Clinton launches book tour with ABC interview
In what’s become a rite of passage for probable presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her latest book tour Monday night. Sitting down with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, the former first lady didn’t answer the big question — she said she hasn’t decided yet — but addressed a range of hot topics.
Clinton said the political aftermath of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead in 2012 is even more reason to run for president. "I do not believe our country should be playing minor league ball," she explained. Clinton added that decisions about the security of the complex were left to specialists.
On the former first family’s finances:
In a comment that drew immediate jibes from Republicans, Clinton said she and her husband were "dead broke" and in debt after his second term in office due to legal bills. Considering that she disclosed personal wealth of between $10 million and $50 million when she joined the Obama administration in 2009, Republicans said it was a sign she’s out of touch.
The pro-Iraq War vote she cast in 2002:
Clinton’s 2002 vote to authorize President George W. Bush to invade Iraq hindered her in the 2008 Democratic primaries. She told Sawyer on Monday, "I deeply regret that."
On Monica Lewinsky:
Clinton says she’s over it. "It’s not something I spend a lot of time thinking about," she said.
USA Today has a roundup of other key points from her latest book, Hard Choices.
Facebook releases, then recalls Snapchat rival
Facebook debuted Slingshot, an app designed to compete with Snapchat, on Monday in Apple’s App Store but pulled it back shortly thereafter. One key feature: it prompted recipients to reply to a message before viewing it, therefore creating more interaction among users. Facebook said in a statement that Slingshot will be ready "soon."
Speaking of Facebook…
The social network hired PayPal president David Marcus to run its messaging products division in what Re/code calls a clear sign the company will soon try to monetize its messaging products.
Sterling: I’m not selling
In the latest in the saga of the NBA vs. Donald Sterling, the banished Clippers owner issued a statement Monday night saying he is not selling the team after all. Last week, his lawyer said Sterling and his wife had agreed to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Sunday night that he is confident the sale will go through this summer.
Tyson outbid rival by $650m
Tyson Foods won its fight against Pilgrim’s Pride to buy Hillshire Brands on Sunday night, but it likely overpaid — by a lot. The company’s bid was more than $650 million higher than that of Pilgrim’s Pride, which The Wall Street Journal blamed on the secretive nature of corporate auctions.