Story highlights Hillary Clinton responding to bad news and scandals by adopting classic feints from her family's political playbook. She is not losing focus on the main prize by keeping a beady eye on the Republicans she could face in November 2016. Washington (CNN)The bad news just keeps rolling in thick and fast for Hillary Clinton. Deepening intrigue over her personal email server and alarm-bell polls showing rival Bernie Sanders threatening her happy hunting ground in New Hampshire are complicating what once looked likely to be a serene coast to the Democratic nomination. She's responding by adopting classic feints from her family's political playbook -- finally ceding ground in an investigative standoff with authorities on her emails, but simultaneously picking new fights with Republicans she brands as extreme and out of touch. Early this week, her campaign pounced on GOP candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with a pre-emptive strike on his assault on the former … [Read more...] about Will Hillary Clinton’s scandal playbook save her this time?
Story highlights Republicans and some Democrats are criticizing the policy of U.S. intervention in Libya Hillary Clinton was a key force in the U.S. getting involved in the North African state JUST WATCHED Ships rescue thousands of migrants off Libya's coast Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Ships rescue thousands of migrants off Libya's coast 03:38 Washington (CNN) Once, Libya seemed set to stand as a triumphant test case of Hillary Clinton's vision on the smart application of U.S. power abroad. But the U.S.-led operation to avert genocide, which eventually led to the ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, left a political vacuum. It has since been exploited by groups like al Qaeda and ISIS that have identified lawless territory ripe for exploitation and a possible beachhead to launch terrorist attacks on Europe. And it has spawned a humanitarian crisis that has seen boatloads of refugees risk dangerous passage across the Mediterranean. The … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton’s other Libya problem
Norwalk, Iowa (CNN)If love is going to blossom between Hillary Clinton and Iowa Democrats, it's going to take a while. For now, both sides seem happy to start with cautious respect. There's so much baggage after Clinton's stinging caucus loss seven years ago that her debut trip to the first-in-the-nation state as the prohibitive 2016 front runner was always going to be a delicate one. But Clinton wrapped up the first swing of her new White House campaign Tuesday night after building bridges with key party members and state lawmakers. As she prepared to return home to New York -- flying commercial instead of riding in her "Scooby" van -- senior Democrats signaled approval at her low key, humble approach. READ: Hillary Clinton's no-frills campaign Read More "I think she is on the right track, she is starting out slow and easy," said Jerry Tormey, co-chair of the Urbandale, Iowa, Democratic Party. "She is meeting people one-on-one in small groups. I think that needs to happen to … [Read more...] about Will Iowa love Hillary Clinton?
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
Story highlights The episode is a fresh indication of the challenge that Clinton faces in running for the White House on her record as secretary of state Washington has tried punishment and inducements repeatedly with North Korea and has failed to change its calculations Washington (CNN)North Korea might not be able to reach the U.S. mainland with a nuclear weapon yet, but the political fallout from its claimed hydrogen bomb test is here already. Even before the shockwaves of the 5.1 temblor triggered by Tuesday's test wore off, Hillary Clinton was fighting off a volley of Republican attacks, GOP presidential candidates were talking tough and Donald Trump jumped on a chance to chastise China. The episode was a fresh indication of the challenge that Clinton faces in running for the White House on her record as secretary of state, which makes it impossible for her to escape deficiencies in President Barack Obama's national security legacy. CNN Interactive: Nuclear weapons: Who … [Read more...] about Political fallout for Hillary Clinton after North Korea’s nuke test