Hillary Clinton did not write her forthcoming memoir, "Hard Choices," for Washington, she explains in an author's note released by her publisher.

"While my views and experiences will surely be scrutinized by followers of Washington’s long-running soap opera — who took what side, who opposed whom, who was up and who was down — I didn’t write this book for them," Clinton writes. "I wrote it for Americans and people everywhere who are trying to make sense of this rapidly changing world of ours, who want to understand how leaders and nations can work together and why they sometimes collide, and how their decisions affect all our lives."

Clinton also wrote the book, set to be released June 10, as a possible precursor to a second presidential campaign in 2016. Her memoir will offer an important defense of her tenure as secretary of state, and likely will frame some of her key foreign policy positions.

She hints in the excerpt that among the themes she will tackle is America's global involvement and the extent to which intervention is appropriate or necessary. By reaffirming the U.S. as an "indispensable nation," Clinton draws a contrast with some potential Republican presidential candidates, such as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who have called for a pared-back U.S. presence abroad.

"While there are few problems in today’s world that the United States can solve alone, there are even fewer that can be solved without the United States," Clinton writes.

She plans to embark on a media blitz and a nationwide book tour — valuable practice for the rigors of a political campaign, should she choose to run.



Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, at 91 the oldest member in the history of the House, hoped to serve one more term, he told a group of his constituents.

It would have been Hall's 18th — but he fell short in a Republican primary run-off against John Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney who received support from Tea Party groups.

Much of the campaign rhetoric focused on Hall's age, raising the question as to whether he would be fit to continue to serve in Congress.

Ratcliffe's campaign touted his "energy" in one of its ads. Hall parried: "You battle Nancy Pelosi as much as I have, you're bound to get a few wrinkles."

Hall has been a thorn in the side of Democrats — perhaps most of all when he was among the most conservative members of the Democratic caucus, until he became a Republican in 2004.



A new interactive map aims to provide more detail about youth voter turnout in elections as Democrats and Republicans work to get more youths to the polls.

Released by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement at Tufts University, the map shows voter turnout for ages 18-29, as well as the 30-and-up group, for all elections dating to 1982.

"Every election season, we see a lot of discussion about young voters," said Peter Levine, director of CIRCLE. "Will they turn out? How big of an influence will they have on the results of specific races?"

The map could provide pollsters and campaign operatives with in-depth data on who votes as well as where to target prospective youth voters. In the case of Hispanics, youths are seen as one of the most important voter blocks. Eighteen-to-29-year-olds were key to President Obama's first presidential election in 2008 and were relied on heavily in his 2012 re-election campaign.