1. 18%
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    The net decline in Hillary Clinton’s favorable ratings this year.

    Why is Hillary Clinton’s popularity sliding?

     

  2. Does Hillary Clinton have an Anthony Weiner problem?

    "The Clintons are upset with the comparisons that the Weiners seem to be encouraging — that Huma is ‘standing by her man’ the way Hillary did with Bill, which is not what she in fact did," a Democratic source tells the New York Post.

     

  3. Cartoon of the day: Getting comfy 
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  4. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton momentarily lost her cool Wednesday morning during a hearing on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, blasting Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) after he accused the White House of misleading the public about the attack. (Watch the video here) Johnson started things off by dismissing her assertion that the immediate aftermath of the attack was too chaotic for the State Department to “interfere” and determine the precise nature of the attack. “I realize that’s a good excuse,” Johnson said.

    "Well, no, it’s the fact," Clinton tartly responded. 

    Johnson continued to assail the administration for its initial claim that the attack stemmed from a spontaneous riot. That’s when Clinton went off (it starts around the 2:55 mark in the video above): "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans! Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?"

    She went on to say, “It is our job to figure out what happened, and to do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.”

    Democrats have long viewed the GOP’s obsession with Benghazi as a political witch hunt, and Clinton’s impassioned response is already being seen as an expression of frustration at how Republicans have politicized the issue. Republicans, on the other hand, suggest that Clinton herself is the one politicizing the issue.

    On Benghazi, Clinton gets mad

    Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

     

  5. Cartoon of the day: Biden’s future
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  6. "Sure, Bloomberg is an important figure in American politics, but Clinton is a global icon and one of the most powerful women on the planet. And while running New York involves much more than making sure the garbage is picked up on time, it’s definitely a step down from helping negotiate a truce between Hamas and Israel or becoming the first high-ranking American official to meet Aung San Suu Kyi." —Ryu Spaeth speculates on why Hillary Clinton turned down Michael Bloomberg’s suggestion that she run for mayor of New York

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  7. Oh my goodness. Caption this photo

    PHOTO: AP Photo/Kevin Wolf

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  8. Clinton will be a private citizen soon after the inauguration. She will spend time traveling (without portfolio and for leisure), she’ll read, see movies, and get plenty of sleep. It will be her first break in years. From this period of mindfulness a wellspring of different possibilities might emerge. Retirement is one of them. She’s earned it.
    — Columnist Marc Ambinder explains why Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run is not inevitable, and four other truths about Clinton’s political future

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  9. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hastily dispatched to the Mideast on Nov. 20 to help end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants. While a potential cease-fire is in the works, many people continue to report via Twitter that explosions are ongoing.

    10 incredibly moving images from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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  10. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN on Monday that she takes full responsibility for security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where terrorists launched a Sept. 11 assault that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Mitt Romney has stepped up his criticism of President Obama over the attack, suggesting Obama hasn’t been up front about what happened. Vice President Joe Biden said in last week’s vice-presidential debate that the White House didn’t know about requests for more security ahead of the attack. Clinton said Biden and Obama wouldn’t have known, because she is the one in charge of State’s 60,000-plus people in 275 posts around the world. With the election so close, Clinton said, “I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha.”

    How will Clinton’s statement affect criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi? Here, four consequences:

    1. This won’t deflect the GOP’s attacks
    It appears that Clinton has fallen on her sword for the president, says Margaret Hartmann at New York, although she didn’t seem eager to do it. After all, just last week State distanced itself from other officials’ assertions that extremists “‘hijacked’ a protest in Benghazi.” Regardless, if Clinton was trying to “deflect the Republicans’ attack,” it won’t work. Romney has slammed the administration for blaming the attack on “a YouTube video and a nonexistent riot,” then for accusing the GOP ticket of politicizing the tragedy. “It won’t be too hard for the Romney team to work in another line accusing Obama of shifting the blame to his popular secretary of state.” Clinton can’t let Obama off the hook, says Paul Mirengoff at PowerLine, for “the false statements by the Obama administration” after the attack. The State Department “knew that this was a terrorist attack, not a protest,” yet the administration mischaracterized it for days. “That’s on Obama, not Clinton.” 

    2. Clinton has more explaining to do
    So, Hillary says she’s responsible for diplomats’ security, says The Wall Street Journal in an editorial. “That’s nice, but it still leaves many questions, such as why her own comments to the U.N. differed so much from the substance and tone of Mr. Obama’s.” Remember, he was still talking about the Benghazi attack and the anti-Islam video in the same breath. “Saying you take ‘responsibility’ in brief interviews from faraway Peru is a long way from acting as if you’re responsible.”

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  11. "The Egyptians who vented their rage during Mrs. Clinton’s visit, appear to have been inspired by fears that the Obama administration harbors a secret, pro-Islamist agenda," says Robert Mackey at The New York Times.

    A day after Clinton met with the country’s new president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, angry crowds chanted “Monica, Monica” as Clinton’s motorcade passed. In an attempt to downplay the hostile reception, one State Department official cautioned that it’s “easy to over-read a small group of pretty energetic protesters” in a country of 90 million people. 

    Hillary Clinton’s rough reception in Egypt: What it means

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  12. Spoke too soon.

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  13. In some of the week’s most intriguing images, red-bearded men leap at the Sydney Opera House, Hillary Clinton calls for a time out, the sky burns orange in Colorado, and an Indian Myna prepares to feed its chick.s 

    More of this week’s best photojournalism

    (Source: theweek.com)