Come January, an 81-year-old grandmother from the Hudson Valley will control the nation’s purse strings and decide, among other things, the fate of the border wall championed by President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, will make history as the first woman to chair the House Appropriations Committee, a powerful panel that allocates discretionary funding for everything from national defense to education, when the 116th Congress convenes on Jan. 3. “To be in the leadership and to be in the majority where we can control the agenda is very exciting,” said Lowey, whose district includes central and northwestern Westchester and all of Rockland. “Whether it is health care, education, infrastructure, cleaning up the environment or gun violence, I look forward to making some real progress.” In a wide-ranging interview in her district office in White Plains on Monday, less than a week after she was elected … [Read more...] about U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey on 2020 presidential picks, Chelsea Clinton and Trump
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Story highlights The worst terror attack on American soil since 9/11 has become a test of leadership for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Clinton largely chose to follow a tried-and-tested political rulebook; Trump, however, tore it to shreds Washington (CNN)National tragedies can lay bare politicians' souls. The mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, Sunday exposed the two presumptive major party nominees -- Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton -- to a penetrating examination of their characters and political instincts at a moment of crisis. The worst terror attack on American soil since 9/11 has become a test of leadership as they vie for the world's most powerful job and a chance to scramble for political advantage in the general election campaign. There's an accepted playbook for politicians to respond to tragedies wrought by terrorism: It involves not rushing to conclusions but promising to punish the perpetrators. Often a flurry of new plans to combat … [Read more...] about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton showcase clashing styles at times of crisis
Story highlights Hillary Clinton will draw on the themes of the Depression-era experience of her mother in her address Saturday. Eleanor Roosevelt was a model for a woman forging a new role in the White House. Washington (CNN)During the darkest hours of the Clinton presidency, those inside the besieged White House often took comfort in the legacies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, whom they saw as "friendly spirits" shining through the political storm. Now, Hillary Clinton is invoking the aura of the original Democratic power couple to give a historical and political lift to her second quest for the presidency, which enters a new stage on Saturday on New York's Roosevelt Island, where she holds her first formal campaign rally. After an understated start to her 2016 campaign, beset by bad headlines and self-inflicted wounds, Clinton will make a bold statement of ambition by implying she is the direct heir to a leader whom historians consistently rank as one of the top three … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton channels Roosevelts in first campaign rally
Washington (CNN)It's still Hillary Clinton's most iconic moment. Long before Benghazi, email scandals, a globetrotting run as secretary of state and the "18 million cracks" she punched in the glass ceiling during her 2008 presidential campaign, the then-first lady carved out a personal -- and audacious -- slice of history. Picture Clinton as a risk-taker, pushing the political envelope in a way that would surprise critics of her current cautious, scripted White House bid, as she stepped up to a podium in China, on September 5, 1995 -- exactly 20 years ago on Saturday. "It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights," Clinton told the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women in a speech that rocketed around the world. "Human rights are women's rights ... and women's rights are human rights." Clinton's tour de force, with its sharp implicit criticisms of her hosts, was a … [Read more...] about Would Hillary Clinton be this bold today?
Monticello, Iowa (CNN)There is no fizzle and no fanfare. But that's the point as Hillary Clinton, the most famous woman in the world, unveils her latest makeover here in the state where her previous White House dream died. There's no pumping rock anthem or cheering supporters waving "Hillary" banners. Vows to take back America or remake the world along with warnings that 2016 will be the most important election in a generation are noticeably absent. Instead, Clinton is taking her first official steps on what she hopes is the road to the White House surrounded by starter motors and tools in a tiny auto repair shop and a low slung community college building in far eastern Iowa. INTERACTIVE: Hillary Clinton tries again Read More "I'm running for president because I think that Americans and their families need a champion, and I want to be this champion," Clinton said Tuesday as she sat around a table with seven students and educators. "I want to stand up and fight for people so … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton’s no-frills campaign