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Diane Sawyer Previews Hillary Clinton Special on ‘Good Morning America’

DIANE SAWYER, HILLARY CLINTONIn advance of tonight’s first television interview with Hillary Clinton on the topic of her new book Hard Choices, ABC’s Diane Sawyer previewed the conversation on today’s “Good Morning America.”

On the topic of getting paid to give speeches, for which she’s rumored to rake in $200,000 an appearance, Clinton said, “Let me put it this way…I thought making speeches for money was a much better thing than getting connected with any one group or company as so many people who leave public life do.”

On Benghazi: ”I was the one ultimately responsible for my people’s safety, and I never felt that responsibility more deeply than I did that day.”

Check out the full clip after the jump and the one hour ABC News primetime special “Hillary Clinton: Public and Private – One on One with Diane Sawyer” tonight at 9 pm. Read more

Hillary Clinton All Smiles During Hard Choices Interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer

DIANE SAWYER, HILLARY CLINTON

Someone’s excited!

Former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton sat down with ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer for the first interview on her new book, Hard Choices. ABC News tells us that nothing was off limits when Sawyer interviewed Clinton today at her home in DC.

The one hour ABC News primetime special “Hillary Clinton: Public and Private – A One on One with Diane Sawyer” airs Monday, June 9 at 9 pm ET.

For the full schedule of Clinton’s firsts as part of her Hard Choices media blitz, check out our piece from yesterday.

Hard Choices – Which Interview to Grant When

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesIn the latest installment of “Hard Choices – Which Interview to Grant When,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened up to PEOPLE magazine on becoming a grandmother and a 2016 run for president.

“I know I have a decision to make…But part of what I’ve been thinking about, is everything I’m interested in and everything I enjoy doing – and with the extra added joy of ‘I’m about to become a grandmother,’ I want to live in the moment. At the same time I am concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world,” says Clinton in the June 16 issue of PEOPLE.

The former Senator and First Lady gave those comments in her “first at-home interview since the end of husband Bill’s presidency in January 2001.”

And it’s all about firsts in this media blitz for Clinton. Read more

POLITICO’s Kenneth Vogel Goes All This Town on American Politics in Big Money

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 11.52.54In book stores like Kindle and Nook today, find POLITICO Chief Investigative Reporter Kenneth P. Vogel‘s latest BIG MONEY: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics, which explores the finances behind the American political system.

Similar to Mark Leibovich‘s This Town, which exposed DC as the “nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity,” Vogel explains how just a handful of the rich dominate the political landscape.

On Friday, the POLITICO magazine cover story offered an excerpt from the book.

While we’ve yet to receive our copy (it is en route), the book’s publisher – PublicAffairs – shared with us some of Big Money’s major themes. More on them after the jump. Read more

Hillary Clinton Adds 3 Additional Hard Choices Interviews

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesKeeping track of Hillary Clinton’s scheduled interviews as part of her book tour for Hard Choices has so far proved harder than staying on top of this weekend’s Capital Pride festivities in DC.

In addition to her first television interview on June 9 – the eve of the book’s release by Simon & Schuster – with Diane Sawyer, a live interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America, and a joint interview on June 17 from 6:45 – 7:15 pm with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, three new interviews have been added to the books.

CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will moderate the only network televised town hall with the former Secretary of State on Tuesday, June 17th at 5 pm ET. The special broadcast before a live audience will take place at the Newseum and air on CNN and simulcast worldwide on CNN International and CNN en Espanol. It will also re-air on CNN that night at 9 pm ET.

NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden will also interview Clinton about the book on Tuesday, June 10. Read more

POLITICO Lands Exclusive for Hard Choices Benghazi Chapter

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesHillary Clinton‘s forthcoming Hard Choices is again back in the spotlight after POLITICO exclusively obtained “Benghazi: Under Attack,” the chapter that chronicles the September 2012 events in Libya that led to the death of four Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“Those who exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country,” writes Clinton in the 34 page chapter.

POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman explains that, “Her tone is less defensive than defiant: Clinton takes responsibility for the ‘horror’ of the loss of life in Benghazi, but puts it in the context of ‘the heartbreaking human stakes of every decision we make’ — and she accuses adversaries of manipulating a tragedy for partisan gain.” Read more

Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices Author’s Note Released

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesHillary Clinton‘s Hard Choices is set to release June 10 and this morning, publisher Simon & Schuster released the book’s Author’s Notes to the morning shows and NPR.

“When I chose to leave a career as a young lawyer in Washington to move to Arkansas to marry Bill and start a family, my friends asked, ‘Are you out of your mind?’ ” writes Clinton in the note. “I heard similar questions when I took on health care reform as First Lady, ran for office myself, and accepted President Barack Obama’s offer to represent our country as Secretary of State. In making these decisions, I listened to both my heart and my head. I followed my heart to Arkansas; it burst with love at the birth of our daughter, Chelsea; and it ached with the losses of my father and mother.”

Click on over to one of the lucky recipients of said note for the full down low.

Timothy Geithner Undergoes Stress Test at Sixth & I

Last night at Sixth & I Synagogue, Politics & Prose hosted former US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner in conversation of his new book Stress Test. The evening was moderated by Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

“In 07, when the crisis started to burn here, it wasn’t a crisis that was limited to the United States,” said Geithner during his talk. “You had this initial, slow-burning run on the periphery of the system – gathering momentum, reinforcing itself – and ultimately leading to the New York collapse in the fall of 08. It was very different because what was happening in the largest, most important economy of the world, at a time when other parts of the world were very exposed too – Europe’s a good example – and therefore much more dangerous to the world, much greater shocks on the world as a whole…it’s something the world hasn’t seen in a major economy, really. And haven’t seen on a global scale in more than 70 years.”

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ABC’s Diane Sawyer Secures First TV Interview with Hillary Clinton on Hard Choices

hardchoicesLate Tuesday afternoon, ABC News issued a press release announcing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s first one-on-one TV interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on her forthcoming book, Hard Choices.

The interview will air as a special on June 9 at 9pm. The following morning, Robin Roberts will be the first to interview Clinton live on television, for “Good Morning America.”

Hard Choices is scheduled for release by Simon & Schuster Tuesday, June 10. In the book, the former Senator and First Lady offers an “inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.”

For more information via ABC News, click here. For more on Hard Choices, visit Simon & Schuster.

Jefferson Book Party Toasts Arianna Huffington and Thrive

20140515_190857Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.

“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more

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