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brooklynmutt:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holding back tears during Benghazi hearings today:

“For me, this is not just a matter of policy, it’s personal. I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters. It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to lead the men and women of the State Department and USAID. Nearly 70,000 serving here in Washington and at more than 275 posts around the world. They get up and go to work every day — often in difficult and dangerous circumstances thousands of miles from home — because they believe the United States is the most extraordinary force for peace and progress the earth has ever known.”

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motherjones:


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Pete Souza: “This is one of those rare instances where my presence indirectly became a part of this reaction from those pictured in the photograph. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had just accidentally dropped all of her briefing papers onto the Oval Office rug and she, the President and Vice President all reacted in a way that indicated that surely I wouldn’t get a photo of that to embarrass her.”

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motherjones:

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Check out this photo.

Pete Souza: “This is one of those rare instances where my presence indirectly became a part of this reaction from those pictured in the photograph. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had just accidentally dropped all of her briefing papers onto the Oval Office rug and she, the President and Vice President all reacted in a way that indicated that surely I wouldn’t get a photo of that to embarrass her.”

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Aung San Suu Kyi hugs Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after shaking hands with President Obama in the driveway of her home in Rangoon, Burma on Monday. Obama made history by becoming the first U.S. president to visit the nation. Post reporter @DavidNakamura took this photo and described it as a long, emotional embrace. (via washingtonpost on Instagram)

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Aung San Suu Kyi hugs Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after shaking hands with President Obama in the driveway of her home in Rangoon, Burma on Monday. Obama made history by becoming the first U.S. president to visit the nation. Post reporter @DavidNakamura took this photo and described it as a long, emotional embrace. (via washingtonpost on Instagram)

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The State Department’s senior advisor Philippe Reines released a transcript to reporters Thursday evening with the quote:

AYELET WALDMAN:  My daughter was reading Catcher in the Rye, and I said, “Oh, don’t you love that book?”  And she said, “What is his problem?  He’s unhappy?  He should go volunteer.”

SECRETARY CLINTON:  Good for her.  I like your daughter without even meeting her.  I mean, I think there’s so much to that, because I mean, God, I can’t stand whining.  I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they are not happy with choices they made.  You live in a time when there are endless choices, and you don’t have to have money for them.  Money certainly helps.  I mean, having that kind of financial privilege goes a long way, but you don’t even have to have money for it.  But you have to – even, like, work on yourself, learn to play a sport, do something.   

AYELET WALDMAN:  I’m going to tell Sophie that you agree with her.

“It’s outlandish and misleading for Marie Clare to imply anything else from sympathizing with reporter’s daughter Sophie,” Reines said.

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Last summer Anne-Marie Slaughter, Clinton’s former director of policy planning, caused a stir among the State Department ranks when she wrote a controversial cover story in The Atlantic, entitled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” about why she felt an obligation to quit Clinton’s staff because she found “juggling high-level governmental work with the needs of two teenage boys was not possible.” Once the dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, she is now back at Princeton as a professor. When asked by Marie Claire about the piece, Clinton didn’t hold back. “I can’t stand whining,” she told the magazine. “I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they’re not happy with the choices they made. You live in a time when there are endless choices.
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kileyrae:

NYT | “U.S. Suspects Libya Attack Was Planned”
The Obama administration suspects that the fiery attack in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three other diplomats may have been planned rather than a spontaneous mob getting out of control, American officials said Wednesday.
Officials in Washington studying the events of the past 24 hours have focused on the differences between the protests on the American embassy in Cairo and the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, the Libyan city where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the other Americans were killed.
The protesters in Cairo appeared to be a genuinely spontaneous unarmed mob angered by an anti-Islam video said to have been produced in the United States. By contrast, it appeared the attackers in Benghazi were armed with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Intelligence reports are inconclusive at this point, officials said, but indications suggest the possibility that an organized group had either been waiting for an opportunity to exploit like the protests over the video or perhaps even generated the protests as a cover for their attack.

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NYT | “U.S. Suspects Libya Attack Was Planned”

The Obama administration suspects that the fiery attack in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three other diplomats may have been planned rather than a spontaneous mob getting out of control, American officials said Wednesday.

Officials in Washington studying the events of the past 24 hours have focused on the differences between the protests on the American embassy in Cairo and the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, the Libyan city where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the other Americans were killed.

The protesters in Cairo appeared to be a genuinely spontaneous unarmed mob angered by an anti-Islam video said to have been produced in the United States. By contrast, it appeared the attackers in Benghazi were armed with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Intelligence reports are inconclusive at this point, officials said, but indications suggest the possibility that an organized group had either been waiting for an opportunity to exploit like the protests over the video or perhaps even generated the protests as a cover for their attack.

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In an email from a State Department spokesman to THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Philippe Reines, a longtime Clinton confidant, channels his inner Dr. Seuss to shoot down the report:

“This did not happen
“They did not have lunch
“They did not have any meal
“They did not meet this month
“They did not meet last month
“They did not meet in 2012
“They did not meet in 2011, 2010, 2009
“This is not happening
“Truth is that Ed Klein is an idiot with not a shred of credibility
“Truth is that Ed Klein’s motto is ‘If at first you don’t succeed, lie lie again.’”

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When President Obama named Hillary Rodham Clinton secretary of state after the 2008 election, he turned a rival into a loyalist. But he also lost Mrs. Clinton as one of the most popular Democratic fund-raisers for his re-election effort, since the nation’s chief diplomat is not allowed to engage in campaigning. The same restriction applies to the State Department’s ambassadors around the world, nearly two dozen of whom were fervent supporters of Mr. Obama in 2008, raising tens of millions of dollars for his first presidential campaign. He rewarded these backers with coveted diplomatic appointments to London, Paris, Tokyo and other capitals. Now, as federal employees, they are legally barred from reopening their gilt-edged contact lists. It is one of the few handicaps of incumbency, and in a year when the Obama campaign says Mitt Romney and Republican-affiliated “super PACs” could raise more money than the president, it could be a significant disadvantage, if one difficult to quantify.