Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hillary News & Views 11.10: Veterans, Endorsements, TPP, and Being an Intro-extrovert

Today's Hillary News & Views begins with coverage of Clinton’s new policy initiatives that are being rolled out on Veterans Day.

The New York Times reports:
On Monday, just after she officially registered as a Democratic candidate in New Hampshire, Hillary Rodham Clinton declared, “This election is about our veterans.”
It’s a line she will most likely repeat on Tuesday when she rolls out her proposals to help veterans and to improve the treatment they receive at the Department of Veterans Affairs while also criticizing Republicans for their proposals to privatize the department.
The policy rollout will take place in Derry at a town-hall-style event with men and women who served in the military, and it comes as Mrs. Clinton is fielding Republican attacks on her previous comments about the problems that have plagued the department.

The endorsements continue to roll in from current and former elected officials and from important liberal action groups.

The Jackson Free Press reports:
The top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee says he's supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in 2016.
Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi told The Associated Press he has known Clinton since the 1980s, when he was a Hinds County supervisor and she was an attorney in Arkansas. Her husband, Bill Clinton, was governor there before being elected president in 1992 and 1996.
"She has a portfolio of experiences unmatched by anybody in the race, Democrat or Republican," Thompson said, citing her work as secretary of state, U.S. senator and wife of a former president. "Her strength is not backing up on the issues and not afraid to address issues of controversy."
The Fayetteville Observer reports:
Hillary Clinton has picked up the endorsement of former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat.
"I'm proud to support a candidate for president who shares those values of commitment and hard work, someone who has proven that she can get things done, someone who has always been there for us, a true champion for all Americans, Hillary Clinton.
"Week after week in this campaign, Hillary has rolled out concrete plans for a stronger, fairer, more inclusive America. Some may want her to stop shouting about the gun violence that has left far too many mothers grieving for their slain children. And others may say she is just playing the gender card when she talks about equal pay, or affordable child care, or women’s health care. But here’s the truth: Hillary is passionate about the issues that matter most to hardworking families."
The Washington Post reports on the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters:
The endorsement, which was first reported by The Washington Post, marked the first time in more than three decades that the group had endorsed a presidential candidate before a single primary vote was cast. The group’s board Chairwoman Carol M. Browner, who served as the Environmental Protection Agency administrator under President Clinton and advised President Obama on climate change during his first term, said Hillary Clinton won the endorsement because she was best prepared to advance environmental priorities in office.
“You have to hit the ground running when it comes to tough issues like climate change,” Browner said. “Hillary Clinton gets what it takes to hit the ground running.”
Clinton said the endorsement of a prominent environmental group was not only “incredibly impactful” but would allow her “to start the process of being your partner as we build on the progress that has been made against pretty steep odds, and keep going here at home and around the world.”
“Because after all,” she told a crowd in Derry N.H. “I think we have to use every tool we have. There is no Planet B, this is it.”
Clinton’s opposition to the TPP may be making it more difficult to get the Senate votes necessary for it to pass.

Politico reports:
When asked whether Clinton’s opposition made it more difficult for pro-trade Democrats to back the sweeping Pacific Rim trade agreement, one Senate Democrat who voted against TPA said bluntly: “Yes.”
Still, anti-TPP Democrats have a major weapon in their arsenal in Clinton. The likely Democratic standard-bearer came out in opposition to the TPP in October, after calling it the “gold standard” of trade agreements as Obama’s secretary of state in 2012.
“Secretary Clinton’s leadership on this issue is a substantial boost to those of us who oppose the TPP,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). “Secretary Clinton’s important statement highlighted an issue that many of us who have serious concerns about the TPP have been focused on — the issue of currency manipulation.”
What does it mean to be an “intro-extrovert,” as Clinton described herself at the Democratic candidate forum last week?

Science of Us reports:
Hillary Clinton answered by calling herself an “intro-extrovert”: Sometimes she likes being around people, and sometimes she prefers to be alone.
On the one hand, sure, this is an expert politician’s non-answer, because Clinton likely knows that there are ways to read unflattering attributes into either option. Colloquially, extrovert suggests that you’re pushy and aggressive, while introvert implies you’re a “low-energy” wallflower. But then again, there’s another way to think about Clinton’s answer. Maybe she really isn’t an introvert or an extrovert; for that matter, maybe you aren’t, either. If you’ve read the definitions for introversion and extroversion and never fully identified with either, that’s likely because most people are ambiverts — that is, their personality lies somewhere in the middle of these extremes.
In a 2013 paper in Psychological Science titled “The Ambivert Advantage,” psychologist Adam Grant wrote, “In the world population, levels of extraversion typically follow the shape of a bell curve, with most people falling somewhere in the middle,” suggesting that “most people are ambiverted rather than introverted or extroverted.”

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