Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton Responds to the Question "How would we go about stopping the spread of the Zika virus in the US?"

One of Hillary Clinton's strongest qualifications for the presidency is her ability to perceive the nature and scope of impending disasters and craft effective measures to obviate a crisis.  Senator Hillary Clinton was the only candidate on the 2008 Democratic roster who foresaw the financial crisis and attempted to take measures to avoid it with her HOLC initiative.  More than once at the ironically dubbed Forum for The Future, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to warn powerful Arab elders that trouble was brewing among their populations due to non-participation in the civil order and high unemployment.  Shortly after the second warning, the Arab Spring exploded all around them.
So along comes Zika, and apparently now there has been a death from it aside from the incipient societal catastrophes the birth defects portend.  Here again, Hillary Clinton is out of the gate and way ahead of everyone else who wants to occupy the Oval Office.  Hillary has written about the Zika virus before.  This question was posed on Quora.  Here is Hillary's response.

How would we go about stopping the spread of the Zika virus in the US?

Hillary Clinton, Senator, Secretary of State, 2016 presidential candidate
Answer featured in Forbes and The Huffington Post.
Zika—a virus linked to devastating birth defects—is a serious and urgent threat to the United States. Already, there are more than 900 confirmed cases across U.S. states and territories, and that number is expected to grow as mosquitos carrying the disease spread farther north this summer.
In Puerto Rico, the CDC estimates that 1 in 4 people—hundreds of thousands of American citizens—could become infected by year’s end. For an island in the midst of a financial crisis, with weakening health care infrastructure and insufficient Medicaid funding, that’s a catastrophe in the making.
I recently asked two of my senior campaign advisers to go to Puerto Rico to learn more about how Zika is affecting the island and what we can do to mitigate an outbreak. One thing was clear from their discussions with local health and government officials, visits to impacted neighborhoods, and observations at women’s health clinics: We need more resources to stop the spread of this disease.
First, we must do everything we can to educate the public—especially pregnant women—about the dangers of Zika so that people know to protect themselves against mosquito bites and against sexual transmission of the disease. Puerto Rico has taken an important step by providing education and toolkits to pregnant women through their Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) clinics, but we must do more to raise awareness—in Puerto Rico and across the United States.
Next, we have to develop a rapid diagnostic test for Zika—that’s a critical step, since most people who get the virus never develop symptoms and could unknowingly infect others. We need to invest in treatments and a vaccine. And we have to step up mosquito control and abatement and improve access to health and family planning services.
To put it simply, there’s a lot we need to do—and fast. We don’t yet know everything about this disease, but what we’re learning is alarming. Zika has now been linked to microcephaly, a heartbreaking birth defect that can lead to severe developmental delays and long-term health problems. In Brazil alone, more than 1,000 babies have been born with microcephaly or central nervous system malformations. It is also suspected that, in rare cases, Zika could lead to other neurological problems in adults.
Between travel-related cases, sexual transmission of the disease, and the spread of aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are native to the southern United States, experts are warning that Zika could spread much farther into the U.S. than initially expected.
We need to do everything we can to fight Zika—but we can’t do that without adequate resources. Congress should immediately provide emergency funding for Zika testing and treatment, mosquito control, family planning, and to support maternal and infant health. It’s up to us to convince them to do the right thing:
Add your name now and call on Congress to address this urgent public health crisis.
Such a contrast with the guys who spend their time on personal attacks against each other. We need a president who know what to attack and how to do it.  While the guys are sitting on their hands, Hillary is ready with answers.



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In Her Own Words: Hillary Clinton's Plan to End Modern Slavery

During this election cycle,  a great deal of attention is being placed on domestic issues, and to listen to the Republicans, the rest of the world can go to blazes. Hillary Clinton not only has experience out there in the larger world, she also knows that closing doors, erecting walls, and wearing blinders against the rest of the world do nothing to eradicate global problems. Human trafficking is a global crime. No other candidate is speaking out against this widespread and malignant phenomenon. No one. It is not alien to us. It happens right here in this country and across borders. It touches all of us.

Here is Hillary's essay on how, as president, she intends to address it.

Here’s How I Plan to End Modern Slavery

Here’s How I Plan to End Modern Slavery

In 2012, I visited a shelter in Kolkata, India. There, I met a 10-year-old girl who had been born in a brothel. Her mother had been held there after she was sold into prostitution. Miraculously, they escaped, and now lived in a shelter for survivors of human trafficking.

Theirs was an inspiring story. That day, the little girl exuded confidence and energy. She even asked if I wanted to see her karate moves. (I did!) She and her mother were safe and on a better path.

But their story was also a harsh reminder that slavery still exists in our world, and we have to stop it.

Today, more than 20 million men, women and children are trapped in modern slavery. They’re trapped in prostitution… in fields and factories under the threat of violence… and in the homes they clean and serve. It’s one of the great evils of our world. And it happens just about everywhere on Earth — including in big cities and small towns across America. So it’s not a remote problem. It’s part of our lives, our economy, our communities.

Ending modern slavery is one of the great challenges of our time. And it can’t be done without American leadership. It also can’t be done by America alone. We have to partner with governments, businesses, civil society, faith communities, universities, student groups and so many others. That’s the only way this problem gets solved.

Make no mistake — this is the moral thing to do, but it’s also about our own self-interests. Human trafficking fuels other criminal activities. Its profits fund terrorism. We can’t afford to close our eyes to this, or hope it goes away.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton on 'The Lead' with Jake Tapper

Speaking exclusively with Jake Tapper at The Lead, Hillary said she doesn't consider herself the presumptive nominee but thinks the nomination is in sight.   She emphasized several times that she is going to work together with Bernie Sanders.  She said her connection with her supporters is strong and his with his supporters is also strong.  She is confident that they will bring everyone together.  The intra-party divide is familiar and will play itself out. Everyone is invested in the campaigns. She praised Sanders for bringing people in but said eventually reality has to take over.

Re: Trump taking Sanders supporters: "We are going to be reaching out to them as well."  She pointed out the issues Trump and Sanders disagree on like the environment, equal pay, getting money out of politics and reminded Tapper that Citizens United was against her.

Hillary said she found Trump's foreign policy disturbing and lacked specifics on how things would be done.

Attacks from Trump are silly, she said.  Attacks on her are not so important.  She is more concerned about his attacks on groups like women, for example.

Has she learned anything from watching Republicans deal with him?  Hillary said she has a lot of experience dealing with attacks from men. He can continue on his "insult fest."

As for his attacks on her trade policy history hurting her with blue-collar voters, Hillary pointed out that she won Ohio and his attacks on trade deals will not get in her way.  Hillary has a track record on standing up against China and on the side of working people.  She said we don't do enough for people who are hurt by trade deals.  On the other hand, she cited a plant in Indiana where they are making Mercedes Benz cars for export to China.

She said the voters will have to determine if Trump is qualified.  She is going to lay out her own qualifications.  It never crossed her mind that she would face Trump in an election.

After the interview re-aired on Sunday’s State of the Union, CNN released the full video.

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In the aftermath to this interview, Nina Turner said, speaking "as a historian," that Hillary Clinton should beg off using "off the reservation." In Living History Hillary stated of her grandmother who raised her:  "Della Murray, was one of nine children from a family of French-Canadian, Scottish and Native American ancestry."

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Women's Outreach: Get Your Woman Card! Join Chelsea and Hillary Clinton's 'Breaking Down The Barriers' Conversation!

Women's Outreach has a few special opportunities for you!
Donald Trump has been saying the “woman's card” is all Hillary has going for her -- we just loved Hillary’s response: “If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in.”
Apparently other people did, too. We've been hearing from supporters all over the country that they'd like a “woman card” of their very own -- to display proudly on a fridge or pull out of their wallet every time they run into someone who says women who support Hillary must not be using our brains (that's a real thing Donald Trump’s senior adviser said).
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We're only making a thousand of these, so don’t miss your chance to get one. Chip in $1 right now, and you’ll be able to play the woman card anytime you want. Get yours now. 
Finally, if you are in the D.C. area next Wednesday, we'd love for you to join us at the:
Women for Hillary Breaking Down Barriers Conversation 
Eva Longoria, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,
Ilyse Hogue, Maya Harris,
Chelsea Clinton
and Hillary Clinton
Details can be found here >>>>
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Hillary Clinton at the Eagle Academy Fundraiser in New York City

When news outlets pair the name Hillary Clinton with the word fundraiser in their headers, the implication is that the funds are being raised for her and for her campaign, but that is not necessarily the true story. George Clooney recently mentioned that Hillary's campaign should have made more noise about the fundraisers he and Amal organized.  Those funds were not for Hillary for America but for the Hillary Victory Fund which helps finance downballot Democrats.

This morning, Hillary attended a fundraiser once again- the annual fundraiser at the Eagle Academy which Hillary helped start. You may remember this story earlier this month about Hillary's role in supporting an academy in New York City.

Hillary does events like this quietly, without fanfare. George Clooney is right.  She does not toot her horn about many efforts she supports and for which she raises funds. So we will! 

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

USHCC Endorses Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has earned yet another important endorsement, and this one is a first.
The nation's largest Latino business group today announced that it is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John Kasich for president, bypassing Ted Cruz, the only Latino left in the presidential race.

Governor of Ohio John Kasich and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Getty Images
"Secretary Clinton has stood with the USHCC and the Hispanic community at-large for decades," USHCC president and CEO Javier Palomarez said in a statement. "For more than 40 years, Secretary Clinton has fought to ensure that those who are willing to work hard in America have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead. "

Read more >>>>

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hillary for America: "Wild Ride" Ahead

From a campaign email a little while ago:

After Donald Trump won all five primaries last night, he launched into an absurd diatribe against Hillary: "If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5% of the vote … The only thing she's got going is the woman's card."

Hillary Clinton has won more than 12 million votes -- that's 2 million more than Trump -- because she has the best vision for this country, the chops to get the job done, and an incredible team fighting alongside her.

But Trump's unpredictable, often dangerous rhetoric has created a volatile atmosphere in this race that requires us to be even more prepared than before.

This campaign is going to need deep resources for the wild ride that likely awaits us. If you’re ready to fight by Hillary’s side, chip in $5 right now.

Donald Trump Also Spoke ... and THIS Happened ...

For fun reactions, go here >>>>

Hillary's Twitter was quick to pick it up.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton: "We’ll unify our party to win this election!"

After thanking all the many who helped bring in her primary victories tonight, Hillary Clinton set out on the unity trail.  She enumerated the issues on which all Democrats agree and which Independents and thoughtful Republicans know will build an America where we increase opportunity and decrease inequality.  She stressed working together against those who would curtail rights and working toward an inclusive, decent society.

She emphasized the significance of Philadelphia where the nation was born, the Declaration od Independence and Constitution were signed and where she intends to return in July to claim the nomination and go forward to win the presidency.

Hillary Clinton Delivers Remarks at Primary Rally in Philadelphia

In her remarks in Philadelphia tonight, Hillary Clinton thanked her grassroots supporters and promised to fight to build an America where everyone can rise together.

With the results of five states still being tallied, Clinton leads the primary by more than 2.7 million votes.In her remarks Tuesday, Clinton pledged to be back in Philadelphia this summer. Clinton said, "we're going to come back to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention with the most votes and the most pledged delegates and we will unify our party to win this election and build an America where we can all rise together - an America where we lift each other up instead of tearing each other down."​

The full transcript of Clinton’s remarks, as delivered >>>>

Vote by vote, state by state, this team is building something special. Thanks for believing. -H
Tonight's wins belong to every organizer, volunteer, donor, and supporter who've built this campaign. Thank you.
"We’re going to come back to Philadelphia...with the most votes and the most pledged delegates. We’ll unify our party to win this election.”
Americans are hungry for solutions. They don’t just want us to diagnose problems, they want us to solve them.
"Our campaign is about restoring people’s confidence in our ability to solve problems together" —Hillary
“Whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us.” —Hillary
"We can build on a strong progressive tradition from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama." —Hillary
Civil rights & voting rights. Worker’s rights & women’s rights. LGBT rights and rights for people with disabilities. Let's defend them all.
“If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in.” —Hillary
“Imagine a tomorrow where instead of building walls, we’re breaking down barriers.” —Hillary
"Imagine a tomorrow trumps hate.” —Hillary
"Let’s go forward. Let’s win the nomination." —Hillary
Thanks to you, victory is in sight. Pitch in $1, and let's go win this nomination.
Text IMWITHHER to 47246 to tell Hillary you've got her back.

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