Elizabeth Warren might be the most popular candidate not running for president. The Massachusetts senator, 65, has repeatedly said she has no intention of entering the 2016 presidential race, but that hasn't stopped celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon and Ed Norton from urging the progressive leader to reconsider.
If she does decide to run, it appears the former Harvard Law School professor would have support from one high-profile person who would also be her rival: Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state, who officially announced her entry into the race on Sunday, paid tribute to the Wall Street watchdog in TIME magazine Thursday, which named Warren one of its TIME 100 Most Influential People of the year.
"Elizabeth Warren's journey from janitor's daughter to Harvard professor to public watchdog to U.S. senator has been driven by an unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardworking American families like the one she grew up with in Oklahoma," Clinton writes. "She fights so hard for others to share in the American Dream because she lived it herself."
Clinton also points out that Warren boldly takes on people in positions of power, whether on Wall Street or in politics. "She never hesitates to hold powerful people's feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants," Clinton also writes.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich would like Republican voters in New Hampshire to hold off committing to a presidential candidate while he decides whether to become one. "Think about me, would ya?" he asked a roomful Saturday. "Don't commit too soon. Let us all have a chance to breathe and get out."
The governor said he's still mulling things over. "I'm trying to figure out what the Lord wants me to do with my life," he said. "If I feel this is my call, I will come back again and again and again." Kasich talked up his election margins in Ohio, which he described as "the swingiest swing state in America." He also stood apart from some potential rivals in emphasizing the value of bipartisan cooperation.
Republicans shouldn't "demonize our adversaries and our opponents," he said, and should deliver a message of unity. Others on the stage had lots to say about one adversary, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he's survived the Clinton political machine before. It appears he would like a chance to survive it again.
The 2008 Republican presidential candidate will announce his 2016 intentions May 5 in former President Bill Clinton's hometown of Hope, Arkansas. Campaigning in New Hampshire on Saturday, Huckabee highlighted his background with the Clintons, who rose to power before he became governor in 1993. "I know the Clintons all too well — they play to win," he said. "I faced them time and time again. I lived to win. I lived to even tell about it."
Hillary Clinton has rejected allegations that she provided favourable treatment to foreign governments while secretary of state in exchange for donations to her family foundation. Mrs Clinton was asked on Monday about the accusations in the upcoming book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story Of How And Why Foreign Governments And Businesses Helped Make Bill And Hillary Rich.
The 2016 Democratic front-runner, who is campaigning in New Hampshire, dismissed questions about Clinton Foundation fundraising as "distractions and attacks". "I know that that comes, unfortunately, with the territory," she said. Mrs Clinton added that Republican presidential candidates should "get onto the issues" rather than "talking about me".
The book by Peter Schweizer argues that the Clintons received speaking fees and donations in return for the US State Department doling out favours to various foreign interests. The Clinton Foundation announced last week it was limiting the number of foreign governments from which it would accept donations to just six.
Several Middle East governments that suppress dissent and women's rights were among those barred from financially supporting the charity, which does work around the world on climate change and economic development. The shift in funding policy came about a week after Mrs Clinton resigned from the foundation’s board in the wake of her formal jump into the 2016 White House race.
Amid continuing unrest in Baltimore over the death of a young black man in police custody, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called for widespread use of police body cameras and an end to mass incarceration during her first major policy speech since launching her presidential campaign.
The former senator and secretary of state said the violence in Maryland over the death of Freddie Gray, 25, “tears at our souls” and “has to stop.” “Those who are instigating further violence in Baltimore are disrespecting the Gray family and the entire community. They are compounding the tragedy of Freddie Gray’s death and setting back the cause of justice,” Clinton said.
Speaking at Columbia University at an annual forum organized by former Mayor David Dinkins, Clinton said the nation’s justice system has fallen “out of balance,” with minorities most often on the losing end. She called the expanded use of body cameras a “common sense” measure that “will improve transparency and accountability” and “help protect good people on both sides of the lens.”
As she has increasingly done during her second bid for the presidency, Clinton couched her policy arguments in personal terms. “Not only as a mother and a grandmother but as a citizen, a human being, my heart breaks for these young men and their families,” she said. “We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America.” To repair the sometimes violent rifts in relations between cops and the public created by the death of men including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in Staten Island, “We can start by making sure that federal funds for state and local law enforcement are used to bolster best practices, rather than buy weapons of war,” Clinton said to vigorous applause.
The State Department released 296 emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton in 2011 and 2012 on Friday afternoon as journalists and politicians alike prepared to leave town for Memorial Day weekend. The emails, transferred from a private server used by Clinton to the department she led from 2009 to 2013, reveal little about her private communications – though they do appear to show her fondness for a hard copy.
“Pls print,” she said to staff about a Salon.com article. “Pls print,” she directed underlings, forwarding two separate emails complimenting a tribute she gave for murdered U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. “Pls print,” she said of several mundane intelligence reports on internal Libyan politics. "Pls print," she wrote about emails discussing the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Stevens.
The much-discussed emails reveal little about Clinton's inner thoughts or communications she initiated with staff. They do confirm the known fact that longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal frequently volunteered insights on developments within the ranks of Libyan revolutionaries. Though most of the emails sent by Clinton are short and uninsightful, in one August 2012 exchange she suggested sharing with Israel’s government a report from Blumenthal that Libya’s interim president at the time, Mohammed Magariaf, planned to “seek a discreet relationship with Israel."
“If true, this is encouraging,” Clinton wrote to a State Department colleague. “Should consider passing to Israelis.” It appears, however, that Clinton was not an uncritical consumer of reports from her master of whispers. “This one strains credulity,” she wrote to a fellow State Department employee about a March 2012 Blumenthal report that suggested French and British intelligence services and businessmen hoped to cleave eastern Libya from the country's central government.