Monday is the end of the beginning for Hillary Clinton.
After a busy month of paid and unpaid appearances across the country, capped by two speeches at the beginning of this week, the next item on Clinton's public schedule is likely to be an announcement that she's running for president.
Clinton will speak at two events Monday, one at an event for the Center for American Progress and AFSCME, and another at the ceremony for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. These speeches, both unpaid, are the final acts of Clinton's two-plus years since leaving the State Department, when she also wrote and promoted a memoir and campaigned for Democrats across the country in 2014.
If you haven't been paying attention, now's the time to tune in: Clinton's team is looking to launch the campaign in early April, just weeks away, at which point she will begin to publicly outline the message and rationale behind her long-expected White House run.
"The announcement is one of those linchpin moments in a campaign where you have the opportunity to lay out the theory for your candidacy," said Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist and former White House aide to Bill Clinton. "It is an especially important moment because with HRC having a relatively clear primary field, she can begin talking to the country while the Republicans are in an endless fight waged somewhere between the extreme right and far right."