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    Hillary Heads to the Middle East

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    Here comes Hillary. As violence in the Gaza Strip escalates, the president is increasing United States involvement in the conflict by sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Middle East. Clinton left her swing through Asia to fly directly to Jerusalem, where she will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu. She will then go to the West Bank and meet with Palestinian leaders—not Hamas—followed by a trip to Cairo, to talk to Egyptian leaders who may have some influence over the rocket-firing Islamic group. Clinton won’t be alone—the U.N.’s Ban Ki-moon will also hit Israel Tuesday.

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