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Clinton prohibitive White House favorite... again

It's as if the last seven years never happened: Hillary Clinton is the prohibitive early Democratic favorite in the White House race. A Washington Post poll Thursday had Clinton obliterating the potential Democratic field and showed she would handily dispatch scandal-dented Republican hopeful Chris Christie in a 2016 general election. Still, the fact that Clinton is leading polls at this early stage hardly means she'll burst through the glass ceiling in which she said she made 18 million cracks in the 2008 White House race.

Hillary Clinton: Mandela was 'giant among us'

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Friday praised the life of South Africa's late leader Nelson Mandela, whom she hailed as "a giant among us." Clinton, who was accepting a prestigious human rights award in Washington, focused on Mandela's death, saying Americans and others should use his towering moral authority as a compass to improve conditions worldwide. "We meet on the day after the loss of a giant among us," said Clinton, who recalled how she first met Mandela in 1992 and again on subsequent occasions, including when she was America's top diplomat.

Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden? Obama says won't choose between them for 2016

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama says both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden would make outstanding presidents. And beyond that, he's staying out of the debate about who should succeed him in 2016. That was the message Obama laid down in an interview on Thursday with MSNBC's "Hardball" program when host Chris Matthews asked him to compare and contrast the two. "Not I chance am I doing that," he said.

Hillary Clinton flattered by Schumer endorsement, but no decision on 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton was flattered by an early endorsement by New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer but has made no decision about running for president in 2016, her office said on Sunday. Schumer, in a speech to Democratic activists in Iowa on Saturday night, said "2016 is Hillary's time," and urged her to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

Financier George Soros backs Hillary Clinton for U.S. president

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire financier George Soros, a major Democratic donor, is backing an effort to persuade former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Hillary Clinton hits campaign trail, endorses McAuliffe in Virginia

By John Whitesides FALLS CHURCH, Virginia (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail on Saturday to endorse old friend Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race, urging voters to reject the "scorched earth" politics that led to the recent government shutdown.

Filmmaker scraps Hillary Clinton CNN documentary

An Oscar-winning filmmaker has abandoned a planned documentary on Hillary Clinton, following an outcry from Republicans who argued the film would promote the former secretary of state's presidential run. Filmmaker Charles Ferguson said on a blog on the Huffington Post that criticism from both Democrats and Republicans made it difficult to produce the film for CNN. "When I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film," he wrote.

Not running for president (yet), Hillary Clinton keeps the spotlight

By Gabriel Debenedetti NEW YORK (Reuters) - The question was being asked in hallway whispers and excited chatter in many languages this week at the Clinton Global Initiative conference. It's the question that follows Hillary Clinton everywhere - will she run for U.S. president in 2016?

Obama, Clinton promote healthcare reform ahead of October 1 start

By Jeff Mason NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama teamed up with his one-time rivals Bill and Hillary Clinton on Tuesday to highlight the benefits of U.S. healthcare reform, a week before one of the controversial law's key elements, new insurance exchanges, go live.

Clinton 'not in any hurry' to decide on future White House run

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being "pragmatic and realistic" as she weighs a future White House run, she said in a magazine interview offering her most expansive remarks to date on her 2016 plans. "I'm not in any hurry," she told New York Magazine. "I think it's a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but it's also not one that has to be made soon." Asked whether she wrestles with the idea of making another run for the US presidency after her failed 2008 bid, the former first lady answered: "I do."
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