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June 23rd, 2014
06:30 PM ET

How Hillary Clinton flubbed the wealth question

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton had to know she was going to have to talk about her wealth.

The tightly orchestrated book tour for her new memoir has closely resembled a campaign - with war rooms and surrogate coordination. So one would expect that Clinton was prepared to answer questions on any topic.

But when the wealth question came, Clinton, the political heavy hitter, whiffed.

Twice.

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June 9th, 2014
06:25 PM ET

Highlighting family's post-WH debt, Clinton defends paid speeches

Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended the fact she's reportedly made $5 million in speaking fees since leaving the State Department in early 2013 by arguing that her family "came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt."

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June 4th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Clinton talks 2016 aspirations, Monica Lewinsky in 'People Magazine' interview

Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told People Magazine in an interview published Wednesday that she believes the United States "certainly" needs "to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling" of electing a woman president.

In a wide-ranging interview with the magazine, Clinton talks about health, her thoughts on running for president and, for the first time in years, her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky, a Clinton White House intern.

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May 30th, 2014
05:58 PM ET

White House to Dems: There is no daylight between Hillary and Obama on Benghazi

(CNN) – Democratic surrogates and communicators who publicly support both Obama and Clinton met at the White House this week with Communications Director Jenn Palmieri and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes to talk about a number of issues, including Benghazi and Clinton's upcoming book, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

While the topic was not on the official meeting agenda, one surrogate asked about it and the President’s aides made clear they want no daylight between Obama and Clinton on foreign policy issues as the book rolls out, the source added. The messaging, the White House aides said according to the source, is this: Obama’s team of rivals became an unrivaled team.

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February 10th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Documents reveal Hillary Clinton’s private reaction to her husband's cheating scandal with Monica Lewinsky

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton told a close friend that Monica Lewinsky was a "narcissistic loony toon," and also discussed in detail why she decided to forgive her husband for having an affair with the White House intern, according to documents penned by Diane Blair, a close friend and longtime confidant to the former first lady.

The contents of the documents, which are part of Blair’s papers housed at the University of Arkansas, were first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website that posted the story late on Sunday night.

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