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Clinton to announce presidential campaign on April 12

Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on April 12.

The first official word that Clinton will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination will come via an online video posted on social media.

Then Clinton will make stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and possibly other early voting states.

The AP reported that one Democrat familiar with campaign rollout said Clinton’s stops would include visits to people’s homes in those states.

The people familiar with Clinton’s plans spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly.

The former secretary of state will be making her second bid for president and will enter the race in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 Democratic primary, President Barack Obama. Clinton appears unlikely to face a stiff primary opponent, though a handful of lower-profile Democrats have said they are considering their own campaigns.

Should she win the nomination, Clinton would face the winner of a Republican primary season that could feature as many as two dozen candidates. Among them, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Clinton will return to politics following a two-year leave from government. If elected, the former first lady would be the nation’s first female president.

Republicans have been preparing for a second Clinton campaign since she left Obama’s administration in early 2013.

By campaigning heavily in Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton hopes to avoid making the same stumbles against Obama as she did in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, which he won in an upset. Democrats echoed hopes that she would seek personal connections this time.

Clinton sees such campaigning as a way not take for granted her formidable position in the Democratic field.

Among the Democrats who could challenge Clinton in the primary are O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and Vice President Joe Biden.

Clinton’s race is expected to cost more than the $1 billion Obama raised for his 2012 re-election and aides have said she is expected to focus heavily on online fundraising. Her campaign will be required to release its first fundraising report in July and it will be closely examined to measure the strength of her support.

Sarah Palin’s mayoral SUV being sold on eBay. Needs new brakes

Sarah Palin’s Alaska hometown is auctioning an SUV she drove when she was mayor, years before she skyrocketed to fame.

The small town of Wasilla listed the 1999 Ford Expedition with 74,188 miles on eBay with a minimum bid of $10,000. The listing’s photo shows the tan SUV with a cardboard cutout of Palin in the driver’s seat.

A 1999 Ford Expedition in excellent condition at that mileage has a Kelly Blue Book value of $2,318 in the Wasilla area. But city officials are hoping Palin’s role in history will bring out fans willing to pay a lot more.

“We put it out there to get a better return on taxpayer dollars by listing it as her car than just selling it `as-is,'” Public Works Director Archie Giddings said. “It may have some value to somebody … knowing who had it originally.”

The listing expires Nov. 27 at midnight Alaska Standard Time.

Palin drove the vehicle during her second term as mayor, which ended in October 2002. The cardboard cutout of her used for the eBay photo was borrowed from the local Chamber of Commerce, which has the life-size image on display for visitors, Giddings said.

After her stint as mayor, Palin went on to become Alaska’s governor and Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s running mate in 2008. She resigned as governor in 2009, about halfway through her first term.

Palin’s mayoral vehicle was used by other city workers after she left office. Like other old city vehicles that become surplus, any money earned from the sale of the Expedition would go toward replenishing the city’s vehicle replacement fund, Giddings said.

According to the eBay listing, the SUV is in storage and needs new brakes, wheel seals and an idle air control valve. The listing says the vehicle is being sold “as-is,” with no warranty.