Madeleine Albright

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Leaders Past and Present Mourn Albright

'Freedom had no greater champion,' Biden says in eulogy

(Newser) - A veritable who's who of Washington leaders gathered Wednesday to pay their last respects to Madeleine Albright, a child of conflict-ravaged Europe who arrived in the US at age 11 and became America's first female secretary of state. The trailblazing diplomat and champion of her adopted country as...

Madeleine Albright Has Died at Age 84

First female secretary of state had cancer

(Newser) - Madeleine Albright, the first female US secretary of state, has died of cancer, her family said Wednesday. She was 84. President Bill Clinton chose Albright as America’s top diplomat in 1996, and she served in that capacity for the last four years of the Clinton administration. At the time,...

Pompeo Secretly Visited North Korea, Met Kim

Talks took place over Easter weekend

(Newser) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo secretly travelled to Pyongyang over Easter weekend to meet Kim Jong Un for the highest-level direct talks between the US and North Korea since Madeleine Albright's visit as secretary of state in 2000, sources tell the Washington Post and the AP . Pompeo made the highly...

Madeleine Albright: Women Who Don't Vote Clinton Aren't Really Going to Hell

'This was the wrong context and the wrong time to use that line'

(Newser) - “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other," former secretary of state Madeleine Albright said at a Hillary Clinton event last weekend in New Hampshire. After the line—which she says she's used to great effect a thousand times—went...

'The World Is a Mess,' Says Madeleine Albright

Former secretary of state discusses Middle East on CBS

(Newser) - Asked about the state of the world on CBS' Face the Nation today, Madeleine Albright didn't mince words: "To put it mildly: The world is a mess," she said, according to Politico . "There are an awful lot of things going on that need understanding and explanation....

300 Secret Cables Reveal Major Rwanda Missteps

US, UN pulled back, allowing genocide to unfold

(Newser) - Newly declassified cables from 1994 show that with Rwanda poised on the brink of genocide, world leaders were anxious to get UN peacekeeping forces out of the country as quickly as possible, reports the New York Times . They did so, and an estimated 800,000 people were massacred in 100...

Albright: Why Would Any Woman Vote Romney?

Republicans 'think that women should not have voices'

(Newser) - Yes, she's a "card-carrying Democrat," but Madeleine Albright is stumped as to why a woman would vote for Mitt Romney. "I think there are some who believe they are actually protecting women ... and that it is better for women to be taken care of," the...

Clinton Breaks Travel Record
 Clinton Breaks Travel Record 

Clinton Breaks Travel Record

Secretary of state chalks up 100 countries with visit to Latvia

(Newser) - Four years after telling staffers that she would "not in a million years" consider becoming secretary of state, Hillary Clinton is setting a record: She visits Latvia today, the 100th country she has visited in the role. Clinton is now the best-traveled secretary of state in American history, having...

Bob Dylan Gets Medal of Freedom

Madeleine Albright, John Glenn also among honorees

(Newser) - President Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright, and a host of other luminaries today at the White House. The Los Angeles Times notes that 1962 seemed to be a pivotal year for this year's honorees: It's when Dylan's first album came...

Bob Dylan to Get Presidential Medal of Freedom

Pat Summitt, Toni Morrison also among this year's honorees

(Newser) - Bob Dylan will get the nation's highest civilian honor later this spring, reports Bloomberg . Dylan, 70, will be one of 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He's already got scores of Grammys, an Oscar, and a Pulitzer, and the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog can'...

Clinton Aide Wanted Iraq to Shoot Down US Plane

... so we'd be justified going to war in '97

(Newser) - Gen. Hugh Shelton's new memoir contains this odd nugget, notes Justin Elliott at Salon : In 1997, one of Bill Clinton's Cabinet members suggested that Shelton order a US plane to fly low over Baghdad so Saddam would shoot it down and, ta da, give America instant justification for war. "...

Chelsea's Wedding: Yes, Bill Cried

 Yes, Bill Cried 
details from the big day

Chelsea's Wedding: Yes, Bill Cried

The bride wore Vera Wang, and more tidbits

(Newser) - “There wasn't a dry eye in the house” as Chelsea Clinton danced with her father at her wedding Saturday. The father-daughter moment came after Chelsea and new husband Marc Mezvinsky’s first dance, to “The Way You Look Tonight.” As the proud pop cut in, “Bill's...

'Hillary Effect' Credited for Rise of Female Diplomats

There are more woman diplos in Washington than ever

(Newser) - The number of women diplomats in Washington has jumped five-fold since the 1990s, thanks, in part, to Hillary Clinton. Washington-watchers and female diplomats say the rise of female politicians like Clinton has opened doors for a new cadre of women. "Hillary is so visible," Mozambique ambassador Amelia Matos...

10 Who Died Too Young
 10 Who Died Too Young 

10 Who Died Too Young

From Aaliyah to Tillman to Russert, they had more to offer

(Newser) - In looking back at the '00s, the sad tales of luminaries who died too young stand out. Newsweek asked friends and admirers for their reflections:
  • Randy Pausch, d. 2008: "Despite it all," JJ Abrams writes, the "Last Lecture" professor "was radiant, kind, and good-humored."
  • Tim

Clinton the Campaigner Moves to State—for Good or Ill

(Newser) - As Hillary Clinton takes over the State Department, it's worth remembering that her train-wreck presidential campaign followed an "audacious 2000 run for Senate" and an excellent record as a legislator, Michael Crowley writes for the New Republic. "The question—not only for Hillary's legacy but for US...

Chertoff's Cleaner Hired Illegals

Fined owner says he's a 'scapegoat,' blasts Homeland Security system

(Newser) - A cleaning service whose illegal workers got past Secret Service checks to scrub Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s home is facing fines for hiring undocumented laborers, the Washington Post reports. The owner calls the enforcement uneven, saying his small business may go under while customers and large companies enjoy...

Team of Rivals Starting to Crack

Separate visits to State Dept by Rice, Clinton suggest competition

(Newser) - Separate visits to the State Department by Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice yesterday suggest that the rift between Barack Obama’s two highest-level diplomats may not have healed, reports the AP. Rice, the incoming UN ambassador, bucked her former Clinton administration bosses to support Obama in the primaries. Now she’...

Powell Sticks to Fence in Prez Race

Former secretary of state still undecided

(Newser) - Colin Powell has yet to make up his mind which way he'll vote in November, MSNBC reports. Speaking at a forum with four other former secretaries of state yesterday, the Republican said he would let neither his quarter-century friendship with John McCain—nor the "electrifying" prospect of the first...

Obama Advisers Rip Mac Plan to Expel Russia From G-8

Proposal 'unrealistic as it would be counterproductive,' Albright, Perry say

(Newser) - John McCain is off-base in his suggestion Russia should be booted from the Group of 8, two former Clinton cabinet officials—and current Obama advisers—write in the Los Angeles Times. Sure, Moscow has departed from democracy, Madeline Albright and William Perry allow, but the US stands a better chance...

Albright: Burmese Paying for Bush's Failed Policies

US blunder has weakened the case for global intervention

(Newser) - The Myanmar junta’s shameful cyclone response illustrates some global truths we must face, writes Madeleine Albright in the New York Times. Among them: President Bush's ill-advised attack of Iraq has made it all the more difficult for the international community to intervene in the world's trouble spots. Instead, the...

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