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Monica Lewinsky has said her relationship with former President Bill Clinton constituted a “gross abuse of power” on his part.

The former White House intern was 22 when she became romantically involved with the then president, who was 27 years her senior.

Monica Lewinsky has written an article for Vanity Fair magazine, reflecting on events after the #MeToo movement.

She also revealed that she was diagnosed with PTSD after the scandal.

The condition was caused by being “publicly outed and ostracized” as the affair unraveled in the press and courts, Monica Lewinsky says.

News of Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton’s relationship dominated the US news agenda in 1998 and 1999, after the president initially denied it before admitting to “inappropriate intimate physical contact” with the former White House intern.

House Republicans then started impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, arguing he had lied to federal investigators. That effort eventually failed, and Bill Clinton remained in power until 2001.

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Monica Lewinsky, now 44, says she stands by her 2014 comments that their relationship was consensual, but muses about the “vast power differentials” that existed between the two.

She says she had “limited understanding of the consequences” at the time, and regrets the affair daily.

The former White House intern wrote: “The dictionary definition of “consent”? To give permission for something to happen.”


“And yet what did the ‘something’ mean in this instance, given the power dynamics, his position, and my age?…He was my boss. He was the most powerful man on the planet. He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better.”

In the Vanity Fair essay, Monica Lewinsky also discusses the growing movement of women publicly speaking out against harassment and assault.

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Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter have gathered for a concert in aid of victims of the hurricanes which ravaged the US this year.

The five living former presidents appeared in Texas on October 21.

The three Democrats and two Republicans came together behind The One America Appeal, set up to help those caught up in the devastating trails of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The One America Appeal has raised $31 million so far.

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The former presidents launched the appeal in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which caused billions in damage after it made landfall in Texas in August.

However, it has since been expanded to include the communities in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands which were hit by the storms which followed.

Barack Obama explained to concertgoers in a pre-recorded message: “As former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow Americans begin to recover.”

George W. Bush added: “People are hurting down here but as one Texan put it, we’ve got more love in Texas than water.”

All five presidents appeared on stage for the anthem, before taking their seats to watch acts including Lee Greenwood, who opened with Proud to be an American, and Lady Gaga.

They were not joined by sitting President Donald Trump, who sent a message ahead of the show praising their “wonderful” work and expressing his “deep gratitude”.

Both Barack Obama and George W. Bush have made speeches in the last week which have been seen as veiled criticism of Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House.

Hillary and Bill Clinton have confirmed they will attend Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony on January 20.

Meanwhile, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura have also announced plans to turn up, saying they want to “witness the peaceful transfer of power”.

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th US president on Capitol Hill.

He defeated Hillary Clinton in November’s election and castigated George W. Bush over the Iraq war and 9/11.

Before January 3 announcement, Jimmy Carter was the only former president to have said he would attend the nation’s 58th inauguration.

Another former White House incumbent, 92-year-old George H.W. Bush has already said he will not attend the event, citing his age.

Despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by nearly three million ballots, Donald Trump succeeded in getting the all-important Electoral College votes required to win.

During the election campaign, Donald Trump ridiculed George W. Bush’s claim to have kept Americans safe, pointing out the 9/11 attacks happened on his watch.

The New York billionaire had also accused the 43rd president of lying about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Donald Trump pummeled another member of the Bush clan, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, calling his primary season rival “low-energy”.

The now president-elect had also savaged his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, labeling her “Crooked Hillary”.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has just voted at a polling station near her in Chappaqua, New York state.

Emerging from the polling station, a smiling Hillary Clinton shook hands with supporters.Hillary Clinton on Brussels attacks

“I’m so happy,” she said.

“I’m just incredibly happy. All my friends and my neighbors, it makes me so happy.”

Hillary Clinton was escorted by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

The FBI has released 129 pages of documents related to a 2001 investigation into then-President Bill Clinton’s controversial pardon of Democratic donor and financier Marc Rich.

According to NBC News, the release reportedly comes in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) submitted to the FBI. The investigation was closed in 2005.

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The documents were released online on October 31, but received little attention until the FBI noted it in a tweet on November 1.

The surprise move comes after FBI Director James Comey was accused of attempting to influence the election with his announcement that the bureau found more emails that could be connected to its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign questioned the timing of the release.

Republican candidate Donald Trump has defended his inappropriate remarks about groping women by launching a blistering attack against rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband during the second presidential debate.

Donald Trump denied ever assaulting women, but turned his fire on former President Bill Clinton.

“There’s never been anybody in the history of politics that has been so abusive to women,” he said.

Hillary Clinton refused to address Donald Trump’s comments about her husband.

Donald Trump’s attack on the Clintons came after moderator Anderson Cooper asked him about a 2005 video recording released on October 7 that revealed the New York billionaire bragging about groping women.

When pressed on whether he had engaged in s**ual misconduct with any women, Donald Trump denied doing so and instead focused on Bill Clinton’s previous indiscretions.

No criminal charges have been brought against Bill Clinton in any allegations of assault.

Hillary Clinton said the explosive video, which has sparked an exodus of Republicans denying support to their presidential nominee, showed who Donald Trump really was.

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She said: “With prior Republican nominees, I disagreed with them, but I never questioned their fitness to serve.

“I think it’s clear to anyone who heard [the video] that it represents exactly who he is.”

When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took to the stage in St Louis for their second of three debates, they did not shake hands, striking a bitter tone that would continue throughout.

Donald Trump said if he won, he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton and she would be in prison over her private email arrangements.

“Everything he just said is absolutely false but I’m not surprised,” she responded.

“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”

“Because you’d be in jail,” Donald Trump interrupted.

He also said his Democratic rival “has tremendous hate in her heart” while criticizing her for referring to his supporters as “deplorables”.

Hillary Clinton said she apologized for the comment, adding: “My argument is not with his supporters, it’s with him, about the hateful and divisive campaign he has run.”

The two also sparred on the conflict in Syria, Russian aggression, Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and his plan for the “extreme vetting” of immigrants arriving from countries with links to terrorism.

The evening concluded when an audience member asked the candidates to say one positive thing about each other.

Hillary Clinton said his children were a great reflection of him while Donald Trump called his opponent “a fighter” who never gives up.

An hour before the debate began, Donald Trump appeared at a press conference with women who accused Bill Clinton of s**ual misconduct.

The Republican joined three women who allege Bill Clinton assaulted them and called the women “very courageous”.

Donald Trump was under immense pressure after making inappropriate comments about women in the video.

At least 33 senior Republicans – including senators, members of Congress, and state governors – have withdrawn their support since the video surfaced on October 7.

Hillary Clinton also defended controversial remarks she made in a private speech that was made public in leaked emails on October 8.

The transcript had revealed Hillary Clinton said a politician has a public and private position, but at the debate she said she had watched a film about Abraham Lincoln and was referring only to what he had done.

Donald Trump appeared with Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee who settled a harassment suit against Bill Clinton for $850,000 in 1999 with no admission of guilt.

Juanita Broaddrick, who claimed Bill Clinton raped her in a hotel room in 1978, also appeared with Donald Trump.

Bill Clinton has denied the claim through his lawyer and no charges have ever been brought against him.

The third woman was Kathleen Willey, a former White House aide who said Bill Clinton groped her in his office in 1993, but had previously said it never happened.

Bill Clinton has also denied this claim.

Kathy Shelton, a fourth woman who spoke, encountered Hillary Clinton in a criminal case when she was 12 years old.

Early in Hillary Clinton’s legal career, she was appointed to defend Kathy Shelton’s rapist, despite objections, and had his sentence reduced to a lesser charge.

Years later, an audio tape emerged of Hillary Clinton discussing speaking with a reporter, in which she can be heard laughing about the case.

During one instance, Hillary Clinton laughed after explaining that her client had passed a lie detector test, which convinced her to never trust them again.

Bill Clinton has backed why his wife and “best friend” Hillary for president at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Bill Clinton told the audience that Hillary was the “best darn change-maker I’ve ever known”.

In a very personal speech, the former president spoke warmly about how they met and her dedication to public service.

Hours earlier, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be officially nominated for president by any major US party.

Hillary Clinton ended the night with a video message, saying: “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.

“And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may become the first woman president but one of you is next.”

Hillary and Bill Clinton were to headline Senator Tom Harkin's annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola

Hillary and Bill Clinton were to headline Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola

Earlier, Bill Clinton shared the story of how he and Hillary met at Yale Law School in the spring of 1971.

“I married my best friend,” said the ex-president.

“We’ve been walking and talking and laughing together ever since.”

Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and first lady, was uniquely qualified to be president, her husband said.

“Hillary opened my eyes to a whole new world of public service by private citizens,” Bill Clinton said before recounting her early career.

Hours before he spoke, Hillary Clinton passed the 2,382 delegates needed to claim the nomination after South Dakota announced its delegate vote count.

In a symbolic gesture of party unity, former Democratic rival Senator Bernie Sanders took the microphone to declare Hillary Clinton as the nominee by acclamation, to an eruption of cheers.

The second night of the Democratic convention focused on race and justice, topics that dominated last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Dissention on the convention floor plagued the first day when Bernie Sanders supporters booed throughout the event.

At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton called for a vote for Barack Obama by acclamation, ending the roll call vote in an effort to unite the party behind his candidacy.

Hillary Clinton will face off against Donald Trump in November.

Recent national polls suggest Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be in a tight race for the White House.

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A fire at Bill Clinton’s childhood home in Arkansas is believed to have been caused by arson, officials say.

The blaze in the city of Hope slightly damaged one interior room before it was extinguished, police say.

Arson is suspected because accelerant was detected at the scene. Graffiti is also being examined.Bill Clinton childhood home Arkansas

The former president spent his first years in the house, which was designated a National Historic Site in 2011.

Hope Police Department chief JR Wilson said a motorist spotted flames on the Christmas Day, according to the Associated Press news agency.

JR Wilson said firefighters saw flames 8ft high on one side of the property when they arrived.

Bill Clinton was America’s 42nd president, serving from 1993 to 2001.

Hillary Clinton has vowed to help “everyday Americans” in the first major rally in her presidential campaign held in New York on June 13.

The Democratic front-runner outlined her key policies in a speech to thousands of supporters on New York City’s Roosevelt Island.

Hillary Clinton, 67, pledged to support working families, saying: “America can’t succeed unless you succeed”.

The former secretary of state and first lady’s campaign team hopes to boost approval ratings, which have flagged since her soft-launch in April.

President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea appeared alongside her.Hillary Clinton campaing rally New York

Hillary Clinton promised to “make the economy work for everyday Americans, not just those at the top” if elected president in 2016.

She said during the rally: “Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers; democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations.

“It’s America’s basic bargain… if you do your part, you ought to be able to get ahead, and when everybody does their part, America gets ahead too.”

Until now, Hillary Clinton has held small events with selected audiences in early voting states such as Iowa. Saturday’s outdoor rally marked a change in gear for her campaign.

HillaryClinton hopes to make history as the first female US president. If successful she would also keep the White House within the same party for a third term.

She did not detail specific policy proposals on Saturday. Her aides say that will happen over the next few weeks on issues including the economy, jobs and college affordability.

Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign’s communications director, said Hillary Clinton plans to give a policy address almost every week in the coming months.

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea went to a No Ceilings Conversation held at the Farasi Lane School in Mitini, Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, May 1st.

The Farasi Lane School is part of a CGI Commitment to Action, CHARGE – Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education.

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CHARGE is a collaboration of more than 30 companies, civil society organizations, multilaterals and governments to improve learning and leadership opportunities for young women and girls.

After touring the school with the principal and seeing a lesson by a teacher, the former president and his daughter visited the school’s garden with two students and heard about the different kinds of plants, herbs, and fruits that they grow.

Earlier this week, Chelsea Clinton and her former president father landed in Tanzania, where they began their nine-day African tour, which will also take them to Liberia and Morocco after Kenya.

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Former President Bill Clinton visited the Solar Sister program site in Karatu town, Tanzania, on Thursday, April 30.

Solar Sister is part of Sustainable Energy Solutions Powered by Women’s Enterprise, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.

Solar Sister connects women in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria to training opportunities, and micro-financing groups to increase savings and investment.

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To date the Solar Sisters have trained 500 entrepreneurs, 300 of which were in Tanzania and as a result have 250,000 beneficiaries globally and for the commitment.
President Bill Clinton also visited the Nainokanoka Dispensary in Ngorongoro, where he was greeted by health care workers and local villagers.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative’s work has made pneumonia and rotavirus vaccines more affordable and ensured optimal vaccine delivery to children in Ngorongoro.

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Former US President Bill Clinton is making several stops in Tanzania to visit the sites of several Clinton Foundation projects that are improving the lives of thousands of people across the country.

He visited the Clinton Development Initiative’s Ngongwa Anchor Farm in Tanzania on Wednesday, April 29.

The Anchor Farm Project is a commercial farm in Tanzania operated by Clinton Development Initiative (CDI). Upon taking over the farm, CDI introduced improved seeds, fertilizer, and liming, a spraying procedure that increases soil pH and fertility.

Due to CDI’s efforts, 1,000 acres of crop have been planted and are expected to produce 5-6 ton yields – compared to the 30 acres that were planted in the past. CDI also restored and revamped all of the buildings on the property.

Additionally CDI also supports thousands of neighboring smallholder farmers by providing them with access to quality inputs for maize and soy production as well as training and market access. The project’s farmers have access to improved seeds and to training in advanced agronomic techniques.

Bill Clinton then stopped at the Mtitu School, which runs a demonstration plot as part of the Anchor Farm Project, and greeted smallholder farmers in the Lugalo Village.

The former president then visited one of the villagers, Wazia Chawala, and her son at their home.

Wazia Chawala runs a CDI demonstration plot where she shows other members of the community the techniques that help her increase her output and improve her income.

These visits are part of a larger trip by President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton that includes Kenya, Liberia, and Morocco.

Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern who rose to fame for having an affair with President Bill Clinton, gave the headline address at the TED2015 conference in Vancouver on March 19.

She spoke about how that event 17 years ago has haunted her ever since.

Monica Lewinsky advocated for a safer and more compassionate social media environment, drawing from her unique experiences at the epicenter of a media maelstrom in 1998.

In recent years, Monica Lewinsky’s name has appeared in dozens of songs: by Kanye, Beyoncé, Eminem, Jeezy. The list goes on. Monica Lewinsky is also the title of a song by the rapper G-Eazy.

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When she was asked later about her reaction to the play, Monica Lewinsky said: “It’s really inspiring to hear people bring awareness to this issue. That scene in the interrogation room was hard to watch. One of the things I’ve learned about trauma is that when you find yourself retriggered, it’s helpful to recognize when things are different.”

Monica Lewinsky had hardly appeared publicly for a decade. Now 41, the former White House intern once famously dismissed by the president as “that woman” holds a master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics.

She splits time between New York and Los Angeles, where she grew up, and London, and said it’s been hard to find work.

Mostly Monica Lewinsky has embraced a quiet existence: doing meditation and therapy, volunteering, spending time with friends.

Monica Lewinsky wrote an essay for Vanity Fair magazine about the aftermath of her affair with President Bill Clinton.

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Martin Scorsese’s planned HBO TV documentary on President Bill Clinton has been shelved indefinitely, according to reports.

The New York Times said the project – which was announced in December 2012 – had stalled over disagreements on control of the film.

The newspaper said Bill Clinton had wanted more say over the interview questions and the final cut.

A spokesman for the former president said the claim was “inaccurate”.

The documentary was partly shot over the past two years, and was to feature Bill Clinton making a philanthropic visit to South Africa.Bill Clinton documentary Martin Scorsese

According to unnamed sources working on the project, Bill Clinton’s aides had wanted to approve the questions he would be asked and the film’s final edit.

Martin Scorsese’s spokesman declined to comment on the dispute, but HBO said: “[The film’s] not happening soon but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.”

When the documentary was first announced, Martin Scorsese described Bill Clinton as “a towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues”.

He added: “Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.”

At the time, Bill Clinton also said he was pleased to become the subject of a “legendary director”.

Martin Scorsese is currently preparing for his next film, Silence, in Taiwan.

In a recent interview, President Barack Obama has said that Hillary Clinton would be a “great president” if she decided to run for the White House in 2016.

Barack Obama told ABC News Hillary Clinton was not “going to agree with me on everything”, which could be a welcome break for voters after his eight years in office.

Hillary Clinton, 67, lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination campaign to Barack Obama.

She is expected to announce whether she will run again in the early 2015.

President Barack Obama said he talked regularly with Hillary Clinton, describing her as a “friend”.

He said a number of possible Democratic contenders for the top job would do well, but Hillary Clinton was the only one he mentioned by name.

He added the wife of former President Bill Clinton would make a “formidable” and “great” president.

At the same time, Barack Obama acknowledged that Hillary Clinton, who had served in his administration as secretary of state, might do things differently from him.

“One of the benefits of running for president is you can stake out your own positions, and have a clean slate, a fresh start.”

Barack Obama also admitted that voters would want what he described as a “new car smell” in the 2016 elections, hinting that he may not have a high-profile role in the campaign.

Hillary Clinton played a prominent role in last month’s mid-term elections, in which the Republicans took control of the Senate.

For two months, Hillary Clinton criss-crossed the country campaigning hard to help Democrats in tight races.

Hilary Clinton her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, were the surrogates every Democrat wanted while President Barack Obama was spurned.

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President George W. Bush sent an incredible reply after President Bill Clinton asked why he wasn’t on Twitter on November 12.

Bill Clinton questioned George W. Bush with a tweet saying he received his copy of 41: A Portrait of My Father, the biography of former President George H.W. Bush written by his son.

In the message, Bill Clinton asked why George W. Bush had not joined Twitter.

George Bush responded on another social media site, Instagram. He asked why Bill Clinton didn’t have an Instagram account. His message included the hashtag “#BrotherFromAnotherMother”.Photo AP

“Thanks, 42! Hope you like the book about your pal, #41. #HowAreYouSTILLNotOnInstagram #PresidentialGrammers?”

This is almost certainly the first time two former presidents have referred to themselves as brothers from another mother.

Both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton could find themselves involved in the 2016 presidential race. Bill Clinton’s wife, Hillary Clinton, is widely considered the Democratic frontrunner and there is mounting speculation George Bush’s brother, former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, could run on the Republican side.

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Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter on October 20, quickly earning thousands of followers.

The 41-year-old former White House intern tweeted: “#HereWeGo.”

Monica Lewinsky’s Twitter profile brands her as a “social activist” and contributor to Vanity Fair magazine.

Her second tweet was: “excited (and nervous) to speak to #Under30Summit” – an event taking place in Philadelphia on October 20 and hosted by Forbes.

Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter on October 20, quickly earning thousands of followers

Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter on October 20, quickly earning thousands of followers (photo Twitter)

Malala Lewinsky’s account has been verified by the microblogging service. She quickly earned more than 8,000 followers.

Earlier this year, Monica Lewinsky broke her silence about her affair with President Bill Clinton, in a piece for Vanity Fair.

“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” Monica Lewinsky wrote.

“I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I’ve decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past.”

Monica Lewinsky says she now wants to help victims of cyber-bullying and harassment.

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Chelsea Clinton shared the first picture of her newborn daughter Charlotte just one day after giving birth.

Chelsea Clinton, 34, tweeted on September 27: “At 7:03 PM on September 26th, we finally met Charlotte.”

“We’re in love.”

The former first daughter looked overjoyed at the hospital as she and her husband Marc Mezvinsky stared down at their daughter. Charlotte was wrapped in a blanket for her debut and wore a pink cap.

Chelsea Clinton tweeted that she was in “awe and gratitude” after meeting her baby girl for the first time.

Chelsea Clinton shared the first picture of her newborn daughter Charlotte

Chelsea Clinton shared the first picture of her newborn daughter Charlotte (photo Twitter)

Grandparents Bill and Hillary Clinton felt the same way.

“Charlotte, your grandmother @HillaryClinton and I couldn’ be happier!” President Bill Clinton tweeted.

Bill and Hillary Clinton also released a statement on their excitement: “We are blessed, grateful, and so happy to be the grandparents of a beautiful girl.”

“We are thrilled to be with our daughter and her husband as they welcome their daughter into the world. Chelsea is well and glowing. Marc is bursting with pride. Charlotte’s life is off to a good start.”

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Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky have welcomed a baby girl.

“Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky,” Chelsea Clinton tweeted.

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 34, married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, and announced her pregnancy in April 2014.

The baby arrives as Hillary Clinton considers a presidential bid in 2016.

Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, and announced her pregnancy in April 2014

Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, and announced her pregnancy in April 2014 (photo Reuters)

Hillary Clinton is seen as the leading Democratic contender for nomination to succeed President Barack Obama, and has said that she will make a decision on whether to run from around the beginning of 2015.

Bill Clinton served as the 42nd US president, from January 1993 to January 2001.

Chelsea Clinton has often been tipped to follow her parents into politics.

The former first daughter, educated at Stanford, Columbia and Oxford Universities, runs the Clinton Foundation with her parents. Her husband Marc Mezvinsky is an investment banker.

Chelsea Clinton stepped down from a $600,000 a year position as NBC special correspondent in August to concentrate on her pregnancy, motherhood and philanthropic work.

Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to Iowa on September 14 to pay tribute to the state’s retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were to headline Senator Tom Harkin‘s annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola.

The event was expected to draw more than 5,000 party activists who form the backbone of Iowa’s presidential campaigns every four years.

Following a summertime book tour, Hillary Clinton was making her biggest campaign splash in 2014 so far, opening a fall of fundraising and campaigning for Democrats who are trying to maintain a Senate majority during President Barack Obama’s final two years. The event was serving as a farewell for Harkin, a liberal stalwart and former presidential candidate who is retiring after four decades in Congress.

Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the state’s leadoff presidential caucuses in January 2008, and the former secretary of state has not returned since. Iowa Democrats said Clinton remained widely popular and predicted she would receive broad support if she chooses to run again.

“Barack Obama was a phenomenon. He just was. I’ll give him credit, he worked hard in Iowa, but so did she,” Tom Harkin said, when asked whether Hillary Clinton would do things differently in the state if she runs in 2016.

On Sunday, party activists streamed onto a hot-air balloon field lined with colorful signs thanking the Harkins and promoting state candidates like Rep. Bruce Braley, who is running for Senate.

Hillary and Bill Clinton were to headline Senator Tom Harkin's annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola

Hillary and Bill Clinton were to headline Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola

Ready for Hillary, a super PAC supporting a potential Hillary Clinton candidacy, posted light blue “Ready” signs to promote the main speaker. On stage sat a quintessential Iowa tableau: bales of hay, an American flag and two tractors parked in the surrounding field.

“I honestly believe she will be the next president,” said Cindy Sturtz, a union member from Fort Dodge, who caucused for Barack Obama in 2008 but says she plans to support Hillary Clinton if she runs again.

The Clintons’ arrival offered the possibility of a fresh start for the former New York senator and first lady, whose campaign stumbled in the months leading to the caucuses.

Anti-war activists opposed her vote to authorize the Iraq war in 2002 and coalesced around Barack Obama, who had opposed the war as an Illinois state senator. Hillary Clinton was often insulated by a large entourage in a state where face-to-face politics has long been a campaign hallmark.

Hillary Clinton, who has conferred with Iowa Democrats in recent days, would enter a presidential campaign with a large advantage over potential rivals. Early polls have shown her leading other Democrats by wide margins, including Vice President Joe Biden and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

Joe Biden is traveling to Des Moines next week and has not closed the possibility of another campaign while Martin O’Malley has made several visits to the state and dispatched staffers to Iowa this fall.

Tom Harkin’s final steak fry was expected to be the largest since Hillary Clinton’s last appearance in 2007, when she was joined by Barack Obama, Joe Biden and other Democrats running for president. Bill Clinton has appeared at the event three previous times.

Hillary Clinton has said she expects to decide on another campaign in January 2015.

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Former President George W. Bush accepted his daughter Jenna Bush Hager’s ice bucket challenge on August 20.

In a hilarious twist, former First Lady Laura Bush surprised him with the face full of cold water after the former president offered just to write a check.

Jenna Bush Hager nominated her dad for the viral challenge, which has helped raise over $22 million for ALS Association, when NBC News’ Craig Melvin doused her last week.

George W. Bush wrote on Facebook: “Thanks to Jenna Bush Hager, Rory McIlroy, Woody Johnson, and Coach Jim Harbaugh for the #IceBucketChallenge – and to Laura W. Bush for the check. Next up: President Bill Clinton. Help #StrikeOutALS at www.alsa.org.

The former president starts his video by trying to forgo the ice altogether.

George W. Bush accepted his daughter Jenna Bush Hager's ice bucket challenge

George W. Bush accepted his daughter Jenna Bush Hager’s ice bucket challenge

“I do not think it’s presidential for me to be splashed with ice water,” George W. Bush said.

“So, I’m simply going to write you a check.”

Then Laura Bush sneaks up behind her husband and splashes him with the required bucket of ice water.

“Now it’s my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton,” George W. Bush tells the camera after he gets a moment to dry himself off.

“Yesterday was Bill’s birthday. And my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water,” President George W. Bush said.

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Clinton: The Musical will make its US debut at the New York Music Theater Festival.

Written and directed by Australian brothers Paul and Michael Hodge, the musical offers a satirical take on President Bill Clinton’s time in the White House.

Clinton: The Musical, a satire about scandals of the 1990s, will make its US premiere on July 18 as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival. It portrays two sides of President Bill Clinton: the jovial id who cannot control himself and the pensive policy wonk who cannot stop talking about the intricacies of health care reform.

Hillary Clinton is the struggling-to-be-stabilizing force, grappling with the Lewinsky scandal while slyly eyeing her own Senate run.

Clinton: The Musical will make his US debut at the New York Music Theater Festival

Clinton: The Musical will make its US debut at the New York Music Theater Festival

Paul Hodge said his inspiration was Bill Clinton’s 2004 autobiography, My Life, in which the former president explored his “outside life” and his “internal life”.

Dick Morris, the former Bill Clinton aide-turned-enemy, called these parallel lives “Saturday Night Bill” and “Sunday Morning President Clinton”.

There are 21 songs in the show and the character of Bill Clinton is played by two different actors, aiming to show the “two sides” to the former US President.

“He’s so complex that it seemed like an appropriate device,” Paul Hodge said.

The Clintons have already left a big mark on pop culture, from the 1998 movie Primary Colors, based on the roman à clef by Joe Klein, to The Special Relationship, a 2010 HBO movie about Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.

The USA Network’s political drama Political Animals, with Sigourney Weaver as a fictional version of Hillary Clinton, lasted a single season.

In Clinton: The Musical, Duke Lafoon portrays Billy Clinton, the fun-loving side to the serious W. J. Clinton (Karl Kenzler). Duke Lafoon had previously played Bill Clinton in Monica! The Musical, a 2005 Off Broadway show that featured Hillary Clinton as a scheming strategist.

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Hillary Clinton is seeking to refine remarks she made about her and former President Bill Clinton being broke when they left the White House while on a high-profile media tour for a new book.

In an interview on the day her book Hard Choices was being released, Hillary Clinton told ABC’s Good Morning America that she and her husband left the White House roughly $12 million in debt at the end of his second term in early 2001 and were “dead broke”. But she also said “we’ve continued to be blessed in the last 14 years.”

Hillary Clinton said that she wants “to use the talent and resources that I have to make sure” others have the same opportunities.

Hillary Clinton launched new book Hard Choices

Hillary Clinton launched new book Hard Choices

It was the second time in as many days that Hillary Clinton talked of her interest in possibly running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

In an interview with ABC News that aired Monday, she said that at the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency her family “came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy”.

Republicans quickly seized on the comment, two years after their presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, was dogged by accusations of being out of touch because of his wealth. Republican officials pointed out that Hillary Clinton received an $8 million book advance for her 2003 memoir and said it showed she would have trouble relating to average Americans.

Hillary Clinton said that Republican inquiries into her handling of the deadly 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, gave her more of an incentive to run. While she said she’s still undecided about her political future, Hillary Clinton cited the Benghazi probe as an example of a dysfunctional Congress.

On Benghazi, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she believed “there were some systemic problems within the State Department. And if we had known that earlier, perhaps we could have done some changes”.

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Former President Bill Clinton has praised the strength and health of his wife, Hillary Clinton, dismissing Karl Rove’s public doubts about her well-being.

“As far as I can tell, she’s in better shape than I am,” Bill Clinton, a Democrat, said of his wife.

Hillary Clinton, 66, said to be weighing a 2016 presidential bid, fell ill in 2012.

Last week, Republican Karl Rove questioned Hillary Clinton’s capacity for the White House and reportedly said she had brain damage.

Republican Karl Rove questioned Hillary Clinton’s capacity for the White House and reportedly said she had brain damage

Republican Karl Rove questioned Hillary Clinton’s capacity for the White House and reportedly said she had brain damage

The New York Post reported on Tuesday that Karl Rove, the strategist behind George W. Bush’s election to the White House, had told an audience in Los Angeles last week: “Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”

In fact, Hillary Clinton was in hospital for three days after falling ill with a stomach bug in December 2012. After becoming severely dehydrated, Hillary Clinton fell at home and struck her head, suffering a concussion. While she was in hospital doctors diagnosed a blood clot.

Karl Rove has disputed the New York Post report.

“I didn’t say she had brain damage. I said she had a serious health episode,” he said on Fox News.

Democrats and some analysts have said Karl Rove is trying to inject concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health into the public debate as the start of the 2016 presidential race nears.

“There are ways to bring these issues up, and certainly anybody who’s running for president has to answer some health questions, and more so, for someone who’s going to be 69 at the time that she would take the oath of office,” liberal Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky said on MSNBC.

“However, this ain’t the way to bring it up – a poisonous, toxic way to introduce this.”

Bill Clinton said at the Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit in Washington on Wednesday that Hillary Clinton’s concussion was serious and that it took her six months to recover.

“Look, she works out every week, she is strong, she’s doing great,” Bill Clinton said.

“She certainly seems to have more stamina now.”

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Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, whose affair with President Bill Clinton lead to his impeachment in the US Senate, has broken her long silence in the media.

In Vanity Fair magazine, Monica Lewinsky, now 40, writes that she deeply regrets the fling.

President Bill Clinton “took advantage” of her, Monica Lewinsky writes, though she describes their relationship as consensual.

In 1998, Republicans failed in their effort to oust him from office on the grounds he had lied about the affair.

With Hillary Clinton said to be mulling a 2016 run for the presidency, the Lewinsky matter has remerged in US political discourse, in part because Republicans are eager to wield it against her.

In an advance excerpt of the article released by Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky writes she hopes to reclaim her story and says she is still recognized every day and sees her name thrown about in pop culture and the news media.

Monica Lewinsky’s affair with President Bill Clinton lead to his impeachment in the US Senate

Monica Lewinsky’s affair with President Bill Clinton lead to his impeachment in the US Senate

“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton,” Monica Lewinsky writes.

“Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”

Monica Lewinsky writes that she suffered abuse and humiliation after the scandal broke in 1998, in part because she was made a “scapegoat” to protect the president.

“The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me,” she wrote.

“And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”

Arguing Bill Clinton had lied to federal investigators about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, who was in her early 20s, the Republicans in the House of Representatives impeached the president, essentially bringing him up on charges in the Senate to determine whether he could be expelled from office.

That effort failed, and Bill Clinton served in the White House until his term ended in 2000.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, went on to be elected US senator and to serve as secretary of state under President Barack Obama, and is currently tipped as a frontrunner for the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination.

The Republicans have indicated recently that Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky will be fair game should Hillary Clinton indeed run.

Republican Senator Rand Paul – also tipped to run for the presidency in 2016 – said this year that “bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office”.

Bill Clinton “took advantage of a girl that was 20-years-old and an intern in his office”, Rand Paul added.

“There is no excuse for that and that is predatory behavior.”

In her piece, Monica Lewinsky signals that her desire in breaking her silence after so many years is to “give a purpose” to her past.

“Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation,” she writes.

Monica Lewinsky now aims “to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums”.

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