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WASHINGTON--Hillary Rodham Clinton has a lock on the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday. Read it HERE.

WASHINGTON--Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for gay marriage in a video released Monday by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's major lobbying group for gay rights.

In the video--sure to take up a notch talk about Clinton running for president in 2016--Clinton talks about why she backs "marriage equality." She repeats an oft-quoted line--that "gay rights are human rights"--and recounts how she used it in 2011 at an international conference in Geneva, Switzerland where she said the U.S. stands for defending those rights.

Now out of office, Clinton went public with her position.

"I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples," Clinton says in the video, which runs almost six minutes. "I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law."

The HRC in a statement on the groups' website said, "Now that she has left office and can speak publicly about the issue that is so important to all of us, Hillary shares her experience as Secretary and what she learned while representing our country around the world, and what she has come to believe."

Earlier this month, former President Bill Clinton called for the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)--a law he signed in 1996. Bill Clinton also supports gay marriage.

WASHINGTON--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is being treated for a blood clot in her brain, her doctors said Monday.

The State Department issued a statement by her doctors, Dr. Lisa Bardack and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi who said Clinton did not suffer from a stroke and is being treated with blood thinners.

"This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear," the doctors said.

The blood clot was discovered on Sunday, but the State Department did not reveal the location or other detailed information about the diagnosis.

Clinton remains hospitalized at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Here is the full statement from Clinton's doctors:

"In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage.

"To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the Secretary with blood thinners.

"She will be released once the medication dose has been established. In all other aspects of her recovery, the Secretary is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery. She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff."

For a quick summary of recent Middle East events: the UN vote on a Palestinian state; Iran, Israel, the rockets hitting Israel and the Iron Dome defenses--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton comments on them all at a recent speech at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, including her own shuttle diplomacy between Egypt, Israel and the West Bank. Madame Secretary also looks ahead to returning to private life and tells the audience, "one day, I hope to take my grandchildren to visit Israel."

No pressure, Chelsea....



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WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama decided not to do face-to-face meetings with global leaders in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, outside of courtesy calls to UN officials. The lack of in-person meetings drew fire from Mitt Romney and other GOP critics. Obama delivered a major speech to the UN on Tuesday. While it may be just too close to the election for Obama one-on-ones, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held 25 meetings with leaders from around the world, a State Department spokesman said Friday.

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Netanyahu talks to Obama, Romney on Friday: Read my post on the conversations HERE
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Mike Hammer, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, recapping Clinton's week told reporters Friday, "since arriving last Sunday and starting her meetings then, held 25 bilateral and trilateral meetings.

"And that is in addition to events that covered every region of the world. For example, you saw the U.N. secretary-general's meeting on the Sahel. We had a trans-Atlantic dinner with EU and NATO foreign ministers. We had a Central American ministerial. We had an ASEAN foreign ministers meeting.

"And even today you still are seeing quite a bit of activity with the ad hoc ministerial on Syria in which the secretary announced an additional $15 million in assistance to the opposition, bringing the total of our assistance to the opposition to 45 million (dollars). And she also announced an additional 30 million (dollars) in humanitarian assistance, bringing the total of humanitarian assistance that we provide today to 130 million (dollars). She also participated in key events on Feed the Future, gender equality and UNAIDS."

WASHINGTON--The Obama for America campaign uses the occasion of Newt Gingrich finally dropping out of the GOP presidential primary on Wednesday to assemble a video of Gingrich's slaps at presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. This is done to dilute any potential bang Romney will get from a Gingrich endorsement.

Will the tactic work? Hillary Rodham Clinton has some harsh criticisms of Barack Obama in their mighty 2008 battle, and we know how that story turned out.

WASHINGTON--Chatter about Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton replacing Vice President Biden on the Obama 2012 ticket persist no matter how many times she says it is "not going to happen." And now in a joint interview CNN's Wolf Blitzer did with Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta--Panetta did not throw cold water when Blitzer asked Clinton about 2016.

Clinton and Panetta were interviewed in Brussels, at NATO Headquarters, where they attended meetings to prepare for the May NATO Summit in Chicago. Clinton has said she if President Barack Obama wins a second term, she will stay at State only as long as it takes to get a replacement for her.

"She's been a great leader and she will be a great leader in the future," Panetta said.

Blitzer replied, aiming the comment at Clinton, "You know, they really want you. And a lot of Democrats and others, they would like to run in 2016. I just see you smiling."

"Look, I'm flattered. I am honored. That is not in the future for me, but obviously I'm hoping that I'll get to cast my vote for a woman running for president of our country," Clinton said.

Because of their positions, the Defense Secretary and Secretary of State do not campaign and officially stay out of politics. Clinton won't even attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., though her husband is all but certain to be there.

As for replacing Biden, she said, "That is not going to happen. That's like saying if the Olympic Committee called you up and said are you ready to run the marathon, would you accept? Well , it's not going to happen."

WASHINGTON--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton regularly swats down talk of her replacing Joe Biden as President Obama's runningmate and she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Wednesday it was a likely as her running in an Olympic marathon.

She made her remarks in a joint interview with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta from Brussels, where both of them were attending a meeting a NATO Headquarters in the run-up to the Chicago NATO Summit in May.


WOLF BLITZER, HOST: If the President of the United States says, Madam Secretary, I need you on the ticket this year in order to beat Romney, are you ready to run as his vice presidential running mate?

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: That is not going to happen. That's like saying if the Olympic Committee called you up and said are you ready to run the marathon, would you accept? Well, it's not going to happen.

BLITZER: I disagree.

CLINTON: Oh, well -

BLITZER: I think it is possible. It's unlikely. You will say that -

CLINTON: It's more than unlikely.

BLITZER: If he needs - if he sees in July that he's going down, he doesn't want to be a one-term president.

CLINTON: But he's - but this - you know, Leon and I are in this awkward position, because we were - we've both been in politics, and now we're in two jobs that are out of politics for the - all the right reasons. So I don't comment on politics any more.

But I'm very confident about the outcome of this election, and as I've said many times, I think, you know, Joe Biden, who's a dear friend of ours, has served our country and served the president very well, so I'm out of politics, but I'm very supportive of the team that we have in the White House going forward.
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WASHINGTON-House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told Charlie Rose on his PBS Show that she would like to see Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton run for president again.

Below, the exchange....

Charlie Rose:

Whoever's president, would you like to see the secretary of State, who is leaving office, run for president again?

Nancy Pelosi:

Yes.

Charlie Rose:

I thought so.

Nancy Pelosi:

Yes. That would be so exciting. And isn't she a magnificent secretary of State?

Charlie Rose:

And do you believe she will?

Nancy Pelosi:

I have no knowledge of that, but --

Charlie Rose:

But she would be the instant frontrunner in the Democratic Party?

Nancy Pelosi:

You know what? You're talking about 100 years from now. We can't even predict who is going to win the election.

WASHINGTON--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton really is quitting and not planning to stick around if President Barack Obama is re-elected. She said Thursday during a Town Hall meeting with State employees if Obama wins a second term, she'll stay on until there is a replacement.

Said Clinton, "I think I have made it clear that, you know, I will certainly stay on until the president nominates someone and that transition can occur. But I think, after 20 years -- and it will be 20 years -- of being on the high wire of American politics, and all of the challenges that come with that, it would be probably a good idea to just find out how tired I am. Everyone always says that when they leave these jobs.

"...And then, you know, the election is, you know, going to, I'm sure, suck up a lot of the attention from following areas that we think are so important: you know, trying to resolve frozen conflicts; trying to, you know, bring food and health care and education to desperately poor people; trying to build up America's reputation and reality in so many places in the world. But the good news is, you know, maybe we can even get more done if they're not paying attention. So just factor that in.

"And I think, from my perspective, I will, you know, just work as hard as I can till the last minute I have the honor of being secretary, and certainly do everything, no matter what I do -- which I have no idea what it will be -- to support all of you. And I am happy to work with Vice President Biden, who does an excellent job and is a huge advocate and supporter for this department and for USAID.

"So it's a little odd for me to be totally out of an election season, since, as secretary of state, I cannot participate. But, you know, I didn't watch any of those debates....:

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David Axelrod in his former White House office (photo by Lynn Sweet)

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's top strategist, David Axelrod, is launching an Institute of Politics at his alma mater, the University of Chicago, to create bipartisan programs bringing big names in politics to campus and internships for students.

"If years from now I run across young people who have participated in this Institute who are now writers and staffers and yes, candidates, we'll have done our job well," Axelrod said in a conference call on Wednesday.

The U. of C. institute will be largely modeled on Harvard University's Institute of Politics, housed in the Kennedy School of Government. Harvard's IOP brings together all kinds of figures involved in politics -- from political journalists to elected and appointed government officials and high level campaign operatives.

As at Harvard, Axelrod said he envisioned quarterly fellowships for political practioneers, programs and internships for U. of C. students.

Axelrod will be the founding director of the Institute starting in 2013; at present he is handling his last official campaign -- Obama's 2012 re-election bid. Axelrod joined the Harvard IOP board last year and will step down at the end of 2012.

A draw of the U. of C. IOP will be bringing political star power to the Hyde Park campus.

The Institute, said Axelrod, "will be making the University of Chicago a top destination for newsmakers and political actors."

To that point -- and to kick off the U. of C. IOP -- Axelrod lined up a Thursday panel to discuss the 2012 presidential election contest at the International House: ABC News George Stephanopolous; Mayor Rahm Emanuel; MSNBC host Rachel Maddow; GOP media consultant Alex Castellanos and New York Times columnist David Brooks, who picked up his undergraduate degree at the U. of C. in 1983. (The program is for students and invited guests.)

Axelrod -- who received his undergraduate degree in 1976 -- is a former Chicago Tribune political writer who switched to working for candidates, making his name at first as a top consultant for Senate, House and local campaigns. To take advantage of being in Chicago, Axelrod said the Institute will also have a focus on "urban politics."

Axelrod is just one of many people in the Obama orbit with deep ties to the U. of C. Obama taught at the law school; First lady Michelle was an executive at the medical center; daughters Malia and Sasha attended the Lab School; senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was on the U. of C. board and Mrs. Obama's former chief of staff, Susan Sher, is now a top honcho at the medical center.

With all those connections -- and with the Obama home not far from campus -- the U. of C. will likely be in the running to eventually house in whole or part the Obama Presidential Library. If and when that happens at the U. of C., Axelrod said, "we would look for ways to create synergy."

That's off in the future. Said Axelrod, "my goal right now is to help, encourage young people who are going to be, you know, the David Axelrods and better in the future."

Members of a U. of C. IOP advisory board include Republican media consultant Michael Murphy; historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a Chicago native, political advisor Howard Wolfson, a U. of C. alum who now works for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and who was a strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, Obama 2012 campaign top deputy Stephanie Cutter and Brooks.

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WASHINGTON--Chelsea Clinton will start reporting for NBC News, the New York Times is reporting in a Monday story.

The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been increasing her profile in the last year. While the big story on Chelsea in 2010 was her marriage, in 2011 she had been making appearences on behalf of her father's Clinton Global Initiative.

Chelsea is the third child of a former president on NBC/MSNBC. Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush reports features for NBC's "The Today Show" and Ron Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan, appears as an analyst on MSNBC.

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WASHINGTON -- Chicago native Dorothy Rodham, the mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton whose hardscrabble early life deeply influenced her daughter, died Tuesday at the age of 92.

The mother-in-law of former President Bill Clinton, Mrs. Rodham passed away here shortly after midnight, "surrounded by her family," a statement from the Clinton family said.

"I'm still amazed at how my mother emerged from her lonely early life as such an affectionate and levelheaded woman," Mrs. Clinton wrote in her memoir, Living History.

Mrs. Rodham's mother, Della Howell, "essentially abandoned my mother when she was only three or four, leaving her alone all day for days on end with meal tickets to use at a restaurant near their five-story walk-up apartment on Chicago's South Side," recalled Mrs. Clinton in her book.

Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham was born June 4, 1919, the oldest of two children. Author Donnie Radcliffe wrote in a biography of Mrs. Clinton that a 1920 Chicago census showed Mrs. Rodham lived with her parents on South Michigan Avenue near east 30th St.

Her father, Edwin John Howell Jr., was a Chicago firefighter who died in 1947; Della Howell died in 1960. The Howells divorced in 1927. An eight-year old Dorothy and younger sister Isabelle were sent to live with their paternal grandparents in Alhambra, Calif.

Ten years later, she returned to Chicago after her mother re-established contact and promised to pay for college -- a broken pledge, it turned out. A young Dorothy went to work instead. She met her future husband, Hugh, when she was applying for a job as a clerk-typist at a textile company.

Hugh and Dorothy Rodham married in 1942 and moved into an apartment in Lincoln Park. On Oct. 26, 1947, Mrs. Rodham, then 28, gave birth to her first child, Hillary Diane, at the old Edgewater Hospital, 5700 N. Ashland, taking her home to their apartment at 5722 N. Winthrop.

In 1951, the Rodhams moved into a two-story Georgian at 235 Wisner St. in Park Ridge where they raised Hillary and her brothers, Hugh and Tony.

After the move, a four-year-old Hillary was beaten up by Suzy, a neighborhood bully, reported Gail Sheehy in her May 1992 Vanity Fair profile of Mrs. Clinton that highlighted Mrs. Rodham. "There's no room in this house for cowards," Hillary's mother announced one day, Sheehy wrote. "You're going to have to stand up to her. The next time she hits you, I want you to hit her back." Wrote Sheehey, "Hillary threw out her fist, knocking Suzy off her pins." Hillary then announced, "I can play with the boys now!"

The Rodhams moved from Park Ridge to Little Rock, Ark., where Bill Clinton was governor. Later, Mrs. Rodham moved to Washington. She was in the Senate gallery on Jan. 3, 2001, to watch her daughter get sworn in as a New York senator. With grand-daughter Chelsea, Mrs. Rodham jumped on the campaign trail in 2008 to help Mrs. Clinton's presidential bid.

President Obama said Tuesday, "Ms. Rodham was a remarkable person. Anybody who knows her history knows what a strong, determined and gifted person she was. For her to have been able to live the life that she did and to see her daughter succeed at the pinnacle of public service in this country, I'm sure was deeply satisfying to her."

Memorial services will be private.

WASHINGTON--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to shutdown pundits who have been speculating that President Barack Obama could improve his re-election chances by dropping Vice President Joe Biden and making her his runningmate.

Clinton has already said she will step down from the Obama cabinet at the end of the term. NBC's Savannah Guthrie asked her about the political chatter of an Obama-Clinton ticket in an interview broadcast Thursday.

Asked if it is even "in the realm of possibility," Clinton said, "I do not think it's even in the realm of possibility, and in large measure because I think Vice President Biden has done an amazingly good job. He has taken on the burden of selling the economic plan, of traveling the country, of answering people's questions."

Clinton also said no one has ever raised it with her.

"It's maybe a subject for speculation on Google, but it's not a serious issue in the administration," she said.

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WASHINGTON--White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, pictured in what seems a dramatic photo taken in the Situation Room on Sunday as the raid on Osama Bin Laden was unfolding, said the moment that stayed with him from that historic day was when President Obama said "We got him."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday from Rome there may be "no great meaning whatsoever" to the photo, taken as Obama and top staffers were watching a live video feed of the operation.

I asked for Daley's reaction to what has quickly become an iconic photo and was sent a statement from Daley: "I was with the President Obama as we monitored events throughout that day. To borrow a phrase, what happens in the situation room, stays in the situation room. But I will never forget the moment when the President said those three simple words: "We got him."

Daley made the comment originally at the Arab American Institute Wednesday night.

Clinton was pictured with her hand in front of her face. One could surmise she was reacting to something she was watching--or the more mundane explanation she was covering her mouth while coughing, offered while in Rome for a conference.

"Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken," Clinton said of that moment in the Situation Room. "I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So, it may have no great meaning whatsoever."

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WASHINGTON--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday there may be "no great meaning whatsoever" to the photo of President Obama and top aides in the White House Situation Room Sunday watching a video feed of the Osama Bin Laden raid in Pakistan.

Clinton was pictured with her hand in front of her face. One could surmise she was reacting to something she was watching--or the more mundane explanation she was covering her mouth while coughing, offered while in Rome for a conference.

"Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken," Clinton said of that moment in the Situation Room. "I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So, it may have no great meaning whatsoever."

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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Update2....adding ID's below.

WASHINGTON--During a briefing on Monday, Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan talked about the tension and anxiety in the White House Situation Room during the 40-minute raid where U.S. forces killed Osama Bin Laden.

A dramatic photo by White House photographer Pete Souza catches the drama in the Situation Room on Sunday, as President Obama and his war cabinet watch what a Defense Department official told me was a live feed of the operation.

Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B. "Brad" Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.


Updated with transcript...

WASHINGTON--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had a strong message Monday to any doubters the U.S. would not be able to hunt down Osama Bin Laden: "Now I know there are some who doubted this day would ever come, who questioned our resolve and our reach. But let us remind ourselves, this is America. We rise to the challenge, we persevere and we get the job done."

The U.S. had been trying for more than 10 years to track down Bin Laden, the 9-11 mastermind who was behind the 1993 New York World Trade Center bombing, embassy bombings in Africa and the 2000 bombing of the U.S. warship Cole in Yemen.


Other Clinton points:

To the Taliban: "Our message to the Taliban remains the same, but today it may have even greater resonance: You cannot wait us out. You cannot defeat us. But you can make the choice to abandon al-Qaida and participate in a peaceful political process."

Without mentioning specific countries, the peaceful uprisings of the Arab Spring are a rebuke to Al Qaeda

She hopes Bin Laden victims find comfort in his death.

Clinton underscores close cooperation with Pakistan in the hope the raid does not further erode the relationship. Pakistan leaders were not told of the raid.

Sens. Joe Lieberman (DI-CT.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) chairs of Homeland Security Committee will talk on "next steps" post Bin Laden death at noon est.

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WASHINGTON--The first congressional hearing on the military strikes against Libya will be next Wednesday, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton invited to testify.

UPDATE The hearing was changed to Thursday; Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg will testify END UPDATE

President Obama is facing criticism from Republicans and Democrats for launching the Libyan attacks without making clear the end game.

Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl.) will hold the hearing, her spokesman Brad Goehner told me Thursday morning, in order to "assess the U.S. national security and foreign policy interests at stake in Libya, other actions being considered, and what this means for the broader region."

Clinton has been invited to tesify; if she can't make it, Ros-Lehtinen wants Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg in the witness chair.

The full committee hearing is titled "Libya: Defining U.S. National Security Interests."

On Sunday Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement, "I am concerned that the President has yet to clearly define for the American people what vital United States security interests he believes are currently at stake in Libya. We need to know what the President believes ultimately must be accomplished in Libya to protect and advance U.S. interests there."

WASHINGTON--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will not stay on for a second term if President Obama is re-elected---and will not be seeking another public office. That's what she has been telling interviewers this week, as she is as busy as ever, juggling a multi-crisis portfolio as she travels the globe. My observation: she looks tired.

At a Wednesday press conference at the State Department, held with Morroco Foreign Mininster Taieb Fassi-Fihri, Clinton defended the air strikes in Libya and the creation of a no-fly zone: "This week, Gadhafi's troops were poised to enter Benghazi over the weekend, putting hundreds of thousands of civilians in that city of 700,000 at great risk. Today those troops have been pushed back, and those civilians are safer as a result. Coalition efforts have downgraded Gadhafi's air defense capabilities and set the conditions for an effective no-fly zone.

"I know that the nightly news cannot cover a humanitarian crisis that thankfully did not happen, but it is important to remember that many, many Libyans are safer today because the international community took action."

The Obama administration condemned the bombing in Jerusalem; Clinton said, "The United States is committed to Israel's security, and we strongly condemn this violence and extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected." And of course with Japan struggling with the nuclear disaster coming after the earthquake and tsunami, Clinton said, "We stand ready to help in every way that we possibly can."

All the nonstop travel--some 80 countries since Obama took office--and crisis after crisis--have left Clinton ready to move on---not now--but after Obama is re-elected and a replacement is in the pipeline.

In a People Magazine interview with Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, "I've been on the highest tightrope of American and global politics. In two years it will be 20 years," Clinton, 63, tells PEOPLE in an interview for the new issue. "I want to do other things," she adds, saying she plans to step down when President Obama's first term ends in January 2013 and not seek any other public office."

Clinton told ABC News Diane Sawyer--presuming Obama is re-elected,"Oh, I will stay until the beginning of the next term because I know it takes a while for people to get appointed and confirmed. I mean, obviously, there needs to be a seamless transition with whomever President Obama decides to appoint after he is reelected, which I am confident he will be."

WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama--and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton--team up Tuesday morning at the State Department to mark International Women's Day, delivering awards to heroic female activists from around the world.

From state.gov:

Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored 38 women from 27 different countries. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to women activists worldwide.

The names of this year's honorees:

Her Excellency, Roza Otunbayeva, President of the Kyrgyz Republic;
Maria Bashir, Prosecutor General, Herat Province (Afghanistan);
Nasta Palazhanka, Deputy Chairperson, Malady Front (Young Front) non-governmental organization (Belarus);
Henriette Ekwe Ebongo, journalist and publisher of Bebela (Cameroon);
Guo Jianmei, lawyer and Director of the Beijing Zhongze Women's Legal Counseling and Service Center (China);
Yoani Sanchez, Innovator and Blogger, Founder of GeneraciĆ³n Y blog (Cuba);
The Honorable Agnes Osztolykan, Member of Parliament, Politics Can Be Different Party (Hungary);
Eva Abu Halaweh, Executive Director of Mizan Law Group for Human Rights (Jordan);
Marisela Morales IbaƱez, Deputy Attorney General for Special Investigations against Organized Crime (Mexico);
Ghulam Sughra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Marvi Rural Development Organization, (Pakistan)

WASHINGTON--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday launches the "100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges," a continuation of work she began when she was the First Lady and used her position to highlight the plight of women worldwide.

Tuesday--March 8--is International Women's Day.

Clinton's top appointment on international women's affairs is Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer--a onetime chief of staff to the former first lady--who ran the Vital Voices Global Partnership, an outgrowth of Mrs. Clinton's Vital Voices Democracy Initiative, established in 1997.

Verveer and Clinton Counselor and Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills "will participate in a conversation with the "100 Women" moderated by Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock."

Background, from the State Department: This effort kicks-off a year-long series of events to highlight key foreign policy issues that directly impact women and girls worldwide through the International Visitor Leadership Program's exchanges.


Statement by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Passing of Former Representative Dan Rostenkowski

August 11, 2010

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend Dan Rostenkowski. Dan was a great chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, whose ability to get things done in Congress was indispensable in balancing the budget, while investing more in better education and in getting our economy on the right course at the end of the 20th century. We were also glad to work closely with him on health care reform, welfare reform, and crime prevention. He was a tireless advocate for the people of Chicago and a true patriot who served our country well. Our thoughts and prayers are with LaVerne and their three daughters."

WASHINGTON--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joked about sending White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to Moscow on Friday to finalize a nuclear arms deal.

Emanuel's reputation for arm-twisting members of Congress--grown larger with the successful passage this week of the health care bill--gave Clinton grist to suggest he be sent to the Russian Duma to twist some arms there.

"Just as we have to go to our Congress, President Medvedev has to go to the Duma. And I think President Obama has said that he would send Rahm Emmanuel to Moscow and we all immediately endorsed that offer. You know, if President Medvedev wants to take us up on it, we're ready," Clinton said.

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