Political chatter from DC and NYC, the amNewYork way
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.)