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What Hillary Clinton’s insiders know that voters don’t—yet

AS HILLARY CLINTON PREPARED TO LAUNCH HER PRESIDENTIAL campaign early last year, the former Secretary of State wanted her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to keep one last, lucrative speech on his schedule. Her husband’s sponsor: the financial giant Morgan Stanley.

The gig, her aides protested, was a terrible idea. Furor over Wall Street’s greed was raging in the heartland. Clinton was already facing criticism for taking speaking fees from unpopular clients. “That’s begging for a bad rollout,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in a message dated March 11, 2015. When the candidate stubbornly stood by her husband, Mook was adamant in a follow-up note that the campaign not begin this way: “It’s a very consequential unforced error and could plague us in stories for months.”

Clinton relented a day

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