Hillary (somewhat) in the hot seat
Hillary Clinton could be confirmed as early as Thursday and sworn in as early as Inauguration Day as President-elect Barack Obama's secretary of state.
Hillary Clinton, currently the junior New York senator and hopefully the next secretary of state, faced more-mild-than-expected questioning over husband Bill's global foundation Tuesday at her confirmation hearings. Here is a solid play-by-play and here are amNewYork's highlight picks:
* Emphasized the need for womens rights worldwide and the end to a slavery of girls and women literally and in terms of work wages, politics and education.
* Praised President-elect Barack Obamas late mother, Ann Dunham, as a pioneer in microfinance in Indonesia.
* Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who was expected to grill Clinton on international contributors to the Clinton Foundation, instead called her the epitome of a big leaguer and urged her to improve donor disclosure.
* Vowed to forge ahead with a comprehensive Middle East peace pact, despite years of meetings and letdowns, with "a strategy of smart power.
* Daughter Chelsea attended and was offered an internship by committee chairman John Kerry. (Dad Bill had interned for the Foreign Relations Committee.)