Hillary Clinton Reportedly Wants Huma Abedin to Kick Anthony Weiner To the Curb. Should She?

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Yesterday it broke that Hillary Clinton asked Huma Abedin to ice her relationship with Anthony Weiner, now that Clinton's presidential aspirations are changing from rumor to reality. An associate of Clinton's blabbed to a New York magazine reporter for a feature on the all-but-certain Hillary 2016 campaign. We're split over here at Runnin' Scared: Should Abedin ride the Clinton gravy train all the way to the White House, or should she call Clinton's bluff and stand by her man? Her probably sex-addicted, ill-tempered, sore loser man? Take our poll and help us sort out our complicated feelings on the matter.

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Study: Voters Judge Female Politicians Based on Their Appearance -- But Not How You'd Expect

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Do looks matter for women in politics more than they do for men? According to a study released today by Name It. Change It., a joint project of She Should Run, coverage on a female candidate's appearance can significantly affect how likely she is to get elected.

Fifteen hundred voters nationwide participated in the survey, which followed a hypothetical congressional race between Jane Smith and Dan Jones. Respondents were given a profile of both candidates and straightforward stories about their positions on an education bill. The coverage on Smith included either a positive, negative, or neutral description of her appearance, or no description at all. Articles about Dan Jones mentioned nothing about his looks.

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Forget 2016; Bloomberg Wanted Hillary to Run for NYC Mayor Next Year


In terms of electability, what have we learned from Mayor Bloomberg? Well, for one, you don't have to come from a political background to win three terms as the head of New York City government. Two, being a billionaire can be a viable campaign strategy (sorry, Mitt Romney). Three, political loyalties mean nothing (read: Republican turned Independent). And four, mayoral races in this town are absolute conundrums that we will never really wrap our heads around.

With that being said, we were not surprised when we read The New York Times story yesterday that, after confirming with three sources, reported on a phone call between the mayor and ex-First Lady, ex-Senator, now-about-to-be-ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In it, Bloomberg asked Clinton to think about succeeding him as the next Hozziner. The two have a past together: For seven years, Clinton's time as senator was conjoined with this long-reigning mayor -- during that time, the top dogs bonded over the city-state relationship. 

But, apparently, she was not into it.

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New York Totally Prefers Hillary Clinton To Andrew Cuomo: Poll

New Yorkers heart Hil a lot more than their gov -- so much that they would pick her over Andrew Cuomo 60-25 percent in a presidential primary.

In a new poll commissioned by the New York Daily News, 400 city Dems said that they would pick Clinton, who beat Barack Obama by 17 points in the state's 2008 primary. Fifteen percent of voters are undecided.

The stats come just as discussions have surfaced in the Democratic party about a potential Clinton-Cuomo face-off.

Pollsters have clarified that New Yorkers still like Cuomo, but that Clinton just happens to be way more popular.

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Hillary Clinton Surprised by Loincloth-Clad Torchbearer

In what we'd like to think of as an "antidote" of sorts to Holly Van Voast's surge in boob-flashings at Barnes & Noble book signings (a target of which recently included Hillary Clinton's husband, Bill), a man surprised the Secretary of State with his own version of an homage recently in Honolulu.

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Yet Another Hasidic Publication Denies the Existence of Hillary Clinton

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Hillary Clinton! First there were those allergies that caused her to cover her mouth in the iconic Situation Room photo taken by White House photographer Pete Souza as the administration watched the raid on Osama Bin Laden. Then she was unceremoniously removed from the photo by ultra-Orthodox Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung (as was Audrey Tomason, director of counterterrorism) because a photo of a woman "could be seen as sexually suggestive." Now a second paper has joined in. De Voch, which means "The Week," is another ultra-Orthodox magazine, and apparently its publishers are not very good with Photoshop, or Hillary left a smudge (woman stain!), or something. Hence, this.

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Newspaper Photoshops Hillary Clinton Out Of Situation Room Photo

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An ultra-Orthodox Hasidic newspaper, Der Tzitung, has photoshopped Hillary Clinton from the iconic White House situation room photo taken during the Bin Laden raid. (They also 'shopped out Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason.) The paper has a policy against publishing photographs of women because it could be seen as sexually suggestive.

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Hillary Clinton May Have Just Been Feeling 'Allergic' in Dramatic White House Photo

This photograph of Barack Obama's national security team during the Osama bin Laden raid, taken by official White House photographer Pete Souza, moved us all. What were they thinking? What were they seeing? Look at those faces! Especially...Hillary Clinton. It's as if she'd seen a ghost. Or felt really, really allergic. According to the Washington Post, Clinton said she has "no idea" what exactly she and the team were viewing at the moment of the photo. Further, that hand-to-face gesture might not even mean anything! Or might mean something incredibly...mundane.

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Obama Takes Firmer Stance on Libya; Radiation Found in Food Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant

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  • Following a shift by Hillary Clinton, President Obama spoke from the White House yesterday to take somewhat of a harder line on U.S. intervention in Libya: "If Colonel Qaddafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. The resolution will be enforced through military action." Said resolution has been approved by the U.N. Security Council. In the event of military action, we'd be joining up with the U.K., France, and a group of Arab states. However, Obama also said that there wouldn't be a deployment of ground troops. According to MSNBC, this means that the U.S. would provide the coalition intelligence and surveillance planes and aerial refueling, as well as naval power, including two nuclear submarines. [NYT, MSNBC]
  • Making the above even more of an immediate concern is that Qaddafi forces have stormed rebel-controlled Benghazi, rebels say. A rebel fighter jet was shot down, and Qaddafi's tanks and artillery bombard the city. The Libyan government denies this and claims to be sticking to the ceasefire its foreign minister announced yesterday. World leaders will meet in Paris today to discuss whether Qaddafi's latest actions justify military intervention. [Reuters]

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Hillary Clinton and Others Inspire at the Women in the World Summit 2011

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The second annual Women in the World summit started on Thursday with a welcome from Tina Brown, Editor in Chief of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, who hosted the event, and ended with a farewell on Saturday. Over the course of the few days, an esteemed collection of women and men participated in panel discussions and conversations at the Hudson Theatre in Times Square. There seemed to be one phrase on everyone's mind: We are at a pivotal moment in history.

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