There’s new attention being paid to the speaking fees Bill Clinton commanded since he left office, thanks to questions raised by NBC’s Cynthia McFadden in an interview with the former president.
Back in June 2014, the Post did a deep dive into Clinton’s speaking fees and reported the following:
Bill Clinton has been paid $104.9 million for 542 speeches around the world between January 2001, when he left the White House, and January 2013, when Hillary stepped down as secretary of state, according to a Washington Post review of the family’s federal financial disclosures.
Although slightly more than half of his appearances were in the United States, the majority of his speaking income, $56.3 million, came from foreign speeches, many of them in China, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom, the Post review found.
The chart below shows all of those speeches — and how much Clinton got paid for each one. His biggest payday? He made $750,000 for a single speech in Hong Kong in November 2011. Not bad for a day’s work.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed to testify on Capitol Hill later this month about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and about her email practices.
Her lawyer David Kendall wrote to lawmakers Monday telling them she would agree to the request from a special panel investigating the September 2012 attacks that killed four Americans.
But Kendall said Clinton would testify only for one session. The committee chairman, GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, had requested that she appear twice, for a hearing on Clinton’s use of private emails and for a separate session on Benghazi.
Kendall said Clinton would answer all lawmakers’ questions during one session and it would not be necessary for her to appear twice.
Miss Piggy, ultimate diva and star of stage and screen, who has inspired generations throughout the world, will receive her very first award at the annual Sackler Center First Awards at the Brooklyn Museum. Kermit the Frog, who has received numerous awards and accolades in his lifetime, will be in the audience to witness this great honor. The awards ceremony and reception will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, June 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A private reception will be followed by the award presentation to Miss Piggy by Elizabeth Sackler. Miss Piggy, who was recently called “The Gloria Steinem of the Muppet world” by the Daily Beast, will give a brief acceptance speech, followed by a 20-minute video retrospective of her career, after which she will take the stage with Ms. Steinem, who has been on hand for the Sackler Center First Awards since its 2012 launch.
The Muppets Studio will be sponsoring several groups attending this special event including children and their families from Ronald McDonald House New York, a temporary home-away-from-home for families battling pediatric cancer; Brooklyn-based Girl Scout Troops 2081 and 2158; Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity; and artists from Groundswell, a community mural project.
The annual Sackler Center First Awards celebrates women who have broken gender barriers and made remarkable contributions in their fields. The 2015 award will be presented to Miss Piggy by Brooklyn Museum Board Chair and founder of the awards, Elizabeth A. Sackler. The awards were inaugurated in 2012, honoring fifteen women in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, to focus on and celebrate the outstanding contributions of women in diverse fields.
In truth perhaps I was not “Charlie”. After all, I wasn’t a religion-attacking atheist. Truth to tell, in the story of Charlie Hebdo, many left out that the cartoon magazine was something that we might call a ‘liberal rag’. It was often offensive and frequently unfunny with attacks on religion, and it didn’t limit its criticism to Islam, actually attacking Christianity more. Some even believed it anti-Semitic. Deliberately, purposely provocative.
And yet, even though I was none of those things, I was ‘Charlie’. Not because I agreed with any of it. But precisely because I didn’t. Because even the provocative offensive speech by assholes, to paraphrase Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, is protected. Especially the provocative speech, the minority speech, that which offends, that which many may not like. Because the government doesn’t have the right to shut down offensive speech for being offensive and neither do terrorists with AK-47s. You do not have the right to kill over a cartoon.
Much of the world seemed to agree, leaders linking arms in Paris, being Charlie. Media in the U.S was also generally sympathetic, many pieces running “Je Suis Charlie” in headers.
Yet here we are today, a few months later. A similar situation, where Americans exercise their First Amendment right to draw “offensive” cartoons of Muhammad. Yet where are the crowds of media saying “Je Suis Garland”? Where are the crowds of media condemning the attack on free speech? Where are the crowds of media, highlighting even just the fact that this was immediately apparent ISIS-endorsed attack on the United States? Read all »
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other Justice Department officials will travel to Baltimore on Tuesday to meet city leaders, law enforcement officials, members of Congress and religious leaders, according to reports.
Lynch’s visit comes after protests over the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while in police custody, and riots that prompted the governor to mobilize the National Guard.
Her entourage will include Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division; Ronald Davis, director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; and Grande Lum, director of the Community Relations Service.
Lynch — who was sworn into her position about a week ago — has been monitoring the unrest in Baltimore that followed the death of Gray, 25, who suffered a severe spine injury.
The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating Gray’s death for potential civil rights violations. The department is expected to release results of a separate review of the police department’s use-of-force practices in coming weeks.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has announced charges — ranging from murder to felony assault — against six cops involved in Gray’s death, which has been ruled a homicide.
President Obama also has said he may travel to Charm City but said he would wait until the situation cooled off, CNN reported.
Skiing weekends in ritzy Aspen, Colo., can cost a pretty penny, but a new taxpayer watchdog’s report on first lady Michelle Obama’s February jaunt to the resort town with her daughters found it cost 14 times more than the average American spends for a week-long vacation.
Judicial Watch reported Tuesday that airfare alone cost taxpayers $57,068.80. Not included in the figures provided by the government so far: “The attendant costs for U.S. Secret Service personnel, accommodations, meals, rental cars, lift tickets for skiing at Buttermilk, and related expenses.”
The trio skied at Buttermilk in Aspen. They typically ski in Colorado during late winter. And as in the past, President Obama went golfing in warmer California.
FOLLOWING the latest rescue of additional 234 women and children by the Nigerian Army from the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, indicated, yesterday, that a sizeable number of the rescued girls were visibly pregnant, even as unofficial reports put the latest number of pregnant girls in one of the camps in Borno as at last Saturday at 214.
Giving this indication in Lagos, Executive Director, UNFPA, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, also disclosed that in the last one year, the organization had taken deliveries of over 16,000 pregnancies in the troubled North East part of the country.
Osotimehin, while giving update of the response to the rehabilitation of the rescued women and children, said the organization, in anticipation of the magnitude of the problem on hand, had put in place a formidable team in collaboration with the Federal and state governments, to first restore the dignity of the girls, who, he said, are facing severe psychosocial trauma.
On the state of the girls, he explained that most of them, due to the long period spent in captivity, required a special set of services that would facilitate their integration into society.
Almost 50 professors at St. John Fisher College in western New York have signed a letter objecting to the administration’s invitation to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to deliver the May 9 commencement address and receive an honorary degree.
School president Donald Bain has brushed off the faculty opposition and said he has no plans to cancel Giuliani’s appearance or the conferment of the symbolic degree.
St. John Fisher is situated “on 154 park-like acres” in Pittsford, N.Y., a quiet and comfortable suburb of Rochester. It is home to some 2,900 undergrads.
The April 17 letter signed by 49 professors chides Giuliani because the famously straight-talking mayor spoke bluntly about President Barack Obama at a February fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker.
“I do not believe the president loves America,” the faculty letter quotes Giuliani as charging. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”[…]
Local public television station WXXI discussed faculty opposition to Giuliani’s commencement address with Jill Swiencicki, an associate professor of women and gender studies at St. John Fisher.
“We simply don’t believe Mr. Giuliani’s racially divisive speech needs to be held up and honored with an honorary degree,” Swiencicki, a signatory of the letter, told WXXI.
On her personal Facebook page, Swiencicki is a member of a number of groups including Occupy Rochester NY, Feminist Campus and FatFree Vegan.
Bain, the St. John Fisher president, said the administration remains unmoved by the faculty protest.
Sixty-one percent of Americans now say race relations in the United States are bad, the highest percentage since 1992, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll, which finds that majorities of both whites and blacks now view race relations negatively.
Meanwhile, 79 percent of African Americans think police are more likely to use deadly force against a black person than a white person, but 53 percent of whites say race does not play a role in such instances.
The survey found that blacks are more likely than whites to report that their local police make them feel anxious rather than safe.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas — and warned of more attacks to come.
In a broadcast on its official radio channel Tuesday, the group said two Al Khilafa soldiers opened fire outside the event in Garland, a Dallas suburb. Al Khilafa is how ISIS refers to its soldiers.
The gunmen, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, wounded a security guard before police shot and killed them.
The ISIS radio announcer also referred to Simpson and Soofi as the terror group’s “brothers.” The announcement ended with this warning:
“We say to the defenders of the cross, the U.S., that future attacks are going to be harsher and worse. The Islamic State soldiers will inflict harm on you with the grace of God. The future is just around the corner.”
President Barack Obama addressed the unrest in Baltimore that occurred in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, the African American male who died April 19 from a fatal injury to his spine while he was in police custody.
The president spoke at Lehman College in New York City on Monday to promote the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, a mentoring program for boys and young men of color. During the speech, Obama lamented what he described as the “tragic history in this country that has made it tougher for some.”
Obama pointed to the “sense of unfairness and powerless of people not hearing their voices, that’s helped fueled some of the protest we’ve seen in places like Baltimore, and Ferguson and right here in New York.”[…]
Obama highlighted the importance of the task force on community policing, formed by the White House in the wake of 2014 protests against the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York.
“I’m interested in responsibility and I’m interested in results.”
The president started the My Brother’s Keeper intiative in February 2014.
On Monday, he announced the creation of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a non-profit organization that will carry out the mission of the original White House effort.
As for the Sharia ruling, it is the punish¬ment of killing for the man with the grand Four Fiqh Sharia scholars, and the same with the woman with the major Shari’ah scholars, and she is jailed with Al-Hanafiyyah scholars, as the prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, said: “Whoever a Muslim changes his/her religion, kill him/her,” and his saying: “A Muslim’s blood, who testifies that there is no god except Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allah, is not made permissible except by three reasons: the life for the life; the married adulterer and the that who abandons his/her religion.”
Mirroring a shared communal understanding of their clerical leadership with regard to “blasphemy/apostasy,” the results of polling data collected by Wenzel Strategies during October 22 to 26, 2012, from 600 U.S. Muslims, indicate widespread support among American votaries of Islam for this fundamental rejection of the basic freedoms of expression and conscience, as guaranteed under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. When asked, “Do you believe that criticism of Islam or Muhammad should be permitted under the Constitution’s First Amendment?, 58% replied “no,” 45% of respondents agreed “…that those who criticize or parody Islam in the U.S. should face criminal charges,” and fully 12% of this Muslim sample even admitted they believed in application of the draconian, Sharia-based punishment for the non-existent crime of “blasphemy” in the U.S. code, answering affirmatively, “…that Americans who criticize or parody Islam should be put to death.”
Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan wants you to eat more insects. Why? It’s better for the environment and your health, he argues.
“Keeping meat consumption to levels recommended by health authorities would lower emissions and reduce heart disease, cancer, and other diseases,” Annan told The Guardian Sunday.
“And of course there are alternative sources of protein. For example, raising insects as an animal protein source,” Annan said. “Insects have a very good conversion rate from feed to meat. They make up part of the diet of two billion people and are commonly eaten in many parts of the world.”
“Eating insects is good for the environment and balanced diets,” Annan said.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has a message for Texas: chill.
Defense officials Monday dismissed as “wild speculation” an Internet-fueled claim that a massive summertime exercise called Jade Helm 15 for special operations commandos is a covert operation by President Barack Obama to take over Texas.
That claim was given legitimacy by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott’s order last week for the Texas State Guard to monitor the exercises.
“Operation Jade Helm poses no threat to any American’s civil liberties,” Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday. “Operation Jade Helm is being conducted by Americans – by, specifically, American special forces personnel.”
Jade Helm 15 will be one of the biggest peacetime military exercises in six decades. Starting July 15 and lasting two months, thousands of Army Rangers, Green Berets, Navy SEALS and other special operations forces will simulate war missions in mainly remote areas of Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.