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A gift of a helmet was presented to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after she returned to work following a month-long absence for health-related issues.

One stomach virus, one concussion and one blood clot later, HRC is back at the helm ... with a football helmet to protect herself from future falls:

A crowd of about 75 State Department officials greeted Clinton with a standing ovation as she walked into her first senior staff meeting since early December.

Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, noting that life in D.C. is often a "contact sport, sometimes even in your own home" then presented Clinton with a gift.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remained hospitalized Wednesday for treatment of a blood clot in her head, as daughter Chelsea tweeted from her bedside.

After being photographed looking visibly distraught outside the hospital, Chelsea wrote that she was grateful to be starting the new year with her family.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

"Wishing all a healthy & happy 2013," Chelsea, 32, wrote.

"Grateful to be starting the new year with my family."

Former President Bill Clinton has been spotted driving to and from his wife's side at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for much of the past 48 hours.

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It's been a tough few weeks for Hillary Clinton.

The Secretary of State was hospitalized after doctors found a blood clot during an exam related to the concussion she suffered during a fall earlier this month.

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"Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion," Philippe Reines, deputy assistant secretary of state, said Sunday.

"They will determine if any further action is required."

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently fainted and suffered a concussion, which has critics of this fall's debacle in Benghazi, Libya, crying foul.

Some even suggested that Clinton faked it to avoid potentially embarrassing testimony, but this has been slammed by aides as “wild speculation.”

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State

Former United Nations envoy John Bolton was ripped by the State Department today for speculation that Hillary Clinton may have pulled a fast one.

Bolton speculated on Fox News that Clinton’s claim of fainting and suffering a concussion amounts to what foreign service officers call a “diplomatic illness.”

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suffered a concussion after fainting this weekend, according to reports, but did not sustain serious injury.

Clinton, 65, was staying home due to a stomach virus. Her illness left her dehydrated, which led to a brief fainting spell. Clinton then hit her head.

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Clinton continues to work from home while being monitored by doctors, but hopes to return to work "soon," explained a statement by aide Philippe Reines.

As a result, Clinton will no longer attend hearings Thursday about the September 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

Instead, senior State Department officials William Burns and Thomas Nides will fill in for her.

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There's jet lag, and there's jet lag after visiting more than 100 countries in four years, at which point no coffee, Red Bull or Five Hour Energy is gonna get it done.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looked like she hit a wall right in the middle of President Obama's speech in Myanmar on Monday, falling asleep briefly. Watch:

While Hillary, who sat next to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, likely wishes she hadn't nodded off, she shouldn't worry all that much considering:

  1. She helped broker an Israel-Hamas cease fire 48 hours later.
  2. Obama does kinda tend to drag these things out sometimes.
  3. Soon she can sleep for 2-3 years prior to the 2016 election.

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It's never too early to start thinking about the 2016 election. Okay, maybe it is, but those who have like the prospects of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

Yes, a Clinton-Bush White House race. Can you imagine?

Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush

By 2016, eight years after Barack Obama succeeded George W. Bush and outlasted Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, both political dynasties could rise again.

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Christina Aguilera was honored this week for ... hey, her eyes are up here, Hillary!

Earlier this week, while President Barack Obama was getting drubbed in a debate with Mitt Romney, the U.S. Secretary of State was honoring The Voice judge.

Not just for her curve-tastic body, either, despite the photo below suggests:

Christina Aguilera, Hillary Clinton

Clinton was on hand for the 11th annual George McGovern Leadership Award ceremony, held at the U.S. Department of State, and Xtina was an honoree. Why?

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is sharpening her criticism of an anti-Islam video by Sam Bacile that provoked protests in the Arab world.

Clinton says the YouTube film, titled Muhammad, is "disgusting and reprehensible" and termed it a cynical attempt to offend people for religious beliefs.

Hillary noted, however, that the U.S. would never stop Americans from expressing their views, no matter how distasteful, as they are central to freedom.

Sam Bacile, who reports say is an Israeli-American real estate developer, posted the trailer this summer. Little is known about the man; he's gone into hiding.

She also says the film is no justification for violence or attacks on diplomatic facilities and personnel; a U.S. ambassador was killed in Libya Tuesday.

Clinton said Thursday the U.S. is monitoring protests in Yemen and elsewhere, urging countries to take steps to prevent protests escalating into violence.

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One of the political world's favorite rumors received fresh legs after both Sarah Palin and John McCain openly encouraged President Barack Obama to drop V.P. Joe Biden from the Democratic ticket in favor of Hillary Clinton.

McCain and Palin, the Republican 2008 ticket, both brought it up this week after Biden's controversial speech in Danville, Va., during which he told a crowd that a Mitt Romney presidency would "put y'all back in chains."

McCain, Palin, Obama

Although he predicted it would not happen, McCain said it would be wise for Obama to take the Vice President off the ticket and replace him with Clinton.

"I think it might be wise to do that but it's not going to happen obviously, for a whole variety of reasons," McCain said in an interview on Fox News.

"I'm not sure if I were [Clinton] I would want [that] ... I think her ambitions frankly are for 2016 and I'm not sure that would enhance that likelihood."

McCain's former running mate Palin has called openly for a Biden-Clinton swap, though she hopes it won't happen, as it would help Democrats win.

Of the "chains" quote controversy, McCain said Biden "continues to say things that are unacceptable in American politics," and "crossed the line" this time.

"Yet he seems to get away with it because it's always sort of a joke," McCain said.

The Biden-Clinton rumor surfaced earlier this year with Obama struggling mightily in polls and some suggesting it would reinvigorate his reelection bid.

What do you think? Should Obama drop Biden for Clinton?