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Hillary news you may have missed

You can be forgiven for missing some Clinton news over the holidays. (We all needed a news break, really, after the gloom and doom of this fall’s news cycle.) So, what have Hill and Bill been up to? A little dancing, a little denying, and some Clinton Foundation-induced headaches (surely there are many, many more ...

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NEW YORK - January 1: Former President William Jefferson Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrate the begining of the year 2009 during the ceremony to lower the Times Square New Year's Eve ball in Times Square on December 31, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

You can be forgiven for missing some Clinton news over the holidays. (We all needed a news break, really, after the gloom and doom of this fall’s news cycle.) So, what have Hill and Bill been up to? A little dancing, a little denying, and some Clinton Foundation-induced headaches (surely there are many, many more to come…).

  • The Clintons danced the night away in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, helping Mayor Bloomberg drop the ball on 2008.
  • Bill denied reports that he is interested in taking over Hillary’s vacant New York Senate seat, which is being pursued by Caroline Kennedy.
  • In an attempt to diminish the power the Pentagon and the VP’s office have had over foreign policy under Bush, Hillary is seeking a bigger budget for State, along with an expanded role in setting policy and big-name special envoys for hot spots around the world.
  • James Steinberg and Jacob Lew — both of whom served in the White House under Bill Clinton — were named Hillary’s chief lieutenants, with Lew focused on increasing financing for the diplomatic corps.
  • The New York Daily News, which endorsed Hillary back in February, bestowed upon her “New Yorker of the Year.”
  • The NYT hinted yesterday at some possible play-to-play allegations involving Bill’s foundation. The paper reported that an upstate developer received Hillary’s help in securing federal money for a mall project after he donated $100K to the Clinton Foundation.

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