Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Daily Appointments: May 11th, 2010

8:00 a.m. EST - Secretary Clinton delivers Opening Remarks at the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Discussions, at the Department of State.

11:30 a.m. EST - Secretary Clinton delivers Remarks at CARE’s 2010 National Conference, at the Ronald Reagan Building.

3:30 p.m. EST - Secretary Clinton holds a Bilateral Meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, at the Department of State.

5:00 p.m. EST - Secretary Clinton hosts a Reception in Honor of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, at the Department of State.

5:30 p.m. EST - Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

INTERVIEW: Hillary Clinton on 60 Minutes!

I haven'te even seen this interview yet but I know it's out there and I want to share it! It looks UH-MAZING and a few of my friends that saw it (who aren't even Hillary fans) said it was really, really great. Can't wait to watch! Let me know your thoughts, guys!

Full Interview Scott Pelley follows Hillary Rodham Clinton as she performs her duties as secretary of state and questions her on the latest developments in foreign policy and the recent terror scare in New York's Times Square.

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Extra: Terror & Citizenship Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the bill in Congress that would strip U.S. citizenship from terrorists.

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Extra: Pakistan & Terror In The U.S. In the aftermath of the attempted Times Square bombing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses the United States' relationship with Pakistan.

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Extra: Hillary's Future How long does Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plan on staying in her job as the nation's top diplomat? And, is there another run for the White House in her future?

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Extra: Inside Secretary Clinton's Office Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives Scott Pelley a behind the scenes look at her private office.

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Extra: Critiquing Secretary Clinton What's it like working on international issues with Secretary of State Clinton? Scott Pelley gets a frank assessment from French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

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Extra: Secretary Clinton's Goals & Fears What Secretary of State Clinton hopes to accomplish and what she fears the most.

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Extra: Hillary On Daughter Chelsea's Wedding Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks about her daughter Chelsea's upcoming wedding.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Secretary Clinton focuses on U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue

On Wednesday, March 24th, Secretary Clinton had a full day of events focusing on Strategic Dialogue between the U.S. and Pakistan.

At 8:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosted the Opening Session of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, followed by a bilateral Meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, at the Department of State.

The State Department sent out a release confirming the United States and Pakistan goal to broaden and deepen their comprehensive cooperation and to further fortify the friendship between the two peoples.

They announced that a Policy Steering Group was established to intensify and expand the sectoral dialogue process in the fields of: economy and trade; energy; defense; security, strategic stability and non-proliferation; law enforcement and counter-terrorism; science and technology; education; agriculture; water; health; and communications and public diplomacy. Sectoral meetings will be held in Islamabad soon.

Both sides exchanged views on the status of bilateral cooperation and decided to continually provide strategic guidance for strengthening U.S.-Pakistan partnership in the 21st Century for realizing the aspirations of their people. And they reiterated that the core foundations of this partnership are shared democratic values, mutual trust and mutual respect.

Watch the video of the opening session of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue below:

After the bilateral meeting, during their press briefing, Qureshi expressed his joy with the process so far, saying he was a "satified man."

Madam Secretary, thank you. Today, I am a happy man and a satisfied man. I’m satisfied because you’ve finally agreed to many of the things that we’ve been sharing over our discussions in the last two years.

I suggested to Madam Secretary that if you want this relationship to become a partnership, you’ve got to think differently, you’ve got to act differently, and you’ve got to upgrade the level of our engagement. And she agreed, and thank you for that. I suggested to her a new format of our engagement when she was in Islamabad and Ambassador Holbrooke was there – a three-tiered structure of engagement, ministerial level, policy steering group to meet biannually to follow through, and then to expand the sectoral track.

The two also got a little giggly during the briefing. See gigglefest photos below:

Read their full remarks her or watch below: Later in the afternoon, Secretary Clinton attended a reception for the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue. View the video of that below:

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Get. That. Dirt of Your Shoulder


So here's some fluff for today. Monday, former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton shook hands with residents of one of Haiti's massive tent cities during a tour of its quake-devastated capital. While they were in the trenches of people, shaking hands with residents, W appeared to wipe his hand on Clinton's shirt.

What the What? Is this really what we are seeing here?

Is this GW grossed out by germiness of sweaty palms in the hot Hatian heat? Is this a semi-tender moment between two Presidents, GW getting a bit choked up at the feelings of good will pumping through his veins? Or is GW simply brushing some dirt of Bill's shoulder... Obviously because he's a hussla. Yup, think that's totally it.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Travel: Hillary Clinton focuses on US-Mexico Issues

Yesterday, Secretary Clinton arrived in Mexico for High Level Group Consultative meetings.

These meetings were on different pillar topics including: 1) efforts to disrupt organized criminal groups, 2)institutionalize reform to sustain rule of law and respect human rights, 3)create a 21st century border between Mexico and the United States, and 4) build strong and resilient communities.

In the afternoon, she attended a meeting with President Calderon and a number of her colleagues from the Cabinet. This meeting was a concrete indication of the critical importance both the United States and Mexico place on law enforcement, cooperation, strengthening Mexican institutions, and other efforts against organized crime and drug trafficking organizations.

View the MSNBC Nightly Report with Brian Williams on Secretary Clinton's trip:

View Mexican News Report on Secretary Clinton's Trip:

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hillary Clinton Congratulates President Obama on Healthcare with a Hug

This is an official photo from the White House Flickr Photostream. I love it! You can clearly see the joy in Hill's face. This shot was snapped yesterday during their meeting at the White House.

Last week, President Bill Clinton said after a meeting with Senate Democrats on Tuesday that after health care passes "Maybe Hillary will be the happiest person in America. I'll be the second happiest person. Even more than President Obama, even more than Rahm, even more than all the people that have been laboring over this forever."

And while we are on the topic.... Here is a video of President Bill Clinton talking about healthcare reform while in Haiti:

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Photo Bomb: Hillary Clintons Speech at the 2010 AIPAC Policy Conference

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