Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Platform

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during a town hall with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Monday, April 25, 2016, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during a town hall with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Monday, April 25, 2016, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Since launching her campaign last April, Hillary Clinton has outlined a number of major platform points in a series of speeches. Now that it it is clear that the Republican nominee will be Donald Trump, it is important that Clinton continue to deliver substantive speeches and combat a Trump platform that seems to offer no substance or foundation. Clinton’s platform is built on a career of public service and an understanding of domestic and foreign policies. While no every may agree with points of her platform, taken as a whole it is clear that she has put together a solid plan to more the country forward and ensure that everyone has an opportunity to live up to their full potential.
When Clinton has introduced a major platform topic, we add it to the Platform category of the website. Looking through Clinton’s speeches and policy proposals, a clear plan emerges. From Clinton’s kickoff rally in June 2015 to the announcement of the proposed cap on child care costs and expanded early childhood education earlier this month, a list of Clinton’s platform speech topics and announcement dates are below:

The Media needs to point out Trumps Lies when he is lying

Boehlert: Media Outlets Must Make The Point That Trump Is A “Congenial Serial Liar”

CHRIS HAYES (HOST): Many political observers view lies by politicians as inevitable,
but Donald Trump is not really a politician. And here’s the thing, he is making politicians look downright trustworthy. Joining me now, Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at Media Matters. To me what has been the challenge -- that's just 42 seconds. But there's just the complete casualness of the disregard for anything remotely factual
ERIC BOEHLERT: There has been a complaint from the press that there's sort of this avalanche of lies. How are we going to deal with this? Usually if we catch a nominee making one or two false statements a week, that's a lot of news. We're doing our job. How do you handle 18, 19 in a day, or something like that? So in one sense I'm sympathetic to that claim. On the other sense though, there has to be an overall coverage of treating him not seriously. Of just making this point over and over, he is congenital serial liar. He's not a normal politician, as you say. He's not an entertainer. He's just sort of a narcissist who can't speak the truth for any length of time.
HAYES: Isn't it the press' job to make that determination or is it the press' job just to individually do the thing like what we just did, [and show] it is not true?
BOEHLERT: So a good example is he gave this joke climate speech yesterday, right? A couple of weeks [ago] he gave that joke foreign policy speech. A lot of newsrooms felt like,OK he's the Republican nominee, we have to take this seriously, we have to do five, ten paragraphs regurgitating what he says, then we’ll get some quotes from people who say he doesn't know what he's talking about.
HAYES: You think that model is poorly applied.
BOEHLERT: It does not apply. As we were talking earlier in the show, nothing applies to him. So why are we still pretending he's Mitt Romney ,or John McCain, or Bob Dole? This is his policy statement? It's not a policy statement. It's incoherent. It doesn't make any sense. And Republicans in his own party, the foreign policy speech, they're like, what is this? So I don't think the old model applies and they should get rid of it. I don't necessarily know exactly what they should do but you can't pretend someone is serious who is not serious for 90 seconds a day.

Hillary Clinton Campaigns for an Extra Day in California

Hillary Clinton spent an extra day in California. The event she attended was a discussion with community leaders in Oakland. Meeting at a local restaurant called Home of Chicken and Waffles, Clinton and a group of local officials and business owners discussed what the federal government can do to help local governments. Describing the purpose of the meeting she said, "I want to know how the federal government and me, particularly, can be a better partner. I want to be a champion for Oakland and all the other Oaklands in the country." The group discussed a number of topics from wages, jobs, urban policy, and urban renewal. She admitted that there aren't easy answers for every problem at the local level, but decisions made at the local level are very important. A video from today's event will be posted when/if available.
The panel consisted of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson, Regina Jackson, CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center, and Derreck Johnson, owner of the Home of Chicken and Waffles.

Bill Clinton Campaigns for Hillary in New Jersey


Bill Clinton campaigned on behalf of Hillary Clinton in New Jersey. Speaking at an organizing event in Edison, Bill focused on Hillary's plans to move America forward and pointed to examples from her background to make his case. He said that Hillary offers unity and is willing to listen to ideas from any side of aisle saying, "Every job Hillary had in Washington she worked with Democrats and Republicans together." Bill spoke to supporters at Edison High School and outlined a number of Hillary's key platform points including reducing student debt, continuing to improve health care, and investing in clean energy.

That Time Donald Trump Punked Bernie Sanders

Trump to Sanders: Sorry, I don't debate people who don't win

It’s Not Happening. Donald Trump released a statement saying it would be “inappropriate” to debate “second-place finisher” Bernie Sanders, just a few minutes after the Sanders campaign said it was “prepared to accept” a proposal from a television network to host the debate. Trump had initially agreed to the non-traditional debate Sanders suggested on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, saying he would participate if it raised at least $10 million for charity.

Democratic Senators are unloading on Bernie Sanders for a courting a debate with Donald Trump.
Politico rounded up some reactions to Senate Democrats over the Sanders vs. Trump debate dance:
“Bullshit,” said Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. “That confirms what we’ve been saying. Why would you expect Bernie should be considerate or be nice or be working to bring everyone together? Why? He’s not a Democrat.”
The party’s frustrations are boiling over with Sanders as the primary season winds down: Namely that Sanders seems unwilling or unable to admit that Hillary Clinton is on course for the nomination. The ire toward Sanders began earlier this year among the loudest Democratic cheerleaders for Clinton — and now it’s seeping into nearly the entire Senate Democratic caucus.
“I don’t know why he would do that. I think it’s time to start to winding down the primary,” said Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.). “It’s time to move on.”
“It’s peculiar,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). “It’s all about Bernie trying to get the advantage in California. It’s not going to work.”

The easiest way to understand what Bernie Sanders is doing is to think of Sen. Sanders as a man who is not ready to let go. The one consistency in every answer that Sanders gives about the state of the race is a willingness to keep going. It doesn’t matter what the delegate math, popular vote, or pledged delegate count says, Bernie Sanders is going to keep going.

Clinton Responds to State Department Report Criticizing Private Email Use


Earlier this week, the State Department Inspector General released the findings of their investigation into the state of department email security, including Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. The report is critical of Clinton's decision to exclusively use a private email address and not one that was government issues. The report said that Clinton did not seek approval before using an alternate email address, and the Inspector General said that she did not follow proper procedures in turning over all work related email before leaving the State Department. All emails have since been turned over.
The report is also critical of the State Department admitting that the current policies for record preservation are outdated and the technology is outdated as well. The report mentions former Secretaries of State that used private email addresses and failed to turn over any work related content. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell also used a personal email address to conduct government business, but he has stated that he is unable to turn over records because they no longer exist. While Clinton is not the first Secretary of State to use a private email address to conduct business, she is the first to exclusively use a private server.
Clinton and team immediately responded, and she spoke to several news outlets by phone to address the report. Clinton spoke with reporters from Univision, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN, all of which asked a number of questions surrounding the report and its findings. Clinton, once again, admitted that using a private email server was a mistake, but she quickly turned the conversation to the election and Republican nominee Donald Trump. Speaking with Chuck Todd on MSNBC's Meet the Press Daily, she said, "I said this many times, it was still a mistake. If I could go back, I would do it differently. And I understand people have concerns about this, but I hope and expect voters to look at the full picture of everything I've done and stand for. And the full threat posed by Donald Trump. If they do, I have faith in the American people that they will make the right choice."
The State Department's review is the first report regarding her emails to be released. A report from the FBI is expected to be released sometime this summer. A full copy of the State Department's report can be read HERE. Clinton has said on several occasions that she wants the emails from her private server available to the public in the interest of transparency. The State Department released the final batch of emails at the end of February. Since the release of the emails was part of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), all the emails were posted to the State Department’s FOIA website. To access the emails, follow the steps below:
  1. Go to http://foia.state.gov/Search
  2. Type “F-2014-20439” in the Case Number field
  3. Click on the arrow next to the “Posted Date” column header and select “Sort Descending” so that the recently released documents show first
  4. Click the title of the document in the “Subject” field to open a PDF copy

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan at Hiroshima Peace Memorial



Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Hiroshima, Japan

5:45 P.M. JST

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Seventy-one years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed.  A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself. 

Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima?  We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not so distant past.  We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 in Japanese men, women and children; thousands of Koreans; a dozen Americans held prisoner.  Their souls speak to us. They ask us to look inward, to take stock of who we are and what we might become.

It is not the fact of war that sets Hiroshima apart. Artifacts tell us that violent conflict appeared with the very first man.  Our early ancestors, having learned to make blades from flint and spears from wood, used these tools not just for hunting, but against their own kind.  On every continent, the history of civilization is filled with war, whether driven by scarcity of grain or hunger for gold; compelled by nationalist fervor or religious zeal.  Empires have risen and fallen. Peoples have been subjugated and liberated.  And at each juncture, innocents have suffered, a countless toll, their names forgotten by time.

The World War that reached its brutal end in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was fought among the wealthiest and most powerful of nations.  Their civilizations had given the world great cities and magnificent art.  Their thinkers had advanced ideas of justice and harmony and truth.  And yet, the war grew out of the same base instinct for domination or conquest that had caused conflicts among the simplest tribes; an old pattern amplified by new capabilities and without new constraints.  In the span of a few years, some 60 million people would die -- men, women, children no different than us, shot, beaten, marched, bombed, jailed, starved, gassed to death.

There are many sites around the world that chronicle this war -- memorials that tell stories of courage and heroism; graves and empty camps that echo of unspeakable depravity.  Yet in the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into these skies, we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction; how the very spark that marks us as a species -- our thoughts, our imagination, our language, our tool-making, our ability to set ourselves apart from nature and bend it to our will -- those very things also give us the capacity for unmatched destruction.

How often does material advancement or social innovation blind us to this truth.  How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause.  Every great religion promises a pathway to love and peace and righteousness, and yet no religion has been spared from believers who have claimed their faith as a license to kill.  Nations arise, telling a story that binds people together in sacrifice and cooperation, allowing for remarkable feats, but those same stories have so often been used to oppress and dehumanize those who are different.

Science allows us to communicate across the seas and fly above the clouds; to cure disease and understand the cosmos.  But those same discoveries can be turned into ever-more efficient killing machines.

The wars of the modern age teach this truth.  Hiroshima teaches this truth.  Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us.  The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution, as well.

That is why we come to this place.  We stand here, in the middle of this city, and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell.  We force ourselves to feel the dread of children confused by what they see.  We listen to a silent cry.  We remember all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war, and the wars that came before, and the wars that would follow.

Mere words cannot give voice to such suffering, but we have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.  Someday the voices of the hibakusha will no longer be with us to bear witness.  But the memory of the morning of August 6th, 1945 must never fade.  That memory allows us to fight complacency.  It fuels our moral imagination.  It allows us to change.

And since that fateful day, we have made choices that give us hope.  The United States and Japan forged not only an alliance, but a friendship that has won far more for our people than we could ever claim through war.  The nations of Europe built a Union that replaced battlefields with bonds of commerce and democracy.  Oppressed peoples and nations won liberation.  An international community established institutions and treaties that worked to avoid war and aspire to restrict and roll back, and ultimately eliminate the existence of nuclear weapons.

Still, every act of aggression between nations; every act of terror and corruption and cruelty and oppression that we see around the world shows our work is never done. We may not be able to eliminate man’s capacity to do evil, so nations –- and the alliances that we’ve formed -– must possess the means to defend ourselves.  But among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear, and pursue a world without them.

We may not realize this goal in my lifetime.  But persistent effort can roll back the possibility of catastrophe.  We can chart a course that leads to the destruction of these stockpiles.  We can stop the spread to new nations, and secure deadly materials from fanatics.

And yet that is not enough.  For we see around the world today how even the crudest rifles and barrel bombs can serve up violence on a terrible scale.  We must change our mindset about war itself –- to prevent conflict through diplomacy, and strive to end conflicts after they’ve begun; to see our growing interdependence as a cause for peaceful cooperation and not violent competition; to define our nations not by our capacity to destroy, but by what we build.

And perhaps above all, we must reimagine our connection to one another as members of one human race.  For this, too, is what makes our species unique.  We’re not bound by genetic code to repeat the mistakes of the past.  We can learn.  We can choose. We can tell our children a different story –- one that describes a common humanity; one that makes war less likely and cruelty less easily accepted.

We see these stories in the hibakusha –- the woman who forgave a pilot who flew the plane that dropped the atomic bomb, because she recognized that what she really hated was war itself; the man who sought out families of Americans killed here, because he believed their loss was equal to his own.

My own nation’s story began with simple words:  All men are created equal, and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Realizing that ideal has never been easy, even within our own borders, even among our own citizens.

But staying true to that story is worth the effort. It is an ideal to be strived for; an ideal that extends across continents, and across oceans.  The irreducible worth of every person, the insistence that every life is precious; the radical and necessary notion that we are part of a single human family -– that is the story that we all must tell.

That is why we come to Hiroshima.  So that we might think of people we love -- the first smile from our children in the morning; the gentle touch from a spouse over the kitchen table; the comforting embrace of a parent –- we can think of those things and know that those same precious moments took place here seventy-one years ago.  Those who died -– they are like us.  Ordinary people understand this, I think. They do not want more war. They would rather that the wonders of science be focused on improving life, and not eliminating it. 

When the choices made by nations, when the choices made by leaders reflect this simple wisdom, then the lesson of Hiroshima is done.

The world was forever changed here.  But today, the children of this city will go through their day in peace.  What a precious thing that is.  It is worth protecting, and then extending to every child.  That is the future we can choose -– a future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not as the dawn of atomic warfare, but as the start of our own moral awakening.  (Applause.)

     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As translated.)  Last year, at the 70th anniversary of the end of war, I visited the United States and made a speech as Prime Minister of Japan at a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.  That war deprived many American youngsters of their dreams and futures.  Reflecting upon such harsh history, I offered my eternal condolences to all the American souls that were lost during World War II.  I expressed gratitude and respect for all the people in both Japan and the United States who have been committed to reconciliation for the past 70 years. 

     Seventy years later, enemies who fought each other so fiercely have become friends, bonded in spirit, and have become allies, bound in trust and friendship, deep between us.  The Japan-U.S. alliance, which came into the world this way, has to be an alliance of hope for the world. 

So I appealed in the speech.  One year has passed since then.  This time, President Obama, for the first time as leader of the United States, paid a visit to Hiroshima, the city which suffered the atomic bombing.  U.S. President witnessing the reality of atomic bombings and renewing his determination for a world free of nuclear weapons -- this gives great hope to people all around the world who have never given up their hope for a world without nuclear weapons. 

I would like to give a whole-hearted welcome to this historic visit, which had been awaited not only by the people of Hiroshima, but also by all the Japanese people.  I express my sincere respect to the decision and courage of President Obama.  With his decision and courage, we are opening a new chapter to the reconciliation of Japan and the United States, and in our history of trust and friendship.

A few minutes ago, together, I and President Obama offered our deepest condolences for all those who lost their lives during World War II and also by the atomic bombings.  Seventy-one years ago in Hiroshima and in Nagasaki, a great number of innocent citizens’ lives were cost by a single atomic bomb without mercy.  Many children and many citizens perished.  Each one of them had his or her life dream and beloved family.  When I reflect on this sheer fact, I cannot help but feel painful grief. 

Even today, there are victims who are still suffering unbearably from the bombings.  Feeling of those who went through unimaginable tragic experiences, indeed, in this city 71 years ago -- it is unspeakable.  In their minds, various feelings must have come and gone -- that of those, this must be in common:  That any place in the world this tragedy must not be repeated again.

It is the responsibility of us who live in the present to firmly inherit these deep feelings.  We are determined to realize a world free of nuclear weapons.  No matter how long and how difficult the road will be, it is the responsibility of us who live in the present to continue to make efforts. 

Children who were born on that unforgettable day lit the light believing in permanent peace.  To make every effort for the peace and prosperity in the world, vowing for this light -- this is the responsibility of us all who live in the present.  We will definitely fulfill our responsibility.  Together, Japan and the United States will become a light for hope, for the people in the world.  Standing in this city, I am firmly determined, together with President Obama.  This is the only way to respond to the feelings of the countless spirits -- victims of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  I am convinced of this.  (Applause.)

In politics, it's not what you say but how you say it, acoustical analysis shows

Carly Fiorina speaks to Fox News (screen grab)

Even with very different messages, politicians may sound the same, new research finds. Scientists who analyzed the vocal stylings of four presidential contenders in the 2016 race — Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump — found that all four candidates altered their voices in similar ways, depending on the audience. The findings, described…

Donald Trumps biggest asset: THE MEDIA

No other candidate in modern history has been propelled by the corporate media .
And after a difficult week and yet another campaign shake-up, Donald J. Trump commanded the cable news stage as he announced in North Dakota that he had secured the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination.
Mr. Trump seemed thrilled at a hastily called news conference that cable networks teased for over a half-hour before he began speaking. He basked in the glow of knowing he had done what most pundits and his rivals had predicted could never happen.
Was the focus the energy policy speech he would deliver right after the news conference? Nope, it was whether he was serious when he said he would be willing to face Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in a debate. The answer appeared to be yes and no. Mr. Trump may not be serious about debating Mr. Sanders, but he is clearly serious about seeking to elevate him over Hillary Clinton in their primary race, which is mathematically almost impossible for Mr. Sanders to win.

Hillary Clinton Wraps up Three Days of Campaigning in California


On Thursday, Hillary Clinton wrapped up a three day campaign trip to California. She began in Las Vegas, Nevada, however, where she attended the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Legislative and Political Affairs Conference. During her speech, Clinton said that Republican nominee Donald Trump is an urgent threat to workers' rights. She said, "I’ve heard over and over again there has never been more at stake for working families in America than there is right now." Clinton spoke about her plans to support labor unions, grow the middle class, and focus on the creation of new jobs. A video from her speech is below.
Clinton then traveled to San Jose where she spoke at an organizing event. She spoke about Trump again and since he is now the Republican nominee as he has secured the required number of delegates, the stakes of the 2016 election could not be higher. She spoke about a number of her platform points including defending women's rights, fighting for equal pay, raising the minimum wage, continuing to improve the Affordable Care Act, and lowering the cost of higher education. Clinton then asked for voters' support during the primary on June 7.
Clinton's final event of the day is scheduled to be a Get Out the Vote event in San Francisco.

The real story behind the long-lost, drug-fuelled 'Holy Grail' letter that inspired On The Road

Beat movement figure Gerd Stern carried the blame for 60 years for losing a 16,000-word typewritten letter, about to go up for auction, that inspired the revolution style of Jack Kerouac's celebrated novel, On the Road. The 1950 drug-fuelled letter, written by Beat legend Neal Cassady and valued at over $500,000, was thought to be thrown…

Anti-Trump demonstrations in New Mexico

Protesters smashed windows and threw rocks at police outside a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque, just as a win for Trump in Washington’s primary left him within a handful of delegates of securing the Republican nomination outright. Hillary Clinton, campaigning in California, previewed her new line of attack on Trump, focusing on his real estate dealings. “We’re not going to let him bank-rob America,” she said. Bernie Sanders, also in California, called for a recanvass of last week’s Kentucky primary. Today, Trump returns to what has been called “riot-happy” Anaheim, where a previous rally in April was nearly derailed by violence. “This is what Trump wants, it’s giving him his talking points,” said Jimmy Camp, a Republican consultant and member of the “Never Trump” movement within his party. Meanwhile, Marco Rubio has offered this assessment of the long primary battle: “It’s not that we lost, it’s that Donald Trump won.”

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz announced today the names of the 15-person Platform Drafting Committee,

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz announced today the names of the 15-person Platform Drafting Committee, which develops and oversees the process for determining the Party's core statement of principles.

The Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President.  At the Convention, the Party also adopts its official platform or "plank" of endorsed issues

Under DNC rules, members of the 15-person committee are appointed at the discretion of the DNC Chair. In an effort to quell the contentious primary debate, W-S elected instead to award 75% of the committee seats to each presidential campaign based on the % of the popular vote received to-date.
Accordingly, Clinton received six seats, Sanders five, and the Chairwoman chose four.  Sanders' Policy Director Warren Gunnels, and Clinton Senior Policy Advisor Maya Harris, will also be on hand as official, non-voting members of the Committee.

 "Members Represent Diversity of the Party including Significant Appointments from both Campaigns" 
DNCC Release, May 23, 2016

Congressman Elijah Cummings, a ten-term Member from Maryland, will serve as Chair of the drafting committee, and political veteran and former DSCC Director Andrew Grossman will serve as Executive Director (reprising his 2012 role).

The Platform Drafting Committee (/nominated by)
Honorable Howard BermanFormer 15-term Member of Congress (California)DNC Chair
Paul BoothExecutive Asst to the President, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME/union)Clinton
Honorable Carol BrownerFormer Director WH Energy & Climate Change Policy, former Administrator, Environmental Protection AgencyClinton
Congressman Keith EllisonFive-term Member of Congress (Minnesota)Sanders
Congressman Luis GutiƩrrez12-term Member of Congress (Illinois)Clinton
Congresswoman Barbara LeeTen-term Member of Congress (California)DNC Chair
Bill McKibbenAuthor & Environmental ActivistSanders
Deborah ParkerAttorney & Native American ActivistSanders
Representative Alicia ReeceState Rep & President, Ohio Legislative Black CaucusClinton
Bonnie SchaeferAuthor, Philanthropist, former CEO of Claire's DNC Chair
Ambassador Wendy ShermanFormer Dep US Secretary of State, Albright Stonebridge Group, Harvard Kennedy School Senior FellowClinton
Neera TandenPresident, Center for American ProgressClinton
Dr. Cornel WestProfessor, Philosophy & Christian Practice @Union Theological Seminary, Professor Emeritus @ PrincetonSanders
James ZogbyAuthor Arab Voices, Founder & President of Arab-American InstituteSanders

The Platform Drafting Committee will submit their report to the full Platform Committee, which will present the final platform to the Convention Delegates for approval.