TIME 2016 Election

7 Songs We Want to Hear in the Upcoming Clinton Musical

Bill & Hillary Clinton Mayoral Inauguration
President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton attend the Inauguration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Jan. 1. New York Daily News—NY Daily News/Getty Images

The show arrives in New York next month

The Clintons are coming back to New York–in song. Clinton: The Musical will play at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City from July 18-25 following its year-long run in London.

Clinton follows two Bill Clintons ['W.J. Clinton' and 'Billy'] and Hillary on their quest to save their presidency, change America and prove that ‘politics is show business for ugly people,’” the show’s description reads. Colorful 1990s characters like Monica Lewinsky, Newt Gingrich and Kenneth Starr also make appearances.

Here are 7 songs we think should be in Clinton: The Musical’s New York debut:

Fool on the Hill(ary)

It couldn’t have been easy stomaching Bill’s repeated chorus of, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” In this song, the musical’s Hillary would lament all of the signs she missed that Bill was playing her for the fool.

Stand by Me

Bill had a lot of ‘splainin to do back in 1998. In the musical version, after Ken Starr’s report reveals some rather explicit details about the President’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky, Bill would beg Hillary, “Stand by me.”

We Can Do It

In this musical number taken from The Producers, Hillary tells Bill she has decided to become the second Clinton to run for the White House. The Clintons’ chorus of “We Can Do It” is rudely interrupted by an Obama conga line of “Yes, We Can!”

Big Girls Don’t Cry

Hillary might have lost out on the nomination in 2008, but she kept her poker face and went on to become Secretary of State. Nobody puts Hillary in a corner.

Started from the (Foggy) Bottom

Hillary channels her inner Drake as she takes on the job of Secretary of State and confronts new foreign policy problems.

It’s the Hard-Knock (Choices)

As Hillary sings this ballad reminiscent of Annie, a stenographer in the backdrop furiously records the words for her biography Hard Choices.

(20)16 Goin’ on 17

The Sound of Music-inspired anthem will chronicle Hillary’s adventures and misadventures on the campaign trail as she tries to make it to the White House (again).

TIME 2016 Campaign

First Lady: U.S. Should Elect Female President ‘As Soon as Possible’

White House Summit on Working Families
US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the White House Summit on Working Families, in Washington DC, June 23, 2014. Michael Reynolds—EPA

As long as it's not her, Michelle Obama said at the Summit on Working Families.

Michelle Obama said the U.S. is ready for a female president and that the country should elect one “as soon as possible” on Monday.

“The person who should do the job is the person who is most qualified — and we have some options, don’t we?” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts at the Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., according to video from C-SPAN3.

“I think this country is ready — this country is ready for anyone who can do that job,” she said.

Though she did not make any kind of endorsement, Obama’s remarks seem to acknowledge a possible run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose 2016 campaign future has been the subject of wild speculation. President Barack Obama has said in the past that Clinton would be a “very effective” president if she decides to run and wins.

Michelle Obama, however, isn’t thinking about any kind of run for office herself. She said her post-White House plans “definitely will not be” political, but instead “mission-based” and “service-focused.”


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Biden Gets Humble About His Wealth

The vice president falsely says he doesn't own a single stock or bond, or have a savings account — but admits that he's been "really, really fortunate"

Vice President Joe Biden highlighted his meager finances—by Washington standards—Monday at the inaugural White House Summit on Working Families, but cast himself as “really fortunate” regardless.

Highlighting the need to modernize family leave policies, Biden argued that he was well off on account of generous family leave and benefit policies afforded to or taken by him as a lawmaker, but said such benefits must be expanded to all Americans.

“I can speak a little bit from my own experience,” Biden said early in his remarks. “Look at Biden, man. He’s got a mildly expensive suit on. He’s Vice President of the United States of America, he makes—notwithstanding that he’s listed as the poorest man in Congress—he still makes a lot of money as Vice President of the United States. And I do by the way. And I do. Don’t hold it against me that I don’t own a single stock or bond. Don’t hold it—I have no savings account. But I’ve got a great pension and I’ve got a good salary. For real. For real. Sometimes we talk about this stuff about struggle. My struggle, my god, compared to where I grew up and the way people are trying to go through things. but here’s the point I want to make. I’ve been really, really fortunate.”

Biden’s point is well taken. The former Delaware Senator and his wife are worth between -$1,323,970 and $162,996 according to his 2013 financial disclosure released in May. But Biden was stretching the truth slightly. His financial disclosure shows he does have a savings account valued between $1,001 and $15,000, and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, invests in mutual funds that own in stocks and bonds. Biden’s 2014 salary is $233,000—more than four times the median household income.

In a possible, yet unlikely, 2016 contrast, Biden’s approach to talking about his wealth differs substantially from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has made repeated missteps when discussing her vastly-larger fortune.

Clinton claimed in an interview earlier this month to have been “dead broke” upon leaving the White House, and in an interview with The Guardian published this weekend, Clinton implied she and her husband were not among the “truly well off,” despite millions in the bank and well over $100 million collected in speaking fees alone over the past decade.

“But they don’t see me as part of the problem because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we’ve done it through dint of hard work,” Clinton said.

TIME 2016 Election

Rand Paul Doesn’t Blame Obama For Iraq Crisis

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during an event at the University of Chicago's Ida Noyes Hall in Chicago on April 22, 2014. Andrew Nelles—AP

Paul also took a shot at former Vice President Dick Cheney for his pro-Iraq War stance

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is firing back at his party’s interventionist wing, saying those who supported the Iraq war “emboldened Iran,” while freeing President Barack Obama of blame for the current crisis in Iraq.

In a Meet the Press interview airing this Sunday, the 2016 presidential hopeful and libertarian icon responded to an op-ed by former Vice President Dick Cheney criticizing Obama’s handling of the situation in Iraq.

“I think the same questions could be asked of those who supported the Iraq War,” Paul said. “You know, were they right in their predictions? Were there weapons of mass destruction there? That’s what the war was sold on. Was democracy easily achievable? Was the war won in 2005, when many of these people said it was won? They didn’t really, I think, understand the civil war that would break out.”

Paul added that he doesn’t blame Obama for the ongoing turmoil in Iraq, but he questions whether the President has a solution to the crisis, during which Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have seized vast territory and pushed the Iraqi military back to the outskirts of Baghdad.

“And what’s going on now—I don’t blame on President Obama,” Paul said. “Has he really got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame the Iraq War on the chaos that is in the Middle East. I also blame those who wer for the Iraq War for emboldening Iran. These are the same people now who are petrified of what Iran may become, and I understand some of their worry.”

Cheney this week launched the Alliance for a Strong America, a group dedicated to pushing back against Obama’s foreign policy as well as the GOP’s libertarian wing. Paul’s critique could apply equally well to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who apologized for her vote for the Iraq War in hew new book, “Hard Choices.”

Meet the Press Moderator David Gregory noted that Paul is not a “Dick Cheney Republican” when it comes to American power in the Middle East.

“What I would say is that the war emboldened Iran,” Paul replied. “Iran is much more of a threat because of the Iraq War than they were before—before there was a standoff between Sunnis and Shiites. Now there is Iranian hegemony throughout the region.”

Watch the video of the exchange above.


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TIME Foreign Policy

Republicans Seize an Opportunity to Knock Obama on Foreign Policy

And to knock one of their own

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday going after President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

“Our president doesn’t seem [care about Iraq].” the two wrote. “Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.”

Take out Barack Obama and put in John Kerry, and you have the Bush-Cheney 2004 playbook: Scare the bejesus out of voters that the other guy’s too weak to fight a war or run a country.

The Cheneys’ op-ed and the group they are starting attached to it, The Alliance for a Stronger America, is ostensibly aimed at “reversing the dangerous policies of the Obama Administration,” according to its website. But it’s also about politics, elections and survival. They’re seizing on Obama’s foreign policy weakness ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, though they lack a foil for Obama since he’s not actually on the ballot and members of Congress can’t constitutionally do much on foreign policy.

Their next target is Hillary Clinton, who has literally written a whole book about how her foreign policy differs from Obama. She’s always been more hawkish than her erstwhile boss, making her slightly harder to hit.

But their real 2016 target is actually own of their own: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. A self described “non-interventionist,” Paul hails from the anti-neoconservative wing of the Republican Party. So, the idea of him winning the White House—and he leads in a bunch of polls these days—is almost worse than Clinton winning: Siberia is coldest for those in your own party with whom you don’t agree. And Paul definitely doesn’t agree with most of what the Cheneys stand for. Liz Cheney called the party’s noninterventionist turn “dangerous” in a Q & A with TIME last year.

“I think that yes, it is dangerous,” she said. “I think isolationism is a mistake, no matter what party you see it in. We have to remember that there are two threats to our freedom: There’s a threat that comes from the federal government, from the Obama Administration policies… but there’s also a huge and significant threat from al-Qaeda. The war on terror is still underway. Al-Qaeda is stronger today than it’s been in many years. We have to be able to protect our freedom from both of those threats.”

After all, when you’re starting a political advocacy group, you make money off of opposition. Opposition to Obama won’t do much, he’s a lame duck President. Opposition to Clinton will probably be lucrative. But opposition to Paul is a sheer fight for survival: If the Cheneys lose the foreign policy debate, they lose GOP donors.

TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Backs Gillibrand Bill to Curb Military Sexual Assault

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during CNN's Town Hall interview on June 17, 2014. David Holloway—AP

Move puts Clinton on the other side of Obama, the Pentagon and Claire McCaskill on the issue

Hillary Clinton revealed a surprising position Tuesday: She actually supported Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bill to take the handling of sexual assaults in the military outside the chain of command. The bill failed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate in March. Instead, a version sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, which tightens the Pentagon’s prosecution of such cases, passed into law.

From the interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour:

MS. AMANPOUR: So, do you believe — hard choice — would you take this out of the chain of command?

MS. CLINTON: Well, I supported my friend Kirsten Gillibrand, and she wanted to take it out of the chain of command.

MS. AMANPOUR: Yes, she did.

MS. CLINTON: And remember it’s not only women, it’s men, who’ve been assaulted as well.

MS. AMANPOUR: That’s what I said, but mostly women.

MS. CLINTON: Mostly women, that’s right.

And she was — she was a fierce advocate for it. It was not successful this time around. Another approach was taken. But I think everybody on both sides of the aisle knows, if there is not evidence that this other approach is working, then we should go back to Kirsten’s proposal.

Clinton’s endorsement was news to Gillibrand, a Democrat who succeeded Clinton in her New York senate seat. Gillibrand and her staff learned about it on television. “Based on Secretary Clinton’s record of standing up for human rights, we were not surprised,” said Glen Caplin, Gillibrand’s communications director.

The move was surprising in that it means that if she becomes President, the normally hawkish Clinton would go against the advice of military brass and remove the cases from the chain of command. It also must have had a little bit of a silver lining dig at McCaskill, who endorsed Barack Obama over Clinton in 2008. McCaskill this time around is an early endorser of another potential Clinton candidacy.

Gillibrand intends to bring her bill back up next year. The question is, if she’s in the middle of a campaign at that point, will Clinton campaign on it? It is an issue popular with the Democratic base and with female swing voters—so like many things in Clinton-land, it’s not a terrible position to take, if you’re thinking in terms of triangulation and, um, an election.

TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Confronts Her Squirrel Stalker

The GOP has been sending someone dressed in a squirrel costume to the likely presidential contender's book tour events

While out on the campaign tra-….er, book tour Tuesday, Hillary Clinton took a moment to say hello to her most devoted groupie: a Republican squirrel.

The Republican National Committee has been sending an RNC staffer (or staffers rotating shifts) to follow Clinton around on her book tour wearing a squirrel costume and a shirt that says, “Another Clinton in the White House is Nuts.” The “HRC Squirrel” even has its own Twitter account.

On Tuesday, Clinton hopped out of her transport for a moment to deliver a copy of her book, Hard Choices, to the squirrel, which had been on her heels since last Friday.

TIME Foreign Policy

Hillary: Al-Maliki Must Go

"The Iraqi people need to think seriously about the kind of leader they need to try to unite Iraqis against what is a terrible, imminent threat," Clinton said

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside from his country as it gallops furiously toward civil war.

In recent days, Sunni extremist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria moved within 50 miles of Baghdad, an alarming escalation that, the former Secretary of State told Fox News on Tuesday, the Iraqi politician had only exacerbated. Clinton said al-Maliki showed weak leadership by exhibiting a preference for Iraqi Shi‘ites and purging senior military leaders of the rival religious sect group.

Clinton added that she is “not in favor of any formal relationships or agreements with Iran at this time.”

In a separate appearance at a CNN town hall Tuesday, Clinton aimed more harsh words at al-Maliki, saying that in retrospect the Prime Minister should not have rejected an extended “status-of-forces agreement” with the U.S., which would have kept American troops in the country beyond 2011.

“I think it’s imperative that the government of Iraq, currently led by Maliki, be much more inclusive, much more willing to share power, involve all the different segments of Iraq,” she said on CNN. “And I believe strongly that, if Maliki is not the kind of leader who can do that, then the Iraqi people need to think seriously about the kind of leader they need to try to unite Iraqis against what is a terrible, imminent threat from these most extreme terrorists.”

TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Says Opponents Of Gun Control Laws ‘Terrorize’ Americans

Jeh Johnson And Hillary Clinton Attend Naturalization Ceremony In DC
From left, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and designer Ralph Lauren say the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the National Museum of American History June 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee—Getty Images

Possible 2016 candidate wades into politically charged issue

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out at opponents of gun control regulations Tuesday, saying they hold a viewpoint that “terrorizes” the majority of Americans.

“We cannot let a minority of people, and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people, hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people,” Clinton said during a live CNN town hall. The comments were Clinton’s deepest foray into an exceedingly controversial political subject since leaving the State Department last year.

“I was disappointed that the Congress did not pass universal background checks after the horrors of the shootings at Sandy Hook,” she said in response to a question from a school teacher in the audience. “I don’t think any parent, or any person should have to fear about their child going to school or going to college because someone for whatever reason, psychological, emotional, political, ideological, whatever, could possibly enter that school property with an automatic weapon and murder innocent children, students, teachers.”

“I will speak out [on this subject] no matter what role I find myself in,” Clinton pledged, referring to her consideration of a presidential bid in 2016.

The outspoken position on gun control legislation is a clear appeal to the overwhelming majority of Americans who support expanding background check requirements before gun purchases, but it’s sure to inflame gun rights activists and the National Rifle Association, which blocked legislation in the Senate last year. It could also backfire by alienating moderate gun owners.

Responding to Sunday’s apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, allegedly a “key figure” in the 2012 attacks on an American consulate in Benghazi, Clinton said she hoped questioning would reveal more about what happened on the ground on the night of the attack. “There are answers, not all of them, not enough,” she said. “Frankly I’m still looking for answers because it was a confusing and difficult time.”

Clinton also waded into the ongoing policy crisis along the southern border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States illegally, fleeing violence and economic hardship. Clinton expressed sympathy for the plight of the children, who she said should be sent back to their countries of origin as soon as practicable. “We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,” she said, echoing the Obama Administration’s position on the subject.

Responding to another audience question, Clinton said she supported the availability of medical marijuana, but wanted to adopt a wait-and-see approach before endorsing recreational uses of the drug. Clinton ruled out sampling marijuana in Colorado and Washington state, where it is legal for recreational use. “I didn’t do it when I was young—I’m not going to start now,” she said with a laugh.

See more of Clinton’s comments below.

On Gun Control:

On the Abu Khatallah Arrest:

On Immigration Reform:

On Marijuana:

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