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Hillary’s Monday news round-up

For all you Hillary newshounds, here’s your Monday round-up. Hillary Clinton is not expected to hit Davos this year, though the State Department does plan to be represented. It’s actually probably a smart idea that her first trip abroad in the midst of two military conflicts, a crisis in Israel, and a worldwide financial crisis ...


For all you Hillary newshounds, here’s your Monday round-up.

Not the sexism in the media, mind you, its liberal bias. Sexism is a thing of the past, obviously.

  • In more interesting interviews, Madeleine Albright granted one to National Journal‘s Amy Harderin which she talked about the way Hillary is viewed by the rest of the world and the ways that cooperating with your former rival helps with the perception of American in the world.

First of all, I think she herself is a known quantity abroad. When I was secretary and she was first lady, it was very evident that she had quite a large and resounding international role. She was identified with human rights and women’s rights and generally showing a very positive side of America. I think she is so well-known abroad, and having somebody that is that well-known is very important. The other part is something that I think is essential, and that is that it is showing what democratic elections are like in the U.S. — you argue and you run against each other, but you are capable of developing a partnership.

This is similar to what Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal told me last week, actually. Albright also had praise for Clinton and “smart power,” which was maligned by Fox News last week.

What she said [Thursday], which I thought was very interesting, is that national security policy is like a three-legged stool — there’s defense, there’s diplomacy and there’s development, and the State Department is basically responsible for two of those three. I would advise her to really make that a very central part of what she does — is to make sure people understand that smart power, which she talked about a lot, is the way to show the best side of America.

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