Huma Abedin
American politician
Huma Abedin
Huma Mahmood Abedin is an American deputy chief of staff and aide to U.S.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She served as traveling chief of staff and "body woman" for Clinton during Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election.
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Clinton, Trump and the downside of loyalty
Yahoo News - about 1 month
As Hillary Clinton left the Capitol after Friday’s inauguration, she was accompanied by a familiar figure, her longtime aide and confidante and the vice-chair of her presidential campaign, Huma Abedin. The campaign, and almost certainly Clinton’s political career, had ended months earlier, but it was not surprising to see Abedin, who has worked for the former first lady since joining her White House staff as a 19-year-old college intern, still at her side. Whatever you think of the competence of Clinton’s staff, there is no questioning the loyalty of the men and (mostly) women in her inner circle.
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Ted Cruz vs. The Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman
Huffington Post - about 1 month
A bill introduced this week by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) calls on the U.S. State Department to determine whether the Muslim Brotherhood is a foreign terrorist organization. Advocates for American Muslims suspect a darker purpose ― to smear and potentially prosecute American Muslim advocacy groups, a move that could prove disastrous for the civil rights of Muslims in this country. Cruz and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act in both chambers of Congress on Tuesday. In a press release, Cruz said that the brotherhood espouses “a violent Islamist ideology with a mission of destroying the West” and that formally designating them a terror group would “enable the U.S. to take action that could stifle the funding they receive to promote their terrorist activities.” It’s the fifth time members of the Senate and House, urged on by a multimillion-dollar network of anti-Muslim groups, have attempted to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terro ...
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WILL DUR$T'$ 2016 XMA$ GIFT WI$H LI$T.
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Relax. Now breathe. And repeat. The nonstop madcap insanity has finally reached its red and green holiday crescendo and its all downhill from here. Don't know if it had anything to do with the earth- shaking, democracy- twisting events of November 8th, but people were extra special amplified crazy this particular solstice season. Like frothing- at- the- mouth wacky. Hair- tearing bonkers. Nuttier than the Planters Hospitality Suite at a Flying Squirrel Convention crazy. So while we salute all you stalwart consumers for navigating those Demolition Derby parking lots in the honorable quest of sinking heavily into debt to celebrate the birth of that Jewish hippie kid; anticipating the flash of horror across your face when the bills float in from the mail, let us offer up our annual WILL DUR$T'$ XMA$ GIFT WI$H LI$T. These are the presents that folks presumably did not find under their tree but most certainly deserved. For Vladimir Putin: one of those extra long telescoping leashes ...
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The Stories We Told Ourselves: American Politics In 2016's Movies
Huffington Post - about 2 months
You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. We tend to love platitudes about fiction. Ken Kesey has been quoted saying, “To hell with facts! We need stories!” The late Alan Rickman declared that “it’s a human need to be told stories.” Joan Didion’s rendition of the same sentiment may be the most famous: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” It’s easy to deem 2016 a year of unpleasant stories. In America, we recounted prized anecdotes about David Bowie, Prince and Carrie Fisher upon their respective deaths; we watched as an alarming faction of the country proved its media illiteracy by perpetuating one phony news report after the next; we listened to the heartache that followed shootings in Orlando, Baton Rouge and Charlotte; most notably, we concocted narratives to explain the jarring election of Donald Trump, a bloviator who spun enough yarns to appeal to the electorat ...
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Unsealed Documents Outline F.B.I.’s Reasoning in Clinton Case
New York Times - 2 months
The bureau told a judge shortly before the election that emails belonging to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, could contain classified information.
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Emails between Clinton and top aide, but little else, spurred FBI to resume controversial probe - Washington Post
Google News - 2 months
Washington Post Emails between Clinton and top aide, but little else, spurred FBI to resume controversial probe Washington Post The FBI told a federal judge that it needed to search a computer to resume its investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server because agents had found correspondence on the device between Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin — though ... FBI director under pressure to explain Clinton bombshellThe Hill Clinton allies rip into FBI after search warrant unsealedPolitico NY / Region|Unsealed Documents Outline FBI's Reasoning in Clinton CaseNew York Times Huffington Post -USA TODAY -Washington Times -ABC News all 209 news articles »
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Clinton aide Abedin seeks to review Clinton emails search warrant
Yahoo News - 2 months
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Huma Abedin, the longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, asked a U.S. judge on Wednesday to allow her to review a search warrant the FBI used to gain access to emails related to Clinton's private server shortly before the Nov. 8 presidential election. In a letter filed in Manhattan federal court, Abedin said she was never provided a copy of the warrant, nor was her estranged husband, former Democratic U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, whose computer contained the emails in question. The letter was filed as a federal judge considers whether to unseal the application for the search warrant, which was obtained after FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of newly discovered emails on Oct. 28.
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Hey 2016, Thanks For Stopping By. But Could You Please Leave Already?
Huffington Post - 2 months
(Author's note: My wife kicked back my first draft because it sounded too much like I wanted to walk into the ocean with stones in my wet suit. Which, I believe, is a polite way of saying I sounded too bereft. But not so bereft that I wouldn't care about frostbite or shrinkage. I thinkage? ) So here's take two. Now with 50% less melancholy! Technically, I am not a psychotherapist. And I probably shouldn't be prescribing medicine. But I'm willing to go out on a limb and self-diagnose myself (and many of you.) I'm sluggish and fearful and filled with post-election existential dread. It may not be in the DSM-5, but I'm pretty certain I've got a bad case of the Blue State Blues. And there is no cure. At least, until 2020. I think that by mid-December, it's fair to argue there have been enough harbingers that 2016 may not be "The World's Greatest Year Ever." And I feel especially stupid buying a mug at the car wash that proclaimed it just that. Prince, Bowie and Leonard Cohen lef ...
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Hillary Clinton Is Seen In The Woods So Often, Twitter Thinks She Lives There
Huffington Post - 3 months
Twitter is Hillary-ious. Due to the multiple times Hillary Clinton has been seen hiking through the woods since the election, like in this picture … Hillary Clinton spotted again in the woods walking trails —via @pantsuitnation pic.twitter.com/LZ24IQwVE2 — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 26, 2016 ... and in these photos … If you walk into the woods and say her name three times, Hillary Clinton will appear for a selfie and some encouraging words. pic.twitter.com/ffgFO04LkF — michael brown (@boyinquestion) November 29, 2016 … people on Twitter are joking that the former Democratic presidential nominee is clearly living in the forest like some majestic woodland creature: *runs into the woods in search of Hillary Clinton* — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) November 29, 2016 Hillary Clinton Spotted in Woods a Third time, stole hiker's cellphone screaming 'not again this story is not going to happen again' — Spencer (@Thesix ...
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The Democrats' Circular Firing Squad
Huffington Post - 3 months
If you are like me, you are probably very weary of debates about Who Lost America to Donald Trump. The debate goes something like this: Hillary blew it! What a terrible campaign. What a blemished candidate. What horrible judgment to take those speaking fees from Wall Street, to keep classified data on her personal server, to fail to ask her top aide Huma Abedin to leave her employ once the Anthony Weiner mess blew up, yet again. She handed her enemies a loaded gun. And now we're stuck with Trump!! Hillary screwed up, we pay the price. Hold on, misogynist pig. Hillary won! She won the popular vote by more than two million. Even apart from the alleged hacking of election results, old-fashioned voter suppression -- in the form of closed polling places, long lines, restrictions on early voting, abuse of ID requirements, improper purges -- probably cost her at least three swing states where the winning margin was razor thin. She won! Yeah, but a decent candidate would have beat T ...
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Fox News Host Bret Baier Admits Clinton Indictment Report Was A 'Mistake'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Fox News anchor Bret Baier apologized Friday for inaccurately reporting that the FBI’s probe into the Clinton Foundation was “likely” to result in an indictment.  Baier’s decision to walk back the explosive claim came after several news organizations, including NBC News, ABC News and CNN rebutted it based on their own sources. But the anonymously sourced claim had already spread widely as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised the specter of “indictment” on the campaign trail and conservative media outlets, along with some nonpartisan news sites, amplified the story.  Regardless of the veracity of the Fox News report, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Thursday night that “the damage is done to Hillary Clinton.” “No matter how it’s being termed, the voters are hearing it for what it is ― a culture of corruption,” she said. Trump himself continued to talk about the possibility of an indictment on Friday.  "The FBI says their investigation ...
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A Moment of Relative Calm, Or, Jump Ball for the Presidency?
Huffington Post - 4 months
"Politics, whatever its professions, had always been the systematic organization of hatreds." Henry Adams 'The Education of Henry Adams' 1918 The line above, one of the more cynical pronouncements in the grandson and great-grandson of Presidents masterpiece of American letters, seems more accurate than ever as we move well into the final week of this most toxic of presidential campaigns. Of course, it's only partly true when America is anywhere near its best. Which we clearly are not. We all know Donald Trump's inimitable contributions. With the race nationally looking like a statistical dead heat, Hillary Clinton is pulling out the stops on negative campaigning. As discussed at the beginning of the week, she has decided against a positive close, quite possibly a grave error with polling indicating that her level of unpopularity now matches Trump's and her credibility has slumped beneath his. President Obama, still rather popular, who does have a decided gift for ...
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Mistaken Identity: Why Emailgate Is And Is Not Like Watergate
Huffington Post - 4 months
Candidate Trump says the current email investigation is worse than the 1972 Watergate scandal. His media surrogate, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in a Fox News interview, also referenced the 1972 re-election campaign of Richard Nixon and the then ongoing FBI investigation. But the Trump campaign had better hope that the Clinton email crisis is not like the Watergate scandal. As Gingrich noted, despite an ongoing FBI investigation, Nixon won a landslide election victory. He won the electoral votes of every state except Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. No candidate since has managed to equal or surpass Nixon's total percentage or margin of the popular vote and his electoral vote total. But there are differences between the two FBI investigations. For our Millennium voters, first let's recap the situation of the 1972 campaign. By Election Day 1972, President Nixon's re-election campaign was linked to the botched Washington DC burglary of the Democrati ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Huma Abedin
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 39
    On August 29, 2016, Abedin announced her separation from Weiner after sexting allegations.
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    Abedin has served as vice chairwoman for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for president since 2015 and continues in her role as personal assistant to Clinton.
    More Details Hide Details Her elevation to the No. 3 position in the campaign was a "transformative shift... to campaign power center of her own," according to Politico. She screened and interviewed applicants for key campaign roles, including campaign manager Robby Mook, and was the primary channel for communications to Clinton before the campaign officially began. After Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States, she wrote an open letter to Clinton supporters calling herself "a proud Muslim" and criticized Trump's plan as "literally (writing) racism into our law books".
  • 2015
    Age 38
    In Saturday Night Live's 2015–16 season premiere on October 3, 2015, SNL cast member Cecily Strong played Abedin in a comedy sketch, which included cast member Kate McKinnon performing a parody of Hillary Clinton, along with the real Hillary Clinton playing a bartender serving drinks to McKinnon as her doppelgänger and Strong's Abedin, and with Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton.
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    On October 16, 2015, Abedin testified in closed session before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, in a session that was expected to focus on the 2012 Benghazi attack during which Ambassador J.
    More Details Hide Details Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. The committee had previously heard closed-door testimony from two other Clinton aides, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, in September 2015, and former Secretary Clinton appeared before the panel in a public hearing on October 22. The Republican-led committee's top Democratic representative, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, questioned the panel's decision to hear testimony from Abedin, arguing that her knowledge of details at the time of the attacks was minimal. Republican Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas, defended the decision to interview Abedin, saying: "Ms. Abedin was a senior official at the State Department at all of the relevant times. Every witness has a different set of knowledge." Although there were political tensions surrounding Abedin's appearance, the proceedings were friendly, and after her almost eight hours of testimony, Abedin said: "I came here today to be as helpful as I could be to the committee."
    In 2015, emails by Abedin became part of the FBI investigation and the controversy concerning Hillary Clinton's private email account while Secretary of State, resulting in various allegations by Republicans of violations of State Department regulations.
    More Details Hide Details Some officials within the intelligence community have stated that potentially-classified information was contained in e-mails from Abedin relating to the 2012 Benghazi attack and its aftermath which had been sent through Clinton's private, non-government server. So far, 1818 emails contain classified information on the private server, with 22 being classified as Top Secret. "They were not marked classified at the time they were sent, but they did contain classified information when they were originally sent and received." Her aides also sent and received classified information.
    In July 2015, Grassley released information indicating that the State Department’s inspector general had found that Abedin was overpaid by almost $10,000 for unused leave time when she left the government, resulting from violations of the rules governing vacation and sick leave during her tenure on the payroll as a Federal employee in the department.
    More Details Hide Details Abedin's attorneys said that she had learned in May that the Department’s inspector general had found that she improperly collected $9,857 for periods when she was on vacation or leave, and responded with a 12-page letter contesting the findings, and formally requested an administrative review of the investigation’s conclusions. Her lawyer, Miguel Rodriguez, told The New York Times that the inspector general's report showed that Abedin worked during her maternity leave and had thus earned that pay. In October 2015, a federal court in Washington heard arguments on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by conservative watchdog organization Judicial Watch for records related to Abedin. Judicial Watch asked to make Ms. Abedin’s emails and employment records public, asking for details of the arrangement under which Abedin was designated a "special government employee," allowing her to do outside consulting work while also on the federal payroll. On October 6, the State Department said it would be able to hand over 69 pages of emails in response to the FOIA request.
  • 2013
    Age 36
    Abedin is featured in Weiner, a documentary about her husband's unsuccessful 2013 campaign for Mayor of New York.
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, raised questions about Abedin's work as a State Department employee, concerning the fact that she held four jobs from June 2012 to February 2013.
    More Details Hide Details These included serving as a part-time aide to Clinton at the State Department, while also working as a consultant to private clients for the consulting firm Teneo Holdings, a consulting firm run by Douglas Band, a longtime aide to former president Bill Clinton. At the time, she was also being paid a salary for work at the Clinton Foundation, and working as Hillary Clinton's personal assistant. The State Department and Abedin both responded, with the State Department indicating that it uses special government employees routinely "to provide services and expertise that executive agencies require", and Abedin stating that she did not provide any government information or inside information gained from her State Department job to her private employers. Grassley said he found the letters unresponsive.
    In a letter dated June 13, 2012, to the State Department Inspector General, five Republican members of Congress - Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Trent Franks of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Thomas J. Rooney of Florida, and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia - claimed that Abedin "has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations."
    More Details Hide Details The five members of Congress alleged that Abedin had "immediate family connections to foreign extremist organizations" which they said were "potentially disqualifying conditions for obtaining a security clearance" and questioned why Abedin had not been "disqualified for a security clearance." The claims in the letter were generally rejected, and were labeled by some as conspiracy theories. The Washington Post editorial board called the allegations "paranoid," a "baseless attack," and a "smear." The letter was also criticized by, among others, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representative Keith Ellison, Democrat of Minnesota, the first Muslim member of Congress, who called the allegation "reprehensible." Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, also rejected the allegations, saying "The letter and the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government.These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit." Bachmann's former campaign manager Ed Rollins said the allegations were "extreme and dishonest" and called for Bachmann to apologize to Abedin. The Anti-Defamation League condemned the letter, calling upon the Representatives involved to "stop trafficking in anti-Muslim conspiracy theories."
  • 2011
    Age 34
    In December 2011, Abedin gave birth to a boy, Jordan Zain Weiner.
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  • 2010
    Age 33
    Hillary Clinton has been described as a mentor, and a mother figure to Abedin. In 2010, at Abedin's wedding to Weiner, Clinton said: "I have one daughter.
    More Details Hide Details But if I had a second daughter, it would (be) Huma." During a trip that Clinton and Abedin made to Saudi Arabia, Abedin’s mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, said to Clinton: "Hillary, you have spent more time with my daughter than I have in the past 15 years. I’m jealous of you!"
    On July 10, 2010, Abedin married then-Congressman Anthony Weiner.
    More Details Hide Details Former President Bill Clinton performed the wedding ceremony.
    In 2010, Abedin was included in Time magazine's "40 under 40" list of a "new generation of civic leaders" and "rising stars of American politics".
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  • 2009
    Age 32
    In 2009, Abedin was appointed deputy chief of staff to Clinton in the State Department, under a "special government employee" arrangement created by the department which allowed her to work for private clients as a consultant while also serving as an adviser to the Secretary of State.
    More Details Hide Details Under this arrangement, she did consultant work for Teneo, a strategic consulting firm whose clients included Coca-Cola and MF Global, and served as a paid consultant to the Clinton Foundation, while continuing her role as body woman to Clinton. The New York Times reported that an associate of Abedin's said that the arrangement also allowed her to work from her home in New York City, rather than at the State Department’s headquarters in Washington, to be able to spend more time with her child and husband. After leaving her post at the State Department in 2013, Abedin served as director of the transition team that helped Clinton return to private life, continued her work for the Clinton Foundation, and set up a private consulting firm, Zain Endeavors LLC.
  • 2008
    Age 31
    Prior to that she was traveling chief of staff and served as assistant for Clinton during Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details She is married to, but separated from, Anthony Weiner, a former U.S. Representative from New York.
  • 2007
    Age 30
    Writing in Vogue during the 2007 campaign, Rebecca Johnson called her "Hillary's secret weapon" and noted that what seemed to motivate Abedin was not the details of policy or political horse-racing, but rather "the way that politicians are uniquely invested with the power to help individuals—as with, say, the woman whose legs were badly broken by a piece of plane fuselage on September 11", whom Abedin and Clinton visited in the hospital.
    More Details Hide Details Abedin told Johnson, "To me, that’s one of the blessings of this job. In some tiny, tiny way I am part of history, but I am also able to help people." According to a number of Clinton associates, Abedin is also a trusted advisor to Clinton, particularly on the Middle East, and has become known for that expertise. "She is a person of enormous intellect with in-depth knowledge on a number of issues—especially issues pertaining to the Middle East," said Senator John McCain.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 23
    She officially took over as Clinton’s aide and personal advisor during Clinton's successful 2000 U.S. Senate campaign in New York and later worked as traveling chief of staff and "body woman" during Clinton's unsuccessful campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 19
    From 1996 to 2008, she was an assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.
    More Details Hide Details For several years, she served as the back-up to Clinton's personal aide.
    While a student at George Washington University, Abedin began working as an intern in the White House in 1996, assigned to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 1
    Both of her parents were educators. Her father, born in New Delhi, India, on April 2, 1928, was an Islamic and Middle Eastern scholar of Indian descent, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and then in 1978 founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, an organization devoted to the study of Muslim communities in non-Muslim societies around the world. In 1979 he founded the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, which his wife took over after his death; his daughter Huma was listed as an associate editor in 1996–2008.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother, born in India (now Pakistan after British Partition), also received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently an associate professor of sociology and dean at Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. At age 18 Abedin entered George Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. As a teenager, she aspired to be a journalist like her role model Christiane Amanpour, and wanted to work in the White House press office.
  • 1976
    Born
    Abedin was born on July 28, 1976, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Syed Zainul Abedin (1928–93) and Saleha Mahmood Abedin.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of two, she moved with her family to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she was raised and lived until returning to the United States for college. Abedin traveled frequently during her childhood and teenage years and attended a British girls' school.
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