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Bill in a Box

September 26, 2014
Todd Purdum | POLITICO
Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting has a priceless asset, a super weapon strong enough to strike fear in her most determined rival. It also has a dangerous liability, a burden able to drag her into dead ends and drive her to distraction. It’s Clinton’s peculiar fate that both just happen to be her husband.
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Hillary Clinton's role in the Bill Clinton White House

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January 22, 1993
As Hillary Clinton's "Hard Choices" hits bookshelves, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to Jan. 22, 1993 following the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Newsweek's Howard Fineman discussed the role the new first lady was expected to play in her husband's administration. From education to health care to her office in the West Wing, the future secretary of State was gearing up for a major role in the White House.
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Bill Clinton reflects on fixing the wealth gap, embracing the Affordable Care Act and Hillary’s health

May 15, 2014
Former President Bill Clinton sat down with Gwen Ifill in Washington to discuss growing inequality, how Democrats should talk about the Affordable Care Act, the controversy around the Benghazi attack, Putin’s motives in Ukraine and Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential candidacy for 2016. Their conversation was hosted as part of a fiscal summit run by the Peterson Foundation.
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3 Presidents and a Riddle Named Putin

March 24, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Bill Clinton found him to be cold and worrisome, but predicted he would be a tough and able leader. George W. Bush wanted to make him a friend and partner in the war on terror, but grew disillusioned over time. Barack Obama tried working around him by building up his protégé in the Kremlin, an approach that worked for a time but steadily deteriorated to the point that relations between Russia and the United States are now at their worst point since the end of the Cold War.
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WSJ Poll: Voters Choose Bill Clinton as Endorser-in-Chief

March 12, 2014
Beth Reinhard, Rebecca Ballhaus | Wall Street Journal
He’s been out of office for more than 13 years, but Bill Clinton is the still the endorser-in-chief. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found 37% of registered voters more likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by the former president, compared to 22% more likely to favor someone backed by President Barack Obama or 25% by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Bill Clinton Says Defeating Mitch McConnell ‘Makes a Big Difference’

February 26, 2014
Shushannah Walshe, Jeff Zeleny | ABC News
Former President Bill Clinton took center stage today in the most watched Senate race in the country, telling a crowd of 1,200 that “it makes a big difference” whether Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes wins in November.
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The Monica Moratorium

February 18, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
We're all very busy, so here's a time-saver: Let's all agree to not talk about Monica Lewinsky for at least two years. In fact, let’s not discuss any of the “events” in the Clinton marriage. You should embrace this view whether you think Hillary Clinton should be president or not.
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Passing the Brady Bill in 1993

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November 26, 1993
This week, as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting approaches, the Connecticut State's Attorney in Danbury released a report on the Newtown, CT massacre. The shooting last December renewed a debate in Congress over gun control, but Congress was unable to pass legislation to prevent similar mass shootings. Twenty years ago this week President Clinton signed into law the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act which mandated background checks for firearms purchases. Our 1993 Washington Week panel discussed how the bill, named for President Reagan's press secretary who was shot during a 1981 assassination attempt on the president, passed Congress with bipartisan support.
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