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Gay Couple in Clinton Campaign Announcement Video Extend Wedding Invitation to Hillary

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Three weeks ago, Nathan Johnson and Jared Milrad were asked to participate in a video featuring Americans ready to start a new chapter in their lives. Little did they know the footage of the two of them excitedly talking about their upcoming nuptials would be featured in the launch video for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

"We were really excited to see that our interview was featured in the campaign announcement,” Milrad told the Washington Blade. “It was particularly moving to see Secretary Clinton feature a gay couple engaged to be legally married, the first of any major presidential candidate. To us, this decision demonstrates Secretary Clinton’s commitment to LGBT equality and the type of inclusive leader she would be as president.” 

The couple, who split their votes between Clinton and Barack Obama back in 2008, are now hoping the former First Lady can take part in their wedding July 19. 

More on the couple here


RNC Released ‘Stop Hillary’ Ad Ahead Of Clinton 2016 Announcement: VIDEO

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The Republican National Committee on Friday released a 'Stop Hillary' ad exclusively on Fox News ahead of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign announcement

Fox & Friends repeatedly aired the RNC attack ad on April 10. According to TVEyes’ "National Publicity Value," which estimates the value of 30-second slots of any program, found that the attack ad received a value of approximately $157,197.12 worth of free airtime.

Watch the hosts of Fox & Friends discuss the ad and the ad itself, AFTER THE JUMP

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Hillary Clinton Announces Run for President: VIDEO

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Hillary Clinton has officially launched her bid for the White House, opening a campaign website emblazoned with the quote, "Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion." A Facebook page also went live. She repeated the quote in a video in which she announced, "I'm getting ready to do something too. I'm running for President."

The video features images of Americans "getting started" at things, including a gay couple planning to marry (image below). Clinton also includes what appears to be a lesbian couple in the final montage.

Clinton adviser John Podesta made the announcement earlier  in an email to donors and supporters on Sunday afternoon in which he said there would be a formal kickoff next month.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hillary Clinton Picks Openly Gay Campaign Manager

Robby Mook, a Democratic strategist who ran Terry McAuliffe's successful 2013 campaign for governor of Virginia, has been chosen to take the helm of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Mother Jones reports:

Mj_mookMook is widely known as Robby, not Robert, and at 35, he's still boyish—handsome and clean-shaven with close-cropped brown hair. His usual uniform consists of chinos and bland dress shirts rolled up to the elbows. He couldn't be more different from, say, James Carville, the loudmouth Ragin' Cajun who advised Bill Clinton's first presidential bid and now makes a living as a consultant and TV commentator. Mook rarely appears in news stories or on TV. He did not respond to repeated interview requests. He has no Facebook page. He has a Twitter account but never tweets and has forgotten the password...

...Mook's friends and colleagues struggle to identify any particular policy issue that drives him. Mark Penn-style theories about key demographic groups (remember Soccer Moms?) don't inspire him either. He's a political nerd who lives and dies by data and nuts-and-bolts organizing.

Mook will be the first openly gay manager of a major presidential campaign. Clinton's announcement is expected sometime today.

Read the full profile on Mook at Mother Jones...

(h/t jmg)


Hillary Clinton Makes Her Announcement...on SNL: VIDEO

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Kate McKinnon opened SNL by imagining the behind-the-scenes preparation for Hillary Clinton's expected 2016 announcement today. After coming off a little hard, she channels her inner, more humble Hillary.

With Hillary in charge, it will be a brand new White House.

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'90s Political Sex Farce 'Clinton the Musical' Opens Off Broadway: REVIEW

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BY NAVEEN KUMAR

Hillary may have just set up campaign digs in Brooklyn, but Bill’s two terms are getting a bawdy send-up across the river in Clinton the Musical, which opened Off Broadway at New World Stages last night. The loose-limbed romp down memory lane offers a Mad TV meets Cliff’s Notes-style recap of the scandals that rocked Mr. Clinton’s reign, from Whitewater to Lewinsky. But, it’s also an origin story for the Clinton on everyone’s lips, and in the brilliantly zany hands of Kerry Butler (whose turn as Olivia Newton John’s character in Xanadu is the stuff of Broadway musical legends), the likely nominee for 2016 is a comedic force to be reckoned with.

Clinton The Musical _10. Photos by Russ RowlandFirst presented stateside at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (and previously in Edinburgh), the musical by Peter and Michael Hodge has plenty to delight, not least of all the kooky and charming Ms. Butler. While these may not be the first descriptors the former First Lady calls to mind, the scribes take (many) liberties in their behind-the-scenes peek at a national sex farce in era of dial-up modems and monochrome pantsuits. While Butler’s two rousing solo numbers are worth all that comes between, this is a story about Bill—or, rather, two dueling sides of him.

Clinton The Musical _02. Photos by Russ Rowland“In my whole life, I have only ever loved two men—and they happen to be the same man.” With her opening line, Hillary introduces two versions of the former president: one, “William Jefferson” (Tom Galantich), is upstanding and trustworthy, while the other, “Billy” (Duke Lafoon), likes French fries, sex, and thumbing his sax. The two are often on stage at once, meant to be just one person (at first, only Hillary can actually see Billy). But trying to wrap your head around the stage logic of this simple, two-sides-to-every-coin metaphor proves to be more trouble than it’s worth.

Shoehorning a (relatively) high-concept stage gag into what is otherwise a low satire proves to be an awkward endeavor. Quarrels between the two Bills, presumably meant as inner dialogue, offer little insight on the man’s thinking, and Hillary debating them both makes for an odd political threesome. It’s Billy (the id among the three), of course, who meets Monica (Veronica J. Kuehn), who the Hodges have written as a scheming, blow-up-doll of a character that makes for easy laughs but feels uncomfortably misogynistic.

Clinton The Musical _09. Photos by Russ RowlandThe musical’s score has its ups and downs (the opening number, entitled “Awful-Awesome,” is inadvertently and mostly accurate), and director Dan Knechtges (Tail! Spin!, Lysistrata Jones) makes fun use of a rotating set and recurring sight gags (including a life-sized cutout of Al Gore and a singing portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt). The show’s juiciest laughs come from its super villains, Newt Gingrich (a rotund and petulant John Treacy Egan), first seen scarfing marshmallow goo from the jar in the sub-sub-basement of Congress, and Kenneth Starr (a gleefully maniacal Kevin Zak), whose pursuit of Bill is as awesomely perverse as it is sinister.

With the real political stage about to light up, a silly escape to root for our heroes and vilify our opponents may be just what the 24-hour pundits ordered. And, focusing on Hillary (and the idiocy of her family's rivals) while allowing Bill to fade into the background may be perfect practice, too.

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Follow Naveen Kumar on Twitter: @Mr_NaveenKumar (photos: russ rowland)


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