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Watch Hillary Clinton in New HBO Documentary The Diplomat

The film opens at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23

Richard Holbrooke’s career as an American diplomat spanned nearly half a century before his death in 2010. In April, two decades after Holbrooke helped seal the Dayton Peace Accords, making an end to the war in Bosnia that had become Europe’s most brutal conflict since World War II, a new documentary by his eldest son will explore the diplomat’s legacy.

In a first look at the official HBO trailer for The Diplomat, David Holbrooke aims to understand his father’s work. He interviewed dozens of people along the way: journalists and policy makers and military leaders.

Among them is Hillary Clinton. Holbrooke supported her bid for President eight years. Had Clinton won the White House, many believed Holbrooke was positioned to become her Secretary of State. Instead with Barack Obama in the Oval Office and Clinton leading the State Department, Holbrooke was appointed by the President a special adviser on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In the clip, Clinton remembers one of Holbrooke’s particularly aggressive episodes of diplomacy.”He was so intent upon making his case and I’d push open the door to the ladies room and he follows me in,” she says.

“Richard Holbrooke is the most alive person any of us have ever encountered and will ever encounter,” said Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Power went to Bosnia as a journalist when Holbrooke was the U.S. envoy trying to find a path to peace. He later became her mentor.

THE DIPLOMAT premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23 and airs on HBO in the fall.

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How Hillary Can Win Black Women Voters

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington on March 23, 2015.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais—AP Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington on March 23, 2015.

Women of color are ready to make noise at the polls

One thing 2008 and 2012 taught us: Black women are the voting bloc to watch. According to the Center for American Progress, “In 2012, Black women voted at a higher rate than any other group—across gender, race, and ethnicity—and, along with other women of color, played a key role in President Obama’s reelection. The following year, turnout by women of color in an off-year helped provide Terry McAuliffe (D) the margin of victory in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election. Notably, in both of their respective elections, President Obama and Gov. McAuliffe lost a lion’s share of White women voters, but overwhelmingly captured the votes of women of color.” It’s true that Black women are becoming much more involved with the political process, flexing their muscles by engaging in the issues and making their voices heard. But are these voters a guarantee for Hillary Clinton?

“I think Black women are ready for Hillary,” Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams tells Essence. “She represents not only the first woman president, but a continuation of policies that have been geared towards lifting women, communities of color, the poor—those demographics that have too often been left behind by Republican policies. I think her candidacy reflects the needs of Black women, in that she is going to talk about the issues that will help better their lives.”

Black women voters present a unique opportunity for Hillary, because, according to CAP, “[a]s their numbers increase and their participation grows, women of color will increasingly have the chance to sway electoral results, influence which candidates run and win, and play a greater role in shaping the policy agenda. Again, this new reality becomes apparent when one considers that women of color are the fastest-growing segment of the country’s largest voting bloc: women.”

Though the historic nature of her candidacy may put Hillary in a position to deliver another transformational moment for America—this time for gender equity—there is much work to be done before she can win over any constituency. First: showing she has a vision for tackling their greatest concerns.

Anti-violence activist and writer Wagatwe Wanjuki says that while a lot of people are excited about the prospect of a female president, she has some reservations. “I am waiting for evidence that she gets how we women of color are affected by issues in ways that are different from our white counterparts,” says Wanjuki. “What are her thoughts on the Hyde Amendment? [The amendment that prohibits public funding for abortions, making the procedure inaccessible for low-income women of color.] As president, how is she going to use her bully pulpit to address the high rates of gender-based violence in our communities? What plans does she have to reduce our unique barriers to achieving quality health care?”

Read the rest of the post at Essence.com.

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TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Goes Unnoticed at Chipotle

Yes, she'll pay extra for guac

Hillary Clinton has had to make a lot of important decisions recently. Black or pinto beans? What kind of meat would she like? Does she want salsa? Most importantly, is she willing to pay extra for guacamole?

The answer to that last question is apparently yes. Clinton, who launched her presidential bid on Sunday in a long-awaited announcement, visited a Chipotle on Monday during a stop on her 1,000-mile campaign kick-off road trip, the New York Times reports. Charles Wright, manager of the restaurant in the Toledo suburb of Maumee where Clinton stopped, said she ordered a chicken burrito bowl (with the guac), a chicken salad and two drinks.

Clinton, joined by longtime aide Huma Abedin, went mostly unrecognized by Chipotle staff and customers. Wright wasn’t even aware that Clinton stopped by until he checked the security footage after a Times reporter called about a tip. “The thing is, she has these dark sunglasses on,” Wright said. “She just was another lady.”

In a way, that’s just the message Clinton is trying to send with her campaign.


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Hillary Clinton Could Be the First Ex-Cabinet Member to Win a Presidential Nomination Since 1928

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SAUL LOEB—AFP/Getty Images Then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference following meetings at the US State Department in Washington, DC, with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on January 20, 2012.

The cabinet member-turned-presidential nominee is a rare breed

If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination for president next year, she’ll be the first former Cabinet member to get a party’s presidential nod in almost 90 years.

The former Secretary of State launched her bid for the White House on Sunday afternoon, marking the first time since 1928 that any former cabinet member had a serious shot at the presidential nomination, according to data collected by the Pew Research Center.

The overwhelming majority of Democratic or Republican nominees in recent years have been incumbent presidents, governors, senators or vice presidents, like then-Sen. Barack Obama, former Gov. Mitt Romney, and Sen. John McCain.

In 1928, Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover won the Republican nomination and then the presidency. Thomas Jefferson, who was the first U.S. Secretary of State, was the first former cabinet member to become president.

Clinton, who has also been a senator, would also be the first-ever First Lady to win her party’s nomination.

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President Obama Likes Hillary Clinton, But Won’t Yet Endorse

Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Bid - Washington
AP Video still of Hillary Rodham Clinton announcing that she will seek the presidency for a second time, immediately establishing herself as the likely 2016 Democratic nominee on April 12, 2015.

He's waiting

To be clear: President Obama likes Hillary Clinton and thinks she would be an “excellent President,” but he’s not endorsing her yet.

Although Obama personally praised his former Secretary of State during a press conference Saturday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that he’s not offering a full-blown endorsement of her nascent presidential campaign just yet.

“The two of them have become friends, but there are other people who are friends of the president who may decide to enter the race,” Earnest said. An endorsement, he said, would likely come from the president after Democratic voters pick a nominee.

Earnest said he wasn’t aware of whether or not the President received a “specific heads up” about Clinton’s announcement, which came via a video released Sunday afternoon. The two met face-to-face a couple weeks back, but Earnest did not say if they spoke about her campaign rollout at the time.

The President and the lone-Democratic candidate in the race to 2016 also have a similar week ahead. Both will spend the week touting the importance of strengthening economic opportunity for the middle class and for women and fixes to the tax code. Obama will make his case from Washington and at an event in North Carolina. Clinton, however, has hit the road to Iowa where she’s set to make local stops this week. Reporters hinted at the coincidence at Monday’s press briefing, but Earnest insists it shouldn’t be surprising.

“This is an indication that the priorities that the president has championed are consistent with the values that most Democrats share,” Earnest said.

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Hillary Clinton’s Van Is Named for Scooby Doo

Hillary Clinton is driving somewhere between her home in Chappaqua, New York, and her first official campaign stop in Monticello, Iowa, in a van named for a 1960s cartoon.

The armored van — the same vehicle that usually shuttles her to events in New York — has been nicknamed “Scooby” because it reminds the former Secretary of State of the Mystery Machine, the vehicle used by the main characters in the classic “Scooby Doo” cartoons. Aides have gone out of their way to note that the drive was Clinton’s idea.

“She loves her Scooby van,” tweeted Clinton communications director Jen Palmieri Sunday evening.

The 1,000-mile gambit is designed to help reinforce Clinton’s efforts to put a more down-to-earth spin on her campaign — a strategy she has employed successfully in her 2000 run for a U.S. Senate seat in New York.

Here’s journalist Daniel Halper’s description of her first Senate run in New York in his critical book Clinton, Inc.:

They were driving around New York in an armored brown van, “which we had called the mystery machine, the Scooby Doo van, which was an interesting thing to drive and learn to manipulate,” the agent tells me in an interview. That’s because Hillary and her staff objected to the customary limo the First Lady would normally use. They complained the “optics” weren’t right for an aspiring senator who wanted to look like she was a woman of the people—and not a product of the White House.

Clinton, who has said the last time she drove was in 1996, is not in the driver’s seat, instead leaving it to a member of her Secret Service detail. But that doesn’t mean she’s not paying attention to the road, according to Halper’s account.

One former Secret Service officer on her detail remembers driver her around and learning very quickly that Mrs. Clinton is a backseat driver. “She’s a bit of a micromanager. She’d always kind of tell us … thought she knew New York really well and didn’t know the streets, I think, as well as we did.”

Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer criticized the van.

“How stupid do the Clintons think the American people are?” he told TIME. “They pulled the same exact stunt in 2000. This is not resetting, it’s recycling.”

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Hillary Clinton Resigns From Foundation Board

The former Secretary of States steps aside to "devote myself to this new, all-encompassing endeavor" of running for president

Hillary Clinton resigned from the board of the Clinton Foundation on Sunday night as she launched her 2016 campaign for president.

“While I have cherished my time serving on the board and engaging in the day-to-day work of the Foundation, in order to devote myself to this new, all-encompassing endeavor, I have resigned from the board of directors effective today,” Clinton wrote in an internal email obtained by the New York Times.

She sent the email about an hour-and-a-half after announcing the launch of her campaign in a video.

The finances of the foundation have already provided fodder for attacks by Republicans, who have hammered it for accepting foreign donations.


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Meet the People From Hillary Clinton’s Launch Video

Many of them are longtime Clinton supporters

The stars of the video that launched Hillary Clinton’s second bid for president Sunday are the everyday Americans who the former Secretary of State hopes to showcase as she tries to win the White House. And many of them have one thing in common: They’re fans of Hillary Clinton.

In order to make the two-and-a-half minute video that kicked off Clinton’s second presidential campaign, her video team found volunteers through the large circles of people who have supported Democratic campaigns in the past. The video features Hispanic brothers opening their first business, an African-American couple expecting a baby boy, a worker starting a job at a fifth-generation family-owned manufacturing facility. And it also showed Democrats who volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.

The subjects were surprised on Sunday to find themselves as part of Clinton’s 2016 campaign launch. The video was kept secret until its release, so most of the participants only knew it was intended to support her candidacy.

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In the minutes before Clinton’s campaign launched, participants told TIME, they got calls from Clinton staffers who warned them they were about to get a lot of attention from their friends.

“I was in the garden and someone on the campaign staff called and said, ‘Oh, by the way, you made the video, and it’ll start to get crazy in about five minutes,'” said Julie Stauch, whose tomato garden was featured and who received enthusiastic phone calls and Facebook messages from her friends.

TIME spoke to some of the people in the video.

Jared Milrad and Nate Johnson

The engaged couple preparing for the wedding this summer are Milrad, who is the director at a legal nonprofit, and Johnson, who works at a health care consulting company. The couple met in Boston a few days after the 2008 election, when Johnson supported Clinton in the primaries and Milrad volunteered for Obama. Clinton’s team shot the video of the two in Chicago, where the couple lives.

They told the video team about their wedding plans (after seeing the launch video, they invited Hillary—but no word on whether she’ll come) and their relationship. “We talked about how important it is for us to be legally recognized and married,” Johnson said. “My parents have been together for over 30 years, my grandparents for over 55 years, and for me to married and have it be legally recognized was very important for me.”

When Clinton’s team shot the video, the duo was asked to kiss as the tape was rolling. “It was a little awkward,” Milrad said. “We accidentally butted heads.”

Julie Stauch

The “legendary” neighborhood tomatoes belong to Julie Stauch, an organizational consultant in West Des Moines. Stauch, who volunteered for Clinton in 2007 and 2008, hosted Clinton’s videographers for a couple hours in March, and showed them a bedspread she was knitting and her garden. During the filming, as she stood outside her house holding her garden clippers, Julie said she got a little bit silly. “I held the clippers in the air and said ‘I have the power!'” she said, “and they didn’t use that in the final cut, thank god.”

Sean, Vidhya and Harry Bagniewski

Harry is the rambunctious lab puppy in the video, and Sean and Vidhya are his owners. “Harry was causing chaos and havoc the entire time” they were filming, Sean Bagniewski said. “It was two hours and we finally had to let him out of the kennel.”

Sean, who is an attorney, said he was a poor fifth-grader from a trailer park when he first met Bill Clinton in 1994. Since then, he’s been interested in politics, and he later joined former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack’s administration and volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2008. Vidhya, his wife, is the daughter of parents who immigrated from India, and is also an attorney.

One of Sean’s recent endeavors in politics ended with a loss—and then a win. “I ran for city council two years ago and lost,” he said. “They said if you want a friend in poltics, get a dog. That’s a Harry Truman quote. So we got a dog and named him Harry.”

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2016 Rivals Respond to Clinton Announcement

"We're ready for Hillary"

Rivals were chomping at the bit even before former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally announced her presidential bid Sunday afternoon, releasing statements and videos and hawking swag attacking the Democratic front-runner.

“We’re ready for Hillary,” said Republican hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz in a video. “Hillary Clinton represents the failed policies of the past.”

On Sunday morning, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released a video saying the nation “must to do better than the Obama-Clinton foreign policy.”

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the only other woman eyeing the White House, said in a video statement that Clinton “doesn’t have a track record of leadership or trustworthiness. She’s not the woman for the White House.”

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted that Americans want leaders from outside Washington, and tied Clinton to President Obama’s foreign policy, while former Texas Gov. Rick Perry tweeted that “America can’t afford another [four] years of the Obama-Clinton agenda.”

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the GOP’s most intense Clinton critics, devoted a section of his presidential campaign web store to items mocking Clinton, including a Clinton hard drive—a reference to her deleted emails from her time at the State Department.

“I know Hillary Clinton. I served with Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton does not have the right vision to lead America,” said former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in a statement.

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham also had harsh words. “The middle class is getting screwed by the administration’s domestic agenda & I believe it would be more of the same with Clinton,” he tweeted.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is expected to launch a Democratic challenge to Clinton from the left next month, addressed Clinton’s impending announcement Friday before an event in Iowa.

“Democrats expect a robust conversation about the issues we face as a nation and the challenges we face and the solutions to our problems,” he told reporters. “And they believe that that conversation needs to take place in something as important as a presidential primary. It would be an extreme poverty indeed if there were only one person willing to compete for our party’s nomination.”

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Hillary Clinton Launches Second Bid for the White House

Her biggest obstacle is her own inevitability

How do you announce something that everyone already knows is coming? You take your time.

Hillary Clinton’s second campaign for President began Sunday afternoon with an understated video announcement—not the balloons, grand speeches or live-televised arena announcements that White House hopefuls traditionally employ. The presumptive Democratic nominee jumped into the 2016 race with an announcement that was as modest as the Clinton juggernaut could manage. The former Secretary of State and First Lady doesn’t appear in the first half of the video that officially launches her campaign. She won’t even hold her first campaign rally until May.

The Sunday roll-out was crafted to spotlight Clinton’s promise to run her campaign differently from eight years ago, when she entered with all the pomp of a dominant frontrunner but was defeated by the upstart Senator Barack Obama. The Obama-esque message: “it’s your time.”

“Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion,” Clinton declares.

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The two-and-a-half minute video features an African-American couple expecting a baby, a young man starting a career in a fifth-generation owned factory, a young woman applying for her first job after college, a gay couple preparing to get married and two Hispanic brothers opening their first business.

“I’m running for President,” Clinton says, two-thirds of the way into the video message, which was posted on her newly redesigned website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” Clinton adds, adopting a populist theme designed to appeal both to her party’s base and to middle-class Americans. “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. So you can do more than just get by, you can get ahead and stay ahead.”

Clinton enters the presidential contest with a nearly unprecedented profile. After more than two decades in the national spotlight, she is the definitive frontrunner among Democrats, and polls ahead of all likely Republican candidates in most surveys. But she remains one of the most deeply polarizing national figures, drawing almost as many detractors and supporters, and with almost 100% name identification, nearly everyone has a well-formed opinion of her for better for worse.

The kickoff message was heavy on humility, oriented more toward the voters she will court in the coming months than her own qualifications.

Clinton will soon travel to Iowa and New Hampshire to make inroads in the early primary states, where she’ll hold small events and meet caucus and primary voters who remain skeptical of a Clinton candidacy after her 2008 campaign.

MORE: Liberal Groups Respond to Hillary Clinton Campaign Launch

Instead of emphasizing her battle-readiness and experience, the video is more upbeat and casual. Her logo is a modern blue and red “H,” styled with an arrow. Even the name of her campaign committee has been adjusted to signal her new focus on voters this time around. The 2008 committee was called “Friends of Hillary,” but now it is the more inclusive “Hillary for America.”

“I’m hitting the road to earn your vote,” Clinton says, “because it’s your time and I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”

Her last campaign was doomed by perceived inevitability, a backbiting political apparatus and a wooden candidate. In an attempt to avoid a repeat of the drama-filled 2008 effort, on Saturday, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook sent a memo to staffers that stated that the campaign’s themes included diversity, discipline and humility.

Clinton has already assembled a massive political team of hundreds working out of a Brooklyn Heights office space, drawing on both the Clinton and Obama networks.

Her announcement sets off a fundraising blitz, unleashing an army of Democratic fundraisers who have been sitting dormant and waiting for Clinton to officially declare. Clinton’s team is looking to raise well over $1.5 billion for her effort, while Republicans are planning to use her official entrance to activate their own donors.

The announcement came first in an email from campaign chairman John Podesta, who emailed Clinton campaign alumni, donors and members of Congress minutes before the video was posted.

“I wanted to make sure you heard it first from me – it’s official: Hillary’s running for president,” Podesta wrote. “She is hitting the road to Iowa to start talking directly with voters. There will be a formal kickoff event next month, and we look forward to seeing you there.”

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