The Huffington Post reports:
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told voters in Nevada that she would address immigration reform in the first 100 days of her presidency.
“This is at the top of the list," Clinton said during an MSNBC/Telemundo town hall, two days before Nevada's Democratic caucus. "It's going to be introduced, and then I'm going to work as hard as I can to make sure we get it moved through the congressional process. I can control the introduction of legislation, but Congress has to get its act in gear. That's why we need to elect a Democratic senate so we have some friends.”Politics USA reports:
During the MSNBC Democratic town hall from Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton gave a performance that illustrated all the reasons why Republicans are afraid to face her in the fall.
Clinton began by hammering Republicans with the first question about President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. She bluntly said that what Republicans are saying is that they will not vote on anything.
Clinton promised that if elected, she will begin to work immediately on priority legislation. She considers immigration reform a priority issue. She said that she wants to be begin working on priority legislation and appointments as soon as she wins the nomination. Clinton promised to introduce her immigration legislation in the first 100 days of her presidency.
Former Sec. of State praised Pope Francis’ stance on immigration and laid out her reforms that would take care of and provide total due process for children who arrive in the US.
She discussed the issues of mortgage discrimination and Social Security with ease. On Social Security, Clinton said that the first priority is to prevent Republicans from privatizing the program. Clinton talked about the combination of raising the cap and going after the passive income of the wealthy that comes from income earned on capital gains and investments. Former Sec. Clinton flat out rejected raising the retirement age in the next ten years.
Clinton was later asked if her debt free college proposal would give Latino students the same opportunities as others. She said that she is going to everything she can to clear all of the barriers away.
Republicans are afraid of Hillary Clinton because she already has a plan, and she is going to hit the Republican Party with a full agenda if she wins the White House. The fact that Clinton is going to start planning the path to getting her agenda implemented as soon as she wins the Democratic nomination should terrify Republicans.
There is a distinct possibility that Hillary Clinton could be planning her agenda while Republicans are locked in a primary bloodbath for much of the spring. Even if Clinton and Sanders engage in a long primary, the Democratic nominee is guaranteed to be in better shape that whoever survives the Republican process.
Former Sec. Clinton is primed to be president. Her biggest hurdle is the Democratic primary. If Clinton comes out of the Democratic primary as the nominee, she could be everything that the Republican Party fears most.Las Vegas Sun reports:
"I am a progressive who likes to make progress,” Clinton said. "I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep.”
"I think it’s important for democratic voters to take a look at all of the candidates, and ask themselves who is most qualified for the job,” Clinton said.
In response to a question about recent remarks Sanders made criticizing her husba
nd, former President Bill Clinton, Clinton jumped on the offensive against Sanders.
“Maybe it’s that Sen. Sanders wasn’t really a Democrat until he decided to run for president,” Clinton said. “Maybe he doesn’t know what the last two Democratic presidents did.”
Her reply was received both with resounding applause and significant boos by audience members.
“It’s true, it’s true,” she insisted. “You know it’s true. It happens to be true.”
Under current law, people who qualify for green cards because of their relationship to a U.S. citizen or resident must leave the U.S. to get their green cards and cannot reenter the country for three or 10 years. Clinton said tonight that she would remove that three and 10-year requirement legislatively, calling all Republican and Democrat legislators to get it done.
“I met a young Dreamer,” Clinton said. “Her father is a legal resident, her mother is undocumented, her mother cannot leave their family for three or 10 years to go back to where she came from leaving her family and her daughters alone to wait.”
A 24-year-old Hispanic man tells Clinton about his difficulties in securing credit for his home, saying the number of hoops he had to jump through were “unprecedented."
“If you were not a Hispanic you would not have had as many hoops,” Clinton said. “That has to end. It’s not right and it’s not fair.”
Clinton didn’t want to put a number on where she thinks that the cap on Social Security should be raised to.
“This is the kind of issue that you’ve got to try and figure out where the Congress might be,” Clinton said. “I’ve laid out a number of different approaches to get the money.”
Clinton also said she would not favor raising the retirement age.
“People who have worked hard for many years, people who have often really broken down by the physical or repetitive labor that they’ve done, their lifespan is much lower than the people like you and me who had a different sort of life,” Clinton said.
A UNLV student asked Clinton what she would do to deserve votes, given that her generation “is a little wary of placing another politician in the White House.”
In response, Clinton painted herself as the one with less experience, citing Sanders’ extensive time in the Senate compared to her eight years in the Senate and time as secretary of state.
“We’ve got to have big, bold plans,” Clinton said. “We’ve got to have our ideals and our values and then we’ve got to figure out how we are going to get it done, how are we going to make it happen.”
Last question for Clinton asked if Cuba has earned a visit from President Barack Obama, scheduled for next month.
"There’s so much traffic now between Cuba and the United States,” Clinton said. "I think it’s not just a presidential visit, it’s a punctuation point."
"I don’t think the Castros are going to live forever, so there will be a new generation, and I want the president to look in the eyes of the new generation,” she added.
Yesterday was a huge day for endorsements, possibly the biggest of the campaign so far.
New York Times reports:
Representative James E. Clyburn plans to endorse Hillary Clinton for president on Friday, giving her campaign a powerful seal of approval from one of the most influential Democrats in South Carolina and the leading black politician in the state.
Mr. Clyburn is expected to announce his support for Mrs. Clinton during a news conference at Allen University in Columbia, according to a person close to Mr. Clyburn with knowledge of his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Mr. Clyburn, who is a member of the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives and the lone Democrat elected to Congress from South Carolina, has long been a sought-after power broker in presidential primary campaigns.
His endorsement this year comes at a particularly important moment, as Mrs. Clinton makes an all-out push for black voters’ support in her primary battle with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Mrs. Clinton has held a strong lead in the polls here, largely because of the strength of her support in South Carolina’s black communities. Mr. Clyburn’s backing can only reinforce that support.Reno News & Review runs the endorsement of progressive legend Sheila Lee:
Twitter wars about who is the “real” progressive in the Democratic primary hold no appeal for me. I don’t get diverted by ruthless outrage over coin tosses in the Iowa caucus or misleading information distributed by campaign staff. I’m also not much interested in the daily glossy mailers, full of lofty language designed to appeal to my progressive heart. And I’ll definitely discount this week’s last minute visits and phone calls to sway me to another candidate.
I made up my mind a long time ago.
Although I like much of the populist message Bernie Sanders is promoting, he has no realistic plan to achieve any of it. While I support universal health care, the battle over the Affordable Care Act revealed the strength of the prescription drug companies and the various factions of the health care industry. We’re not going to get universal health care until we get rid of the dark money in political campaigns. We can’t do that without changing the orientation of the Supreme Court.
Hillary Clinton has the intelligence, the depth of decades of experience, and the ability to withstand the withering attacks of the national campaign conducted under the spotlight of fake news outlets searching for salacious scandals. Her calm, steady performances during the Benghazi hearings and presidential debates have been impressive. She is a natural collaborator who knows how government succeeds and how it fails and she has the political relationships to move progressive issues to the next level.
Clinton has many detailed policy plans, including an approach to the heroin epidemic that will work. When other candidates are challenged they revert to robotic talking points while she delivers complex but understandable answers.
Clinton has devoted her life to making sure the voices of women, children, and the poor are heard. She was an effective senator and a stellar secretary of state. Despite the dismissive and mocking attitudes of those who have constantly undermined her efforts, she has persevered.
I’m with her.NBC News reports:
Immigration bulldog Luis Gutierrez, Housing Secretary Julián Castro and other Latino heavyweights threw their support behind Hillary Clinton Thursday as the battle for Latino votes ahead of the Nevada caucuses has intensified.
Gutierrez and other supporters have been attacking Sanders as only recently becoming interested in the Latino community, saying he's the type of candidate who only comes around at election time.
"I have observed Sanders first in the House of Representatives and later in the Senate and I have to say, he was absent from most of the crucial immigration debates. And when he did show up, his record was troubling," Gutierrez said in an opinion article he wrote.
Clinton supporters have cited Sanders' votes in 2007 and 2013 against immigration bills. Gutierrez wrote in his opinion piece about a House spending bill measure Sanders supported that prohibited the Department of Homeland Security from spending money on monitoring the Minutemen, a group of border vigilantes.
Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta added that Sanders' opposition to the 2007 immigration bill was "devastating."
Housing Secretary Castro, who joined Gutierrez on a conference call to herald the Latino leaders' support for Clinton, said Sanders "will continue to let us down and Hillary will be there for us and continue to fight for us." Castro has been considered a potential vice presidential candidate. He has not been in Las Vegas in the days leading up to the caucus because of scheduling issues.
Latino Victory Fund, a political group cofounded by actress Eva Longoria that seeks to expand Latino influence and presence in politics, endorsed Clinton. The others had done so earlier.Boston.com reports:
Citing health care reform as a primary reason, Victoria Reggie Kennedy said she is supporting Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In an editorial published Thursday in The Republican, Kennedy, the widow of Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, said her husband thought Clinton’s health care reform efforts while Bill Clinton was president were “thrilling, perhaps even revolutionary.”
“Teddy told me how much he admired Hillary’s tenacity and willingness to tackle such a difficult but necessary issue in the face of such strong political opposition to change,” Kennedy wrote.
Kennedy wrote Thursday that though her husband, like Sanders, supported single-payer health care, he “aggressively pursued other avenues for health reform,” rather than “search for the impossible.”
“We don’t need to open up old wounds to refight health care reform,” Kennedy wrote.
“It’s time to move forward. We need a 45th President who will continue to fight for the Affordable Care Act and make it even better.”Mother Jones reports:
Labor unions are going to help push Hillary Clinton to the nomination—at least that's the prediction of the nation's top labor regulator. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez made the claim in Las Vegas Thursday afternoon, while stopping by Nevada's AFSCME headquarters to stump for Clinton.
Perez was quick to caution that he was appearing in his personal capacity, not as a cabinet official. But he made no apologies for urging labor's troops to come out and caucus on Saturday for the former Secretary of State, and not Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
"The union members I know, they're all about results," he told Mother Jones, explaining why he was sure Clinton would win union voters this weekend. "Not only what you say, but what you've done."
While Perez noted that he had "profound respect for Sen. Sanders" during his speech, while talking with Mother Jones he sounded annoyed by the tone of Sanders' attacks on Clinton. "I must confess, as a proud progressive who has the scars to show for it—someone who was the subject of roughly 20 Wall Street Journal op-eds against him for my nomination—the notion that you're either for Bernie or you're for the establishment, I find that inaccurate, to be charitable," he said. "Frankly a disservice to people like Dolores Huerta, people like Luis Gutierrez, people like Sherrod Brown. And frankly, President Obama."Clinton has also definitely won the “who has the best person to do voice over in a campaign ad” race!
Hillary Clinton's campaign unveiled its latest ad Friday, featuring the vocal talents of Morgan Freeman.
“Her life’s work has been about breaking barriers and so would her presidency, which is why for every American who’s not being paid what they’re worth, who’s being held back by student debt or a system tilted against them, and there are far too many of you, she understands that our country can’t reach its potential unless we all do," Freeman intones in the ad, which the Clinton campaign confirmed as new. "Together. A stronger country.”Two great pieces yesterday from Melissa McEwan.
Writing for Shakesville:
I am indelibly who I am because I am a woman.
Even when I am not consciously thinking about my behavior and actions within that framework, the fact that I was socialized as a woman in a patriarchal culture, the fact that I am marginalized as a woman, the fact that I am always and unavoidably seen as a woman, with all the stereotypes and assumptions and expectations that entails, means that there is not a single goddamn thing about my life that can ever have nothing to do with my sex.Writing for Blue Nation Review:
To suggest that any commentary about any woman could have "nothing to do with her sex" is just another way of asking women to wrench our personhood from our womanhood.
But our womanhood is inextricably tied to our personhood. The fact that we are not even given the right of full personhood is tied to our womanhood.
It's not fair and it's not just and it's not reasonable to suggest that you are ever regarding a woman in a manner that has nothing to do with her sex.
The good things I do are attached to my womanhood. The bad things I do are attached to my womanhood. Whether I want them to be or not.
I can't look at a choice I've made and know whether I would have made the same choice if I weren't a woman.
Even if I could, it's a theoretical construct that has nothing to do with reality, because I am a woman. And it is the patriarchal culture that defines me that way, which doesn't ever, ever, let me "just a person."
So I find it spectacularly objectionable when people argue that they're engaging in commentary on Clinton, or any woman, that has nothing to do with her sex.
Now, that doesn't mean that the commentary is inherently illegitimate, even when it's criticism. But it does mean that it's bullshit to pretend womanhood can somehow be set aside in making it.
I can't set aside my womanhood. Hillary Clinton can't set aside her womanhood. So no one else gets to set our womanhood aside, either.
That the media has conspired to conceal that Hillary was addressing wealth inequality and race (even if imperfectly) many years ago does not mean that she needed a foil in the form of Bernie to “make her a better candidate.”
Which doesn’t mean I believe she isn’t a better candidate now than she was then. She is.
She seems to have a stronger grasp of issues specific to black people now, and is more comfortable and confident speaking about them. The reason for that is because she has a stronger appreciation for, as she said in her address in Harlem earlier this week, listening to black people talk about their lives and experiences and believing what they say.
She has a better perspective on and attendant willingness to address without defensiveness failed policy that she supported, also reflected, as but one example, in the aforementioned address, when she stated that some of the policies for which she advocated in the 90s not only failed to make things better, but made them worse.
She is more able to find a balance between wonkishness and sound bites, saying, for instance, that she is not a one-issue candidate and then delivering details that demonstrate how that is so.
And she has led the way leftward on crucial issues like repealing the Hyde Amendment and gun reform.
Hillary is a better candidate now than she was in 2008, but she was a pretty damn good candidate then. In the interim, she has had a lot more personal and professional experience, namely as Secretary of State. She has forged an important partnership with President Obama. She has done a lot of listening and learning. And that experience shows.
I strongly take issue with the narrative that it is Bernie Sanders who has made Hillary Clinton a better candidate. It is Hillary who has made Hillary a better candidate.
And she alone deserves the credit for that.Neera Tanden writes for Politico Magazine:
For decades, Hillary Clinton has been a lot more than a public champion of child care, paid leave and equal pay. She’s lived these issues and led on them personally. I know, because I worked for her during much of that time. As a boss, she’s always made family flexibility a reality for her staff. Most importantly, while she’s advocated for policies like workplace flexibility for two decades, she’s practiced what she preaches.
That’s important to progressives like me, because we have long advocated for a government that looks like America. Why have we done that? Why do we think it’s so important? Because we know experience matters. I don’t just mean past job titles or policy expertise. People’s life experiences shape their views, their values and, ultimately, their decisions. So it’s no surprise that when we study women’s leadership, we know women leaders help women.
In late 2006, Hillary started talking to me about the ideas that would fuel her presidential campaign. I had advised Hillary on policy when she was first lady, a Senate candidate and a senator, so it seemed natural that I'd be part of her presidential run. Natural to everyone but me, that is. By that time I had two young children, ages 1 and 4; advising a presidential campaign while caring for them seemed a gargantuan task.
I ached over the decision but ultimately said yes. And again, even as she mounted her presidential campaign, Hillary made certain I had the flexibility to do my work while still fulfilling my responsibilities as a mom. There were some gut-check moments: I was in charge of Hillary’s debate preparation on the campaign, and ahead of one of our earlier sessions, I learned that my daughter’s pre-K graduation was the same time as the prep I was supposed to be running. I decided I would put my deputy in charge, but I worried I was letting folks down. When I told our campaign manager, she and Hillary came up with a solution. Hillary flipped her schedule to travel earlier that day to ensure that I could do both. She never gave me less work or responsibility — just the ability to do it on a schedule that let me get home for dinner most nights. I was able to make it work because I had a boss who got it and also a husband that did more than his share as a co-parent.
Writing for The Public, Bruce Jackson explains why he’s switched from Sanders to Clinton:No doubt, there are plenty of men who have been fierce and laudable advocates for women’s issues. But I know from my many years in Washington that when setting priorities and creating an agenda, it matters who sits around the table. We’ve accomplished so much for women over the last few decades, but we’re still far from where we should be. We’ve fallen short on ensuring equal pay and protecting reproductive rights. And we remain the world’s only developed nation that doesn’t guarantee the basic protection of paid family leave to its citizens. If we want to make meaningful progress, we need more than just promises and policy proposals.
There is a lot of talk about Hillary Clinton receiving Wall Street money. (She has also received a lot of money from other sources.) I’ve found only one Hillary vote her opponents say was influenced by that Wall Street money. After all the scrutiny: just one.
She’s offered an explanation/justification. I think it makes sense. It’s just one vote. All those years in the Senate, all those issues to throw at her, and not one of them holds up. (There is a solid article online about this sliming of Hillary, “The Case for Hillary,” on Huffington Post.)
Does that offset Bernie’s five votes against the Brady Bill? His refusal as Veterans Committee chair to heed the calls for a Senate look into problems at the VA when people died because they couldn’t get help? Or his almost total failure to engage gender issues, environmental issues, education issues, race issues?
We can argue some of Hillary’s votes along the way. And we might disagree with them. But we must also honor what she’s done along the way. She fought a bruising battle for universal healthcare early in Bill Clinton’s first administration; she worked in civil rights; she worked for gender rights; she helped achieve our first major treaty with Iran since the overthrow of the Shah.
This is not past history. It is our present.Sanders crossed a lot of lines yesterday in his attempts to dismiss Clinton’s support of the President she served and to defend indefensible comments from Killer Mike about Clinton’s uterus.
Bernie Sanders, in an interview with BET, accused Hillary Clinton of cozying up to President Barack Obama in order to pander to African-Americans.
"Hillary Clinton now is trying to embrace the President as closely as she possibly can. Everything the president does is wonderful. She loves the president, he loves her and all that stuff," Sanders said in an interview with CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill, which will air on BET at 10 a.m. Sunday, according to excerpts from that interview provided by the network.
"And we know what that's about. That's trying to win support from the African-American community where the President is enormously popular," Sanders said.
Clinton's campaign swung back at Sanders, saying the former secretary of state is proud of Obama's work.
"It's disappointing that Senator Sanders thinks the only reason a Democrat would be proud of President Obama's work would be a political ploy to court African-American voters," said Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson.
"We know Senator Sanders believes the President has shown failed leadership, but like Hillary Clinton, most Democrats have a different view," he said. "We are proud of President Obama's work to rescue the economy from the brink of collapse, pass landmark health reform and reform Wall Street."Anita Finlay writes:
The now viral comment rapper Killer Mike made at a Bernie Sanders’ rally that “having a uterus doesn’t qualify a woman to be president” constitutes crass sexism; reducing a very qualified Hillary Clinton to a body part. That Killer Mike quoted another woman in advancing a sexist argument doesn’t make it less sexist. Worse is the disrespect to Clinton’s achievements. Few women or men could match up to her qualifications. Which begs the obvious question – why does having a penis make a man qualified?
Due respect to the curmudgeonly Senator, if he were a woman, he’d have gotten the hook months ago. No female could get away with his narrow focus, scruffy appearance or atonal bellowing. Yet men grant each other a credibility women need to earn. And women often automatically grant men more credibility than they grant each other.
I thought after learning of Killer Mike’s quote, Senator Sanders would disavow it, yet his spokesman, Michael Briggs, repeated the same argument and dismissed the complaint as “gotcha politics.” But can you capture women’s votes when your campaign objectifies someone who has earned the title of America’s most admired woman a record-breaking 20 times? Some of Sanders’ fans may not care for Hillary. Millions do.
Killer Mike’s quote (from Jane Elliott) presupposes Hillary Clinton demands anyone vote for her on the basis of gender. She does not. Such an argument is an attempt to distract from and disqualify all the reasons she is ready to be our Commander in Chief.
Society remains conflicted in its determination of what is acceptable or desirable conduct for a woman. We scrutinize a powerful or ambitious woman’s every move and are comfortable passing judgment on every part of her personal, physical and professional presentation. A man faces no such hurdle. In demeaning a woman’s achievements by reducing her to a uterus, women not drawn to Clinton may giggle along in agreement, but they are by extension devaluing themselves.
If I rejoice that a woman I disagree with or dislike is on the receiving end of destructive treatment, I may look less seriously at sexist transgressions. If they abuse her, someday they may abuse me in the same manner if I become likewise inconvenient. I won’t have redress against their tactics since I gave permission for their earlier behavior by my silence. Devaluing one devalues all.
The “uterus” argument is but a convenient way to keep women out of the halls of power.Prachi Gupta at Cosmopolitan has more:
The Sanders campaign has defended the rapper's comments, however. Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said the Vermont senator "doesn't believe gender should be a reason to vote for or against someone."
"That's the point Mike was making when he quoted Jane Elliott, the internationally known educator," said Briggs, who dismissed the controversy as "gotcha politics."
But that's not entirely fair. When electing a qualified politician in a country where only 18 percent of Congress is female, it's totally valid to consider Clinton's gender as a positive. It's also disingenuous and reductive for Killer Mike to say that women who consider gender important are blindly voting with their uteruses. Gender is one factor among many, and some women are excited about a female candidate whom they view as electable and competent. How much gender matters, and where it stands on their list of pros and cons when considering a candidate is deeply personal and political — but shaming voters for putting it down on that list as a legitimate political consideration only perpetuates sexism.
Sanders's policies are very feminist and woman-friendly, but his political career has no doubt benefitted by virtue of being a white man — and having a feminist man in office does not guarantee a breakup of the White House boys club. Women have every right to hope Sanders will be the leader America needs for lasting social change. But they have every reason to hope that Clinton could create meaningful change for them too, and they are not simple-minded for thinking so.
Let’s shake off the racism and misogyny to end on a poignant note: a poem written for Clinton by Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland.
Susan Madrak for Blue Nation Review:
Bernie, you don’t have to urge guys to “stand together, vote for a man.” That’s because voting for a man is the default position, and that’s the part you never seem to get — you, and a lot of your supporters.
It only becomes “identity politics” when anyone other than a white male is the beneficiary. This is such a basic tenet of our political system that people don’t even think about it anymore. It’s the way it’s always been, so it’s the way it should be.
Here’s the thing, Bernie: We don’t need your permission or approval to vote for Hillary Clinton, even if — or especially when we do it because she’s a woman.
That’s the way underrepresented groups have always gained power in our political system. And you should know that.Let’s shake off the racism and misogyny and end on a poignant note: a poem written for Hillary by Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland:
Now is the time, this is the place,
Now we are ready. Hillary is the face.
Why am I endorsing this woman to my right?
Because she has for years continuously put up the fight.
She seeks to make equal pay for equal work a priority.
I don’t know about you, but that sure works for me!
Here’s a woman who has shown time and time again,
She has the skill, experience and staying power more than 20 years in.
Yes, there was Benghazi and the infamous email situation.
While both were stressful, she maintained her poise and dedication.
Dedicated to seeing mothers who singlehandedly raise babies
Finally get compensated equal pay in this world that has gone crazy.
Selfless in sitting down with a room of mourning mothers,
Who have violently lost their children—both sons and daughters.
Now this I know to be absolutely true;
I am one of those who met with her and was able to make it through.
She has a plan on gun laws that’s like none other.
Unapologetically she speaks out about the NRA and issues of color.
Her plan for immigration is to keep families together.
She’ll end family detention and close private immigration shelters.
She supports the bipartisan U.S.A. Freedom Act.
President Obama signed it into law, and she has his back!
She has fought for quality affordable health care her entire career.
So she’ll defend the Affordable Care Act and build on the successes of it here.
She’ll cut taxes for the middle class, raise the minimum wage, and ensure the wealthiest pay their fair share.
She’ll invest in infrastructure and education. This woman really cares.
I’ve watched and followed her career, and saw her take hits.
Yet she still manages to stand here decades later as if it didn’t bother her one bit!
As Sandra Bland’s mother, I know a little about frustration.
You have to stand and push through it, even when you want a vacation.
Like me, she misses the counsel of her late father, who told her always “carry a shovel,”
So at any given time she could dig herself out of trouble.
Like me, she lost her dad in 1993.
His wisdom played a big part in the strength she shows you and me.
I’ve shared with you just some of Hillary’s views,
Now it’s up to you to do your research—and vote when you’re through.
People, we are expecting a new president in nine months. Hillary is that new baby.
From now until November let’s fiercely support this lady!
I present to you, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.