CBS News Logo Hillary Clinton parties with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Hillary Clinton knows how to get goofy in a photo booth, especially when she’s with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel -- or rather, when they’re #withher.  Timberlake​ tweeted photos of himself making faces with Clinton and Biel and wrote, “Look WHO DID come over for lunch... Wow,” on Tuesday.  Timberlake and Biel hosted a fundraising luncheon at their home. About 100 guests attended and reportedly shelled out more than $3 million for the presidential candidate, reports USA Today. Stars who came to the fundraiser included Jamie Foxx, Katie Holmes, Shonda Rhimes and Jennifer Aniston.  Biel and Timberlake stepped in to host the event after Leonardo DiCaprio pulled out due to scheduling issues.  Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton parties it up with Democrats the night before government shutdown

Hillary Clinton didn't let the looming government shutdown get in the way of a good party Monday night, inviting darlings of the Democratic Party to her swanky D.C. digs for a Terry McAuliffe fundraiser. Swarms of beltway insiders flocked to Clinton's home in support of the longtime loyalist as he runs for governor of Virginia against Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Huma Abedin, Clinton's trusted aide, was spotted escorting the glitterati of the District — including party strategists (and former President Clinton advisers) Paul Begala, James Carville and John Podesta — into the exclusive event, photos obtained by the Daily Caller show. Former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was also spotted among the guests. "Oh, it was exciting," Carville told The Daily Caller as he departed. "It was thrilling. It was everything you could ever hope for and more." McAuliffe, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee, spearheaded Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign and was also the chairman of Hillary's failed White House bid in 2008. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Elvis Costello will rock Hillary Clinton’s party

WASHINGTON - Apparently, Elvis Costello thinks Hillary Clinton's aim is true. The bespectacled Mod rocker has signed on to perform for the White House hopeful's 60th birthday bash, dubbed "A Celebration in Support of America's Next President." Ticket prices for the Oct. 25 cash bash at the Beacon Theater, which also features former President Bill Clinton and comes a day before Sen. Clinton's actual birthday, would put a scalper to shame. The cheap "Gold" seats go for $250 a head, "Platinum" $1,000 tickets score a ground-floor seat, and $2,300 "rock star" ducats land donors in the first few rows. For the really motivated, raising $25,000 will wangle entrée to a swank after-party. "Hillary supporters around the country are starting to 'Get Happy' because George Bush is a 'Man Out of Time,'" said Clinton spokesman Blake Zeff, riffing off a couple more Costello works. There was no word on whether Costello, who often favors horn arrangements, will let Bubba stand in on saxophone. Bill Clinton had an even bigger bash at the Beacon for his big 6-0 last year. The Rolling Stones topped that bill. The former First Lady is still figuring out how to mark her actual birthday, but the week will start with another celebrity-studded birthday bonanza at the home of Hollywood director Rob Reiner, with tickets starting at $2,300. Despite raising $90 million so far, Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) has been pouring it on lately, and has at least four new New York-area hat-passers set over the next few weeks, including a pair with her husband. In the e-mail announcing the Costello gig, the campaign said it hopes donors pump it up, pleading, "If you haven't yet maxed out to Hillary for President, we hope you will do so."The high-powered hosts of her birthday bash include Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Gov. Spitzer, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, and Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel.Clinton has made music a key part of her campaigns, using an Internet contest this year Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton spotted at Chipotle in Ohio ‘trying to be incognito’ as presidential candidate makes her way to Iowa

She ordered the burrito — incognito. Hillary Clinton made a Chipotle pit stop in Maumee, Ohio, on her everywoman road trip from New York to Iowa on Monday — and the staff and nearly all the customers failed to recognize one of the most famous women in the world. Security video showed Clinton, 67, and longtime aide Huma Abedin sporting shades as they stood at the counter and put in their orders. General manager Charles Wright told the Daily News that Clinton was in his restaurant at about 1:20 p.m., ordering a chicken burrito bowl with guacamole, a chicken salad, and a blackberry Izze soft drink. Wright said Clinton stayed about 25 minutes and did nothing to attract attention to herself — and it worked. “She wasn’t, like, obvious and no one made a scene,” Wright said. “She just came through like a regular customer — and we treated her just like a regular customer.” The two women “were trying to be incognito and all that good stuff,” he said. “Usually with a lady of that stature, you would think she would have security around her,” Wright said, but “it was just her and the other lady.” The women bussed their own trays, a campaign aide said. LUPICA: HILLARY CLINTON NEEDS MORE THAN STAR POWER TO WIN IN 2016 Only one customer seemed to recognize he was in the presence of a newly minted presidential hopeful and snapped some pictures, Wright said. “He was the only one who really seemed to notice her,” he said. Clinton, who left her Chappaqua, Westchester County, home midafternoon Sunday around the time her presidential announcement was released on social media, is traveling to Iowa in a black GMC van that she normally uses and has dubbed “Scooby” — a reference to the Mystery Machine in “Scooby-Doo.” Her travel companions include Abedin and Continue Reading

Julian Castro defends Hillary Clinton as veep chatter grows: Benghazi probe like a ‘witch hunt’

Julian Castro, the up-and-coming Obama cabinet secretary who is frequently mentioned as a likely running mate for Hillary Clinton, called Republican efforts to pin blame on his prospective future boss for the 2012 Benghazi attacks a “witch hunt.” “What you have here with these emails is basically a witch hunt, and Congressman (Trey) Gowdy (R-S.C.), who is leading this, is very intentionally trying to manipulate this witch hunt to play politics,” Castro, who serves as President Obama’s Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This thing has been studied to death, by Republicans and by Democrats, several committees, including in Congress, that have all said, ‘Yes, of course what happened was tragic, but Secretary Clinton was not in any way at fault,’ ” Castro said. Last week, the U.S. Department of State, responding to pressure from a select House committee investigating Clinton’s response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks, released hundreds of emails from the then-secretary of state to other State Department officials. Castro, a rising star in Democratic circles, is thought to be near, or at, the top of the list of potential running mates for Clinton — if she wins the party’s presidential nomination — due to his public speaking skills, as well as his Latino ethnicity, which many strategists think could help attract the Latino vote. Continue Reading

Chappaqua resident puts ‘for sale’ sign on fake email server near Hillary Clinton’s home

A fellow Chappaqua resident went to some trouble Wednesday to let Hillary Clinton know he thought her her excuse for using personal email at the State Department was a joke. Gary Murphy, 44, staged a stunt, placing a computer hard drive near Clinton’s Westchester home with a for-sale sign reading, “Used Email Server, Clean Hard Drive, 15 Old House Ln. — See Bill.” “I guess I wasn’t satisfied with the answers she gave,” Murphy, who lives in Chappaqua and owns a house-cleaning business, said. He conceded he’s a registered Republican, but insisted his joke wasn’t motivated by partisan politics. “I have equal disgust for both parties for the most part,” he said. Continue Reading

AFL-CIO president to Hillary Clinton, other 2016 candidates: fight Trans-Pacific Partnership 12-country trade agreement

WASHINGTON - The head of the nation's largest union is pushing Hillary Clinton to oppose a massive trade agreement she's praised in the past. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called on Clinton and the rest of the 2016 presidential field to come out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sprawling 12-country deal the labor movement views as a plan crafted by large corporations to boost profits by driving down worker wages. Congress is currently debating fast-track legislation that would speed passage for an eventual agreement. "The labor movement opposes fast track. We expect those who seek to lead our nation forward to oppose fast track. There is no middle ground, and the time for deliberations is drawing to a close," Trumka said in a speech at the AFL-CIO's headquarters, one block from the White House. "In the 2016 campaign, there will be no place to hide for those who aspire to lead America." Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, once called the TPP the "gold standard" of trade agreements, but has recently backed off her support, part of the much more populist economic tone she's taken in her campaign rollout. But she has so far refused to weigh in on the fast-track legislation or say how she feels about the overall trade deal, past her comments last week that "any trade deal has to produce jobs and raise wages and increase prosperity and protect our security." While Trumka didn't call out Clinton by name in the speech, it was clear who the message was directed at. "No candidate can be silent on any issue that's important to the people. She'll have to respond like every other candidate," he told reporters after his speech when asked about Clinton's silence on fast track. Clinton has worked hard to shore up her support from the left of the party on economic matters, and many of the issues she's talked about on the campaign trail were also mentioned by Trumka in his speech — increased minimum Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton should embrace the real Brooklyn: Appeal less to hipsters and more to raucous activist Democrats

Don’t believe a word of the coming tide of hokum about how Hillary Clinton’s decision to lease space in Downtown Brooklyn symbolizes some kind of meaningful connection to the borough’s alleged cultural “coolness.” It will be to the lasting shame of our city’s extended political clan — the pols, consultants, civic activists and journalists — if Clinton gets to travel the country claiming a deep link to Brooklyn’s dynamism, diversity and dissent without ever seriously engaging New York’s legion of activists, who stand at the forefront of a national fight for the direction of the Democratic Party. The campaign is leasing 80,000 square feet just off Cadman Plaza at One Pierrepont Plaza, a building with ads touting the tower as “Modern Offices. Brooklyn Cool.” That’s fine as a real estate come-on, but there’s a lot more to the site than the fact some hipsters and tech entrepreneurs live a few blocks away in DUMBO. Put a different political lens on the location, and you notice it’s only two subway stops away from Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street began. It’s also only a couple blocks away from fast food restaurants on Fulton Mall from which workers joined 200 of their colleagues in a walkout and picket protesting low wages back in 2012 — a protest that has swelled from its noisy New York City launch into a potent national movement, Fight for $15, that will organize nationwide fast-food strikes in hundreds of cities on April 15. Less than two miles away from the headquarters lie the Gowanus Canal and the Red Hook peninsula, where environmental justice advocates have been waging a years-long fight to rehabilitate and restore neighborhoods after years of callous and careless acts of pollution. And the building is down the street from Brooklyn Criminal Court, the scene of a great many injustices, from the excessive use of stop-and-frisk to shocking Continue Reading

‘Neverland’ comes with happy ending for Harvey Weinstein; Bunny Ranch staff backs Hillary Clinton

What scandal? Harvey Weinstein was in celebratory spirits Wednesday night at the after-party for his debut Broadway show, “Finding Neverland.” All the same, the mogul, who recently fought off allegations that he groped a model, seemed keen to keep prying eyes away from him and his family. There were two security guards posted outside their private dining room for the evening. But a [email protected] spy inside said Weinstein was having a “grand old time” with wife Georgina Chapman and daughters Lily and Ruthie by his side. It seems the latest storm hasn’t dented his legendary ego. “He wanted to have the Hollywood A-listers come through and come to him, like the Godfather,” said our source. “He was holding court in there throughout the night and he was definitely in very good spirits.” Helen Mirren, Olivia Wilde and Michael Bloomberg were at the bash, where guests did toasts with Moët & Chandon Champagne. “When Kelsey Grammer (one of the musical’s stars) arrived, Harvey personally made sure a table was set up for him and his wife,” added the gossip. Last month, model Ambra Battilana claimed Weinstein stuck his hand under her skirt in a meeting at his office, but last Friday the Manhattan district attorney’s office said there was not enough evidence to support a criminal charge. GOING ALL THE WAY WITH HILLARY Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wants to be a champion for the working class, and the working girls at Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch like what they see. Sex workers at the infamous Carson City, Nev., brothel have formally endorsed Clinton’s candidacy with their “Hookers for Hillary” initiative. They like her positions on health care, foreign policy and the prevention of supply-side economics. Other positions are important as well, no doubt. DENNIS NO MENACE Dennis Quaid stunned fellow diners Wednesday Continue Reading

Democrats, you’ve been warned: As new reports on the Clinton Foundation’s foreign donations surface, Hillary Clinton might be increasingly radioactive in a general election

It’s a blessing to Democrats that Hillary Clinton is getting slammed now, rather than later, with serious questions about the money that flowed into her family’s charitable foundation when she was secretary of state. The party has fair warning: Revelations about the Clinton Foundation’s prowess in scoring large amounts of foreign cash, at times without proper disclosure or accounting, are likely to dominate the candidate’s early going, and perhaps beyond. If other credible candidates are going to make a play to be the party’s standard-bearer, they’d better start calling donors and staffers now. Democrats have warning also that trying to dismiss the disclosures as hyped right-wing confections won’t fly — not when the New York Times and, soon, the Washington Post are the messengers. On Thursday, the Times delved at length into serious issues surrounding millions of dollars in donations to the foundation from uranium interests at a time when the Obama administration, including Clinton’s State Department, was weighing approval of a Russian takeover of a uranium-mining firm with major American operations. Also on Thursday, Reuters reported that Clinton charities are set to refile at least five annual tax returns after a review by the news organizations found errors in how they reported donations. Those errors, Reuters said, “generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue.” It gets worse: “For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years. “Those entries were errors, Continue Reading