Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose lifelong public service career includes turns as secretary of state, presidential candidate, senator and first lady, is the recipient of the 2013 Liberty Medal.

Clinton will receive the medal in a Sept. 10 ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. She was not in attendance for Thursday's announcement.

Liberty Medal sponsors and partners said Clinton's nearly four decades of public service exemplify the qualities that the award was established to honor, from her groundbreaking outreach to global leaders to her continuing work to advance opportunities for the world's girls and women.

"The Liberty Medal recognizes individuals who have furthered the ideals of freedom, democracy, and equality, often against great odds," said Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center president and CEO. "Hillary Clinton has devoted her life to expanding opportunities for 'We the People' not just in this country but around the globe."

Liberty Medal sponsors cited Clinton's work as secretary of state from Jan. 2009 to Feb. 2013, when she traveled to 80-plus countries — more than any of her predecessors — "as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society and opportunities for women and girls around the world."

They also noted her bipartisan efforts as first lady in support of affordable health care and her work as U.S. senator from New York to secure more than $20 billion after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for the city and its first responders.

"Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, chairman of the National Constitution Center, said in a statement.

Previous recipients of the medal, which was established in 1988 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution, include rock singer and human rights activist Bono, former South African President Nelson Mandela and former President Jimmy Carter.

Six winners have subsequently received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, and former President George H.W. Bush were jointly awarded the Liberty Medal in 2006 for their efforts helping victims of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in southeast Asia. Both went on to serve terms as chairmen of the National Constitution Center.

The National Constitution Center, which opened in 2003 near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, is dedicated to increasing public understanding of the Constitution through its museum exhibits, public lectures and debates, and educational outreach and research.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, who through more than three decades in public life has advocated on behalf of children, will be honored this fall by the Children’s Defense Fund. The non-profit organization will recognize Clinton, a former Secretary of State and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, at its 40th anniversary celebration on Sept. 30th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Clinton, who as a young lawyer worked on the staff of the Children’s Defense Fund and later served as a board member and chairwoman, will be honored for “her dedication and contributions to child advocacy”.

“Although critical gains have been made for children over these past four decades, much remains to be done,” Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, said in a statement. “As we celebrate the great milestones in CDF’s history, we will honor the servant leaders across generations who have worked hard with us in the trenches to build a more just nation for all our young.”

Clinton worked on children’s issues as First Lady of Arkansas, beginning in the late 1970s, as well as in the White House during the 1990s. Now a private citizen, Clinton is pursuing a similar agenda through the charitable foundation her husband, President Bill Clinton, began when he left office. She announced earlier this month that at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation she would focus on women’s and children’s issues, among other areas.
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On Tuesday, June 18th, the Clinton House welcomed judges from America In Bloom for breakfast and a tour of the First Ladies Garden.  The Clinton House received special recognition from the judges and the Garden is featured on the cover of this year's Community Profile. 

America in Bloom promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. Founded in 2001, America in Bloom is a national awards program for cities, towns, townships, college and university campuses, business districts, and military installations. Participating communities experience better cooperation among municipal, commercial and residential sectors and build informational and cultural exchanges with neighboring, national, and international communities.  The City of Fayetteville has received national acclaim every year since joining the competition in 2002.   In 2012, Fayetteville was included in The Circle of Champions, the organization's highest honor.


"Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD..." 

Hillary Clinton's Twitter account is now open for business and she is hinting that her future is "to be determined." Though known as a political powerhouse, Clinton struck a playful tone in her 160-character biography.

The 65-year-old also poked fun of herself by posting the infamous photo of her fierce look as she reviews her blackberry, an image that went viral as part of the Texts from Hillary Tumblr page. She referenced the popular page in her first tweet, mentioning the creators — Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe — as part of her motivation to join Twitter. “Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 & @Sllambe — I'll take it from here... #tweetsfromhillary.”

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The Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Commission unveiled the 2013 Fayetteville Insider’s Guide, along with an updated www.experiencefayetteville.com website during a news conference held Monday afternoon on the downtown square.

The annual publication offers information for visitors and people looking to relocate to the area, and serves as a resource for local residents. The guide features a pull-out map, lists of attractions and dining options, a festival calendar and more.

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On a brisk, sun-charged day last week, workmen on ladders were hoisting letters onto the giant sign telling visitors they’re entering the precincts of the Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport.

The former president and the former secretary of state are scheduled to attend the May 3 event marking the completion of a $67 million renovation and formally dedicating the Little Rock National Airport’s new name.

Airport officials feel the occasion presents an opportunity to showcase Phase 1 of the airport commission’s “Vision 2020” plan: a larger, lighter and brighter lobby, a sophisticated baggage-screening system and, of course, the international cachet of the Clinton connection.

Kay Kelley Arnold, chairman of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, noted that the ticket lobby was 40 years old. “We’ve nearly tripled the number of yearly enplaned passengers since the lobby opened in 1972,” she said. “The improved lobby is modern, larger and will set an architectural standard that will be used throughout future construction.”

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The First Ladies Garden at the Clinton House Museum was established in 2010 and dedicated by President Bill Clinton in honor of Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  The Garden, throughout the year, features the favorite flowers of each and every First Lady  from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. 

Designed by Daniel Keeley of DK Designs, the Garden was influenced by several factors. First, and most prominent, was the English Tudor architecture of the House. Second, was the physical site itself, including its dimensions, physical characteristics and surrounding landscape. Next was the desire of the Clinton House Museum to have an attractive and intimate setting for visitors. Last, but not least, was the list of plants attributed to the various First Ladies. Relaxed and approachable, the First Ladies Garden is a tribute to some of the most influential women in American history.  Take a stroll through the Garden and experience all the beauty it has to offer.

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"I was saddened to learn of the death of Lady Margaret Thatcher. The United Kingdom has lost its first woman Prime Minister, an iconic stateswoman, and a fearless leader. The United States has lost one of its dearest friends and most valued allies.

Lady Thatcher understood that the special relationship which has long united our two nations is an indispensable foundation for peace and prosperity. Our strong partnership today is part of her legacy. Like so many others, I respected the conviction and self-determination she displayed throughout her remarkable life as she broke barriers, defied expectations, and led her country. Hillary, Chelsea, and I extend our condolences to her family and to the people of the United Kingdom

- Bill Clinton

London (CNN) -- Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in postwar British and world politics and the only woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87. Thatcher served from 1975 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the "Iron Lady" for her personal and political toughness.
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Hillary Clinton completes her own 'evolution,' officially confirming her support for gay marriage in a video for the Human Rights Campaign released Monday.  Many suspected Clinton, who took steps to make State Department policy more inclusive for gay employees and their families, would join President Barack Obama and other top Democrats who opposed gay marriage in the past in supporting it. She was limited in what political statements she could make while serving as the U.S.'s top diplomat, however. Now that she's stepped down, this is the first public statement she has made.

"Having left public office, I want to share some of what I've learned and what I've come to believe—for America to continue leading in the world, there is work we must do here at home," Clinton said. "I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law. Like so many others, my personal views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved, by my experience representing my nation on the world stage, my devotion to law and human rights, and the guiding principles of my faith."

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March 19, 2013

President Bill Clinton will receive the 2013 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award. The Good Neighbor Award Foundation announced Monday that Clinton will receive the honor during the foundation's annual luncheon in Kansas City on May 8, the 129th birthday of President Truman.

Karl Zobrist, President of the Foundation, says Clinton was chosen because of his record of public service. Clinton was President from 1993 to 2001. Zobrist says in a statement that since leaving the White House, Clinton's continued public service work has exemplified the spirit and principles to which Truman was dedicated.

Previous recipients of the award include President Gerald R. Ford, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and news anchor Walter Cronkite.

March 12, 2013

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