Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hillary Clinton at CodeCon 2017

For the first few minutes in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, it seemed that Hillary might be embarking on an apology tour wherein every public speaking event for the next X number of months would have to consist of Hillary enumerating reasons why she is not president.  After the initial, compulsory mea culpas, however, the interview, moderated by Kara Swisher and Walter Mossberg, got into the real meat of how technology writ large including data collection and analysis, social media, and hacking affected both the running of the campaign and how people received and viewed information.

Hillary, as always, was informed and informative. She knows a lot about where the holes were, and it was fascinating to hear her explain what went wrong, what went right, and how to move forward.

A moment that was particularly gratifying was her response to a question about her Goldman Sachs speeches which, infamously, were weaponized (a word she used a lot) by Bernie Sanders and his surrogates. She said, very simply, "They paid me. Men make speeches, and they get paid."  Toward the end, to one of Swisher's questions: "Are you running?" The short answer. "NO!" But she did say, "I'm not going anywhere."  We're all sure glad about that!

Hillary Clinton says Republicans might probe Trump if the party risks losing in 2018

She says the current probe in the House of Representatives isn’t good enough.

Hillary Clinton believes it’ll take a political thrashing before Republicans on Capitol Hill are willing to intensify their scrutiny of President Donald Trump and his administration’s potential ties to Russia.
At the moment, the House and Senate — through the chambers’ intelligence committees — have started asking current and former White House officials to share more information about their communications with officials in Moscow. A related probe is under way at the FBI.
But Clinton criticized Republicans in Congress, particularly in the House, for failing to probe the president deeply enough. A veteran of the bipartisan commission that reviewed another Republican in the White House — Richard Nixon — and the Watergate scandal, Clinton said onstage at the Code Conference that lawmakers should have formed a bicameral, bipartisan special committee to look into Trump and his administration’s conduct.
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