Hillary Clinton may well be the most "known" politician in the world.
She and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have been on the national stage for more than two decades -- traveling from Arkansas to the White House to the Senate to the 2008 campaign trail and finally to the State Department. During that time, every look and utterance from Hillary has been examined, then examined again, then analyzed, then overanalyzed.
Update 3:07 p.m.: Breaking news -- As our own Matea Gold and Rosalind S. Helderman report, court documents show Thompson "depicted Moore as playing a far more intimate role in the off-the-books campaign than was previously known — securing the money and helping guide the strategy by feeding internal campaign documents and receiving messages about the media coverage."
Hillary Clinton hasn't decided whether or not to run for president in 2016 -- and won't for a few months (at least). But, as Politico's Maggie Haberman detailed in a terrific story Monday, there is already a massive shadow campaign being constructed for Clinton if she does decide to get into the race. From super PACs with differentiated tasks -- some raising money from big donors, others focused on grassroots name-gathering -- to several circles of advisers all plotting various aspects of the campaign, Clinton 2016 is happening.
It’s 788 days until the calendar turns to 2016, but that didn’t stop New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) from endorsing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s unannounced candidacy in the next presidential election on Saturday night in Iowa.
“Run, Hillary, Run,” Schumer said during his keynote address at an Iowa Democratic Party event. “If you run, you’ll win, and we’ll all win.”
On Sunday in Iowa -- 2016 alarm bells! -- Vice President Biden said two things that piqued our interest.
The first was on gay marriage. “I could not remain silent any more,” Biden said. “It’s the civil rights (issue) of our day.”
The second was on Iraq. “[President Obama] and I said the exact same thing, coincidentally: End to the war in Iraq,” Biden said of he and the then-Illinois Senator in 2007. “And we did.”
If you haven’t read the Washington Post story published Wednesday about an alleged link between a D.C. businessman at the center of a corruption probe and a secret effort to boost Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign for president, you should. It’s the kind of story with the potential to reverberate in city, state and national politics.
In Washington, lawmakers and Obama administration officials are in the midst of an intense debate over the question of whether the United States should launch a military strike against Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons.
But outside the nation’s capital, some of the highest-profile figures in both parties are wading in lightly, dancing around the issue or avoiding it altogether. Just look at some of the leading potential 2016 presidential candidates who don’t belong to Congress or the Obama administration.
As Hillary Rodham Clinton weighs a second presidential run, there are certain steps she needs to take along the way to a decision. She took a couple of them in San Francisco Monday afternoon in a speech about voting rights.
Clinton can afford to keep a low public profile more than the other potential 2016ers. But she simply can't be a non-factor on the big issues of the day. If she were to do that, she'd face criticism that she was absent from the political debate for a couple of years, assuming she makes an announcement after the 2014 midterms.
Talk of Hillary Clinton running for president is everywhere. The actual Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is much harder to find. That gap between chatter about a Clinton presidential candidacy and action toward such a candidacy creates a bit of a vacuum. And everyone knows politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum.
Here's a political reality: The fights you pick are as important as the way you contest them. To wit: The war the Republican National Committee has opened up against CNN and NBC.
In going hard after the networks for developing programming about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the RNC has picked a three-pronged fight against Clinton (and the idea of her running for president), CNN and NBC.
President Obama told NBC's Jay Leno Tuesday that when he recently had lunch with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, "she had that post-administration glow."
It was only the latest in a long history of comments Obama has made about Clinton -- and vice versa -- some flattering, and some, well, not so nice.
It's easy to overanalyze What It All Means -- given that Obama and Clinton are not only the two most famous politicians in the country but also have, well, a past. Once rivals for the top office, they became allies of a sort with Clinton serving as Obama's top diplomat.
Hillary Clinton continues to get heavily positive reviews for her work as secretary of state in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, even after renewed Republican allegations of an Obama administration related to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya last fall.
If the Benghazi controversy has taken any toll at all on Clinton, it's been a small one. Sixty-two percent of all Americans say they approved of the way Clinton handled her job at the state department; just 28 percent disapprove. That's a six percentage point dip from a December Post-ABC poll just before she left the administration. The drop in approval is concentrated among conservatives (down nine points), but she has also slid from 77 to 69 percent among moderates.
Republicans made significant progress in bringing the Benghazi debate to the political forefront last week. And there is a growing sense that the issue could soon be laid at Hillary Clinton's doorstep.
But as the GOP confronts targeting Clinton, they also risk over-playing their hand.
Bringing Clinton into the conversation is all too tempting. She's a lightning rod for the conservative base and she's the biggest obstacle to the GOP's effort to reclaim the White House in 2016 -- not to mention the fact that she led the State Department the day of the attacks -- so of course Republican are going to focus on her
America Rising, the new GOP opposition research group launched by Mitt Romney's campaign manager and top RNC strategists, is out with a two-minute video featuring highlights from Wednesday's House hearing on Benghazi.
The video pretty well sums up the portions of the Benghazi whistleblower testimony that will be used in the days and weeks ahead as Republicans continue to build their case against the administration and -- more specifically -- former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who is featured prominently in the video.
The video is book-ended with Clinton's testimony earlier this year, during which she says "I take responsibility" for what happened in Benghazi.
Give it a watch:
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were all warm and fuzzy Sunday night during an interview aired on "60 Minutes."
But as we've noted before, it wasn't always that way.
On "60 Minutes," Obama dismissed the tension between the two in 2008 as more of a staff-level thing. But while it's true that the staff didn't get along (and some of the clips below show that), there was no shortage of tense moments between the candidates as well.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is quickly establishing himself as the conservative option in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Paul's statement at Wednesday's Senate hearing on Libya that he would have fired Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be replayed over and over on cable news in the hours to come. But it's hardly the first time he's put himself in the middle of a controversy — and chosen about the most conservative posture possible.
Secretary Clinton's long-awaited testimony about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, began Wednesday morning in an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The two-and-a-half hour session wasn't short on drama. Below we take a look at four memorable moments from the proceedings. Clinton is set to testify on the House side later this afternoon and we'll be updating this post with more later in the day. Stay tuned.
Hillary Clinton is dealing with some significant health issues, but on the political side, she continues to ride high.
A new Gallup poll again hands the secretary of state the title of the "most admired woman" in the world, with 21 percent selecting her. First lady Michelle Obama comes in a distant second at 5 percent, followed by Oprah Winfrey at 4 percent.
Bill Clinton earned the nickname the "Comeback Kid" for his second-place finish in the New Hampshire primary in 1992 and reinforced that label after both an arduous 1994 midterm election and a scandal involving an affair during his presidency.
But he's got some competition for that label from his wife.
For all the guff Republicans get about being an increasingly regional party, it's Democrats whose potential 2016 presidential field lacks geographical diversity.
Almost all of the (very) early frontrunners for the Democratic nomination four years from now hail from the East Coast -- or more specifically, from the Mid-Atlantic north.
The three-month-old controversy over the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, has laser-focused on Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador and the most likely pick to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
And right now, Rice needs Clinton on her side.
Unfortunately for her, Clinton has about every reason to stay away from the situation.
Those close to Hillary Clinton are starting to openly speculate that the secretary of state will run for president again in 2016.
The growing crew of speculators now includes three big ones: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell and former president Bill Clinton himself.
The question is whether this amounts to wishful thinking on behalf of Hillary backers still unsatisfied by (or bitter about) 2008, or an indication that she is actually considering another run for president.
Hillary Clinton is at the height of her popularity — two decades into her life as a national political figure.
In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, Clinton’s favorable rating stands at 65 percent, the highest mark that the former first lady and current Secretary of State has ever reached in the long history of that poll. Just 27 percent of respondents viewed Clinton unfavorably in the Post-ABC poll.
Call it loyalty or call it payback: The 2008 Democratic presidential primary lives on in Bill Clinton’s 2012 endorsements.
Clinton has now endorsed in at least six Democratic primaries this year, according to our count. In all six of them, the candidate he’s backing supported or was tied to his wife, Hillary Clinton, in the Democratic primary four years ago, and their opponents supported President Obama in that race.
Allies of Clinton note that he makes no apologies about being loyal to those who have been loyal to him and his family. And, they add, he is the only member of the Clinton family free to dabble in politics — his wife is Secretary of State while his daughter works for NBC — which keeps him very busy in the endorsement game.
Drawing any conclusions beyond that — particularly regarding any sort of payback — is absolutely misguided, they argue.
Still, it’s an interesting trend. A quick rundown of where Clinton has chosen to play in the primary season is below.
On Wednesday night, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to talk about the various threats that face the United States across the globe .. and whether she is going to replace Vice President Joe Biden on the national ticket in 2012.
Here’s the exchange:
BLITZER: “If the president of the United States says, ‘Madame Secretary I need you on the ticket this year in order to beat Romney,’ are you ready to run as his vice presidential running mate?”
CLINTON: “That is not going to happen. That’s like saying if the Olympic Committee called you up and said, ‘Are you ready to run the marathon would you accept.’ Well, it is not going to happen.”