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Hillary (somewhat) in the hot seat

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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.

By Emily Ngo

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 women’s 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 Obama’s 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.)

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