August 20th, 2014
09:18 AM ET
4 months ago

Bush takes plunge, challenges Clinton

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge, and is now challenging his predecessor in the White House to follow in his footsteps.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Bush takes a soaking from his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, and then nominates former President Bill Clinton to take the challenge.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • George W. Bush
Bill Clinton to campaign for former aide's son
Bill Clinton with Ira Magaziner during a White House event in 1997.
August 6th, 2014
09:03 AM ET
5 months ago

Bill Clinton to campaign for former aide's son

Washington (CNN) – No race is too small for Bill Clinton, especially when you are the son of a former Clinton White House aide and longtime friend.

Clinton will campaign for Rhode Island's Democratic general-treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner on August 27 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, a campaign spokesman tells CNN.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton: America has 'barely scratched the surface' on African investment
August 5th, 2014
11:03 AM ET
5 months ago

Bill Clinton: America has 'barely scratched the surface' on African investment

Washington (CNN) - With the vast majority of African leaders in town for a White House summit on the future of the continent, former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that partnering with African business is a "massive opportunity for American business."

Clinton, who moderated the opening panel at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, said that although the conventional wisdom is that Africa needs the United States far more than America needs Africa, the reality is that the U.S. business community "needs this relationship as much or more as Africa and its business community.”

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Filed under: Africa • Bill Clinton • President Obama
New book says Hillary Clinton blamed husband's infidelity on abuse as a child
August 1st, 2014
09:51 AM ET
5 months ago

New book says Hillary Clinton blamed husband's infidelity on abuse as a child

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton told an interviewer in 1999 – the year after the Monica Lewinsky scandal rocked Bill Clinton's presidency – that the President's infidelity issues stemmed from his abusive mother and led to a sex addiction for the former president.

The comments come from an upcoming book by Lucinda Franks, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, whose book – "Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me" – is set to hit bookshelves in late August. Clinton's comments come from an interview she granted Franks, at the time a writer for the short lived Talk magazine.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
July 31st, 2014
06:56 PM ET
5 months ago

Bill Clinton: ‘I nearly got’ Osama bin Laden

Washington (CNN) - Bill Clinton, just hours before planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, reportedly told an audience in Australia that he almost killed Osama bin Laden during his presidency.

Speaking to a group of businessmen in Australia on September 10, 2001, according to audio aired by SkyNews Australia on Wednesday, Clinton said that he "nearly got" the al Qaeda leader but didn't go through with a missile attack because of the collateral damage that would have come from it.

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Filed under: Australia • Bill Clinton • Osama bin Laden
The Bush dog joke you never heard
July 18th, 2014
04:54 PM ET
5 months ago

The Bush dog joke you never heard

(CNN) - In a draft speech prepared for President Bill Clinton’s appearance at the 1997 Alfalfa Club dinner, a speechwriter’s joke went too far for someone in the White House.

“Socks has been a [sic] exemplary first pet; I don’t want to disparage Millie but some have described her as – well it starts with ‘B’ and rhymes with ‘witch’,” read the joke.

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Filed under: Barbara Bush • Bill Clinton
Clinton White House viewed Ginsburg, Sotomayor with skepticism
July 18th, 2014
04:11 PM ET
5 months ago

Clinton White House viewed Ginsburg, Sotomayor with skepticism

(CNN) – Previously confidential memos from Bill Clinton’s White House show how two women now on the Supreme Court were strongly criticized by administration officials at the time as they were being considered for key judicial positions.

Officials who worked for the confirmation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993 had serious reservations about her, according to the newly released documents from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

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More Clinton documents released
July 18th, 2014
03:02 PM ET
5 months ago

More Clinton documents released

(CNN) – A sixth batch of confidential memos, notes and other papers from the Clinton White House were released Friday by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Collectively, the documents open a window into the Clinton years and cover a variety of topics, including the office of former first lady Hillary Clinton, who's now considered the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 if she decides to run.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
July 18th, 2014
10:33 AM ET
5 months ago

Bill Clinton on Malaysian airliner: 'It's pretty tough'

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said that AIDS researchers among the 298 killed when a Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday were "doing so much good."

"Thinking about those people, knocked out of the sky, it's pretty tough," Clinton added in an interview Friday with CNN's Anna Coren.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton
What would cause Hillary Clinton not to run for president?
July 17th, 2014
10:45 PM ET
5 months ago

What would cause Hillary Clinton not to run for president?

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Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton told Charlie Rose on Thursday that if she does run for president in 2016, she would have "a very specific agenda" about the future of America.

But with polls showing her as the favorite for the Democratic nomination and a cadre of groups already organizing for a prospective campaign, what would cause the former secretary of state to not run for office?

"It would be wholly personal," Clinton said, according to a transcript of the PBS show. "Because I know so much about the job and how hard it is, I am very struck by the historic nature of a campaign that I might, in the future, undertake."

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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • White House
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