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Apr 22, 2015
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GOP again asks White House to acknowledge Clinton transparency pledge was breached

NEW YORK – Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, this week defended Hillary Clinton’s transparency regarding charities she is associated with while she was secretary of state two years ago.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest listens to a journalist’s questions during a daily briefing at the White House in Washington March 16, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Apr 16, 2015

Clinton endorses Elizabeth Warren for Time magazine

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton made her most ringing endorsement yet of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s efforts to tamp down on “Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking” in a two-paragraph Time magazine article on Thursday.

“She never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants,” Clinton, the clear front-runner to win the Democratic nomination for president, wrote in an apparent wink to herself.

Apr 16, 2015

Clinton Foundation to limit donations from foreign governments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Clinton Foundation will continue to accept funding from foreign governments in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s decision to run for the U.S. presidency, but only from six countries that already support it, the charity said on Wednesday.

Clinton, the current favorite to become the Democratic nominee, has said the foundation’s charity work is a source of pride, but it has also drawn growing criticism from political opponents and parts of the U.S. media.

Apr 15, 2015
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Clinton video production team credit disputed


NEW YORK – Hillary Clinton filled the online video that launched her run for the White House on Sunday with what her team call “everyday Americans”, whom she said she would champion. But her campaign team soon found themselves in disagreement with some of the voters who starred in the short film alongside Clinton on an unexpected question: Who was holding the camera?

Three of the people featured in the video — Jared Milrad and Nathan Jones of Chicago, and Sean Bagniewski of Des Moines, Iowa — said in interviews that they were contacted, filmed and interviewed by Hardpin Media, a production company made up of filmmakers who worked on President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. The Clinton campaign said it does not agree with this view: it said the film was produced by its in-house team.

Apr 13, 2015

Clinton’s 2016 White House launch contrasts with her 2008 bid

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday, kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times.

Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as the commanding Democratic front runner, entered the fray with a flurry of video, email and social media announcements that indicated she had absorbed some of the lessons of her painful 2008 loss and would not take anything for granted this time.

Apr 12, 2015

Clinton tries again to crack ‘highest glass ceiling’ with White House bid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton will take another stab at cracking what she calls “the highest and hardest glass ceiling” on Sunday when she starts a long-awaited second run for the White House as the prohibitive Democratic front runner.

Clinton’s campaign for the November 2016 election will emphasize her plans to address economic inequality and will tout the historic nature of her bid to become the first woman U.S. president, aides say.

Apr 10, 2015

Clinton ends suspense; to announce White House run on Sunday

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton will announce her second run for the presidency on Sunday, starting her campaign as the Democrats’ best hope of fending off a crowded field of lesser-known Republican rivals and retaining the White House.

The announcement will mark Clinton’s return to the campaign trail seven years after losing the Democratic Party nomination in 2008 to Barack Obama.

Mar 25, 2015

Republicans ask White House about Clinton’s broken charity donors promise

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Republican Party chairman asked U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration on Wednesday to disclose when it first learned that Hillary Clinton’s pledge to disclose all donors to her family’s charities had been “repeatedly violated.”

Clinton, the front-runner to become the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, signed on to the transparency agreement with Obama’s incoming administration in late 2008 before becoming secretary of state.

Mar 19, 2015

Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family’s globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence.

At the outset, the Clinton Foundation did indeed publish what they said was a complete list of the names of more than 200,000 donors and has continued to update it. But in a breach of the pledge, the charity’s flagship health program, which spends more than all of the other foundation initiatives put together, stopped making the annual disclosure in 2010, Reuters has found.

Mar 11, 2015

Clinton says used personal email account for convenience

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton, under attack for using a personal email address to conduct U.S. State Department business, defended the practice on Tuesday as a matter of “convenience,” but her comments failed to calm critics, who accused her of secrecy.

Holding her first news conference since leaving her administration post two years ago, Clinton conceded she wished she had used a government email address as secretary of state but said she violated no rules and did not send classified material through the private account.