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Secretary Clinton To Conduct Digital Town Hall of the Americas

According to the official U.S Department of State’s blog, DIPNote, Secretary of  State Hillary Clinton will be  conducting a digital town hall meeting in anticipation of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, a regional meeting of all 34 democratically elected leaders of the nations of the Western Hemisphere.  People are encouraged to participate in the discussion about issues that impact the entire hemisphere.

Secretary Clinton’s Digital Town Hall of the Americas, will be a live web-based discussion, from the Dominican Republic on Friday, April 17, 2009, in anticipation of the Fifth Summit of the Americas to be held April 17-19 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The event will provide an opportunity for Secretary Clinton to launch a conversation with citizens from across the Western Hemisphere to discuss the Summit’s themes of securing our citizens’ future by promoting human prosperity, energy security and environmental sustainability, as well as the situation in Haiti, where she will visit and attend meetings on Thursday, April 16. 

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>Quote of the Day

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“Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh? Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?”

— Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, in an interview on CNN, on the problems of the Republican party.

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Quote of the Day

“Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh? Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?”

— Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, in an interview on CNN, on the problems of the Republican party.

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>Hillary Clinton Constitutionally Ineligible to Serve as Secretary of State??

>According to Judical Watch’s president Tom Fitton, Hilliary Clinton is constitutionally ineligible to serve as President elect Obama’s Secretary of State.

In a blog posting on the Hill’s Congressional Blog, Fitton  states:
 “…According to the “Emoluments” or “Eligibility” Clause of the United States Constitution, no member of Congress can be appointed to an office that has benefited from a salary increase during the time that Senator or Representative served in Congress. A January 2008 Executive Order signed by President Bush during Hillary Clinton’s current Senate term increased the salary for Secretary of State, thereby rendering Senator Clinton ineligible for the position.

(Specifically, Article I, section 6 of the U.S. Constitution provides “No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time.” The provision is seen by most as designed by our Founding Fathers to protect against corruption.)…”

Now wouldn’t that be a kick in the teeth for the Clinton’s. 
It doesn’t seem right that no one involved in the decision to appoint Hillary as Secretary of State was aware of this provision in  the constitution, or maybe Obama’s people knew all along about it and decided to appoint her anyway to see if anyone would pick up on it. If no said anything then great, Hillary was appeased for her support during the general election, but if this little secret was exposed then the Obama camp can say “Oh well, sorry Hillary” and be seen as not wanting Hillary Clinton involved in the Obama administration.
We’ll have to keep an eye on this.  

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Hillary Clinton Constitutionally Ineligible to Serve as Secretary of State??

According to Judical Watch’s president Tom Fitton, Hilliary Clinton is constitutionally ineligible to serve as President elect Obama’s Secretary of State.

In a blog posting on the Hill’s Congressional Blog, Fitton  states:
 “…According to the “Emoluments” or “Eligibility” Clause of the United States Constitution, no member of Congress can be appointed to an office that has benefited from a salary increase during the time that Senator or Representative served in Congress. A January 2008 Executive Order signed by President Bush during Hillary Clinton’s current Senate term increased the salary for Secretary of State, thereby rendering Senator Clinton ineligible for the position.

(Specifically, Article I, section 6 of the U.S. Constitution provides “No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time.” The provision is seen by most as designed by our Founding Fathers to protect against corruption.)…”

Now wouldn’t that be a kick in the teeth for the Clinton’s. 
It doesn’t seem right that no one involved in the decision to appoint Hillary as Secretary of State was aware of this provision in  the constitution, or maybe Obama’s people knew all along about it and decided to appoint her anyway to see if anyone would pick up on it. If no said anything then great, Hillary was appeased for her support during the general election, but if this little secret was exposed then the Obama camp can say “Oh well, sorry Hillary” and be seen as not wanting Hillary Clinton involved in the Obama administration.
We’ll have to keep an eye on this.  

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>Statement: Statement of Former President Bill Clinton on the Nomination of Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

>December 01, 2008 | New York | Bill Clinton | Statements

As an American, I am thankful that President-elect Barack Obama has asked Hillary to be Secretary of State and that she has accepted. As her husband, I am deeply proud.
She is the right person for the job of helping to restore America’s image abroad, end the war in Iraq, advance peace and increase our security, by building a future for our children with more partners and fewer adversaries, one of shared responsibilities and opportunities.
She has already earned the respect of foreign leaders and diplomats through her work to promote human rights and the empowerment of women through access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. And Americans know, from her leadership in the Senate on national security, that she will always put the security, values and the interests of our people first.
In her service to the people of New York and our nation, Hillary has demonstrated the knowledge, passion, resilience, and capacity to learn that our country needs at this critical time. She loves being a Senator from New York, but as she has in all the thirty-seven years I’ve known her, she answered the call to serve. I commend President-Elect Obama for asking her to be a part of a great national security team. America will be well-served.

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Statement: Statement of Former President Bill Clinton on the Nomination of Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

December 01, 2008 | New York | Bill Clinton | Statements

As an American, I am thankful that President-elect Barack Obama has asked Hillary to be Secretary of State and that she has accepted. As her husband, I am deeply proud.
She is the right person for the job of helping to restore America’s image abroad, end the war in Iraq, advance peace and increase our security, by building a future for our children with more partners and fewer adversaries, one of shared responsibilities and opportunities.
She has already earned the respect of foreign leaders and diplomats through her work to promote human rights and the empowerment of women through access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. And Americans know, from her leadership in the Senate on national security, that she will always put the security, values and the interests of our people first.
In her service to the people of New York and our nation, Hillary has demonstrated the knowledge, passion, resilience, and capacity to learn that our country needs at this critical time. She loves being a Senator from New York, but as she has in all the thirty-seven years I’ve known her, she answered the call to serve. I commend President-Elect Obama for asking her to be a part of a great national security team. America will be well-served.

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