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HollywoodProducer
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posted June 22, 2005 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
New Hillary Clinton book aims to stop any 2008 run By Mark Egan


The author of a book aimed at hurting a potential White House run by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Tuesday she would be a "dangerous" president as critics slammed his reporting as flawed muckraking.

Edward Klein's "The Truth About Hillary," published on Tuesday by Penguin's conservative Sentinel imprint, portrays Clinton as a ruthless and ambitious woman who will stop at nothing to become president like her husband.

"I didn't go into this book ... with an agenda," Klein said, citing his 40 years as an "independent" journalist at places such as The New York Times' magazine and Newsweek.

Nevertheless, he told Reuters in an interview, "I do not want to see her become president of the United States. I think that would be a dangerous thing; to have another darkly paranoid president like Richard Nixon, who has an enemies list and is inclined to do illegal things."

Sen. Clinton's spokesman Philippe Reines said, "This is a book full of blatant and vicious fabrications contrived by someone who writes trash for cash."

While Sen. Clinton has not said if she will run for the White House, she is widely seen as a leading contender for the Democratic nomination in 2008. She has been credited with adopting a moderate stance on issues such as the war in Iraq in a bid to make her a more attractive national candidate.

"I don't think we need another eight years of the Clintons," Klein said.

Bill Clinton's 1993-2001 presidency was dogged by sex scandals, prompting his wife to complain in 1998 of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" after news broke of his affair with Monica Lewinsky. That scandal led to his impeachment.

PERSONAL ASSAULT

Ridiculing her as "The Big Girl," Klein's book offers a 305-page personal assault, asserting without obvious sourcing that she is a cheater, a liar and a back stabber, a late sleeper, and that's only in the first few pages.

The book garnered much pre-publication media coverage because of myriad salacious claims about the Clintons' sex life -- claims many news outlets chose not to report directly.

Some conservatives hope the book will hurt Clinton as much as "Unfit for Command" damaged Sen. John Kerry's prospects. That book questioned Kerry's Vietnam war service during last year's campaign against President Bush and was credited with distracting the Democrat from policy issues.

But early reviews suggested otherwise.

"This book ... will not, as has been hoped or feared, do for any Clinton presidential campaign what 'Unfit for Command' did for the Kerry one," Publishers Weekly wrote.

"This clip and paste job ... is unlikely to change a single mind, let alone vote," the magazine's review added.

David Brock, a journalist who built a career digging up dirt on Bill Clinton's personal life before reinventing himself as a liberal media commentator, wrote an open letter to Penguin calling the book "an obviously false and defamatory tract."

With a print run of 350,000, the book will likely be prominently displayed in most U.S. book stores. It was No. 5 on Amazon.com's bestseller list by early afternoon on Tuesday.

The Washington Post questioned the veracity of Klein's reporting and sourcing.

"Sometimes the author repeats rumors and then footnotes them to a prior author who referenced the rumors" the newspaper wrote, adding that "new, corroborated news seems slight."

On the book's assertion that she knew about her husband's affair with Lewinsky two years before it was made public, the Post said, "Klein doesn't have the goods."

"Instead, he relies on one anonymous Democratic National Committee staffer, who herself doesn't seem to have firsthand or even secondhand information," the review said.

Klein disputed that as "absolutely untrue," insisting he had "several sources on that."

Publisher Adrian Zackheim of Sentinel, an imprint set up to publish conservative political views, said, "We stand 100 percent behind Ed Klein's credibility."

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James Stockdale, Perot Running Mate, Dies

Retired Vice Adm. James Stockdale, a former prisoner of war and Ross Perot's running mate in 1992, has died, the Navy announced Tuesday. He was 81.

The Navy did not provide a cause of death but said he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He died at his home in Coronado, Calif.

In the 1992 presidential election, Stockdale became independent candidate Perot's vice presidential running mate, initially as a stand-in on the ticket but later as the candidate.

Stockdale gave a stumbling performance in the nationally televised vice-presidential debate against Dan Quayle and Al Gore and later said he didn't feel comfortable in the public eye.

During the debate, he commented on an exchange between Quayle and Gore:

"I think America is seeing right now the reason this nation is in gridlock. The trickle-downs and the tax-and-spends, or whatever you want to call them, are at swords point."

When Perot ran again in 1996 as the candidate of his Reform Party, Stockdale had rejoined the Republican Party.

Stockdale was born in Abingdon, Ill., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1947.

During the Vietnam War, he was a Navy fighter pilot based on the USS Oriskany and flew 201 missions before he was shot down on Sept. 9, 1965. He became the highest-ranking naval officer captured during the war, the Navy said.

He endured more than 7 1/2 years as a prisoner, spending four of them in solitary confinement, before his release in 1973. He was tortured repeatedly, according to the Navy.

Stockdale received 26 combat decorations, including the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest medal for valor, in 1976. A portion of his award citation reads: "Stockdale ... deliberately inflicted a near mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated their employment of excessive harassment and torture of all prisoners of war."

He retired from the military in 1979.

Survivors include his wife, Sybil, and four sons.

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Young GOP Eager to Face Hillary Clinton By CHRISTINA ALMEIDA, Associated Press Writer

Young Republicans have one thing to say to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton about a possible 2008 presidential bid: Bring it on.

Members attending the group's biennial convention said it's not too early to talk about how to keep a Republican in the White House, and they believe Clinton could help them win again if she were on the Democratic ticket.

"I think it's very likely the senator from New York will run," said Rick Veenstra, 27, chairman of the Illinois Young Republicans. "She'll bring a lot of people to the polls. The name Clinton before a number of Republicans is akin to waving a red flag."

Convention guests attended several panels and training seminars on Thursday, including one on how to mobilize young voters by "keeping it positive not partisan." They were told the only demographic President Bush lost to Sen. John Kerry in 2004 was those ages 18 to 29.

"This party cannot afford to allow that segment of the population to be Democrat," said Frank Fahrenkopf, former Republican National Committee chairman and Thursday's keynote speaker. "This is where the Young Republicans can be of particular value."

Clinton won't even talk about the presidential race, saying she is focused on her 2006 re-election campaign in New York. But many here said they would welcome Clinton's entrance in the race because she is a polarizing figure.

"It would be absolutely great for us," said Michele Mester, a 26-year-old member of the Greater Cleveland Young Republicans. "She's like a PR nightmare."

Several of the 600 Young Republicans gathered for the five-day convention mentioned New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) as potential presidential contenders.

Others suggested Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.

Ashanti Gholar, president of Young Democrats of Nevada, said it was too early for all this speculation though.

"2008 is very far away," Gholar said, "especially in politics."

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Montana Gov. Mentioned As 2008 Contender By BOB ANEZ, Associated Press Writer

Gov. Brian Schweitzer sits in his Capitol office, scanning a recent Roll Call article in which pundits float his name as a possible presidential contender. They say the "rancher-politician from Big Sky Country" might be the Democrats' "best shot to take back the White House." Schweitzer tosses the article aside. "These people are kooky," he says.

Schweitzer, in office barely 200 days, has drawn unusual attention for the new chief executive of a state usually on the sidelines when it comes to national politics.

His victory as a Democrat in a historically Republican stronghold helped bring him to the attention of Democratic Party leaders. Smarting from their losses in 2004, the Democrats have been looking to successful candidates in typically "red" states, hoping to find a winning strategy.

"He is no-nonsense. He understands fiscal concerns," said Howard Dean, Democratic National Committee chairman. "He has a winning formula for Democrats. He is an example of how you win elections in the West."

Schweitzer had certain built-in advantages in 2004: He ran as a centrist against a weaker Republican candidate, and he followed a very unpopular outgoing GOP governor. But political observers also see a lot of charisma.

The 49-year-old governor speaks bluntly, ridicules special-interest influence, and likes blue jeans and bolo ties. His border collie Jag is often at his heels in the governor's office.

He recently compared President Bush's pitch for changing Social Security to a livestock auction selling bum beef, and he said this of the way the nation's capital works: "If I stay in Washington for more than 72 hours, I have to bathe myself in the same stuff I use when my dog gets into a fight with a skunk."

Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, recently referred to Schweitzer as a "blunt-speaking, gun-toting, scotch-swilling governor" — the last a reference to news photos of him downing a shot at the reopening of a landmark bar in Butte.

Schweitzer has vowed to veto tax increases, favors abortion rights and opposes gay marriage and gun control. He has been a leader in promoting lower prescription drug prices and supports ethanol production.

Craig Wilson, who heads the political science department at Montana State University-Billings and has watched Montana politics for 40 years, said the novice governor is not a serious national contender.

"He has an uncanny ability to attract media publicity through his statements," he said. "But I don't see that he's seeking higher office now. He's a small state governor from the West. I don't know where he would get money for a campaign with his strong criticism of special interests."

Schweitzer said he has done nothing to promote himself for any higher office and, at least for now, is not seeking one. "I'm not that smart and I ain't pretty, so I don't know what they're talking about," Schweitzer told The Associated Press.

Others suspect he is, in fact, seeking the limelight.

"You don't get on CNN three times just by being a Democratic governor in a Western state," said Karl Ohs, chairman of the Montana Republican Party and former lieutenant governor. "There has to be someone somewhere opening those doors."

But Schweitzer is quick with his own explanation for the attention he is getting: "Maybe it's because I'm kind of a straight-talker and tend to say it the way it is. A lot of politicians are scared of their own shadows so they parse their words."

GOP leader Ohs acknowledged Schweitzer's way with words is bound to draw some attention outside Montana, but said that probably won't last.

"When you have a governor who's a loose cannon, who speaks his mind, it's entertaining for a while," Ohs said. "But it eventually wears off."

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McCain, Graham Warn GOP May Be in Trouble
Nov 21 4:55 PM US/Eastern

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.

With the war in Iraq, higher energy costs and breakneck government spending, the GOP faces a tough round of congressional elections in 2006 unless things change, two key Republican senators warned during a campaign appearance.

"I think if this were not an odd-numbered year, we would have great difficulties," said U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

McCain and fellow-Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were interviewed by The Associated Press when they stopped here Sunday night to campaign for Republican state Attorney General Henry McMaster.

"But we can recover," McCain said. "Reagan recovered. Clinton recovered. We can recover."

The party must show "progress in Iraq, we need a comprehensive energy package and we need to stop this profligate spending," he warned.

"If the election were tomorrow, we'd be in trouble," agreed Graham, who said the party must work to cut spending.

"If we really want to do well in 2006, we need to have fiscal discipline like Republicans campaigned on," he said. "We have lost our way as a party. Our base is deflated and taxpayers don't see any difference between us and the Democrats."

Graham said the party has to again reach the voters.

"You don't have to stop being conservative, you got to start connecting," he said, adding "we need to adjust and if we don't adjust, we're going to be in trouble."

The party, he said, must be honest enough to admit that things aren't going as well as hoped in Iraq.

"Democrats who have this cut-and-run strategy _ the public doesn't want to follow that. They want to follow Republicans who understand the war is not going as well as it should but who understand that our security is better off with a successful outcome in Iraq," he said.

The message in Iraq, McCain said, "is we are making progress, we have to make progress and we regret the loss of every single young American. But the benefits of success are enormous."

McCain has been mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2008. He said he will not make a decision on a race until after next year's elections.

McCain, looking at Graham, told the crowd of about 100 people that "some people have said this might be a very attractive vice presidential candidate."

The crowd clapped and whistled. Graham simply smiled.

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MURDOCH TO HOST FUNDRAISER FOR HILLARY CLINTON
Mon May 08 2006 18:25:16 ET

Rupert Murdoch has agreed to host a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton this summer!

Murdoch's surprise decision to raise money for Clinton in July, on behalf of NEWS CORP., parent company of FOXNEWS and the NEW YORK POST, underlines a dramatic turn of relations between Murdoch and Clinton, who in 1998 coined the phrase “vast rightwing conspiracy” to denounce critics of her husband.

Some say the move by Murdoch reflects approval of her Senate career. Others note his record for picking future national leaders. Last century, he threw over the British conservatism he'd long supported to back longshot Tony Blair.

Clinton surprised Washington and media watchers recently by attending a FOX NEWS anniversary party, where she toasted Murdoch.

Political powerbroker and studio head Harvey Weinstein is said to have convinced Hillary that Murdoch could be a friend, not a foe, in her ongoing political maneuvers.

Hillary has now cornered the NY media market, by winning support from the NEW YORK TIMES, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS owner Mort Zuckerman -- and now Murdoch and the NY POST.

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A 3rd President Bush? First 2 All for It By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 2 minutes ago


Could there be a third President Bush? The current chief said Wednesday that younger brother Jeb would make a great one, too, and has asked him about making a run. The first President Bush likes the idea as well.

Jeb Bush, the Republican governor of Florida, has one asset that his presidential brother doesn't right now — approval from most of his constituents. While George W. Bush's approval ratings are in the low 30s, some 55 percent of Florida voters surveyed last month by Quinnipiac University said Jeb was doing a good job.

The governor has repeatedly said he won't be a candidate for president in 2008, but that doesn't stop his family from encouraging him to go for it some day.

"I would like to see Jeb run at some point in time, but I have no idea if that's his intention or not," the president said in an interview with Florida reporters, according to an account on the St. Petersburg Times Web site.

He said his brother would make "a great president" and that he had "pushed him fairly hard about what he intends to do."

"I truly don't think he knows," Bush said.

Jeb Bush, 53, will end his second term as governor in January. His brother George ends his second presidential term in January 2009. Neither can seek re-election because of term limits.

The governor got the buildup from his brother on the same day that he got some bad news out of Tallahassee. Florida House Speaker Allan Bense said Wednesday that despite personal appeals from the governor, he will not challenge Rep. Katherine Harris (news, bio, voting record) for the party's nomination for U.S. Senate.

Jeb Bush has said he doesn't think Harris, the former secretary of state famous for her role in the 2000 Florida recount that clinched George Bush's presidential bid, can win the seat.

The Bush name could hurt as well as help in national politics right now. But because of that familiar name and family connections throughout the country, Jeb Bush has the luxury of being able to wait and decide if he wants to run while other candidates have to get to work early.

"Right off the bat, if he decided to run, he's got the advantage over many of the others who might be contenders," said Republican political consultant Rich Galen, who has known the family since George H.W. Bush was vice president. "He doesn't have to establish his name. He's got it."

And, Galen points out, Jeb Bush has dealt with a lot of high-profile issues including hurricanes, immigration and sprawling development in one of the most important political states.

His own father says no one believes him when he says he's not interested in running at some point. Former President Bush told CNN's "Larry King Live" last year that he would like Jeb to run one day and that the son would be "awfully good" as president.

The Florida governor laughed when asked about his father's comments last June and said, "Oh, Lord." He simply shook his head no when asked if he was running.

The brothers Bush appeared together Tuesday during the president's visit to the Tampa area. Gov. Bush was waiting on the tarmac when Air Force One arrived and greeted the president with a politician's handshake and "Welcome to Florida." The president brushed aside the formality and playfully adjusted his younger brother's necktie.

Jeb Bush introduced his brother at a retirement community in Sun City Center. They had a private lunch together with political supporters, then visited a fire station and appeared together before television cameras to express concern about wildfires that were blazing across the state. The governor was not with the president during his visit to The Puerto Rican Club of Central Florida in Orlando Wednesday — George W. Bush's final stop on a three-day trip to the state. But the president was sure his brother still got some attention.

"Yesterday I checked in with my brother," President Bush said as he took the stage. "Make sure everything's going all right. I'm real proud of Jeb. He's a good, decent man and I love him dearly."

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Poll: Clinton gets high 'no' vote for 2008
Respondents also ranked who they were likely to vote for

(CNN) -- With the presidential election more than two years away, a CNN poll released Monday suggests that nearly half of Americans would "definitely not vote for" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Respondents were asked whether they would "definitely vote for," "consider voting for," or "definitely not vote for" three Democrats and three Republicans who might run for president in 2008.

Regarding potential Democratic candidates, 47 percent of respondents said they would "definitely not vote for" both Clinton, the junior senator from New York who is running for re-election this year, and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the party's candidate in 2004. (Poll)

Forty-eight percent said the same of former Vice President Al Gore, who has repeatedly denied he intends to run again for president. (Watch why the list of potential candidates is ridiculously long -- 2:25)

Among the Republicans, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani fared better than the Democrats, and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush fared worse.

Only 30 percent said they would "definitely not vote for" Giuliani; 34 percent said that of McCain.

As for Bush, brother of the current president, 63 percent said there was no way he would get their vote. The younger Bush has denied interest in running for president in 2008.

Among all choices, Clinton had the highest positive number; of those polled, 22 percent said they would "definitely vote for" her.

Giuliani was next with 19 percent, followed by Gore with 17 percent, Kerry with 14 percent, McCain with 12 percent and Bush at 9 percent.

This telephone poll of 1,001 adult Americans was conducted June 1-6 by Harris Interactive for CNN. The poll had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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Al Gore Says He Hasn't Ruled Out 2nd Run


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SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore said Sunday he hadn't rule out making a second bid for the White House, though he said it was unlikely.

Gore spoke to reporters in Sydney, where he was promoting the local premiere of his documentary on global warming.

"I haven't completely ruled out running for president again in the future but I don't expect to," Gore said before the Sunday night premiere of "An Inconvenient Truth."

"I offer the explanation not as an effort to be coy or clever. It's just the internal shifting of gears after being in politics almost 30 years. I hate to grind the gears," he added.

Gore, who lost the presidency to President Bush in 2000 in disputed circumstances, said there was no doubt the impact of global warming would be best addressed through the power of the presidency, but making a documentary was second best.

Gore's renewed popularity and movie tours across the United States have spurred speculation of a White House run in 2008. He has previously repeatedly denied such intentions.

The documentary, which Gore narrates, is critical of the United States and Australia for refusing to adopt the Kyoto Protocol for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Prime Minister John Howard, a friend and ally of Bush, said he would not meet Gore during his Australian visit and would not heed his advice to sign up to Kyoto.

"I don't take policy advice from films," Howard told reporters.

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Kerry is done in 2008. That statement today about getting education so you don't have to wind up in Iraq will definitely hurt him and it will definitely hurt the Democratic party.

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Kerry is definitely finished as a potential candidate in 2008. He can't overcome this.

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Taylor Backs Clinton Campaign


Screen legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor has announced she is donating $2,300 to New York Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign to become the Democrat candidate for next year's US presidential election. The actress confesses she admires Clinton's vast experience and outspoken nature, and is backing her over political rival Senator Barack Obama. In a statement, Taylor says, "I have contributed to Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign because she has a mind of her own and a very strong one at that. I like the way she thinks. She is very savvy and a smart leader with years of experience in government, diplomacy and politics." Taylor's donation is the legal limit candidates can receive from any one source. Last year, Robert De Niro, Tony Bennett and Paul Newman also expressed support for Clinton when they publicly backed her for Senate re-election.

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Not Sold On Clinton

By Robert D. Novak
Monday, February 12, 2007; A17

The buzz in Democratic circles for the past two weeks has been over the decision to raise money for Sen. Barack Obama by two or three multimillionaire liberals from Hollywood who were thought to be supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. An explanation that this is the movie industry's delayed reaction to some of President Bill Clinton's policies is not credible. The real reason for the defection is more troubling for Clinton's campaign.

In fact, the Hollywood defections have the same root as resistance to Clinton's candidacy among less glittering Democratic activists throughout the country. A substantial number of them do not want to participate in a coronation of the former first lady because they still doubt her viability as a presidential candidate. They question both her positions on the issues and her skills on the campaign trail.

What's wrong with Clinton was demonstrated by the Feb. 4 performance on NBC's "Meet the Press" of a competitor, former senator John Edwards, who displayed the qualities she lacks. He took firm positions and admitted error, in contrast to Clinton's careful parsing. It followed his virtuoso performance at the Democratic National Committee meeting two days earlier that overshadowed Clinton's speech there. Comparing Clinton and Edwards, one longtime observer of the Democratic scene called it "caution versus courage."

For many months, long before Clinton confirmed that she was a candidate, her agents have been pinning down commitments from a staggering array of Democrats who were connected in large or small degree to her husband to create an aura of inevitability about her nomination. That effort hit a bump two weeks ago with the announcement that David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, the founders of the DreamWorks film studios who all were thought to be staunch Clintonites, were sponsoring a fundraiser for Obama.

According to Democratic sources, former President Clinton got Spielberg to step away from a tacit endorsement of Obama. Spielberg has let it be known that he will host a future fundraiser for Clinton as part of a policy of helping all Democratic presidential candidates. But Katzenberg and Geffen seem to be clearly in Obama's camp.

Two theories for these defections have been put out by Democrats favorable to Clinton. First, the gay community in Hollywood is seeking revenge against Bill Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy restricting open homosexuality in the military. Second, the entertainment industry still harbors resentment about Clinton-Gore administration criticism of the material that is presented to children.

But these explanations defy reality, in the opinion of Democrats not yet committed to any candidate. Hollywood, including the DreamWorks founders, was solidly behind Bill Clinton in 1996 and Al Gore in 2000.

The real reason for not desiring a Hillary coronation, as described to me by California Democrats, is resentment of her cautious sidestep rightward over the past six years. They still cannot get over her sponsorship in 2005 of legislation against flag burning. The whispered worry is that Clinton as the presidential nominee would be a loser in a year when the stars seem aligned for a Republican defeat.

What's wrong with Clinton was pointed out by Edwards in his "Meet the Press" performance. He not only said he was "wrong" about Iraq when he first supported the intervention, but he advocated universal health care and asserted: "Yes, we'll have to raise taxes." Clinton has hedged on each of these issues (as Edwards pointed out in the case of her stance on Iraq).

Edwards is not popular with the Democratic elite, who view him as a glib and shallow trial lawyer. They remember that he began his 2004 campaign for president as a centrist Southern Democrat in the Jimmy Carter-Bill Clinton mold, but after not getting anywhere he switched to left-wing populism. The viable alternative to Clinton may be Obama.

Nevertheless, Edwards's "courage" energized DNC members as Clinton's "caution" did not. The point is that many Democrats are voting no on a Hillary coronation.

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Anti-Hillary Doc To Be Produced by Bill's Onetime Adviser


Dick Morris, who was Bill Clinton's chief political adviser for more than 20 years but later became a prickly critic of the former president, is helping to produce a theatrical documentary intended to derail the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to CNSNews.com, a unit of the conservative Media Research Center. The film reportedly has a budget of $2 million and is due to be released in the fall. Morris, his wife, Eileen McGann, and David Bossie, president of the conservative group Citizens United, issued a statement saying the film aims to "expose the truth about [Hillary Clinton's] conflicts in the past and her liberal plot for the future."

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Rudy Tells Larry He's Running; Larry's Nonplussed


Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani used CNN's Larry King Live as the venue to announced his candidacy for the presidency Wednesday night -- and King seemingly couldn't believe his ears. The conversation went like this: King: "Are you running or not?." Giuliani: "Yes, I'm running, sure." King: "When would you -- do you make an official announcement or is this it here, right now?" Giuliani: "I guess you do. ..." King: "You just said, 'I'm running.'" Giuliani: "Yes, I'm running."

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