Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday in Chicago that she will focus much of her attention on issues promoting early childhood development, women and children and economic issues as part of the foundation created by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
The potential 2016 White House contender offered her most extensive description of her post-Obama administration agenda since leaving her role as the nation’s top diplomat and called the Clinton Foundation “my home” for several new public policy initiatives.
Clinton noted that she had visited 112 nations as President Obama’s secretary of state and had learned several lessons during her travels around the world. Regardless of someone’s circumstances or homeland, “what people wanted was a good job,” she said. “There are too many places in our own country where community institutions are crumbling, social and public health indicators are cratering and jobs are coming apart and communities face the consequences,” she said.
The conference included sessions led by the former president; the couple’s daughter, Chelsea; Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and actress Eva Longoria. New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a potential 2016 White House contender, was to join the former president on stage Friday.
Rupert Murdoch files for divorce
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife since 1999, citing a breakdown in the relationship. The matter doesn’t alter the succession plan for the media company, which the 82-year-old founder controls through a family trust. Murdoch filed a one-page document Thursday indicating that he was opening a divorce case in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. The couple are parents to two daughters, Grace and Chloe, ages 11 and 9.
Swift isn’t sweating it: Taylor Swift shares her feelings and personal experiences on her hit records, but the 23-year-old Grammy winner isn’t worried about losing intimacy with her fans on a stadium tour. “I find that you have to emote a little bigger, but you can reach all the way up to the top,” she said. “Eye contact is important, even if it’s from 500 yards away.” Swift said she’s never worried about the sound being lost in a massive space. “Everyone who comes to these shows seems so engaged,” she said. “They … know the words. I’m singing the words. We’re singing them at the same time, and therein lies the connection. It goes beyond what size the venue is.”