Hillary Clinton set to launch second presidential bid

CNN, By Dan Merica, April 12

Hillary Clinton is poised to take another shot at cracking the highest glass ceiling in American politics with an announcement expected later Sunday that she’ll run for president again.

Clinton’s second presidential run — expected to be announced in a video — would amount to another chapter in a life that has seen the former first lady go from a child raised in a conservative home outside Chicago to one of the most recognizable women in the world. Clinton became a household name in 1992 when her husband, Bill Clinton, won the presidency.

Since then, Hillary Clinton has become a force in her own right, serving in the Senate for eight years, unsuccessfully running for president in 2008 and leading the State Department from 2009 to 2013.

Over the coming months, Clinton’s campaign will plot how to reintroduce the former first lady — on her own terms — to the American people. Democrats close to Clinton have started to call her the most unknown famous person in the world. Their argument is that people know of Clinton — she has near 100% name recognition in most polls — but they don’t know her story.

Robert Scheer: Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage, July 7, 2014
Washington Post: For Republicans, ‘Stop Hillary’ campaign begins in earnest – there’s even a web site with one of those newfangled domains: StopHillary.GOP (!) – and a petition with a whopping 3803 signatures at this writing.
Mother Jones: Hillary Clinton Is Running for President. Here Are 11 Stories About Her That You Should Read Now.
The Guardian: Live Updates

Twitter – from whence The Announcement is expected to Emanate.

“Wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, FLOTUS, Senator, SecState, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, 2016 presidential candidate. Tweets from Hillary signed –H”

…and here it goes
Clinton running for president, top aide tells backers

AFP, April 12

Washington – Hillary Clinton is launching a run for the White House and will soon embark on a campaign tour in Iowa, a top advisor to the Democrat told donors and supporters Sunday.

“It’s official: Hillary’s running for president,” Clinton’s presumptive campaign chairman John Podesta said in a widely reported email.

Hillary Clinton launches 2016 presidential bid

USA Today, By Martha T. Moore and Catalina Camia, April 12

Hillary Clinton formally launched her second presidential bid today, with a different approach from 2008 aimed at convincing voters through small-group settings that she has ideas for helping the middle class and the skills to govern.

“Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion,” Clinton says in a video posted on her new campaign website, hillaryclinton.com.

The long-awaited announcement came first via an email from campaign chairman John Podesta to supporters, according to the Associated Press and New York Times. Podesta says Clinton will talk to Iowa voters and hold a formal campaign kickoff next month.

The Atlantic: Hillary Clinton Makes It Official

Some links via Naked Capitalism:
The Onion: Candidate Profile: Hillary Clinton
Bloomberg: The Definitive H&H Hillary Clinton Scouting Report – (That’s Halperin & Heilemann)
AP: Where They Stand: Clinton on issues of the 2016 campaign
New York Magazine / Jonathan Chait: Why Hillary Clinton Is Probably Going to Win the 2016 Election
TNR / Rebecca Traister: There’s Nothing Inevitable About Hillary
Naked Capitalism / Lambert Strether: “Getting Started”: Questions for Hillary Clinton as She Begins Her Campaign in Iowa

New York Times: Hillary Clinton Resigns From Board of Clinton Foundation
Time: 2016 Rivals Respond to Clinton Announcement
NBC News: Road Trip: Hillary Clinton Is On Her Way to Iowa — In a Van

Hillary Clinton is on the road – in a van – on the way to Iowa.

The 2016 presidential candidate, who officially joined the race Sunday, is driving with a handful of close aides from her home in Chappaqua to the first-in-the-nation caucus state in what the campaign says she affectionately refers to as the “Scooby Doo van.”

Sunday evening, Clinton tweeted from a gas station in Pennsylvania, where she said she stopped to chat with a family.

I think we’re in the farce phase…

Grist/Mother Jones: Here’s What a Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Mean for Global Warming – Clinton sees climate change as a major threat. But she still wants to boost fossil fuel supplies.

Counterpunch Links from Scott R. from this thread.
Counterpunch: The Making of Hillary Clinton
Counterpunch: The Seeds of Corruption
Counterpunch: Secrecy, Intransigence and War

Naked Capitalism: Bill Black: The Media Fall for Hillary Clinton’s Gensler Gambit
IBT: Hillary Clinton, Cisco And China: Company Funded Foundation, Was Lauded By Clinton Despite Role In Repression
Liberty Blitzkreig: This is How Hillary Does Business – An Oil Company, Human Rights Abuses in Colombia and the Clinton Foundation

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