On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at LaGuardia Community College in Queens where she promoted the state’s new plan to provide free college tuition to in-state students whose family makes less than $100,000 a year. The income threshold to be eligible for free tuition will increase to $125,000 in 2019. The law requires that students who take part in the program to remain residents of New York for a number of years equal to the number of years they took part in the program.
Clinton applauded the plan in brief remarks today, as well as on Twitter. Clinton said, “I am here to today to reinforce what the governor has accomplished. He is absolutely right: education and training are the future.” She also said that the plan is a good framework for other states and the federal government. Clinton added, “Paying for college should not defer or destroy dreams. I’m hoping too that Congress will come to its senses and will understand we don’t need to be building walls, we need to be building bridges. And the best bridge to the future is a good education.”
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On Sunday, Hillary Clinton spoke at the United States Conference of Mayors where she spoke about a number of her platform points. She focused on attacking Republican Donald Trump’s positions on a number of topics, although she never mentioned him by name. Clinton also spoke about gun control saying that it is imperative to act and reduce gun violence. She cited surveys which indicate that the vast majority of Americans and gun owners alike support mandatory background checks for the purchase of a firearm. Clinton said, “I know we can respect the 2nd Amendment and make common sense reforms.” A video of Clinton’s speech is below:
Earlier in the day, Clinton marched in the New York City Pride Parade where she joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Rev. Al Sharpton. The Pride Parade celebrates the LGBT community and the monumental Supreme Court ruling that ensures states cannot block same-sex marriage. The court’s ruling was announced a year ago today.
Following her speech, Clinton went to Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended a campaign fundraiser. The event was hosted by Mayor John Cranley, Dena Cranley, Allan Berliant, and Jennie Rosenthal Berliant. Yesterday, a fundraiser was held on behalf of Hillary for America for American citizens living abroad. The event was held in Paris, France and was billed as a Men’s Fashion Week Party. Speaking at the event were actor Kyle MacLachlan and Project Runway producer Desiree Gruber.
On Monday, Bill and Hillary Clinton marched in Chappaqua, New York’s Memorial Day parade. The Clintons own a home in the city and have participated in local celebrations for years. Marching in the parade with the Clintons was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. This coming week, Clinton will return to the campaign trail attending events in New Jersey and California.
On Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton appeared on an episode of Comedy Central’s Broad City. The show stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer and is produced by Amy Poehler. In the episode, titled “2016”, the unemployed Ilana winds up working at Clinton’s headers in Brooklyn. Both Abbi and Ilana are star struck when they meet Clinton, which results in a funny scene. The episode can be watched on Broad City’s website, but will require login credentials from your TV provider.
On last night’s season premiere of Saturday Night Live, Hillary Rodham Clinton made a guest appearance playing “Val” the bartender. Typically politicians play themselves on SNL, so it was interesting seeing Clinton out of character. However, there was a “Hillary Clinton” in the sketch, played by SNL cast member Kate McKinnon. “Val” councils a troubled “Clinton” and the two discuss “Clinton’s” rough 22 years and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, which results in “Val” giving her best Trump impression. The two ended the sketch by singing “Lean on Me.” Following a commercial break, Clinton stuck around to introduce host and musical guest Miley Cyrus. A video of the sketch is below.
On Friday, Clinton was asked by an Entertainment Tonight reporter how she felt about appearing on SNL, a show that has impersonated her a number of times throughout her career. She said, “They come at it from a slightly different perspective, and I learn something about myself watching them pretending to be me, so I’m looking forward to spending the time with Kate. I mean, I’m just thrilled that he’s got these amazing women doing these impersonations. I want to see how it goes.” This is not Clinton’s first appearance on the show as she also appeared on SNL during her 2008 campaign. The clip below is from the Entertainment Tonight interview.
The campaign for Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that Clinton has agreed to appear before the House Benghazi Committee on October 22. The committee has been pressuring Clinton to appear for months and had indicated that they wanted her to testify behind closed doors. Clinton agreed to testify in a public hearing, however. She is expected to be asked about her knowledge of the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and she will also be asked about the personal email server she used while serving as Secretary of State. More details will be posted when they are available.
Hillary Rodham Clinton will attend the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine victims of last week’s shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. She will attend the service along with several members of Congress, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Barack Obama, who will be delivering Rev. Pinckney’s eulogy. Clinton cancelled a fundraising event in Philadelphia that was scheduled for tomorrow.
Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared with New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray at SCO/FirstStepNYC, a pre-kindergarten center in Brooklyn, New York. At the center, McCray and Clinton launched a program called “Talk to your Baby.” The initiative, partnered with the Clinton Foundation’s “Too Small to Fail” early childhood education program, is geared toward getting parents to talk to their children at a young age to help their development. Clinton’s appearance in Brooklyn raised eyebrows as she is expected to announce her candidacy for president in the coming weeks and headquarter in Brooklyn. Her appearance with McCray is also unsurprising as her and her husband, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, have been long supporters of Clinton.
During a roundtable discussion with parents, Clinton said, “You are literally building your baby’s brain to better prepare that little boy or little girl to do well in school and do well in life. So from every experience, your child will be learning words, developing a vocabulary, making it possible to better prepare that child for school.”
A video from this event will be posted when/if available.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today as a part of their short visit to the United States. They met at a reception held at the official residence of the British Consul General, Danny Lopez. A number of wildlife charities were represented at the reception which was co-hosted by the Duke and Duchess’s Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation. Clinton (who recently became a grandmother) and the Duchess (who is five months pregnant) briefly spoke about the importance of child development. The Duke gave a brief speech about the black market for animal hides and ivory saying, “It’s easy to blame others for the problem – demand in South East Asia, not enough protection on the ground, and so on. But, if I may say, we could start with looking closer to home. Our own nations still have thriving black markets in these products, and we have to raise the game at home as well as abroad.”