Clinton Global Initiative

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Key Clinton Aide Shalala Suffers Stroke

Ex-health secretary fell ill in NYC after Clinton Global Initiative

(Newser) - Closing ceremonies for the Clinton Global Initiative had just wrapped up in Manhattan Tuesday night when Donna Shalala, the head of the Clinton Foundation, fell ill, reports the New York Times . The 74-year-old, a trusted confidante who had previously served eight years as Bill Clinton's health secretary, had suffered... More »

Soda Giants: You Drink Too Many Calories—From Soda

Big 3 promise 20% cut by 2025

(Newser) - Even America's soda-makers agree that people are getting too many calories from their products, and the biggest three have now pledged to cut calorie consumption by a fifth by 2025. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group won't actually be reducing the number of calories their products contain,... More »

Colbert Signs Up @PrezBillyJeff on Twitter

Bill Clinton sends first tweet, sort of

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert dragged Bill Clinton into the social media revolution on last night's special Colbert Report . In an interview that aired last night, Colbert asked the former president if he was on Twitter. No, Clinton confessed, "I think I'm sort of insecure. What if you tweet and... More »

Romney, Obama Give Dueling Speeches at Clinton Event

Romney focuses on free enterprise, Obama on human trafficking

(Newser) - President Obama and Mitt Romney are giving dueling speeches at the Clinton Global Initiative today to discuss foreign policy issues. Here's the lowdown:
  • Mitt Romney kicked things off, and Bill Clinton gave him a glowing introduction, lauding his work on behalf of City Year. Romney thanked him, saying, "
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Bill Clinton, aka 'President of the World'

Chris Matthews' glowing TV special focuses on years since office

(Newser) - To most of us, he's "the former president," "Bill Clinton," or maybe "Bubba." But to Chris Matthews on this Presidents' Day, Clinton is President of the World, the name of his much ballyhooed, frenetic TV special airing tonight at 10pm. Taking a look at... More »

Clinton Foundation Shares Eclectic Donor List

Foreign nations, companies, charities join the likes of Donald Trump

(Newser) - Former President Bill Clinton's charity drew an international roster of donors last year, ranging from Norway and Oman to foreign lotteries, businessmen and celebrities, a contributor list released under an ethics promise by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed. Some countries that had given previously—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and... More »

Bill Clinton: Obama Will Win Health Battle

Up to 6 GOP senators may back Baucus bill, says former president

(Newser) - Barack Obama will prevail in his fight to pass a health reform bill, his predecessor Bill Clinton insists in an interview with Bloomberg. The former president predicts that Olympia Snowe and probably Susan Collins, Maine's two moderate Republican senators, will be persuaded to vote for the Baucus bill, which he... More »

Clinton Donor List Loaded With Foreign Governments

Saudi Arabia tops list

(Newser) - Bill Clinton is disclosing all the donors to his foundation today, and the list is full of foreign interests, the AP reports. Saudi Arabia alone pitched in more than $10 million to Clinton’s causes. Governments from Norway, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Oman, Italy, Jamaica, and India also pitched in, as... More »

Bill Subject to Toothless Rules

Obama's regulations may do little to restrain ex-prez

(Newser) - Bill Clinton agreed to rules covering his charity work and earnings so his wife can run the State Department, but the new restrictions still offer the former president plenty of leeway, Politico reports. Clinton may stick to the rules at first, but  “then perhaps—just because he has this... More »

Who Are You Calling a Liability?

Clinton doing good work

(Newser) - Washington’s pundit class has furiously argued that Bill Clinton’s mountain of foreign entanglements will prove a liability for the Obama administration. Poppycock, writes Joe Conason in Salon. Clinton has accepted some restrictions on his activities, and those make sense. “What would not make sense, however, is to... More »

Bill's $500K Kuwait Speech Shadows Hillary Vetting

Pricey talk to Kuwaiti bankers is the kind of situation that raises concern

(Newser) - Bill Clinton hailed the prospect of Hillary becoming Barack Obama's secretary of state in a speech to a group of Kuwaiti bankers Sunday, and the $500,000 he pocketed for the talk highlights the kind of complications that have ensnarled his wife's vetting process, reports the Daily Beast. Clinton, who... More »

To Vet Her, Obama Looks at Him

Clinton Global initiative work could create conflict of interest for No. 42

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s lawyers are looking into Bill Clinton’s international endeavors, afraid they might create conflicts of interest if Hillary lands the secretary of state job. Clinton works closely with foreign governments and officials on philanthropic projects, and more problematically, has accepted millions in speaking fees from them. “... More »

Gore Calls for Civil Disobedience Vs. Coal

Says world is losing climate change battle

(Newser) - Earth defender Al Gore is calling for a campaign of civil disobedience and protest to halt construction of 48 coal plants that lack the technology to capture and store carbon, Reuters reports. "If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet, I believe we have reached... More »

Blair to Take Yale Post This Fall

Former British PM will combine religion, politics classes with Middle East peace mission

(Newser) - Tony Blair’s ties to President Bush are getting thicker by the minute: The former British prime minister will take a teaching position at Yale, Dubya's alma mater, this fall, the Guardian reports; Blair's son Euan is a grad student at the university, the Yale Daily News reports. Blair, who's... More »

Clinton Helped Crony Land Mining Deal

After trip to Kazakhstan, buddy tapped uranium, Bill's charity got $31M

(Newser) - Two days after former president Bill Clinton took pal and mining mogul Frank Giustra to meet Kazakhstan's de facto dictator, Giustra landed a monster contract to mine uranium with state-run mining company Kazatomprom, the New York Times reports—despite his firm’s lack of relevant experience. Shortly thereafter, Clinton’s... More »

Clinton Summit Pulls in Billions

Norway, Netherlands, Brangelina vow to help

(Newser) - Over 1,000 philanthropists pledged billions of dollars at this year's Clinton Global Initiative, where the ex-president annually brings together world leaders, corporate biggies and change-minded celebs. Angelina Jolie plans to educate 1 million children in conflicted areas; Brad Pitt pledged $5 million to build homes in New Orleans, and... More »

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