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Vice-President Joe Biden says he does not know if he has the “emotional energy” to run for president in 2016.

Joe Biden, 72, said at a foreign policy lecture in Atlanta: “I can’t look you straight in the eye and say now, <<I know I can do it>>.”

The Democrat lost his son, Beau Biden, to cancer earlier this year.Joe Biden on presidential race

The media have watched and waited for weeks for a hint that Joe Biden will challenge the Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton.

He told those gathered in Atlanta: “The most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run. The factor is, can I do it?

“The honest to God answer is I just don’t know.”

Some Democrats have urged Joe Biden to run as Hillary Clinton’s campaign appears to be struggling with questions over her use of emails when she was Secretary of State.

Joe Biden failed in his bids for the White House in 1988 and 2008 before becoming Barack Obama’s running mate.

Hilary Clinton has hit back at her Republican rival Jeb Bush over who is responsible for instability in Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS).

On August 11, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush accused the Obama administration of a “premature withdrawal” of US forces from Iraq in 2011, with “grievous” costs.

Hillary Clinton replied by saying it was Jeb Bush’s brother, George W. Bush, who, as president, negotiated a US withdrawal.

The US-led war in 2003 has been followed by years of turmoil.

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Jeb Bush called the withdrawal of US forces in 2011 a “fatal error”, destabilizing the nation and setting the stage for the rise of the Islamic State.

“So eager to be the history-makers, they failed to be the peacemakers,” Jeb Bush said of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who was Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

“Rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger,” he told a rally in California.

On the campaign trail in Iowa on August 15, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton responded by saying Jeb Bush “should present the entire picture. [That]… includes the agreement George W. Bush made with the Maliki government in Iraq that set the end of 2011 as the date to withdraw American troops”.

“I can only wonder whether he either did not know that or thought that other people would not be reminded of that,” Hillary Clinton went on.

Earlier in the campaign Jeb Bush was ridiculed for struggling to say whether he would have approved the Iraq invasion “knowing what we know now”.

At first, he said he would, then he said he wouldn’t engage in “hypotheticals” and finally he announced he would not have.

Hillary Clinton herself voted in favor of the invasion in Iraq in 2002, and has since both defended the decision and acknowledged she “got it wrong”.

Jeb Bush has blamed President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for the current unrest in the Middle East and the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS).

In a 40-minute speech on August 11 at the Reagan Presidential Library in California, Jeb Bush outlined an argument made by many of the current Republican candidates.

By executing a “premature withdrawal” of all US forces in Iraq in 2011, the Republican hopeful said, the Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Clinton committed a “fatal error”, destabilizing the nation and setting the stage for the rise of ISIS militants.Jeb Bush criticizes Hillary Clinton

“So eager to be the history-makers, they failed to be the peacemakers,” Jeb Bush said of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“It was a case of blind haste to get out and to call the tragic consequences somebody else’s problem. Rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger, and the costs have been grievous.”

Rushing into a dangerous war is the critique often laid at the feet of Jeb Bush’s brother, President George W. Bush, the man who oversaw the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

However, Jeb Bush never mentioned his brother by name, although he made a few veiled references to his sibling’s often tumultuous foreign policy experience.

“No leader or policymaker involved will claim to have gotten everything right in the region, Iraq especially,” he said.

Jeb Bush went on to argue that the US military should become more involved in the Middle East – although the extent of such involvement was left unclear.

He called for a no-fly and “safe” zones over Syria, the removal of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, increasing support for Iraqi Kurds and greater co-ordination between US and Iraqi troops.

Earlier this week, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton engaged in a round of accusations and counter attacks over education policy via Twitter.

Hillary Clinton has vowed to help “everyday Americans” in the first major rally in her presidential campaign held in New York on June 13.

The Democratic front-runner outlined her key policies in a speech to thousands of supporters on New York City’s Roosevelt Island.

Hillary Clinton, 67, pledged to support working families, saying: “America can’t succeed unless you succeed”.

The former secretary of state and first lady’s campaign team hopes to boost approval ratings, which have flagged since her soft-launch in April.

President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea appeared alongside her.Hillary Clinton campaing rally New York

Hillary Clinton promised to “make the economy work for everyday Americans, not just those at the top” if elected president in 2016.

She said during the rally: “Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers; democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations.

“It’s America’s basic bargain… if you do your part, you ought to be able to get ahead, and when everybody does their part, America gets ahead too.”

Until now, Hillary Clinton has held small events with selected audiences in early voting states such as Iowa. Saturday’s outdoor rally marked a change in gear for her campaign.

HillaryClinton hopes to make history as the first female US president. If successful she would also keep the White House within the same party for a third term.

She did not detail specific policy proposals on Saturday. Her aides say that will happen over the next few weeks on issues including the economy, jobs and college affordability.

Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign’s communications director, said Hillary Clinton plans to give a policy address almost every week in the coming months.

Marco Rubio has announced he will run for the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election.

The 43-year-old Florida senator said on a conference call he was “uniquely qualified” to bring the party into the future.

Marco Rubio is the third Republican to officially announce a candidacy after Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

He is expected to make a formal announcement at a political rally in Miami on April 13.

It comes a day after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would stand for the Democratic nomination.

Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American, has been a harsh critic of President Barack Obama’s policies, especially on immigration and the diplomatic thaw with Cuba.

“The Republican Party, for the first time in a long time, has a chance in this election to be the party of the future,” Marco Rubio said on the call, according to the Associated Press.Marco Rubio White House 2016

“Just yesterday, we heard from a leader from yesterday who wants to take us back to yesterday, but I feel that this country has always been about tomorrow,” Marco Rubio added, referring to Hillary Clinton.

Marco Rubio, who was first elected in 2010, holds conservative positions on government and military spending, abortion and negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

He was previously criticized by some Republicans for initially supporting a bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill.

Marco Rubio has since said that border security must be strengthened before any change, criticizing President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

He is due to speak to supporters at the Freedom Tower in Miami at 18:00 local time.

Marco Rubio would be the first Hispanic president if he won, as would Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

The field for the Republican nomination is likely to be crowded, with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker also expected to run.

Hillary Clinton, the first major candidate on the Democratic side to declare, is travelling to Iowa and other states, seeking to meet voters before a more formal rally in May.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has announced his 2016 White House bid.

The Republican wrote on his website: “I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government.”

Rand Paul stands out from the Republican pack because of his comparatively libertarian views.

He becomes the second Republican to enter the contest that concludes in November 2016.

A first-term senator hailing from one of the country’s most well-known libertarian families, Rand Paul first held elected office when he rode a wave of Tea Party popularity to the US senate in 2010.

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Once there, Rand Paul soon drew attention when he spoke for more than 12 hours in protest about President Barack Obama’s drone policy and the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA.

He has proven to be a thorn in the side of many of his fellow Republicans, openly challenging them on issues such as government surveillance, drone policies and sanctions on Iran and Cuba.

Rand Paul has also questioned the size of the US military and proposed relaxing drug laws that lock up offenders at a high cost for tax payers.

It is not clear how successful Rand Paul will be amongst mainstream Republican supporters.

His father, former member of the US House of Representatives Ron Paul, ran several unsuccessful presidential campaigns that had strong appeal to libertarians who favor limited government and lower taxes.

Rand Paul is expected, however, to run a very tech-savvy campaign that could create appeal to new Republican demographics, like young voters.

He is due to make his announcement in person in a ballroom in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 7. He joins Senator Ted Cruz as the two most prominent declared candidates.

Rand Paul could face up to 20 other fellow Republicans doing battle for the nomination, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, both of whom are expected to enter the race soon.

The triumphant individual is widely expected to battle with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic favorite and former US Secretary of State.

Hillary Clinton has yet to officially announce her candidacy, but is expected to do so in the next two weeks.

Rand Paul attended Baylor University, but did not graduate.

He later attended Duke Medical School.

Rand Paul lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with his wife Kelly and their three sons.

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President Barack Obama made fun of his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her recent problems with email in a satirical speech at this year’s Gridiron diner on March 14.

Barack Obama joined Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican contender for the 2016 presidential election, and Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia for the annual Gridiron dinner, an evening of song and skits making light of major players in US politics.

The president joked that his reputation for being a tech-savvy president had now been eclipsed by his one-time foe Hillary Clinton, who has come under fire for using a private email account for her work as secretary of state.

“If you think about how things have changed since 2008, back then I was the young tech-savvy candidate of the future. Now I’m yesterday’s news and Hillary’s got a server in her house!”

“I am so far behind,” Barack Obama said.

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Scott Walker also had some fun with Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, tying her to wealthy Wall Street donors.

“I even have Hillary’s private email,” he said.

“It goes right to her campaign headquarters. You know, it’s [email protected],” Scott Walker added.

He quipped that the joke was written by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is known for crusading against Wall Street, and who some Democrats hope will challenge Hillary Clinton.

Barack Obama, feeling loose with less than two years left in office, noted criticism that he had taken a “selfie” photo in a viral video promoting his health insurance program, but he turned the tables on Republican senators who sent a letter to Iran warning them against a nuclear deal the president hopes to secure.

“You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran,” Barack Obama said.

Barack Obama also ribbed Vice President Joe Biden for his touchy-feely habits. Joe Biden drew criticism for massaging the shoulders of the wife of incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter at his swearing-in ceremony.

“Joe rubs my shoulders, too,” Barack Obama said.

Barack Obama jabbed Scott Walker for dodging a question during a recent trip to London on whether he believed in evolution.

“I absolutely believe in the theory of evolution – when it comes to gay marriage,” the president said.

Barack Obama came out in favor of gay marriage in 2012 after many years of what he described as a personal evolution in his thinking about the subject.

The Gridiron Club and Foundation, founded in 1885, is the oldest organizations of journalists in Washington. Membership is by invitation only.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she conducted government business on a private email account out of “convenience”.

Hillary Clinton said it “would have been better” to have two accounts to separate work and personal emails.

She is seen as a top contender for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

The state department said it will release her emails, about 55,000 printed pages in total, after a review.

“I thought using one device would be simpler; obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way,” Hillary Clinton said.

Officials’ correspondence is considered government records under federal law.

Hillary Clinton made no clarifying remarks about her potential run for president during the news conference.

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She said no classified material was sent from the private account and said her use of personal email was permitted by the state department.

Hillary Clinton said she and her staff made the decision over what would be considered personal email when the state department asked for records from former secretaries of state.

“I fully complied with every rule,” she said.

She also said she had discarded thousands of personal emails including ones about planning her daughter’s wedding and her mother’s funeral.

Hillary Clinton added the “vast majority” of her emails related to state department business were automatically recorded because they were in correspondence with other government officials.

She used email from a private server set up for her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in their family home in New York which is guarded by the Secret Service.

She told reporters the contents of the server would remain private.

In a separate news conference state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said a review of Hillary Clinton’s emails for publication would likely take months.

Jen Psaki said on March 10 that once the review is complete, the emails will be posted online for the public to see.

Passages revealing anything from trade secrets to sensitive national security information could be redacted, in keeping with open records law guidelines.

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President Barack Obama emailed with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton but was unaware of how her personal email address was set up, the White House said on March 9.

Josh Earnest told reporters that Barack Obama emailed to Hillary Clinton’s private address and did not know how the secretary of State planned to comply with the Federal Records Act with regards to private emails about official State Department business.

“The president did email with Secretary Clinton,” Earnest said, who said the number of emails was not large. 

“The president did, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office exchange emails with his secretary of state,” the White House press secretary said.

Barack Obama emailed to Hillary Clinton’s private address (Photo AP)

Barack Obama emailed to Hillary Clinton’s private address (Photo AP)

All exchanges between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were maintained by the White House under the Presidential Records Act, Josh Earnest said.

The comments come amid a budding controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address hosted on a home server while serving as the nation’s top diplomat. The email controversy has cast a shadow over her all-but-certain presidential bid and provoked questions about tensions between her and the Obama administration.

The State Department did not initially retain records of Hillary Clinton’s personal emails.

Hillary Clinton’s team recently selected and turned over 55,000 pages of emails in response to a State Department request.

Barack Obama told CBS News on March 8 that he learned of Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email address for official business “the same time everybody else learned about it through news reports”.

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Nelson Shanks, who painted the portrait of President Bill Clinton that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, revealed he included a reference to Monica Lewinsky in the official painting.

In an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, Nelson Shanks said he included a shadow over the fireplace cast from a blue dress on a mannequin.

Nelson Shanks said painting Bill Clinton was his hardest assignment because “he is probably the most famous liar of all time”. So he added the nod to the Lewinsky scandal because it had cast a shadow over Bill Clinton’s presidency.

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“He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind, and it is subtly incorporated in the painting,” the painter said.

Nelson Shanks told the Daily News: “If you look at the left-hand side of it there’s a mantel in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.”

The artist did not reveal this nine years ago when the portrait was unveiled.

Nelson Shanks alluded in the interview with the Daily News that Bill and Hillary Clinton are aware of the symbolism in the painting.

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George W. Bush’s brother, Jeb Bush, has announced he himself is looking into running for the White House in 2016.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will “actively explore the possibility of running for President” as he wrote on Facebook on December 16.

He will also create a political action committee to “facilitate conversations with citizens across America”.

Jeb Bush has pro-immigration views, an issue likely to top the 2016 campaign.

But his views on this subject and on education have enraged some conservative Republicans.

Jeb Bush is not the only familiar name circling the upcoming election.Jeb Bush 2016

Former First Lady and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is currently the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic ticket.

The announcement marks the first major Republican candidate to make a formal move toward announcing candidacy for the 2016 presidential nomination.

“In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America,” Jeb Bush wrote on Facebook.

His committee, named Leadership PAC, will help “support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans”.

He is not expected to announce his decision until next year “after gauging support”, Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Jeb Bush, told the Associated Press news agency.

“This is a natural next step and represents a new phase of his consideration process,” she added.

Jeb Bush’s Facebook statement is the strongest yet to indicate he plans to attempt to become the third member of his family – after his father, George H.W. Bush, and brother, George W. Bush – to become the president of the US.

During two terms as governor of Florida, he overhauled the state’s education system and pushed for substantial tax cuts.

In a recent televised interview, Jeb Bush claimed he “would be a good president” and promised to release a cache of emails from his time as governor.

Other names in the frame for the Republican nomination include Senators Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and Governor Chris Christie.

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Chelsea Clinton shared the first picture of her newborn daughter Charlotte just one day after giving birth.

Chelsea Clinton, 34, tweeted on September 27: “At 7:03 PM on September 26th, we finally met Charlotte.”

“We’re in love.”

The former first daughter looked overjoyed at the hospital as she and her husband Marc Mezvinsky stared down at their daughter. Charlotte was wrapped in a blanket for her debut and wore a pink cap.

Chelsea Clinton tweeted that she was in “awe and gratitude” after meeting her baby girl for the first time.

Chelsea Clinton shared the first picture of her newborn daughter Charlotte

Chelsea Clinton shared the first picture of her newborn daughter Charlotte (photo Twitter)

Grandparents Bill and Hillary Clinton felt the same way.

“Charlotte, your grandmother @HillaryClinton and I couldn’ be happier!” President Bill Clinton tweeted.

Bill and Hillary Clinton also released a statement on their excitement: “We are blessed, grateful, and so happy to be the grandparents of a beautiful girl.”

“We are thrilled to be with our daughter and her husband as they welcome their daughter into the world. Chelsea is well and glowing. Marc is bursting with pride. Charlotte’s life is off to a good start.”

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Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky have welcomed a baby girl.

“Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky,” Chelsea Clinton tweeted.

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 34, married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, and announced her pregnancy in April 2014.

The baby arrives as Hillary Clinton considers a presidential bid in 2016.

Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, and announced her pregnancy in April 2014

Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, and announced her pregnancy in April 2014 (photo Reuters)

Hillary Clinton is seen as the leading Democratic contender for nomination to succeed President Barack Obama, and has said that she will make a decision on whether to run from around the beginning of 2015.

Bill Clinton served as the 42nd US president, from January 1993 to January 2001.

Chelsea Clinton has often been tipped to follow her parents into politics.

The former first daughter, educated at Stanford, Columbia and Oxford Universities, runs the Clinton Foundation with her parents. Her husband Marc Mezvinsky is an investment banker.

Chelsea Clinton stepped down from a $600,000 a year position as NBC special correspondent in August to concentrate on her pregnancy, motherhood and philanthropic work.

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Chelsea Clinton has been spotted with a growing baby bump as she is due to give birth to her first child in few weeks.

Her mother, former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, has repeatedly stated that becoming a grandmother was a priority for her and she wouldn’t announce whether or not she would seek the presidency until her first grandchild arrived.

Chelsea Clinton was recently photographed with a growing baby bump

Chelsea Clinton was recently photographed with a growing baby bump (photo Facebook)

Hillary Clinton has reportedly vowed to postpone her announcement that she’s running for the Democratic nomination President until Chelsea gives birth.

Chelsea Clinton, who is married to Marc Mezvinsky, announced that she was expecting earlier this year and the new arrival is due sometime this fall.

She recently quit her high-paying position as a special correspondent for NBC.

Chelsea Clinton, who most probably is due to give birth in late October, and Marc Mezevinsky have not announced if they know the gender of their child.

Germany recorded calls of US Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German media reports say.

According to Der Spiegel magazine, the calls were collected accidentally and the recordings were destroyed immediately.

John Kerry has reportedly spoken to his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, about the claims.

Correspondents say the reports will embarrass Germany after a row about the US spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany recorded calls of Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton

Germany recorded calls of Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton

Der Spiegel said the German intelligence agency had tapped a satellite phone call John Kerry made in 2013.

Reports in German daily newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and public broadcasters NDR and WDR said documents passed to the CIA show German spies had also eavesdropped on Hillary Clinton when she was US Secretary of State.

German government sources told the newspaper and two broadcasters, that they intercepted the call by chance, and she had not been deliberately targeted. They also said it happened just once.

However, media reports said it had not been an isolated case.

A spokesman for the US embassy in Berlin declined to comment on the reports.

If confirmed the revelations could prove difficult for Germany. Relations with the United States have deteriorated amid allegations of American spying on Germany.

The head of the CIA in Germany was expelled last month, after it emerged the agency had tapped Chancellor Merkel’s mobile phone.

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Clinton: The Musical will make its US debut at the New York Music Theater Festival.

Written and directed by Australian brothers Paul and Michael Hodge, the musical offers a satirical take on President Bill Clinton’s time in the White House.

Clinton: The Musical, a satire about scandals of the 1990s, will make its US premiere on July 18 as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival. It portrays two sides of President Bill Clinton: the jovial id who cannot control himself and the pensive policy wonk who cannot stop talking about the intricacies of health care reform.

Hillary Clinton is the struggling-to-be-stabilizing force, grappling with the Lewinsky scandal while slyly eyeing her own Senate run.

Clinton: The Musical will make his US debut at the New York Music Theater Festival

Clinton: The Musical will make its US debut at the New York Music Theater Festival

Paul Hodge said his inspiration was Bill Clinton’s 2004 autobiography, My Life, in which the former president explored his “outside life” and his “internal life”.

Dick Morris, the former Bill Clinton aide-turned-enemy, called these parallel lives “Saturday Night Bill” and “Sunday Morning President Clinton”.

There are 21 songs in the show and the character of Bill Clinton is played by two different actors, aiming to show the “two sides” to the former US President.

“He’s so complex that it seemed like an appropriate device,” Paul Hodge said.

The Clintons have already left a big mark on pop culture, from the 1998 movie Primary Colors, based on the roman à clef by Joe Klein, to The Special Relationship, a 2010 HBO movie about Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.

The USA Network’s political drama Political Animals, with Sigourney Weaver as a fictional version of Hillary Clinton, lasted a single season.

In Clinton: The Musical, Duke Lafoon portrays Billy Clinton, the fun-loving side to the serious W. J. Clinton (Karl Kenzler). Duke Lafoon had previously played Bill Clinton in Monica! The Musical, a 2005 Off Broadway show that featured Hillary Clinton as a scheming strategist.

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Hillary Clinton criticized the Supreme Court for ruling that an employer can refuse to provide women with contraception on religious grounds.

Hillary Clinton said when asked about the court’s 5-4 decision during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado: “Well I obviously disagree.”

“I disagree with the reasoning as well as the conclusion. Just think about this for a minute.”

Hillary Clinton criticized the Supreme Court for ruling that an employer can refuse to provide women with contraception on religious grounds

Hillary Clinton criticized the Supreme Court for ruling that an employer can refuse to provide women with contraception on religious grounds

The former secretary of state noted that the ruling could be broadened out to include other medical procedures that other religions object to.

“So does that mean if you have need for a blood transfusion your insurance doesn’t have to cover it?” she asked.

“So I mean this is a really bad slippery slope.”

Hillary Clinton also guessed that some businesses would lie about religion just to avoid higher costs.

“I think there should be a real outcry against this kind of decision,” she said.

“Many more companies will claim religious beliefs and some will be sincere, but others maybe not. And we’re going to see this one insurable service cut out from many, many women.”

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First lady Michelle Obama has denied she may run for office after her family leaves the White House.

In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts on Monday, Michelle Obama was asked if she might enter politics after President Barack Obama leaves office. The first lady said “definitely” not. Instead, Michelle Obama will opt to pursue something that is “service focused,” though she did not specify what.

Michelle Obama was asked if she might enter politics after President Barack Obama leaves office

Michelle Obama was asked if she might enter politics after President Barack Obama leaves office

Michelle Obama was one of Barack Obama’s most effective surrogates and fundraisers during his successful 2012 re-election campaign. She delivered a well-received speech at the Democratic National Convention, prompting some political onlookers to speculate she could have a political future after her husband’s term is over.

Though Michelle Obama repeated her adamant desire to avoid politics, she did seem to give a nod to another first lady who did enter into the political arena – Hillary Clinton.

When asked about the prospect of a female president, Michelle Obama said she would like to see one “as soon as possible” and that “we have some options”.

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Hillary Clinton is seeking to refine remarks she made about her and former President Bill Clinton being broke when they left the White House while on a high-profile media tour for a new book.

In an interview on the day her book Hard Choices was being released, Hillary Clinton told ABC’s Good Morning America that she and her husband left the White House roughly $12 million in debt at the end of his second term in early 2001 and were “dead broke”. But she also said “we’ve continued to be blessed in the last 14 years.”

Hillary Clinton said that she wants “to use the talent and resources that I have to make sure” others have the same opportunities.

Hillary Clinton launched new book Hard Choices

Hillary Clinton launched new book Hard Choices

It was the second time in as many days that Hillary Clinton talked of her interest in possibly running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

In an interview with ABC News that aired Monday, she said that at the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency her family “came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy”.

Republicans quickly seized on the comment, two years after their presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, was dogged by accusations of being out of touch because of his wealth. Republican officials pointed out that Hillary Clinton received an $8 million book advance for her 2003 memoir and said it showed she would have trouble relating to average Americans.

Hillary Clinton said that Republican inquiries into her handling of the deadly 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, gave her more of an incentive to run. While she said she’s still undecided about her political future, Hillary Clinton cited the Benghazi probe as an example of a dysfunctional Congress.

On Benghazi, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she believed “there were some systemic problems within the State Department. And if we had known that earlier, perhaps we could have done some changes”.

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Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, whose affair with President Bill Clinton lead to his impeachment in the US Senate, has broken her long silence in the media.

In Vanity Fair magazine, Monica Lewinsky, now 40, writes that she deeply regrets the fling.

President Bill Clinton “took advantage” of her, Monica Lewinsky writes, though she describes their relationship as consensual.

In 1998, Republicans failed in their effort to oust him from office on the grounds he had lied about the affair.

With Hillary Clinton said to be mulling a 2016 run for the presidency, the Lewinsky matter has remerged in US political discourse, in part because Republicans are eager to wield it against her.

In an advance excerpt of the article released by Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky writes she hopes to reclaim her story and says she is still recognized every day and sees her name thrown about in pop culture and the news media.

Monica Lewinsky’s affair with President Bill Clinton lead to his impeachment in the US Senate

Monica Lewinsky’s affair with President Bill Clinton lead to his impeachment in the US Senate

“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton,” Monica Lewinsky writes.

“Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”

Monica Lewinsky writes that she suffered abuse and humiliation after the scandal broke in 1998, in part because she was made a “scapegoat” to protect the president.

“The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me,” she wrote.

“And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”

Arguing Bill Clinton had lied to federal investigators about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, who was in her early 20s, the Republicans in the House of Representatives impeached the president, essentially bringing him up on charges in the Senate to determine whether he could be expelled from office.

That effort failed, and Bill Clinton served in the White House until his term ended in 2000.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, went on to be elected US senator and to serve as secretary of state under President Barack Obama, and is currently tipped as a frontrunner for the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination.

The Republicans have indicated recently that Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky will be fair game should Hillary Clinton indeed run.

Republican Senator Rand Paul – also tipped to run for the presidency in 2016 – said this year that “bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office”.

Bill Clinton “took advantage of a girl that was 20-years-old and an intern in his office”, Rand Paul added.

“There is no excuse for that and that is predatory behavior.”

In her piece, Monica Lewinsky signals that her desire in breaking her silence after so many years is to “give a purpose” to her past.

“Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation,” she writes.

Monica Lewinsky now aims “to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums”.

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Chelsea Clinton announced that she is pregnant during a speech in New York City with her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at her side.

“Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year,” Chelsea Clinton said at the Lower East Side Girls Club at the end of a Clinton Foundation event dedicated to empowering young girls.

Chelsea Clinton, 34, did not say if she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are having a boy or a girl.

However, Chelsea Clinton later tweeted that her due date is sometime this fall.

Chelsea Clinton revealed that her due date is sometime this fall

Chelsea Clinton revealed that her due date is sometime this fall

“I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong, young female leaders,” she told the audience full of young women.

“So thank you for inspiring me.”

Hillary Clinton connected the announcement to the focus of the day’s event, telling the crowd that she is not only excited for her family but for the future generations who may not have to face the same glass ceilings as she did.

“Obviously we are very excited about what’s happening in our family,” Hillary Clinton told the young women.

“But we’re also very excited because of what we’re doing that we hope gives confidence and support to so many of you across our country as you make decisions about the lives you want to lead and try to make sure there are no ceilings that are stopping you from going as far and as high and as fast as you can.”

Chelsea’s parents, Bill and Hillary Clinton, both responded on Twitter shortly after the announcement Thursday afternoon.

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Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, 34, and husband Marc Mezvinsky will welcome the new addition to their family later this year.

The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton currently serves as vice chair of the charitable Clinton Foundation, focusing on global health initiatives.

Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky will welcome the new addition to their family later this year

Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky will welcome the new addition to their family later this year

Chelsea Clinton has told US media she has not ruled out a political run in the future.

She made the announcement at a public event with her mother in New York organized by a Clinton Foundation initiative to advance the cause of women and girls around the world.

“Mark and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving,” Chelsea Clinton said.

“I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong young female leaders,” she added.

“I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child… as my mother was to me.”

Hillary Clinton is currently considered a strong contender for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, although she has yet to announce her intent to run.

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Hillary Clinton told college students during a Clinton Global Initiative University forum at Arizona State University in Tempe on Saturday that she is “very much concerned about the direction of our country” but was still deciding whether to pursue another presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton fielded a question from Vrinda Agrawal, a student at the University of California, Berkeley who asked: “If you don’t represent women in politics in America as a future president, who will?”

More than 1,000 students roared with approval and applauded while former President Bill Clinton smiled, whispered into TV host Jimmy Kimmel’s ear and clapped along.

The former first lady said she appreciated the sentiment but was still deciding.

“I am very much concerned about the direction of our country and it’s not just who runs for office but what they do when they get there and how we bring people together and particularly empower young people so we can tackle these hard decisions,” Hillary Clinton said.

Hillary Clinton speaks at student conference for Clinton Global Initiative University

Hillary Clinton speaks at student conference for Clinton Global Initiative University

Jimmy Kimmel playfully interjected: “She wants an answer!”

Hillary Clinton smiled and asked the woman to “give me your name and number.”

The woman responded: “I will proudly run your campaign!”

Hillary Clinton said she was “obviously thinking about all kinds of decisions”.

The exchange came during a wide-ranging interview of the Clintons and their 34-year-old daughter, Chelsea. The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live jokingly asked Hillary Clinton: “If you do run for president, will you reuse the old Clinton campaign lawn signs?”

The interview covered light topics like how the Clintons met at Yale Law School, the family’s favorite TV shows – former President Bill Clinton said they enjoyed PBS’s Antiques Roadshow – along with their upbringing and policy issues.

Diving into the thorny issue of climate change, Hillary Clinton said young people understand the significant threat of global warming and that she hoped there would be a mass movement that demands political change.

Hillary Clinton said the generation of college students and young people are much more committed to doing something to address climate change and it wasn’t “just some ancillary issue” but will determine the quality of life for countries around the globe.

“I’m hoping there will be this mass movement that demands political change, that makes what public officials do on dealing with carbon emissions … a voting issue,” Hillary Clinton said.

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Another 4,000 pages of records from President Bill Clinton’s White House period have been released by the US National Archive.

The newly released records include edited versions of President Bill Clinton’s remarks to the nation after the 2000 election recount and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech to the Democratic National Convention that year.

The National Archives has released another 4,000 pages of records from former President Bill Clinton's White House

The National Archives has released another 4,000 pages of records from former President Bill Clinton’s White House (photo White House)

Another document from an adviser to Vice President Al Gore offers instructions on how to respond to a January 1999 poll in USA Today that showed candidate George W. Bush leading Gore. The adviser urged Al Gore aides to “UNDERSPIN it and downplay its significance”.

This is the second batch of President Bill Clinton records to be released in recent weeks. The documents are being closely watched as former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton considers another presidential bid in 2016.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shows off her updated hairstyle at the inauguration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Hillary Clinton shows off her updated hairstyle at the inauguration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Hillary Clinton shows off her updated hairstyle at the inauguration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

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