Hillary to Join Obama in Chicago For Sec'y State Announcement
Bump and Update: It's Offical. Hillary will fly to Chicago tomorrow to join Obama for his cabinet appointments announcement, including her own as Secretary of State. Congratulations, Hillary!
CNN and other news organizations are reporting that President Elect Barack Obama will name Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State on Monday.
The New York Times reports on the lengthy negotiations between Team Obama and Bill Clinton and the 9 preconditions the former President had to meet. [More...]
Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to publicly disclose the names of more than 200,000 donors to his foundation as part of an accord with President-elect Barack Obama clearing the way for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to become secretary of state, Democrats close to both sides said Saturday.
The disclosure of contributors is one of nine conditions Mr. Clinton signed off on during discussions with representatives of Mr. Obama, all of which go beyond the requirements of law.
...Lawyers for Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama spent days crafting the agreement in hopes of addressing any concerns about his activities. Mr. Clinton had previously said he would do whatever the Obama transition team asked in order to make it possible for his wife to serve without questions.
Among the concessions:
[Clinton] also agreed to incorporate his Clinton Global Initiative separately from his foundation so that he has less direct involvement. The initiative, which fights disease, poverty and climate change, would no longer hold annual meetings outside of the United States or accept new contributions from foreign governments.
Mr. Clinton also agreed to submit his personal speeches and business activities for review first to State Department ethics officials and, if necessary, to the White House counsel’s office.
My view: Whatever it takes. Hillary will make an excellent Secretary of State.
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