In just the latest event honoring her service as secretary of state, newly-minted civilian Hillary Clinton today accepted a medal from the Defense Department for distinguished public service, and spoke of the "enormous" pride she feels for her work with the Pentagon during her tenure in the Obama administration.

Clinton, who officially handed over the reins to the State Department at the beginning of the month, was profuse in her thanks and praise of outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who presented her with the medal and introduced her remarks. Clinton reflected on the historically tense relationships between leaders of the Pentagon and the State Department, and said she was "enormously proud of what we have achieved."

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most popular U.S. politician, surpassing fellow Democrats President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as well as leading Republicans, a national poll found.

Sixty-one percent of American voters approve of Clinton, a possible U.S. presidential candidate for 2016, while 34 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion, according to the survey by Quinnipiac University released on Friday.

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Hillary Clinton plans to write a memoir once she steps down as Secretary of State, she said at a global town hall Tuesday. Although her immediate plans involve “catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation,” Clinton said she does plan to write a book. “I don’t know what I will say in it yet,” she said. Her first memoir, “Living History," was released in 2003.


Presidents current and future?

Speculation about Hillary Rodham Clinton's political future is only going to intensify as she holds a joint interview with President Obama on CBS' 60 Minutes. The interview will be taped Friday, and broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday at 7 p.m., ET.

One possible question: Will soon-to-be-former Secretary of State Clinton seek the presidency in 2016? Don't expect a definitive answer, but it will be interesting to see how she handles it.

Another likely topic: The Obama administration's handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton will leave the Secretary of State's office as soon as the Senate confirms successor John Kerry, which should be next week.

The 60 Minutes people note that this is the first interview "the President has ever done with anyone other than First Lady Michelle Obama."


Hollywood and Washington had another high-profile meeting Sunday as former president Bill Clinton popped up at the Golden Globes.

Clinton introduced a clip from the one of the nominated films, director Steven Spielberg's depiction of another president, Lincoln.

"A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives," Clinton said in describing the Abraham Lincoln movie. "Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue."

Clinton then deadpanned: "I wouldn't know anything about that."

Clinton also said that Lincoln — which wound up losing the best drama Golden Globe award to Argo — has lessons for today's lawmakers.

"President Lincoln's struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise," Clinton said. "This brilliant film shows us how he did it and gives us hope that we can do it again."

The Hollywood crowd greeted Clinton enthusiastically, though the 42nd president couldn't escape a little ribbing from Golden Globes co-host Amy Poehler.

"Wow, what an exciting special guest!" Poehler said. "That was Hillary Clinton's husband!"

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Former president Bill Clinton can add Father of the Year to the many awards he's garnered in his decades of public service.

The National Father's Day Council, which has been giving out such an honor for 72 years, has named Clinton one of its recipients for 2013.

"With the profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations, President Clinton exemplifies the attributes that we celebrate through the Father of the Year award," said Dan Orwig, chairman of the National Father's Day Committee.

The 42nd president is being honored for his work through the William J. Clinton Foundation "to improve global health, promote healthier childhoods and protect the environment" and for bringing "global leaders together to work on the most pressing issues," according to the committee's statement.

Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, have always doted on their daughter, Chelsea, who turns 33 next month. When Chelsea Clinton was getting ready for her 2010 wedding, her dad said walking her down the aisle was "the most important job I'll ever have."

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WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will resume her official duties on Monday, five days after being released from a hospital for treatment of a blood clot, the State Department said on Sunday.

Clinton, 65, will sit down with assistant secretaries of state for a closed-door meeting on Monday at 9:15 a.m.  at the start of a week-long schedule containing nearly a dozen meetings, including three at the White House.

The Secretary was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital last Wednesday, after a stay of several days during which she was given blood thinners to treat the clot in a vein behind her right ear. She has been resting at home in New York since then.

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Clinton was released from a New York hospital Wednesday evening, three days after a blood clot was discovered inside her skull. Her doctors predict a full recovery from the clot and an apparently related concussion she suffered in a fall last month.

“She’s sounding terrific, upbeat, raring to go,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday. Nuland said Clinton plans to be in the office next week but did not give a specific date.

Clinton’s return sets in motion a quick succession of congressional appearances that had been on hold pending news of her health, with a goal of handing off to Kerry shortly before or after Inauguration Day.

Clinton plans to keep her earlier pledge to testify to House and Senate committees about the fatal attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Nuland said. No date has been set for those appearances, and they are not likely before the week of Jan. 14, two officials said.

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After 31 years of public service, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves the limelight behind. Her departure from the State Department does not come as a surprise. For the past year, she has made clear her intentions to step down and said her goodbyes at outposts all over the world. "It's important for me to step off this incredibly high wire I've been on," Clinton said after casting her ballot in November's presidential election, "to take stock of the rest of my life."
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