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Call the Waahmbulance! WaPo's Chris Cillizza hurt GOP Sen. Ron Johnson's wittle feewings


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Call the waaahmbulance, stat! GOP Sen. Ron Johnson is throwing a tantrum because the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza awarded him a "Worst Week In Washington" award for accusing Hillary Clinton of fake-crying during her testimony about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, per TPM:

Now Johnson is doing a little "crying" himself because Cillizza called him out:

“The Washington Post – the poster child of Washington status quo - said I had the 'Worst Week in Washington... Benghazi was a failure of leadership by Secretary Clinton: before, during and after the terrorist attack. I dared to actually demand that Secretary Clinton explain why she refused to debrief her own staff and then provide truthful information to the American people... In Washington, demanding the truth is apparently a sin... "

Johnson should know all about sin. He just committed another one.

More at TPM.


Hillary Clinton faints, has concussion


I got worried when I heard she fell, then I remembered who she is and the kind of health care she's had access to for 20 years and figured her bones are probably like steel beams. And how long before the usual suspects start nattering that it's all b.s. to get out of testifying on Benghazi?

Washington (CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sustained a concussion after becoming dehydrated and fainting, and will no longer testify Thursday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton had been suffering from a stomach virus at the time, according to a statement on Saturday from Philippe Reines, deputy assistant secretary of state.

She is being monitored by doctors and is recovering at home. She was never hospitalized, Reines said.

"At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon," Reines said.

Secretary Clinton had been scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill Thursday about the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, in September that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.


Al Qaeda Offshoot Offers Camels for President Obama's Head


Makes you wonder if they're trying to be humourous or practical. Figure a camel would would be more useful to someone living in some of those areas than U.S. cash would.

The al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia has mocked the new $33 million bounty on its top leaders heads by offering its own bounty for President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – 10 camels for Obama and 20 chickens for Clinton.

"Anyone who helps the Mujahideen find the whereabouts of Obama and Hillary Clinton will be rewarded with 10 Camels to the information leading to Obama and 10 hens and 10 cocks for Hillary," said senior Shabaab commander Fuad Mohamed Khalaf in a statement reported on numerous websites.

Earlier this week, the U.S. offered a total of $33 million through the State Department's Rewards for Justice program for information leading to the capture of seven different Shabaab leaders, including Khalaf.

The U.S. offered $7 million for founder and commander Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed, AKA Godane or Mukhtar Abu Zubeir, five million for Khalaf and three other men, and $3 million apiece for two other leaders.


China will let Chen Guancheng study abroad


Thank god. Just get them out of there.

Speaking at a news conference at the end of two days of economic and security talks that have been overshadowed by Mr. Chen’s case, Mrs. Clinton said she was encouraged by a statement earlier on Friday from China’s Foreign Ministry that said Mr. Chen could apply to study outside China. The proposal appeared to offer the possibility of a breakthrough in the crisis.

Mrs. Clinton said that progress had been made “to help him have the future that he wants” and referred to the ministry’s statement as well as a visit by American Embassy staff and an American doctor to Mr. Chen in a Beijing hospital on Friday, the first time they were able to see him in person since late Wednesday.


The announcement came hours after Mr. Chen, in a four-point statement conveyed by telephone to a friend, insisted that he did not want to seek political asylum in the United States but that he had been invited to attend New York University and hoped “to go to the United States and rest for several months.”

That would give Chinese officials a face-saving opportunity to allow Mr. Chen and his family to leave China, according to Jerome A. Cohen, a New York lawyer and expert on Chinese law who discussed the proposal with Mr. Chen this week.


Photo Overnight Thread- Hilary Clinton Gets Her Groove On


Seriously, I wouldn't mess with crap like this except for the fact that she looks like she's having actual FUN!! The poor woman always looks so haggard from running here and there it's a boon to know she gets to relax. At the risk of being a cliched throwback, YOU GO GIRL!

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Hillary Clinton, citing her job, will skip DNC in Charlotte


Makes sense, but can't they make an exception so she doesn't kill her record? I mean, since 1968? Wow. h/t Taegan.

At the Democratic convention four years ago, her spirited speech helped unite the party behind Barack Obama. And four years from now, many Democrats hope she’ll be the White House nominee delegates rally around.

But as for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte – Hillary Clinton won’t be coming.

This year, she’s secretary of State. And as the country’s chief diplomat, she’s expected to stay above all things partisan.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will be at the DNC in Charlotte, his spokesman, Matt McKenna, confirmed Friday.


It’ll be the first time in decades Clinton will miss a Democratic National Convention, Reines added – “possibly all the way back to ’68 in Chicago.”

And Clinton isn’t the only Cabinet member expected to skip the Charlotte gathering. Federal statute also precludes the attorney general and the secretary of Defense from attending political gatherings, including national party conventions, Reines said.


Hillary Clinton: Spring allergy led to my Situation Room photo


Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, this has become the photo to commemorate the historic event. It's been analyzed, scrutinized, and just about everything else-ized, as commentators have tried to figure out exactly what was occurring at that moment, and what was going through the mind of each person in the room.

Sometimes things just aren't what they seem:

"Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken... I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So it may have no great meaning whatsoever."