TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Seeking Office Space in Brooklyn or Queens

Clinton's staff are working with an international real estate firm

Hillary Clinton’s staff are working with global real estate broker CB Richard Ellis to find a headquarters for her likely 2016 presidential campaign, TIME has learned from several sources familiar with the matter.

Her campaign headquarters would likely be located in Brooklyn or Queens, where commercial rents are significantly cheaper than in Manhattan. It’s unclear whether, or how soon Clinton will settle on a headquarters.

The Los-Angeles-based brokerage CBRE has worked with the Clintons in the past. Roshan Shah, a broker and senior vice president at CBRE, helped the William J. Clinton Foundation negotiate the move out of its Harlem offices. CBRE declined to comment.

There aren’t many options for large, contiguous office spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Queens, where a high demand for commercial leases has raised prices in recent years. The current average annual rent price per square foot of office space in Brooklyn is around $40-$45. Prices in a 2013 report indicated averages around $35 per square foot in Brooklyn compared with around $60 in Manhattan.

Clinton’s staff privately toured office space at MetroTech last year, a large office complex in downtown Brooklyn, and have also looked at the One Pierrepont Plaza building in Brooklyn Heights. The Pierrepont building is home to over 120,000 square feet of available office space.

Both spaces are owned by Forest City Ratner, whose chairman Bruce Ratner is a Democrat and an ally of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio served on Clinton’s 1999 campaign for Senator in New York.

In 2011 and 2012, the Obama campaign leased 50,000 square feet of office space in the Prudential Building in Chicago, which is now available for $20 to $27 per square foot but was cheaper four years ago, according to the current property managers.

Clinton has been courted by Westchester notables in an effort to attract the presumptive presidential candidates 2016 campaign to the New York City suburb.

TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: February 10

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New England Digs Out

A relentless storm that dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of New England was finally expected to retreat on Tuesday but not before bringing Boston-area public transit to its knees and forcing some communities to consider dumping piles of snow into the ocean

Starbucks CEO Has Big Plans

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Axelrod: Obama Misled Nation

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Spider-Man Is Now Part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

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Hillary Clinton Supporters Fight for 2016 Position

The resignation of a high-profile Clinton ally from one of the groups supporting her likely presidential campaign signals a new phase in the jockeying for influence before the former Secretary of State launches a bid for the White House

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Justice Thomas Slams SCOTUS’s ‘Signal’ on Gay Marriage

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TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Supporters Fight for 2016 Position

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Mike Coppola—Getty Images Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks onstage at the RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala at the Hilton Hotel Midtown on Dec. 16, 2014 in New York City.

Presidential campaigns are as much about who's in as who's out

Until now, Hillary Clinton’s proto-presidential campaign was allowed to be all things to all people. Anyone with a bit of cash, an organizational streak, and a lion’s share of enthusiasm could start his own pro-Clinton group—and, in doing so, make a claim to the presumed frontrunner’s coattails.

That began to change this week, after two of the three main pro-Clinton groups publicly split ways.

David Brock—a longtime Clinton ally who has launched an archipelago of pro-Clinton organizations, including Correct the Record, Media Matters for America, and American Bridge 21st Century—announced his resignation Monday from the main Democratic super PAC supporting her, Priorities USA Action, Politico reports.

The split comes just after Clinton hired a handful of high-profile advisers, including top brass from President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Joel Benenson, Jim Margolis, John Podesta and Robby Mook are expected to hold senior positions in the as-yet-undeclared Clinton campaign.

Brock’s sudden resignation, combined with those recent hires, has had the effect of drawing some hard lines—who’s “in” and who’s “out”—down the center of the Clinton Universe, an enormous and amorphous collection of aides, advisers, confidantes and hangers-on that has has, until now, evinced a unified, big-tent, everyone-is-welcome vibe.

In November, leaders from Brock’s empire, Priorities USA and the quirky, grassroots super PAC, Ready for Hillary, all gathered amicably at Ready for Hillary’s financial meeting in New York City. At that event, officials from all three groups, as well as long-time Clinton insiders, gave speeches and met with members of the press, where they spoke of cooperation and partnership.

But below the surface—and in quiet conversations—rivalrous factions have simmered. Several Clinton allies told TIME they doubted the efficacy of Brock’s organizations and worried that the “amateurish” nature of some of the mailings from Correct the Record might end up hurting Clinton down the road. Another dismissed both Brock’s organizations and Ready for Hillary as “opportunists” and “outsiders” positioning themselves for plum positions in a future campaign.

Meanwhile, others in Clintonland doubted whether Priorities USA, which is run by Obama’s 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, could actually raise as much as $500 million—a vast sum that many say is necessary to compete with Republicans in 2016. (The famously conservative Koch brothers reportedly intend to spend almost $900 million this election cycle alone.)

In his resignation from Priorities USA on Monday, Brock accused officials at Priorities USA of orchestrating a “political hit job” against his organizations, according to Politico, which obtained a copy of his resignation letter. Brock referenced a recent New York Times story that revealed a consultant, who works closely with Brock’s groups, keeps an average of 12.5% of any fundraising money she brings in. “Current and former Priorities officials were behind this specious and malicious attack on the integrity of these critical organizations,” Brock wrote in the letter.

Clintonland veterans say all this squabbling should come as no surprise. During the 2008 Democratic primary between Clinton and Obama, Clinton’s camp was known for its pitched in-fighting and epic personality clashes. Almost all the same people—plus a few of the biggest egos from the Obama world—are now alive and well in the as-yet-undeclared Clinton campaign.

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10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Won Grammys

Who said you had to be a pop star to win a Grammy?

  • LeVar Burton

    The 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Best Spoken Word Album, 2000:

    The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Lewis Black

    The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room
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    Best Comedy Album, 2011:

    Stark Raving Black

    Best Comedy Album, 2007:

    The Carnegie Hall Performance

  • Zach Braff

    The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room
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    Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, 2005:

    Garden State

  • Chris Rock

    Comedian Chris Rock throws his Grammy Award in the
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    Best Comedy Album, 2000:

    Bigger & Blacker

    Best Comedy Album, 1998:

    Roll with the New

  • Kathy Griffin

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    Best Comedy Album, 2014:

    Calm Down Gurrl

TIME Infectious Disease

Democrats and Republicans Mostly Agree About Vaccines, Research Shows

Unlike guns, pot and global warming, vaccine views are not political

Despite the scientific consensus that vaccines are responsible for wiping out a wide variety of infectious diseases in the U.S., the current measles outbreak has politicians on the left and right weighing in on whether parents should be able to choose whether or not they vaccinate their children. Given the recent statements from a number of possible 2016 election contenders, you would think that vaccines are a widely divisive political issue. But according to data, they’re not.

In 2014, Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and professor of psychology at Yale Law School, surveyed 2,316 U.S. adults in order to assess public perceptions and attitudes about vaccines. He wanted to know whether the often repeated idea that the public is increasingly fearful of vaccines was true, and whether political parties were really split over vaccines’ risks and benefits. He found the answer was largely no.

Kahan’s data on vaccine-risk perception shows vaccines are one of the most agreed-upon topics regardless of political leaning. Compared with gun ownership, legalizing marijuana and global warming, vaccines are viewed as a generally low-risk by Americans across the political spectrum. And despite the stereotype that upper-class liberals are more likely to scorn vaccines, Kahan’s data, seen in the graph below, shows that people have slightly more negative assessments of vaccines as they become more conservative and identify more with the Republican Party. But the disparities are still really not that notable.

Dan KahanGraph from ‘s paper “Vaccine Risk Perceptions and Ad Hoc Risk Communication: An Empirical Assessment.”

Ultimately, Kahan’s No. 1 finding was this: “There is deep and widespread public consensus, even among groups strongly divided on other issues such as climate change and evolution, that childhood vaccinations make an essential contribution to public health.”

Overall, the people who distrust vaccines and do not vaccinate their children are largely random individuals. Kahan writes:

There was a modest minority of respondents who held a negative orientation toward vaccines. These respondents, however, could not be characterized as belonging to any recognizable subgroup identified by demographic characteristics, religiosity, science comprehension, or political or cultural outlooks. Indeed, groups bitterly divided over other science issues, including climate change and human evolution, all saw vaccine risks as low and vaccine benefits as high. Even within those groups, in other words, individuals hostile to childhood vaccinations are outliers.

With over 100 cases in 14 states, however, those outliers can’t be ignored.


New York Suburb Seeks to Host Hillary Clinton 2016 Campaign

Hillary Clinton Addresses Cookstoves Future Summit On Indoor Pollution
Spencer Platt—Getty Images Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Cookstoves Future Summit on November 21, 2014 in New York City.

Westchester notables are lobbying Clinton for a suburban headquarters if she runs for president

Local luminaries in a suburb of New York City are calling on Hillary Clinton to place her campaign headquarters in White Plains—a small city close to Clinton’s home in Westchester County—despite the draw of the nearby metropolis.

At least one Congresswoman and a major real-estate developer are lobbying Clinton to place her headquarters in Westchester if she runs for president, aiming for the prestige and economic benefits of a large operation. “A Clinton campaign would be good for Westchester, and a Clinton Presidency would be great for America,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the Democratic representative for much of the county. Lowey has encouraged Clinton directly to place her headquarters in the county if she runs.

Half an hour from Manhattan by train, prosaic White Plains is as functional a campaign headquarters as a pair of Crocs and about as chic. A suburb with plentiful office parks, PepsiCo’s headquarters and 50,000 residents, the Democratic-leaning New York satellite is also squarely in Hillary heartland. The Clintons have had a home in Chappaqua, a hamlet 15 minutes away, since 1999, and White Plains is within striking distance of the presumptive candidate’s power base in New York City. Clinton aides hinted last year White Plains is a strong option for a possible headquarters.

But recent lobbying efforts by businesses and local politicians may not be enough to keep Clinton close to home, as the presumptive 2016 candidate reportedly weighs a New York City campaign headquarters. New York is home to a large cadre of Clinton allies and devoted young Democrats that could make up her staff.

Where a candidate decides to locate their headquarters can have an outsized influence on the tenor of a campaign. Obama’s decision in 2007 to base his campaign headquarters in Chicago made him a more credible Beltway outsider and may have kept his campaign grounded by keeping it far from the New York and D.C. media bubbles. Clinton and John McCain, on the other hand, both had headquarters in the D.C. suburbs during the 2008 campaign.

Robert Weisz, the CEO of the largest privately-held property owner in Westchester, said he has reached out to Clinton’s staff, aiming to lease his properties to potential campaign. A Democrat and past Clinton donor, Weisz owns 2.5 million square feet of real estate in the county and plenty of contiguous office space large enough to host a presidential campaign.

During Clinton’s 2008 bid for president, Weisz hosted an 800-person Clinton event on his property on 1133 Westchester Avenue, a commercial space in White Plains. Now he’s among the local real estate firms that are keen on bringing a Clinton campaign to the New York suburb. “We reached out to her staff for several reasons: one to rent space, and one to be helpful to her possible campaign,” Weisz said.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican nominee in New York’s gubernatorial election last year, said he hasn’t reached out to Clinton directly to ask her to move her headquarters to the county, but that he likely will. “I would love for her to set up shop here,” Astorino said.

White Plains has the advantage of relatively cheap office space, compared to New York City. The current average annual rent price per square foot of office space in White Plains is around $25, compared with around $60 in Manhattan and $30-$35 in Brooklyn, according to a 2013 report. That can add up. President Obama’s 2012 headquarters occupied 50,000 square feet in Chicago’s Prudential building, where rents averaged $22-$25 per square foot annually.

A White Plains headquarters could also attract a more dedicated staff that is willing to regularly commute or live at a distance from the city.

It remains unclear whether local excitement and cheap rent is enough to keep Clinton away from New York City, which has all the pomp, panache and power brokers that White Plains lacks.

The Big Apple’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, ran her first senatorial campaign, and Clinton has connections in Manhattan’s financial industry. According to reports, potential bivouacs for a 2016 campaign include Brooklyn or Queens, where the former Secretary of State would be close to a large base of young Democrats who would form the spine of her campaign staff.

A spokesperson for Clinton didn’t respond to a request for comment.

If the Clinton campaign decides to decamp from Westchester and heads to New York’s outer boroughs, she would likely be courted by a wide array of friendly real estate developers interested in leasing her space.

Bruce Ratner, a prominent Democrat and real estate developer, has extensive Brooklyn properties including the Barclay’s Center, a potential site for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Stephen L. Green, who is one of New York’s largest office landlords, was a member the so-called Hillraisers, an elite coterie of donors that bundled over $100,000 each for Clinton during her 2008 run.

Last August, Clinton signed a two-year lease for a personal office in a Midtown Manhattan skyscraper owned by Green. Green’s firm also owns office space in downtown Brooklyn.

White Plains notables also argue that accessibility to Westchester County Airport—mere minutes from the suburb— make the New York satellite a better option than the city.

“White Plains would be a terrific location for her campaign headquarters,” White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said. “Of course, we would love to have her headquarters here if she decides to run.”

TIME politics

Shhhh, Rand Paul: A Guide for Politicians on How Not to Talk to Women

Calm down, let me finish.

Most politicians know by now that making a major gaffe against women can lead to mocking on the feminist blogosphere and alienation of crucial female voters. That’s why the GOP even made a bunch of candidates sit through sensitivity training sessions on how to run against women. But these days, it’s hard to know exactly what might irritate women, so what’s a guy to do?

No, no, shhhh, calm down, gentlemen, no need to get upset: here’s a handy cheat-sheet of 5 things male politicians should never say to women.

1) “Sshhh”: When Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky repeatedly shushed CNBC’s Closing Bell co-anchor Kelly Evans, it came off as obnoxious and condescending. Especially when he paired it with “calm down” and “let me finish” before mansplaining that “your premise and your question is [sic] mistaken.” Women too often feel shut out of public debate, so literally trying to quiet a woman tends to grate.

2) “Attractive”: Here’s a good rule: Only compliment a woman’s appearance if she’s in your family (as in “mom, you look pretty”) or you’re romantically involved. Otherwise, hold your tongue in public, even if you think you’re being nice. When President Obama called Kamala Harris the “best-looking attorney general in the country” it came off as awkward, and when former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin called now-Sen. Joni Ernst “as good looking as Taylor Swift,” it made him look like a little weird.

3) “Ugly as sin”: If calling a woman politician attractive can come off as smarmy, calling her unattractive makes you look like a jerk. Republican New Hampshire lawmaker Steve Vaillancourt called U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster “ugly as sin” in comparison to her opponent, Marilinda Garcia, whom he called “not so attractive as to be intimidating, but truly attractive.” And when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York revealed that male colleagues had called her “porky” and “chubby,” it sparked a near-witch hunt to find the offenders in Congress.

4) Her first name: Using a female candidate’s first name instead of her title in a formal political context can come off as belittling. Just look at when Republican Thom Tillis debated then-Democratic Senator Kay Hagan for her North Carolina Senate seat. He repeatedly called her “Kay,” instead of “Senator,” causing one state reporter to say he “stopped just short of calling her ‘little lady.'”

5) Anything about being “likeable”: Obama’s lame quip that Hillary Clinton was “likeable enough” was another big gaffe from their 2008 face-off. (2016 Republicans, are you taking notes on this?) If you want people to like you, don’t talk about whether they’re likeable.

The bottom line: Treat women like other adult professionals, and you’ll be OK.

TIME 2016 Election

Clinton Leads Republicans in Key Swing States, Poll Says

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Carolyn Kaster—AP Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington on Dec. 3, 2014.

Early lead for the presumptive Democratic front-runner

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is starting her likely presidential campaign ahead of many of her Republican rivals in a trio of key swing states, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Clinton beating most Republican contenders in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. Republicans with home-state advantages fare better against the presumptive Democratic front-runner. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is tied with Clinton in his state, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich is tied with Clinton in his state.

But Clinton trounces three other potential candidates—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee—in all three states by double-digits. No candidate has won the presidency without securing at least two of these three swing states since 1960.

The survey, conducted Jan. 22-Feb. 1, has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points in Florida and Ohio, and 3.3 percentage points in Pennsylvania.

TIME 2016 Election

Hillary’s 140-Character Campaign Strategy

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Carolyn Kaster—AP Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Georgetown University in Washington on Dec. 3, 2014.

She's pioneered a new way to use Twitter

Hillary Clinton isn’t officially running for president and she isn’t exactly campaigning yet either.

Since last year’s book tour, her public appearances have been limited to speeches, both paid and unpaid, and even campaign events where she isn’t appearing are tightly controlled. That creates a supply-and-demand problem, though, when news breaks and the public wants to know where she stands on an issue.

Enter Twitter. Though Clinton didn’t join the social media platform until mid 2013, she’s pioneered a new way of using it to flesh out her campaign platform 140 characters at a time.

It’s a great political strategy for her, though it leaves a bit to be desired among the public and the press. Clinton’s tweets come late in the news cycle, allowing her to score a quick point off Republican in-fighting after much of the debate has played out.

They’re also tightly scripted, which means there’s no problem of going off-message or losing control of the story, like she did during what should have been a softball interview with NPR that touched on her changing views on gay marriage.

The 140-character limit on Twitter also means that Clinton’s pronouncements aren’t as substantive as they often seem at first. Without reporters asking follow-up questions, Clinton can make a rather general statement about, say, being in favor of vaccination, without explaining her past doubts.

Or she can criticize an attempt to roll back the Dodd-Frank bank reforms without specifying exactly which changes to the law she would support or oppose.

Judge for yourself. Below are some of the major policy positions Clinton has taken on Twitter.

Against the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case:

In favor of raising the minimum wage:

In favor of childcare legislation:

In favor of President Obama’s immigration actions:

Against rolling back part of Dodd-Frank:

In favor of some of Obama’s economic ideas in the State of the Union:

In favor of vaccination:

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