Hillary Clinton Reportedly Seeks The Favor Of Elizabeth Warren: NYT

Hillary Rodham Clinton held a private, one-on-one meeting with Senator Elizabeth Warren in December at Mrs. Clinton’s Washington home.  It was a move by the Democrats’ leading 2016 contender to cultivate the increasingly influential senator and leader of the party’s left-wing economic populist movement.

The two met at Whitehaven, the Clintons’ Northwest Washington home, without aides and at Mrs. Clinton’s invitation, according to the New York Times.

Mrs. Clinton reportedly asked for policy ideas and suggestions from Ms. Warren, according to a Democrat briefed on the meeting.   Mrs. Clinton, who has been seeking advice from a range of scholars, advocates and officials, did not ask Ms. Warren to consider endorsing her likely presidential candidacy.

Aides to Mrs. Clinton did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and aides to Ms. Warren could not be reached, according to the NYT.

The conversation occurred at a moment when Ms. Warren’s clout has become increasingly evident.  After the November election, Senator Harry Reid, then still the Majority Leader, appointed Ms. Warren, a to a leadership role in the Senate.

She led a high-profile effort to strip a spending bill of rules sought by large banks.  Also, a patchwork of liberal groups began a movement to draft her into the presidential race.

Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at the National Summit on Raising Wages conference hosted by the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC. She used the platform to discuss trickle-down economics.

After the midterm election , Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid announced that he had expanded leadership to include a position specifically for Warren to shape the party’s policy and messaging.

Even with this increased power, Warren did not stray from criticizing the Democrats role in crafting the current economic policy.

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Elizabeth Warren Slams Citigroup | msnbc

With Congress set to pass a government spending bill that weakens a provision of Dodd-Frank, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took the floor of the Senate on Friday evening to lash out at her colleagues. In her remarks, she took specific aim at mega-bank Citigroup, saying it wields unusual power in government and must be reigned in.

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Warren To Campaign For Lundergan Grimes In KY

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will travel to Kentucky  this month to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R).

“You get Alison Lundergan Grimes in there and I feel like she could almost single-handedly get rid of some of the gridlock here in Washington,” Warren claimed.