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Bill Clears the Way for Hillary

After being something of a dubious asset during the primaries, Bill Clinton is doing everything he can to stand out of the way of his wife’s potential Secretary of State appointment. Politico reports that Bill is “open to giving up foreign sources of income if she becomes secretary of State,” while The Wall Street Journal says he “has offered to submit future charitable and business activities to strict ethics review.” According to the Journal’s report, Bill would allow White House counsel and the State Department’s ethics chief to review all donations to the Clinton Foundation, which includes his presidential library, and he would allow the same before agreeing to any paid speeches. Politico says an official announcement of Hillary's appointment can be expected in the next week, but the Journal says Clinton “hasn’t decided to take the secretary of state job even if the vetting hurdles were cleared.”