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Could Hillary Say No?

Will she? Won't she? Politico and The New York Times both report that Hillary Clinton is not sure she wants to be Barack Obama's Secretary of State, even as all indicators point toward his offering her the position. Politico reports one Clinton insider saying that she is "torn" between serving Obama and "[helping] pass health care and [working] on a broad range of domestic issues.” Her hesitancy has nothing to do with the intense vetting of Bill's records. According to The Times, Clinton is "flattered" at the offer, but "Mrs. Clinton likes being her own boss and is reluctant to give up the independence that comes with that." Another obstacle: Federal employees are prohibited from accepting political donations, and Clinton still has $7.6 million worth of primary debt on her hands.