Hillary Clinton announces 2016 White House bid, asks to be ‘champion’ of America’s middle class

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday officially announced her 2016 presidential campaign, ending months of speculation over her political plans and immediately elevating her as a target for the field of Republican contenders.

The 67-year-old Clinton has been the clear Democratic front-runner since speculation started last year about her potential candidacy, and her announcement makes her the only Democrat so far to officially start a 2016 White House campaign. A victory next year would make Clinton the United States’ first female president.

Clinton in 2000 won a U.S. Senate seat in New York, and in 2009 was appointed secretary of state, serving four years.

On Saturday, the group We Are Hillary for America circulated a memo to supporters that organizers called “guiding principles.” But the memo also provided some insight into to the underpinnings of a Clinton campaign. “Give every family, every small business and every American a path to lasting prosperity by electing Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States,” the memo in part stated.

Clinton now heads this week to key, early-voting states, starting with Iowa on Tuesday, then onto New Hampshire.

 

2 Libyans killed in shooting at South Korean Embassy

The South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement that no embassy officials were killed or wounded in the attack. It said the gunmen fired nearly 40 rounds with a machine gun.

A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said the attack took place soon after midnight, so the embassy was empty at the time. Three South Korean embassy officials were staying at the official residence, which is in the same compound. They remained in the residence Sunday, the official said, adding that they include two diplomats but not the ambassador. The official requested anonymity, citing department rules.

The head of diplomatic security in Libya’s Tripoli-based Interior Ministry, Mabrouk Abu-Zaheer, told the Libyan news agency LANA that the gunmen targeted the security guards of the embassy early Sunday. He said another guard was wounded and the attackers fled.

 

Bobby Brown makes first public appearance since Bobbi Kristina hospitalization

Bobby Brown made his first public appearance this weekend since the hospitalization of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, who remains in a medically-induced coma.

Brown was appearing as part of the Soul Food Festival near Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday evening, and he was emotional when he spoke about the difficult few months he and his family have experienced.

“I want to think all y’all for coming out tonight and supporting me and my family,” he continued, before getting noticeably emotional.

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