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Can Bill Pass the Smell Test?

The New York Times reports that several sources close to both camps expect Barack Obama to offer Hillary Clinton the top State Department job, and that the Obama team is currently vetting Bill's records. The latter might prove a bit tricky. According to The Washington Post, Clinton has earned $40 million in speaking fees since leaving office, some of which comes from shady foreign governments and businesses. He's also used his position to negotiate controversial deals—Clinton’s foundation received $30 million from a Canadian businessman after he brokered a mining deal for him with the Kazakhstan government. The Times doesn’t know whether Clinton has offered private information, or merely public records, for inspection. “For the first time in 16 years,” a source tells the paper, “he has to cooperate with someone else since it has become clear she wants the job.”