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The Seven Positions Hillary Clinton Laid Out in Iowa

This is from today's NBC News First Read. Looks like a good list...

Campaign finance: "(We need to) get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment."

Free community college for qualified students: "I fully support President Obama's plan to make community college free."

Expand pre-K programs to more children: "I think we have to start that in pre-kindergarten. I think we have to give more kids the chance to get ready."

Paid family leave: We are the last developed country in the world that has no national paid leave for parenting or illness."

Building on Obamacare: "I am committed to trying to, you know, build on what works in the Affordable Care Act... Part of what I'll be doing during the campaign is looking for ways that we keep what works and what's lowering costs."

Immigration reform: "We are really missing out on economic opportunity because we haven't been able to agree on comprehensive immigration reform... We are saying to all these other people who want the same dreams and the same aspiration and the same willingness to work hard just like our families did that, 'No, we're not going to … make it legal for you.'"

Make equal pay more enforceable: "Were going to, I hope, continue to push legislation that would make equal pay more enforceable."

Just for fun: The automatic DU Hillvetica text generator

Most of you probably saw the post about Hillvetica, the new font inspired by the Hillary logo.

I thought it would be fun to use the DU software to let you automatically type in Hillvetica. It's a little clunky to use, but I think that's probably okay because it's not intended for long blocks of text.

Basically, all you do is type a caret -- that up-arrow thing that looks like ^ -- followed by a capital letter. There are 26 carat/letter codes, for the 26 letters of the alphabet. Check it out...

So, I had this inexplicable craving for Chipotle today...

Hillary Clinton Is Too Ambitious To Be The First Female President

A thought-provoking commentary from 2006. Worth re-reading this time around...

Hillary Clinton Is Too Ambitious To Be The First Female President
The Onion
May 24, 2006
By Gerald Collins

I think it's about time we had a female president of the United States. I don't care what anyone says: Women can be just as smart and qualified as men—especially the clowns we've had in Washington lately. But Hillary Clinton? She's just a little too ambitious to do what no woman before her has ever done.

Hillary seems to think she knows what our country needs better than anyone else, and believes that she, among the hundreds or thousands of qualified politicians, is the only one who can do it. Is that really the sort of person we want at the helm of our federal government?

Not to mention that she's extremely self-promoting. She spends almost all her time these days going to fundraising events dedicated to raising money for—you guessed it—Hillary Clinton. She's always popping up in the news with a new initiative she's spearheading or some kind of complaint against the president. I don't want to use the B word, but she seems awfully bossy to head an executive branch that employs 450,000 people.

Sen. Clinton always wants to be throwing her opinion around about this bill or that law. I saw her on Meet The Press just last week. Every time Tim Russert would take her to task on one issue or another, she'd come right back at him with some sort of smart answer. She needs to learn that sometimes you need to just accept your place; it's not polite to always act like you know things. Not to mention the fact that, as a working woman, she should take those precious Sundays to spend some time with her family, not to meet with the press on national television.

More: http://www.theonion.com/articles/hillary-clinton-is-too-ambitious-to-be-the-first-f,11229/

An Unabashedly Liberal Hillary Clinton

An Unabashedly Liberal Hillary Clinton
THE ATLANTIC, APR 13 2015, 7:02 AM ET

Every presidential campaign is a bet on the American mood at a given moment in time. I watched Hillary Clinton’s presidential announcement video alongside the one she issued in 2007, and the speech she gave declaring her senate candidacy in New York in 2000. The upshot: America, as seen by Hillary and the people advising her, is a lot further left than it was a decade or two ago.

Here are some of the phrases that appeared in Hillary’s 2000 senate announcement: “voluntary uniform rating system for movies and films,” “welfare,” “more police on the streets,” “teacher testing in the face of boycotts,” “I don’t believe government is the solution to all our problems” and “parents, all parents, must be responsible.” The message was pure Clintonism, as developed when Bill ran the Democratic Leadership Council in the early 1990s: To deserve government help, people must be morally responsible. And it came naturally to a senate candidate who, although caricatured as a sixties radical, was better described, by a former White House aide, as “a very judgmental Methodist from the Midwest.”


All that cultural conservatism is gone in the video she issued last night. It’s not just the image of a gay male couple holding hands while announcing their impending wedding, followed later by what appears to be a lesbian couple. It’s not just the biracial couple. Or the brothers speaking Spanish. It’s also the absence of culturally conservative imagery: no clergymen, no police, one barely noticeable church. Instead, the video starts with a woman who is moving so her daughter can attend a better school. A bit later it features a woman who after staying home with her kids is going back to work. In both cases, there’s no father in sight. Whether or not Clinton and her advisors were trying to showcase single mothers, they certainly weren’t afraid of being accused of showcasing them. In 2000, in the wake of a welfare reform debate in which single mothers were made symbols of the moral irresponsibility the Clintons campaigned against, these positive depictions would have been unimaginable.

The video Hillary released yesterday was also devoid of soldiers. And it contained no discussion of foreign policy. Compare that to Hillary’s 2007 video, the first substantive words of which were: “let’s talk about how to bring the right end to the war in Iraq and to restore respect for America around the world.” Later in that video, she championed her work “protecting our soldiers.”

More: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/an-unabashedly-liberal-hillary-clinton/390339/

Hey, check out my cool new avatar.

Pic Of The Moment: Elizabeth Warren Explains the Failure of Trickle-Down

Meet the newest member of the Skinner family: Rosie!

She is a three-year-old mixed-breed. We adopted her from the Washington Animal Rescue League. They think she is part Dalmation and part Pointer. I think there are lots of other breeds mixed in as well. She was rescued from a shelter in Mississippi and brought up to DC. She is a really good girl -- very gentle, happy, and good with kids. Her tail is always wagging!

She's also semi-famous. For the last few weeks while she was in the shelter at the Washington Animal Rescue League, she and her puppies were featured on the Animal Planet Puppy cam. You can still watch her puppies there, but alas Rosie is no longer with them. (While she was in the shelter her name was Ellie Mae, and the animal planet website still shows her old name. But there is another dog named Ellie Mae literally right across the street from us, so we decided to give her a new name.) We did not know she was on the puppy cam until after we adopted her.

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NPR: Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand? (Bernie Sanders)

Great story about Bernie Sanders on NPR this morning:

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