those goals.” Clinton said the United States has “squandered” the goodwill countries displayed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.”

“We have alienated people who still are looking for leadership from the United States and not finding it,” she said. “The United states has to get back to leading, leading by example and leading by alliances and partnerships.”

California Majority Report: “Clinton Gets Endorsements of 34 Golden State Mayors” “Hillary Clinton is in Los Angeles this afternoon, talking things up at the the 75th U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Los Angeles today (Schwarzenegger will be there tomorrow). While in town, she received the endorsements of 34 current and former California mayors.”

“I support Hillary Clinton because she is the candidate that will help boost the prospects of the middle class,” said Huntington Park Mayor Elba Guerrero. “Her policies will help more students get a better education beginning with pre-K on to college, and she will help more families achieve the American dream. I urge others to join me in voting for Hillary Clinton.”

“These local leaders will be critical to spreading our message of change across California, and I’m honored to have their support,” Clinton said.”

“Clinton was endorsed by California Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and more than 15 other state legislators in April during her visit to the State Party convention.”

CALIFORNIA MAYORS ENDORSING HILLARY TODAY:

Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Mayor
Otto Lee, Sunnyvale Mayor
Elba Guerrero, Huntington Park Mayor
Laura Lee, Cerritos Mayor
Louis Byrd, Lynwood Mayor
Beverly Johnson, Alameda Mayor
Manuel Lozano, Baldwin Park Mayor
Kris Wang, Cupertino Mayor
Janet Lockhart, Dublin Mayor
Barbara Pierce, Redwood City Mayor
Jennifer Hosterman, Pleasanton Mayor
Ray Soleno, Reedley Mayor
Vicki Vidak-Martinez, Rohnert Park Mayor
Robert Fierro, Commerce Mayor
Ray Luna, Santa Paula Mayor
Daniel Furtado, Campbell Mayor
Henry Manayan, Former Milpitas Mayor
Wendy Baker, Former Fairfax Mayor
Sally Lieber, Former Mountain View Mayor, Assemblywoman
Carol Liu, Former La Canada Mayor
Joaquin Gonzalez, Former Hanford Mayor
Diane Martinez, Former Paramount Mayor
Leticia Vasquez, Former Lynwood Mayor
Ofelia Hernandez, Former Huntington Park Mayor
Juan Noguez, Former Huntington Park Mayor, City Councilman
Emelina Pedras, Former Lynwood Mayor
Maria Davila, Former South Gate Mayor
Frank Quintero, Former Glendale Mayor
Tomas Martin, Former Maywood Mayor
Dan Hauser, Former Arcata Mayor
Thea Gast, Former Arcata Mayor
Alex Stillman, Former Arcata Mayor, Arcata Councilman
Jim Test, Former Arcata Mayor
Cindy Chavez, Former San Jose Vice Mayor

Top Hillary Headlines for June 23, 2007

ABC4: “And speaking of opponents, here’s who Romney thinks will win the Democratic nomination and maybe even who he wants to run against.
ABC 4 News: “Do you still think it is going to be Hillary Clinton?” Romney: “I do think she’s the most likely to win the Democratic nomination. Barrack Obama is a good, strong candidate but I think he has just not got the organization and the strength of team that he would need to get the nomination.”

Associated Press: “Clinton returns today to the state where she was first lady for 12 years to headline a state Democratic Party fundraiser, this time as her party’s front-runner for the White House and with a rock star-like celebrity status.”“One benchmark of that status: A local sign store says Clinton paraphernalia is outselling that of former Gov. Mike Huckabee 20-to-1 even though Huckabee is a Republican presidential candidate who recently retired as governor after serving for 10 years.”

“Arkansans also buy 10 Clinton items for every one with fellow Democrat Barack Obama’s name. “I would say every day we have somebody coming in and buying something with her name on it,” said Randi Evans, president of AdCraft of Arkansas.”

Campaign Headquarters: “Hillary Clinton is one of Arkansas’ favorite daughters,” Sen. Pryor said. “She made us proud as First Lady of Arkansas, and she’ll do so again as President of the United States. Hillary has the strength and the experience to hit the ground running from her first day in office.”“Hillary’s combination of experience and commitment to Arkansas families is unmatched,” said Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. “She is a leader for all of America and is a candidate who can compete and win in all regions of the country.”

“Hillary will address the Arkansas Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock. Free tickets are available through the campaign at www.hillaryclinton.com/arkansas or by calling 501.374.2361.”
Also endorsing Hillary:
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor,
Congressman Marion Berry,
Congressman Mike Ross,
Congressman Vic Snyder,
Former Senator Dale Bumpers,
Former Senator David Pryor,
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel,
State Treasurer Martha Shoffner,
Secretary of State Charlie Daniels,
State Auditor Jim Wood,
Former State Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher,

International Herald Tribune: “In matchups against leading contenders of the two major parties, Bloomberg, founder of the Bloomberg agency, took four or five points from Democrats and five to 10 points from Republicans. He typically got 10 to 14 percent of the total vote in the trial heats.”“For example, the survey showed Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who represents New York state in the U.S. Senate, leading Giuliani by 51 percent to 44 percent. When Bloomberg was added to the mix, it was Clinton 46 percent, Giuliani 37 percent and Bloomberg 11 percent.”L.A. Times: “Unfortunately for the authors, the substantial heat around the book has not yet turned into fire at bookstore checkout stands. Nielsen BookScan reported that — as of last Sunday, after 10 days in stores — “Her Way” had sold 7,000 copies. That put it well behind Bernstein’s “Woman in Charge,” which sold 25,000 copies in its first 13 days. Neither biography was within fighting distance of Clinton’s “Living History,” the 2003 autobiography that sold 439,000 in its debut week. (BookScan tracks sales at about 70% of retail outlets.)”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 22, 2007

1010WINS: ” Former President Bill Clinton Thursday congratulated New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for leaving the Republican Party. Clinton told reporters at a news conference for his foundation that Bloomberg’s a “very smart fellow and I suppose he just couldn’t bear to be in the Republican Party anymore, which I thought showed good judgment on his part.”

The Columbian: “”The people of Washington are ready for change,” Inslee said in a statement released by the Clinton campaign. “There is too much at stake to take chances after the last seven years. We need a candidate who has been through the fire and knows how to lead. “Hillary Clinton has the vision to lead this country in a clean-energy revolution. She has the toughness, experience, and resolve needed to end the Iraq war and begin rebuilding America’s image around the world.” Inslee said in an interview that it was tough taking sides in a nomination battle that has drawn stellar candidates, but that his long admiration for the senator and former first lady won his support.”

Denver Post: “Republican Newt Gingrich said Thursday night in Denver that he’s unlikely to run for his party’s presidential nomination if leading GOP candidates adopt his ideas for overhauling government. “If, in my own party, a (Rudy) Giuliani or a (Mitt) Romney or a Fred Thompson take up these ideas…we probably won’t run,” he said. However, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives said if there is a “collapse” among such candidates later this year and there is “no effective opposition” to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, “then we’d consider running.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 21, 2007

El Diario La Prensa: ““Ya tenemos el apoyo del alcalde de Los Angeles, Antonio Villarraigosa, del senador de Nueva Jersey Robert Menéndez, de destacados activistas como Raúl Yzaguirre (ex presidente de La Raza) y Dolores Huerta (cofundadora de United Farmers Workers of America). No podemos pensar que los latinos van a apoyar a los demócratas, Bush consiguió un mayor porcentaje del voto latino en el 2004 -aunque al final la mayoría del voto latino lo obtuvo John Kerry- ¡y Hillary es la mejor candidata al partido demócrata y la mejor presidenta que este país puede tener!” , añadió Solis Doyle, de 41 años, casada y madre de dos niños, con su energía arrolladora.”

New York Times: “Mr. Bloomberg was described as conflicted about a national run, intrigued by the possibility of winning the presidency but telling friends that he would not run unless he was certain that he could win. And he did not want to go down in history as a spoiler who contributed to the defeat of a Democrat like Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, he has told friends. “He will not run to be a spoiler,” said Ester Fuchs, a special adviser to Mr. Bloomberg in his first term who remains close to the administration.

Top Hillary Headlines for June 20, 2007

MSNBC: “While not sexy, the Clinton campaign seems to be the proverbial “three or four yards and a cloud of dust.” They are organizationally strong, featuring a political focus and discipline that matches that of the candidate. Obama is still attracting an impressive amount of curiosity and interest and will probably turn in another impressive quarter of fundraising, meaning that he is still a formidable rival for Clinton. But what looked like a juggernaut two months ago is now starting to look like a very impressive and promising first date, but with the second and third dates likely to be less fulfilling.”

Chicago Sun-Times: “Political humor, wielded well, is a potent weapon. This spot maximizes the star power of both Clintons, hints of Chelsea’s expected entrance to the campaign, humanizes the candidate, mocks Bill Clinton’s penchant for fast food and plays off the noir world of the popular “Sopranos” series. Not clear is why it’s good politics to even hint at being whacked by a mobster, but entertaining it is.”

PrezVid: “Brilliant. This will go crazy: huge traffic and the best indication of a campaign sense of humor I’ve seen yet in this election. Bill’s a better actor – well, hasn’t that always been the case — but the entire effort has just the right touches: a real American diner (in Mt. Kisco, NY), Hilllary at the jukebox, Bill hankering for something fried, Chelsea parallel parking. The only thing they missed was a Members Only Jackson for Phil.”

New York Daily News: “What really makes this video work, however, is the fact it looks so off the cuff. It’s like someone had the idea on Sunday morning, grabbed a vid-cam, headed to the Mount Kisco diner and shot it an hour later. It doesn’t have the look of slick high-priced film professionals, consultants, focus groups or test-marketing. It’s just two or three smart, funny moments that could humanize Hillary Clinton more than tens of millions of dollars worth of campaign ads. This video is so much more than a good idea. A good idea is brushing your teeth after every meal. A great idea is Bill Clinton pouting because Hillary orders him a bowl of raw carrot sticks when he wants onion rings.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 19, 2007

Battle Creek Enquirer: “Hillary Clinton understands what Michigan is going through economically, and she’ll work with us to make Michigan jobs a priority, not an afterthought,” Schauer said in a press release. “When the tough times come — and they will — she’ll make the difficult decisions that must be made. She won’t hesitate to tackle a crisis head on because she has the experience and leadership abilities to do it.” Other Michigan legislators endorsing Clinton Monday include state Sen. Liz Brater, D-Ann Arbor; state Sen. Gilda Jacobs, D-Huntington Woods; and state Rep. Robert Jones, D-Kalamazoo.”

The Hill: “Clinton declined to weigh in on whether she would criticize President Bush for pardoning former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. “I would think there would be enough to be said about this without me adding to it,” Clinton responded to a question posed by moderator Chris Matthews of MSNBC. When Matthews pressed her, he was shouted down by several members of the audience, who asked for a “real question.” Clinton added: “A question that’s really about the people in this audience.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 18, 2007

Concord Monitor: “Watching the Democratic debate a week ago, I found myself struck by how each candidate on stage presented interesting and thought-out ideas for change. It relieves me to finally be presented such a qualified field. What affected me most during the debate, however, was the sight of Hillary Clinton holding her ground on that stage of men. Not only does Hillary posses the strength and experience to fix Washington and the Bush administration’s multiple failures, she posses the ability to change forever the way young girls in this country envision their futures. The first reason is why I was leaning toward Hillary. The second is why I know I’ll vote for her.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 17, 2007

Star-Telegram: “FORT WORTH — Frances Rodriguez stood in the rain outside a north side restaurant for hours Saturday morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton. Her patience was eventually rewarded. As a caravan of black SUVs pulled behind Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, she yelled, “There she is.”

“Clinton turned her head, waved and smiled at Rodriguez and a small group of supporters, before the vehicle parked and Clinton went inside for a private fundraiser. “I just love that woman,” Rodriguez, 56, said with a smile. “I’m a nobody, but when she becomes president, I’ll be somebody.”

Mail & Guardian: “Hillary Clinton is starting to be targeted by the mainstream campaigns of top-tier Republican candidates such as Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney. The Republican approach has been to maintain a distance between the dirty-tricks-style operators and their senior figures. “It is all based on plausible deniability, so that mainstream Republicans can dissociate with anti-Clinton activists,” said Shawn Bowler, a political scientist at the University of California.”

New York Daily News: “The Obama campaign fired up Indian-Americans with a research memo attacking Sen. Hillary Clinton’s ties to wealthy Indian-Americans that became public last week. The memo mockingly described Clinton’s political affiliation as (D-Punjab).”“I was very dismayed by the memo – and less than satisfied by the response thus far – but I know that Sen. Obama is very concerned about it and am confident he’s going to take whatever steps need to be taken to address the situation,” said Obama backer Preeta Bansal, former New York solicitor general and one-time Clinton administration member.”ABCNews: “Schmoke, now a dean at Howard University Law School, also believes there’s also something intangible at work — that some African-Americans just don’t believe white America would elect a black man president. “It says, ‘Why jump in here and get on this bandwagon when we think that down the road that this country is not going to be ready for this? Shouldn’t we look at some other alternatives?’” Schmoke said.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 16, 2007

Valley News: “More than 500 people yesterday turned out to see the Democratic senator from New York, but only 360 of them fit into Alumni Hall, upstairs in the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, where the standing-room-only crowd heard Clinton’s hour-long talk on stem cell research.”“Another 110 people had a few minutes with Clinton as she stopped to speak to them in a small courtyard outside the Hopkins Center. And 100 more departed after room in Alumni Hall ran out. They were offered the chance to hear Clinton’s talk broadcast into classrooms that had been set up in the building, but none chose to stay, her staffers said after the event.”“State Rep. Lee Hammond, a Lebanon Democrat, introduced Clinton, saying she would help “send a message to Washington” to pass stem cell research legislation. He called on the crowd to “step up the heat and get this bill passed” as Clinton entered the room. Hammond’s last words were drowned out as the crowd stood and greeted Clinton with loud applause.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 15, 2007

Washington Post: “Bill and Hillary Clinton have dissolved the blind trust that has managed their investments since they entered the White House in 1993, converting all stocks to cash to avoid financial conflicts as she runs for president, according to documents to be filed today with federal ethics officials.” “Senator Clinton and the president chose to go above and beyond to avoid even the hint of a conflict of interest. They recognize that this choice comes at a personal expense, both in terms of taxes and lower investment returns,” said Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for the senator’s presidential campaign.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 14, 2007

Hotline: “The chair of Garden State Equality, NJ’s largest gay rights organization, Steven Goldstein endorsed HRC. Goldstein said the endorsement represented his “personal choice, and that his organization will not make an endorsement before” the NJ primary. Goldstein: “I wish all the presidential candidates with a realistic shot to win the nomination were pro-marriage equality. None are. Within that context, Senator Clinton’s support for the LGBTI community is as strong as any of the other candidates who have the most realistic shot to win” (PoliticsNJ.com, 6/14).”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 13, 2007

Associated Press: “I’ve taken the time to familiarize myself with the impressive field of Democratic candidates and am convinced that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate to lead us from her first day in the White House,” Spielberg said Wednesday in a statement released by the Clinton campaign.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 12, 2007

New York Times: “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has picked up the endorsement of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, one of the most influential Democrats in his state and a prominent Hispanic member of Congress, aides to both lawmakers said on Monday.”“Mr. Menendez’s endorsement, which the aides said was to be announced on Tuesday, comes as Mrs. Clinton and her rivals for the nomination are aggressively courting Hispanic voters. Those voters are likely to play a more important role in nominating a candidate in the next presidential election because several states with large Hispanic populations, including New Jersey, have moved their primaries or caucuses to early 2008.”What Passes For News In the Boston Herald: “It’s Kriss Soterion of Kriss Cosmetics, Manchester, N.H., a registered Republican, a former Miss New Hampshire and a Hummer driver. She transformed the would-be president in about 15 minutes before last Sunday’s CNN debate, so wowing the TV audience that everybody from New Hampshire voters to Yours Truly to the ladies of “The View” to Jay Leno started speculating: Did Hillary get a face-lift, Botox, what? “She just had normal skin for a woman her age, no sign of anything at all,” says Soterion, 43, who’s “painted faces,” as she calls it, for more than two decades. “She’s an absolutely striking woman. Her eyes are big and bright and clear. Her cheekbones are high. Her lips are shaped beautiful. She has a lot of symmetry in her face.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 11, 2007

Star Telegram: “They are mothers, daughters, sisters and wives. And in the 2008 presidential campaign, women are expected to be an increasingly valuable political commodity. Women outnumber and outvote men, and candidates are already creating campaigns to woo the female vote and strategists are tailoring campaign issues to focus on women’s concerns, including health care and education.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 10, 2007

WILX: “Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that the U.S. is ready for change but it must reinvest in manufacturing, education and universal health care.
The Democratic senator from New York said as president, she would reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign creditors, reopen diplomatic relations worldwide and bring troops home from Iraq. “If we don’t have a strong manufacturing base in our economy, it won’t be long until we don’t have a strong economy,” she said.”

Reuters: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner in the presidential race, said on Saturday she would oppose ratification of a free trade pact with South Korea because it would harm the U.S. auto industry, among other things. “While I value the strong relationship the United States enjoys with South Korea, I believe that this agreement is inherently unfair,” Clinton said at an event hosted by the AFL-CIO labor confederation in Detroit, home of the U.S. car industry. “It will hurt the U.S. auto industry, increase our trade deficit, cost us good middle-class jobs and make America less competitive.”

DesMoines Register: “U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton said Saturday that she and other Democratic senators are frustrated in their attempts to force President Bush to remove American troops from Iraq. Clinton, speaking to several hundred voters here, noted that Congress passed a bill with a withdrawal deadline earlier this year, but Bush vetoed it.”

Newsday: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized the No Child Left Behind education program Saturday, saying its emphasis on testing puts American students in danger of losing their creative edge. “I think that we are in danger of narrowing the curriculum and leaving children behind,” Clinton said Saturday. “That’s the very opposite of what they said would happen.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 9, 2007

El Diario La Prensa: “Llegó a Hostos Community College con tres horas de retraso: un problema en el aeropuerto. Le aplaudieron. Se levantaron. En la tarde de ayer viernes, la senadora Hillary Clinton alzó su puño, en un escenario que nunca antes había estado: la agenda latina del 2008.”“Ella perserveró y vino. Un aplauso para ella”, dijo el asambleísta de El Bronx José Rivera que junto a la organización ‘Hispanic Federation’ organizaron un foro comunitario donde invitaron a legisladores estatales, concejales y candidatos demócratas presidenciales para darles a conocer los temas claves de la lucha de la comunidad latina. Hillary habló primero de educación, salud, hasta llegar a inmigración, el gran tema de la tarde, tras el estancamiento del proceso en el Senado el jueves.”National Journal Democratic Rankings: “Nationally, the race really isn’t competitive. Clinton has settled in to a high, double-digit lead over Obama and is comfortably ahead in the delegate-rich early states of Fla. and Calif. It’ll take more than what Obama and Edwards currently offer to knock her off balance; they need a second act.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 8, 2007

Miami Herald: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has secured the support of a major political player in South Florida: U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who boasts the image of an up-and-comer along with a surname that is an institution in Miami’s black community. The news is a setback for rival presidential candidate Barack Obama, her black colleague in the U.S. Senate.”

LA Times: “Like Democrats across the country, Hollywood activists are still wondering whether Obama has the experience to tackle the country’s problems in these dangerously troubled times. “Sen. Clinton continues to impress people, and the more times people see her and listen to her, the more they view her as presidential material, which she absolutely is,” said consultant Noah Mamet, who represents Clinton loyalist Casey Wasserman. “She helps herself immensely every time she visits L.A.”

TPM “A new poll by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling shows John Edwards with a narrow lead in his home state of North Carolina. Edwards has 30% of the Democratic primary vote, followed by Hillary Clinton’s 26%, and Barack Obama at 22%.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 7, 2007

Turnto10 News: “Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., has decided to throw his support behind Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 presidential race.” and “Her smart, tough, experienced leadership will be critically important as we work to bring our troops home from Iraq, reform our health care system to cover more American families and solve the energy challenges of the 21st century,” Whitehouse said in a statement.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 6, 2007

Boston Globe: “Democrat Hillary Clinton today landed another round of endorsements in Massachusetts, securing the support of Suffolk Sheriff Andrea Cabral and 11 state legislators.”

Union Leader: “Manchester High School Central has played host to plenty of presidential hopefuls over the years. But never, in the school’s 155-year history, has a candidate delivered the commencement address. That changes next week when Sen. Hillary Clinton gives the keynote speech June 14 to more than 450 graduates at Verizon Wireless Arena.
“Senator Clinton’s demonstration of leadership, determination and vision makes her a wonderful role model for our students and a great person to present them with words of inspiration as they transition into the next phase of their lives,” said principal John Rist.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 5, 2007

Hell Freezes Over. Right-wing rag praises Hillary: “I’ve always been skeptical of the Hillary juggernaut. Skeptical of the idea that the Clinton machine could stomp its way to the Democratic nomination, crushing all comers underfoot like a stylishly pant-suited Godzilla. That is, until the juggernaut made me laugh. Now, I am concerned, indeed.”WBZ (CBS): (PDF) “When asked who won the debate, or performed better than the other candidates in the debate, Clinton emerges as the clear winner, identified by 45 percent of Democratic primary voters. Only 8 percent of Democratic primary voters said that Obama won the debate. Nor did many Democratic primary voters say that Edwards won the debate (4%), or outperformed the other candidates.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 4, 2007

Boston Globe: “Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino is endorsing Senator Hillary Clinton for president in 2008, saying he believes she will represent best the interests of “America’s cities.”
“She has the experience to lead the nation during these uncertain times,” Dot Joyce, Menino’s spokeswoman, said. “She’s long been a supporter of America’s cities and will bring the urban agenda back to the table.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 3, 2007

Washington Post: “There are a lot things about Hillary you may not know that occurred in her life before she ever became a United States senator,” former president Bill Clinton intones in a biographical video on his wife’s campaign Web site. The segment goes on to show a montage of early photographs as Clinton describes his wife working for poor defendants while studying at Yale Law School, turning down lucrative job offers to work at the Children’s Defense Fund and chairing the national board of the Legal Services Corporation when she was 29 years old.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 2, 2007

Star Tribune: “The electronic medical records system and a labor-management alliance within Allina Hospitals and Clinics are “exactly what we need” to cut costs and improve care in a health care system that “simply put, is broken,” Clinton said during a visit Friday afternoon at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, one of Allina’s 11 hospitals. “What you all are doing is exactly on point,” the former First Lady told hospital administrators and staff members at Abbott, her only public stop on her first trip here since declaring her candidacy.”

NY Post: “THE New York Times, which is usually so scrupulous, failed to alert its readers to a conflict of interest regarding Jeff Gerth, the co-author of “Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton.” In an excerpt from the book in the Times’ upcoming Sunday magazine, Gerth is described as “a former investigative reporter for The Times.” It doesn’t mention that Gerth is married to Janice O’Connell, a top foreign policy aide to one of Clinton’s Democratic presidential primary opponents, Sen. Chris Dodd. Political bloggers point out that Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times was taken off the presidential race beat because he’s married to a staffer for John McCain. Instead, he now writes for the L.A. Times opinion page, where his wife’s role is religiously disclosed.”

Top Hillary Headlines for June 1, 2007

Washington Post: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (N.Y.) Iowa campaign received a nice boost today when Jerry Crawford threw his considerable weight behind her candidacy. “Hillary Clinton is ready to be president on Day One,” said Crawford today. “She has the experience to get us out of Iraq in a responsible fashion.” He added: “Our field of candidates for 2008 is the best field of my lifetime, but Hillary stands out as the one most ready to lead.” Crawford, a Des Moines lawyer, has been a major force in Iowa politics for decades. He served as Iowa campaign chairman for the last five Democratic presidential nominees and is a major financial and organizational force in the state.”

AP: “If elected, Clinton said, her administration would provide financial support to schools that encourage girls and minorities to study “STEM” subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. Clinton’s plan would: • Increase federal research and development budgets 50 percent over the next 10 years at the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the Defense Department. She would triple the number of NSF fellowships and create an award structure to encourage working engineers and scientists to teach classes and mentor students in public schools.
• Establish a $50 billion “Strategic Energy Fund” that would create a research agency focused on reducing the threat of global warming. The R&D windfall and energy agency would be funded in part from closing tax loopholes and ending subsidies to oil companies, she said. • Provide tax incentives to increase the number of U.S. homes with broadband Internet connections.

Top Hillary Headlines for May 31, 2007

L.A. Times: “Hillary Clinton has a plan to end the war in Iraq,” Villaraigosa said. “No candidate in the race for president” is better positioned “to accomplish this mission and restore American prestige around the world.” Villaraigosa cited Hillary Clinton’s eight years as a key advisor in the administration of her embattled husband, President Bill Clinton. “We should not lose sight of the fact that there’s only one candidate for the presidency of the United States that has literally been there,” the mayor said.”

Chicago Tribune: “Touting a broad vision for economic “fairness,” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday hailed the pro-union, trust-busting progressive movement, while accusing the Bush administration of allowing the middle class to be flattened by America’s super-wealthy. She later greeted wide-eyed admirers during a Main Street walking tour in nearby Nashua, in the kind of retail politicking that has made tiny New Hampshire key in establishing national political momentum.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 30, 2007

Time Magazine: “In truth, Obama’s plan could fall somewhat short of real “universal coverage.” It would exempt the smallest businesses from the requirement that they cover their workers. (The exact size of the exemption has yet to be determined, but one campaign official said it would apply to businesses employing “some number less than 15.”) And while it would require coverage of children, adults could choose not to take advantage of his plan and go uninsured, even if they could afford coverage.”

The Hill: “The significance of Iowa and New Hampshire is neither astrological nor sentimental. Victories there provide winners the two v’s: visibility and viability.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 29, 2007

San Francisco Examiner “Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a rising star in national Democratic politics and one of the nation’s top Hispanic elected officials.” “A popular figure in the nation’s second-largest city, analysts expect Villaraigosa to have a promising future in national politics or in statewide office in California. He is widely popular among Hispanic voters, who make up an increasingly large percentage of Democratic voters in California and many other states. In 2004, 21 percent of California voters were Hispanic, according to exit polls there.”Boston Globe “There may be some things you may not know that occurred in her life before she became a US senator,” Bill declares, ticking off a list of good works — the “extra year” she took to study children and the law, her decision to forgo a law firm job for the Children’s Defense Fund, her paper analyzing the status of women in the legal profession, her work on the board of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He covers her work as first lady — “Hillary is heavily respected in the world” — and even her stab at health care reform. “Everyone knows we didn’t succeed, but Hillary, as always, didn’t give up,” Bill says.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 28, 2007

“Clinton has mounted the most aggressive program to court superdelegates, winning endorsements from 37 so far, including three Senate colleagues and the governors of Maryland, New Jersey and New York. She’s even deputized several House members as “whips” to woo uncommitted colleagues. The group includes Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and New York Reps. Nita Lowey and Joseph Crowley.”

“Look for Vilsack to become a leading campaign voice on rural issues, an assignment discussed at a recent Clinton campaign meeting called specifically to determine how to divide his time this summer.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 27, 2007

“Nicol was among more than 200 people who crammed into Emmetsburg’s Pizza Ranch to hear Clinton Saturday morning. “Sure doesn’t look like she’s skipping Iowa to me,” Nicol said.”

“Hillary Rodham Clinton wants YouTube viewers to pick her campaign theme song — and the response, so far, has been music to her ears.” and “According to the view counter on YouTube, the video had more than 800,000 views by Saturday afternoon. Her campaign promises to release the final result “in the coming days.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 26, 2007

“Daniel Inouye, Hawaii’s senior senator, is endorsing U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton for president and will lead a group of veterans in supporting the New York Democrat’s campaign. “I believe Hillary Clinton is the best prepared to deal with the challenges facing our nation at home and abroad,” Inouye said in a news release from the Clinton campaign. Earlier this year, Inouye said he thought Hawaii-born Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., needed more experience before running for president. Clinton made the announcement in a release that also named Inouye as head of Veterans and Military Retirees for Hillary, a national committee of veterans supporting Clinton. “I have had the privilege of working with Hillary Clinton since 1993, and her depth of experience makes her uniquely qualified to be president,” Inouye said.”

“Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton made one thing very clear to Iowa voters Friday: She’s serious about campaigning in their state. “I’m going to be in Iowa so often I’m going to be able to caucus for myself,” Clinton told attendees at town meetings here.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 25, 2007

Politico on new Hillary books: “The most striking thing about today’s Washington Post get of two, embargoed, much-anticipated investigative books about Hillary Clinton is what’s not there: A single, memorable new fact that changes the way the public will view Clinton.”

“The poll finds Democratic primary voters continue to be more satisfied with their party’s presidential contenders than Republicans are with theirs.” and “On the Democratic side, Clinton has increased her lead over Obama, her top rival, to 22 points. Clinton is the choice of 46 percent of primary voters, followed by Obama at 24 percent and former Sen. John Edwards at 14 percent.”

“Is it possible to be quoted yawning?” asked Philippe Reines, her Senate spokesman. If past books on Clinton were “cash for trash,” he added, “these books are nothing more than cash for rehash.” and “Contacted last night, Branch said that “the story is preposterous” and that he was not even in touch with the Clintons at the time the conversation supposedly happened.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 24, 2007

Columbus Dispatch: “Martin Van Buren had Andrew Jackson. William Howard Taft had Theodore Roosevelt. George H.W. Bush had Ronald Reagan. George W. Bush had his father. Hillary Rodham Clinton has Bill Clinton. But these presidential advocates were mentors and, in one case, a father as well. Bill Clinton is the last Democratic president, a wildly popular figure in his own party. And he is also Hillary Clinton’s husband. But has there ever been a political arsenal with a weapon quite like Bill Clinton?”

“Applaud magazine, which is “New Hampshire’s only magazine for and about New Hampshire women,” named Senator Hillary Clinton an Inspirational Woman for its cover story in its Summer 2007 issue. Over 25,000 copies of the magazine are distributed for free to various locations throughout the state, including Hannaford’s grocery stores and local businesses.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 23, 2007

“Freshman state Senator Deb Reynolds, a Plymouth Democrat, announced her support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign at a barber shop while standing alongside former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.”

Hillary says: “Today’s record-high gas prices are the price that the American people are paying for the Bush Administration’s failed energy policies. We need to move forward with a real energy plan that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil by speeding development of biofuels and more efficient vehicles. I have proposed a $50 billion Strategic Energy Fund to invest in these and other clean energy technologies. It’s time for an Apollo project for energy to move us away from foreign oil and towards clean energy alternatives that will reduce prices for consumers, protect our environment and increase our energy independence.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 22, 2007

“Museum Director Brittany Starr said a couple of ladies went through the tour recently and stopped to tell her a secret-they’re republicans and that’s not all. “…and they go, but we love Hillary and they bought all of these Hillary merchandise they bought some buttons and some bumper stickers that say Hillary for President.” said Starr. “Hillary for President” and “I miss Bill” items are selling big at the Clinton House Museum now with Hillary is vying to be the first Madame President.

Top Hillary Headlines for May 21, 2007

“Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign reported today that more than 100,000 votes have been cast so far in its online poll to choose a theme song. Her video announcing the poll has been viewed by 550,000 people, either on YouTube or at HillaryClinton.com.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 20, 2007

“You don’t see any New York Democrat of significance holding out for Barack Obama, or any of the other contenders for the Democratic nomination. Hillary can campaign nationally for her party’s nod without worrying about her home state. Given the relatively short time line, that is an enormous accomplishment. Al Gore would have loved a similar advantage back in 2000.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 19, 2007

“Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has already spent far more time in the White House than the rest of the presidential field combined.”

“Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton told local civic leaders Friday that, if elected, she would implement a broad range of initiatives to put the recovery of the hurricane-devastated region on a fast track.”

“Former President Bill Clinton wowed a crowd gathered to celebrate the cause of freedom Friday night and asked them “to go out and see what you can do to pull this world together.” He spoke to about 2,300 people at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road who turned out for the state NAACP’s annual Freedom Fund celebration.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 18, 2007

“U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, who is vying for the Democratic nomination for president, is expected to visit New Orleans on Friday to tour recovering neighborhoods, meet with senior citizens and attend a $1,000-per-person fund-raiser. Clinton on Saturday is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Dillard University during an 8 a.m. ceremony at the Gentilly campus. The New York senator is slated to begin her 2-day visit at 1 p.m. Friday with a tour of the 9th Ward, Broadmoor and Central City, according to her campaign office. At 2 p.m., she is expected to visit with senior citizens at the Central City Multi-Purpose Center at 2020 Jackson Ave., then to meet with city and community leaders at the Hubbard Mansion, a bed and breakfast at 3535 St. Charles Ave.”

“Sen. Hillary Clinton mocked President Bush’s new war czar yesterday, saying it’s a sign of the administration’s confused Iraq policy. “For the life of me, I don’t know what this is supposed to mean,” Clinton said. Bush appointed Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute on Tuesday to a White House position coordinating the Afghan and Iraq wars, but Clinton said she couldn’t imagine how Lute would wrangle higher-ranking officials. “We have a three-star general who is going to move to the White House. Is he going to be giving orders to the secretary of defense? Is Adm. [Bill] Fallon and Gen. [David] Petraeus supposed to be reporting to him?” she asked, referring to the commanders in the conflicts.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 17, 2007

“Gov. Martin O’Malley will fill in for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton next month at a key New Hampshire Democratic Party event, an early sign that the governor’s role in Clinton’s presidential campaign could extend beyond Maryland.”

“Democratic White House front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton easily outpaces her closest rival, Sen. Barack Obama, in a double-dose of good poll news yesterday. A new Harris Interactive-Wall Street Journal poll of 1,022 expected Democratic voters gave Clinton the nod over Obama, 40 percent to 27 percent – up 8 points from a similar poll conducted in April. While Clinton was rising, the poll found ex-Sen. John Edwards fading from the top tier of candidates, dropping 2 points to a paltry 12 percent. With Obama emerging as the lone rival visible in Clinton’s rearview mirror, a new Gallup Poll pitted the two head to head – and Clinton cruised, 54 percent to 40 percent. With the entire Democratic field included, Clinton leads Obama, 35 percent to 26 percent.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 16, 2007

“Clinton will name Rep. Doris Matsui of Sacramento as her national Asian American voter outreach campaign chairwoman, and will be backed at a Washington, D.C., event by a roster of Asian and Pacific Islander business and community leaders. The New York senator will also highlight her support in crucial California — an early primary state and home to the nation’s largest population of Asian Americans.”

“But, beyond polling strength, Clinton still has more of everything necessary to compete over the long haul – more experience as a public figure, more loyal and battle-tested advisers, a more reliable base of support and more of an ability to raise huge sums of money – than anyone in the field.>

Top Hillary Headlines for May 15, 2007

“Exclusive: Clinton gets key New Hampshire endorsement Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will announce one of their biggest endorsements so far at a press conference this afternoon in New Hampshire. New Hampshire state Senate President Sylvia Larsen, of Concord, will formally endorse Clinton, three separate sources affiliated with the campaign told the Globe. Larsen has been one of the biggest players in New Hampshire Democratic politics for a decade. In 2004, she was the first person to endorse John Kerry’s presidential campaign and helped guide him to his eventual victory in the New Hampshire Primary.”

“After months of personal arm-twisting from several Democratic presidential candidates to dedicate himself to their campaigns, Santa Clara County’s assessor on Monday finally revealed that he’s backing – surprise, surprise – Hillary Clinton. Clinton has a track record of surviving “the inevitable swift-boating that will be part of a grueling campaign,” Stone said, and he is confident she will “govern from the center of the political spectrum.”

“The Clinton Campaign today announced the endorsement of Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and named her a National Campaign Co-Chair and Gulf States Regional Co-Chair. “I am pleased today to endorse Hillary Rodman Clinton for President,” Jackson Lee said. “Senator Clinton has a great love for America and has a deep understanding of the issues that face our nation. I look forward to having a strategic role in the campaign and helping this dedicated public servant become the next President of the United States.” Jackson Lee is in her seventh term in Congress, and is Co-Chair of the Congressional Children’s Caucus and a leading voice on immigration issues. Congressional Quarterly has named her one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress, and U.S. News and World Report called her one of the 10 most influential legislators in the House of Representatives.

“We endorse a candidate who has proven herself time and time again,” said Spitzer. Those in attendance said they walked from the message positive about what they heard. “I thought she hit just the right tone and message,” said Patrick Flynn of Guilderland. “Hillary was confident and really had a national agenda that I’m in agreement with” Others who took the podium, such as U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., noted how six years ago voters were skeptical when Clinton ran for the Senate, but by election time she had secured their confidence and won in a landslide.”

“B. Pritzker to lead Citizens for Hillary, going head-to-head with Obama’s finance chairwoman — his sister Penny”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 14, 2007

“According to Gingrich, Republicans need to realize that Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a good chance of winning the White House if she gets her party’s nomination. “They are very effective at raking on their opponents,” he said of the Clintons. “I think she has a very good chance to win the presidency.”

Alabama: “The ADC is the state’s oldest and most influential black political organization, and its endorsement is considered vital to the candidate who gets it.
The ADC will not formally endorse a candidate in the state’s Feb. 5 presidential primary until October. Long-time ADC watchers and members said Saturday it’s likely the group will vote to endorse Clinton.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 13, 2007

“A day after their candidate’s sixth visit to New Hampshire this primary season, supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton took to the streets, the phones and the blogs yesterday in an effort to boost her Presidential campaign to the next level.
It’s the sort of push that usually comes in winter, accompanied by snow, sub-freezing temperatures and layers of fleece. So yesterday’s perfect late-spring weather, and the shorts and sandals worn by the mostly young volunteers, seemed a bit incongruous to political veterans.”

“U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton brought more than 3,100 Ohio Democrats to their feet tonight with her repeated calls to end the war in Iraq. “Are you ready to end the war in Iraq and restore America’s reputation around the world?” Clinton asked to rousing cheers at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. “End this war in Iraq and bring our troops home.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 12, 2007

“SEN. Hillary Clinton’s upward bump in Democratic presidential polls is viewed by insiders as a delayed reaction to Sen. Barack Obama’s mediocre performance in the opening debate April 26.

“Ohio – Saturday night the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds will be filled with thousands of energized Democratic activists ready to celebrate our successes and kick off our campaign to turn Ohio blue and deliver a Democratic President to the nation. The State Dinner is Saturday, May 12th at 7:00pm at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio. This star-studded night will feature Senator Hillary Clinton and your all-star Ohio Democratic team of Governor Ted Strickland, Senator Sherrod Brown, Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, Attorney General Marc Dann, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and State Treasurer Richard Cordray.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 11, 2007

“Sen. Charles Schumer said Thursday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg cannot win the White House if Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democratic nominee. Bloomberg, a Republican, has repeatedly insisted he is not running for president in 2008, but he raised eyebrows Wednesday when he relaunched his old campaign Web site touting his positions on a broad range of national issues.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 10, 2007

“Hillary Clinton is riding a surge that has her beating all comers, Democrat or Republican, thanks to Iraq and a strong start to her presidential campaign, polls say. Four surveys in the past few days find the New York senator with double-digit national leads over fellow Democrats Barack Obama, John Edwards and noncandidate Al Gore. The latest, a Marist College survey, has her with double the support of Obama or Edwards and with 5-point leads on Sen. John McCain or ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a general election matchup.

“The blogosphere is buzzing about a “surprising” number tucked inside a new Marist poll…. 91% of Democrats say they won’t hold Hillary’s war vote against her…. That’ll make Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas Zuniga and the other liberal bloggers pull their hair out…. But, of course, all those liberal bloggers are much smarter than all those Democratic primary voters who say they’ll vote for Hillary….

Top Hillary Headlines for May 9, 2007

Maryland Governor O’Malley Endorses Hillary: “It is going to take a strong leader to reverse the catastrophic blunders of the Bush years and put our nation on a course that faces the opportunities of our immediate future,” O’Malley said. “We are in immediate need of a strong leader of intelligence, of insight, of toughness and understanding. … Standing with me today is that leader, Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Hillary endorsed by Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal. “The president of Irish American Democrats, Stella O’Leary, underlined its importance. “For us Irish, there is no more important endorsement than Congressman Richard Neal.”

Top Hillary Headlines for May 8, 2007

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will endorse Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) for president tomorrow and will be named the state chairman of her campaign, according to sources familiar with the announcement.

In VA, 5 General Assembly members and “several other” state Dem leaders May 7, 2007, endorsed HRC. VA state Sens. Mamie Locke and Louise Lucas, along with Dels. Al Eisenberg, Johnny Joannou, Lionell Spruill announced their support of HRC. (Whitley, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/8).

Gov. Eliot Spitzer will put an end to questions about an endorsement of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid with a big event on the steps of the state Capitol next week, officials said Tuesday.>

Philadelphia Mayor John Street will endorse Hillary next week.>

Top Hillary Headlines For May 7, 2007

Des Moines Register: “Rather than just confront Iran over its potential nuclear weapons capabilities, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said today that she would take a page out of the history book on the cold war and continue to talk with the Iranians.”

Newsday: “Hillary Rodham Clinton took her campaign to the key battleground of Ohio yesterday, cramming in at least three stops in the state where John Kerry saw his dreams of a Democratic win dissolve in a 2004 rainstorm. In the afternoon, Clinton delivered the commencement address for Wilberforce University, the nation’s oldest private historically black university.”

Herald Tribune: “We may have to face the fact that this president may not do whatever we try to get him to do, if he will not extricate us from Iraq.” said Clinton. “I’m looking for a way to end this war as soon as we can.”

Top Hillary Headlines For May 6, 2007

“Republican Sen. John McCain criticized Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s move to repeal congressional authorization for the Iraq war, saying it’s “the worst possible idea that anybody could have.”

“Sen. Hillary Clinton today urged graduates of a small, historically black college to remain optimistic about their ability to fight injustice and change society for the better.”

“Clinton chose the ceremony at Wilberforce for her first foray into bellwether Ohio in the year before the election. The site was the Nutter Center at Wright State University in suburban Dayton. The venue has a capacity for 12,000 people.”

Hillary fights for disappearing bees. “It is not clear whether the current problem, called Colony Collapse Disorder, is new, part of an existing situation or a combination of the two, said Nick Calderone, an associate professor of entomology at Cornell University in Ithaca.”

Hillary: “I want people to judge me for who I really am, not who they’ve heard I am,” “I wouldn’t be running for this job if I didn’t believe I was the best person to do it,”

Top Hillary Headlines For May 5, 2007

”Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins endorses Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.”

”Through a spokesman, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, said he agreed that the alternative ideas of rescinding the war authorization — or cutting off money for combat operations by next spring — merited a review by the full Senate.”

”Sen. Hillary Clinton’s Wilberforce University commencement address, set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.”

Top Hillary Headlines For May 4, 2007

“While the media continue to have “Obama Fever,” I keep looking at poll after poll confirming Hillary Rodham Clinton as the clear leader in the Democratic race for the White House.”

Top Hillary Headlines For May 3, 2007

“The New York branch of the AFL-CIO, which represents 2.5 million workers, has passed a resolution urging its national organization to “consider Senator Clinton’s extraordinary body of work on behalf of the cause, values and principles of organized labor when deciding labor’s endorsement for President of the United States.”

Top Hillary Headlines For May 2, 2007

Hillary is inevitable

The war on women and Hillary

Top Hillary Headlines For May 1, 2007

Bono and Hillary: “The rocker and global activist will pair up Tuesday with Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to back legislation to expand education efforts in impoverished countries.”

“Presidential contender Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has the most backing so far from the fundraisers behind the Democrats’ 2004 White House nominee, Sen. John Kerry (Mass.). Thirty-eight individuals who bundled checks for Kerry’s campaign are raising money for the New York senator, far outweighing her closest rivals.”

Top Hillary Headlines For April 30, 2007

“The Tarrant County Democratic Party held a beans and cornbread straw poll fundraiser last Thursday during the South Carolina Democratic Presidential debate. If Tarrant County Democrats were the sole deciders of the election Senator Hillary Clinton, D-NY, would be our nominee with 53.8% of the vote.”

NYSun Editorial: “Said Mrs. Clinton, “While we need to attract skilled workers to this country, we should not do so at the expense of our families and communities.”

Top Hillary Headlines For April 29, 2007


“Sen. Hillary Clinton, reaching out to her party’s most dedicated grass-roots soldiers, Saturday implored California Democratic delegates to bring political climate change to Washington and “replace cronyism with competence.”

Top Hillary Headlines For April 28, 2007

“Morgan Stanley Chief Executive Officer John Mack, one of President George W. Bush’s biggest fundraisers, is endorsing Democratic New York Senator Hillary Clinton for president.

In California, “Governor Gray Davis was among 25 current and former elected officials and other prominent figures to endorse Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president Friday. Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Rosalind Wyman and music industry figures Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy and Clarence Avant were among those endorsing Clinton, D-N.Y.”

“Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, fresh from the first debate among Democratic presidential candidates, received a rousing welcome Friday morning from the New York State United Teachers union.”

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer addressed the United Teachers Union convention and said “What an amazing president she will be for every person in this country,“.

“Hillary Clinton did herself a lot of good,” Clyburn said. “She looked crisp, in control.” Asked what specifically he liked, he said, “She stepped up to the plate … she knocked it out of the park on the security issue.”

Top Hillary Headlines For April 27, 2007

The New York Post declared Hillary “presidential” and Obama “timid”.

The Guardian: “Hillary Clinton emerged as the clear winner from the first debate between the Democratic candidates in the 2008 presidential race – ahead of her main rival Barack Obama – according to those present in the audience.”

Politico: Obama stumbled repeatedly especially on Israel and terrorism.

Rolling Stone: Obama a big loser: “He filibustered his way through this debate. He’s set the bar high for himself as a fresh voice for change. And he disappointed…”

Newsday: “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a cool, confident performance Thursday night in the first primary debate of the 2008 presidential season, while her fast-gaining opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, seemed to sweat a bit in the national spotlight.”

Top Hillary Headlines For April 26, 2007

President Bill Clinton will appear on Rachel Ray’s television show today to discuss the issue of childhood obesity and how to cook quick, affordable and healthy meals.

“Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) said yesterday that there are risks in sending bills to President Bush that cut off troop funding in Iraq and that passing such bills may not be possible.” “Clinton put the blame on Bush, criticizing the president for not being willing to work with Democrats on tactics for getting out of Iraq.” “Clinton said. “[Bush] is a very hard person to deal with on these issues.” Clinton and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) rounded out the third day of the National Jewish Democratic Council’s first annual forum yesterday, both offering strong defenses of the U.S. alliance with Israel.” “Clinton had clear loyalties in the room, receiving two introductions instead of the customary one and taking the stage saying she felt like she was at “a family reunion.”

“We have to protect our country from terrorism — it shouldn’t be a Democratic fight or a Republican fight,” Clinton said. “The plain truth is that this administration has done too little to protect our ports, make our mass transit safer and protect our cities. They have isolated us in the world and have let al Qaeda regroup.”

“Chelsea has maintained a high standing in the eyes of the American public (far fewer of those partying pics than the current first daughters …) and if things go as planned for the campaign, Chelsea’s participation will not only reinforce Hillary’s image as a mom and a family-focused candidate, it’ll also help Hillary shore up her standing with female voters.”

“Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton named California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez — one of the state’s leading Hispanic politicians — a national co-chair of her presidential campaign on Wednesday.” “The endorsement from the powerful statehouse dealmaker gives Clinton a seasoned political hand in the nation’s largest state, a major battleground for Democratic candidates.”

Top Hillary Headlines For April 25, 2007

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that if elected she would put an end to the outsourcing of critical government functions to the private sector and ax up to half a million federal contracting jobs.

Hillary Clinton today announced the endorsement of Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), who will co-chair her camp. Mikulski: “As the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in my own right, I am honored to join Senator Clinton in this historic effort to break the last barrier for women in public life.” HRC “welcomed” Mikulski’s support as she was “scheduled to address a rally of equal pay supporters” on the Hill. HRC, on Mikulski: “She has literally paved the way for me and countless other women who now serve in the Congress”

Top Hillary Headlines For April 24, 2007

Hillary on the job in Mamaroneck. Speaks out on disaster prevention after floods and starts charity with Rep. Nita Lowey to raise funds for flood victims.

A WOMAN IN CHARGE: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, written by award-winning journalist and best-selling author Carl Bernstein, will be published in June. About “a woman who helped define one presidency and may well step into another.”

CONCORD, NH. “On the day before Equal Pay Day 2007, State Senator Betsi DeVries, who was the first woman firefighter in Manchester, today announced that she and over 500 New Hampshire women have decided to support Senator Hillary Clinton for President. Citing Clinton’s leadership and experience, Devries is the first New Hampshire State Senator to endorse Senator Clinton and will serve as a Co-Chair of “Women for Hillary” in New Hampshire.

“Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that it’s critical to repair damage to the environment and urged young people to make it a top issue during the presidential campaign.”

Top Hillary Headlines For April 23, 2007

Hillary: Get rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; gay troops should not be discriminated against if they want to serve in the U.S. military; military in need of troops.

Top Hillary Headlines For April 22, 2007

Hillary to fight for invisible Americans. Hillary in Iowa promises “to begin to set the scales, the balances, straight” in an American society that she says has lost sight of its struggling middle class.”

Top Hillary Headlines For April 21, 2007

Massachusetts – 19 state legislators endorse Hillary.

“Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that if she is elected president, she would make her husband a roaming ambassador to the world, using his skills to repair the nation’s tattered image abroad.”

“Bill Clinton energizes Alabama Democrats”

Reverend Al Sharpton impressed with Hillary.

Top Hillary Headlines For April 20, 2007:

Hillary takes the “Rutgers Pledge” before Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team to fight discrimination against women, minorities, powerless when they are “marginalized or degraded”.

Mayor Francis Slay of St. Louis, Missouri Endorses Hillary

Top Hillary Headlines For April 19, 2007:

Brand New Washington Post Poll has Hillary beating Obama by 17 points 37% to 20%.

Hillary’s first Chicago fundraiser on May 7, 2007.

Top Hillary Headlines For April 18, 2007:

National Rifle Association Hates Hillary

Hillary To Speak At Rutgers University on Friday.

Hillary List of Gay Supporters

Republican Romney Using Hillary To Advance His Losing Candidacy

Bill Clinton College Speaking Schedule

Hillary Still On the Job

One-Third of Edwards Money From Lawyers

Hillary Loved In Early Primary State Nevada

Will Hillary Save American Idol Wannabe Sanjaya?

Hillary Protecting Western New York State

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