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Hillary Clinton Released from Hospital; Expected to Make Full Recovery

State Department photo by Maxwell's/ Public Domain(NEW YORK) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been released from the hospital following treatment for a blood clot in her head, the State Department confirmed on Wednesday.

In a statement, Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Reines said the hospital released Sec. Clinton Wednesday evening after her medical team assured her that she was "making good progress on all fronts."  Clinton's physicians are confident that she will make a full recovery, the statement said.

The State Department added that Clinton is eager to return to work, and expressed appreciation on behalf of the Clinton family for the "excellent care she received from the doctors, nurses and staff" at New York Presbyterian.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters on Wednesday that the secretary has been “quite active on the phone,” working from the hospital, regularly speaking to State Department staff.

Clinton's daughter Chelsea tweeted her own message of appreciation Wednesday.

"Grateful my Mom discharged from the hospital & is heading home," read the message posted Wednesday to Chelsea Clinton's Twitter profile.  "Even more grateful her medical team confident she'll make a full recovery."

Last Sunday, Secretary Clinton was admitted for treatment of a blood clot in her head that developed following a concussion she sustained earlier this month after fainting from illness.

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Hillary Clinton Hospitalized with Blood Clot

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized on Sunday after a follow-up exam stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago revealed the presence of a blood clot.

Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital so that doctors can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours, Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Reines said.

Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion.  They will determine if any further action is required, Reines said.

Clinton, 65, originally fell ill from a stomach virus following a trip to Europe at the beginning of the month, which caused such severe dehydration that she fainted and fell at home, suffering a concussion.  No ambulance was called and she was not hospitalized, according to a state department official.

The stomach virus had caused Clinton to cancel a planned trip to North Africa and the United Arab Emirates, and also her scheduled testimony before Congress at hearings on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

According to a U.S. official, the secretary had two teams of doctors, including specialists, examine her after the fall.  They also ran tests to rule out more serious ailments beyond the virus and the concussion.  

During the course of the week after her concussion, Clinton was on an IV drip and being monitored by a nurse, while also recovering from the pain caused by the fall.

Medical experts consulted by ABC News said that it was impossible to know for sure the true nature or severity of Clinton’s condition, given the sparse information provided by the State Department.  However, most noted that the information available could indicate that Clinton had a deep venous thrombosis,which is a clot in the large veins in the legs.

“A concussion (traumatic brain injury) in itself increases risk of this clot.  Likely, the concussion has increased her bed rest,” said Dr. Brian D. Greenwald, Medical Director at JFK Jonson Rehabilitation Center for Head Injuries.  “Immobility is also a risk for DVT.  Long flights are also a risk factor for DVT but the recent concussion is the most likely cause."

“Anticoagulants are the treatment,” he said.  “If DVT goes untreated it can lead to pulmonary embolism (PE).  PE is a clot traveling from veins in legs to lungs which is life threatening.  Many people die each year from this."

“Now that she is being treated with blood thinners her risks of PE are decreased,” Greenwald said.  “Blood thinners carry risk of bleeding but are common and can be safely used.”

Dr. Allen Sills, associate professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said it was most likely that the clot was not located in Clinton’s brain, since she is being treated with anti-coagulants.

“This is certainly not a common occurrence after a concussion, and is most likely related to either inactivity or some other injury suffered in the fall,” he said.

Dr. Neil Martin, the head of Neurovascular Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, said blood thinners are often given for blood clots in the legs, and it is “very unusual” for anti-coagulants to be given for blood clots in the head.  But he cautioned about speculating too much about Clinton’s condition before more information is available.

“If we don’t know where it is, there is the possibility of several different indications,” he said.  “I don’t know if there is any connection between what she’s got now and the concussion.  All I can tell you is, at this point, it’s almost impossible to speculate unless we know what’s going on there.”

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Happy Birthday Hillary! Secretary of State Clinton Turns 65

Astrid Riecken/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton has been many things in her life: first lady, senator, presidential candidate, and now secretary of state. Now as the high-achieving Secretary Clinton turns 65 Friday, ABC News takes a look back at her long and accomplished career.

Hillary Rodham was born to Dorothy and Hugh Rodham on Oct. 26, 1947, in Chicago. She graduated from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, where she met her future husband, Bill Clinton.

Upon graduation, she moved to Arkansas in 1974, and married Bill Clinton in 1975. While in Arkansas, Clinton worked as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, and later worked at the Rose law firm, where she became the firm’s first female partner, a first in a long list of accomplishments that would crack a glass ceiling for women everywhere.

She served as first lady of Arkansas for 12 years after her husband was elected governor there and became first lady of the United States after Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992. During her tenure as U.S. first lady, Clinton worked to improve the country’s health care system, and became the most traveled first lady in American history, voyaging across the globe to advocate for both women’s rights and human rights, arguing that two issues were one in the same.

During this time, Clinton also worked with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to found the Vital Voices Democracy initiative, an organization that, according to its website, works to “identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential. …”  

Clinton’s extensive political activity during her time as first lady set the stage for a historic 2000 Senate run, which resulted in her becoming not only the first U.S. first lady elected to the U.S. Senate but also the first female senator to represent the state of New York.

In 2007, Clinton launched a bid to become president of the United States, which had she succeeded, would have made her the first female U.S. president. She ceded the nomination to then-Sen. Barack Obama, campaigning extensively for him. He made her secretary of state in 2008, a position she holds today.

Clinton is the first former first lady to serve in a president’s cabinet, and remains the most traveled secretary of state for her time in office.

While Clinton has announced her intention to retire from government at the end of President Obama’s term, some speculate she might be doing so to prepare for a second run at the presidency. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Clinton: ‘No Information’ Amb. Stevens Was on Al Qaeda ‘Hit List’

William Ng/State Dept(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded today to reports that Ambassador Chris Stevens feared he was on an Al Qaeda “hit list” by saying that she had “absolutely no information or reason to believe that there’s any basis for that.”

Clinton also announced that she has launched an independent panel, an Accountability Review Board, that will be directed by veteran diplomat Ambassador Thomas Pickering, to investigate what happened in the Benghazi consulate attack that killed four diplomats.

The State Department is required by law to investigate any incidents in which there has been loss of life or significant destruction of property at a U.S. mission abroad within 60 days of the attack.  Clinton will provide the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with the findings of the report.

Clinton said the countries affected by the Arab Spring have “fragile” and “new” democracies and America cannot afford to withdraw its support now.  

“The vast majorities of people in these countries did not throw off the tyranny of a dictator to trade it for the tyranny of a mob.”

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Secretary Clinton Delivers Powerful Religion Speech After Middle East Embassy Attacks

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary Clinton delivered a powerful and personal speech about religion at an Eid ul-Fitr reception, marking the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. The speech, at times, was a direct response to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East, and the deaths of four diplomats at the hands of militants in Libya.

In her remarks, Clinton repeated much of what she’s said in the last two days, namely that the Benghazi attack was carried out by a “small and savage group,” and that the United States completely rejects what she called the “inflammable and despicable” anti-Muslim film circulating the Internet. However, Clinton pointed out all religions have faced insults and denigration, but that’s no justification for violence.  The response to such insults is what separates people of true faith from those who would use religion as an excuse to commit violent acts, she said.

“When Christians are subject to insults to their faith, and that certainly happens, we expect them not to resort to violence. When Hindus or Buddhists are subjected to insults to their faiths, and that also certainly happens, we expect them not to resort to violence,” said Clinton. “The same goes for all faiths, including Islam.”

She spoke movingly about her own personal beliefs as a way of re-enforcing her point.

“I so strongly believe that the great religions of the world are stronger than any insults.  They have withstood offense for centuries,” said Clinton. "Refraining from violence, then, is not a sign of weakness in one’s faith; it is absolutely the opposite, a sign that one’s faith is unshakable.”

She asked the crowd to work towards building a world where if one person commits a violent religious act, millions of people will stand up and condemn it.

“We can pledge that whenever one person speaks out in ignorance and bigotry, ten voices will answer,” Clinton said forcefully. “They will answer resoundingly against the offense and the insult; answering ignorance with enlightenment; answering hatred with understanding; answering darkness with light.”

The secretary urged the audience not to be discouraged by the hatred and violence that exists, but instead resolve to do something tangible to promote religious tolerance in their own communities.

“In times like these, it can be easy to despair that some differences are irreconcilable, some mountains too steep to climb; we will therefore never reach the level of understanding and peacefulness that we seek, and which I believe the great religions of the world call us to pursue,” she reflected. “But that’s not what I believe, and I don’t think it’s what you believe… Part of what makes our country so special is we keep trying. We keep working. We keep investing in our future,” she said.

This year’s annual Eid event honored three young Muslim-Americans who are part of the State Department’s Generation Change program. The initiative, launched by Clinton two years ago, supports young Muslims to develop positive organizations and movements around the world.

Clinton acknowledged that given the deaths of the diplomats killed in Libya this week, the event had a more somber tone than in years past. But she also highlighted the outpouring of support the United States has received from the Muslim world.  She thanked the Libyan ambassador, Ali Suleiman Aujali, who gave a heartfelt tribute to U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, whom he called his dear friend, killed in Benghazi on Tuesday.

“I must tell you, Madam Secretary, and tell the American people, that Chris is a hero,” said Aujali. “He loves Benghazi, he loves the people, he talks to them, he eats with them, and he [was] committed -- and unfortunately lost his life because of this commitment.”

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Obama, Clinton Fundraiser Appointed to National Security Panel

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- For one of President Obama's top fundraisers, the appointment last year to an elite group of State Department security advisors appeared to be an odd fit.

Rajiv Fernando, a Chicago securities trader, has never touted any international security credentials, yet he was appointed alongside an august collection of nuclear scientists, former cabinet secretaries and members of Congress to advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on crucial security matters.

One current member of the International Security Advisory Board told ABC News that none of the other members could figure out who Fernando was or why he was there.

Fernando, president of Chopper Trading, has distinguished himself in one way, though. He is one of the most prolific bundlers of campaign contributions for President Obama's reelection, raising more than $500,000 this cycle. Prior to his State Department appointment, Fernando gave between $100,000 and $250,000 to the William J. Clinton Foundation, and another $30,000 to a political advocacy group, WomenCount, that has indirectly helped Hillary Clinton retire her lingering campaign debts.

How Fernando found a place on the intelligence panel remains an unanswered question. Fernando declined repeated requests to be interviewed over the past several months. When he was approached by ABC News this week in his hotel lobby, he turned away from cameras, asked hotel security to arrest the reporters, and at one point grabbed an ABC News camera and apparently attempted to break it.

Days after ABC News contacted the State Department in 2011 to ask about his qualifications to serve on the panel, Fernando announced he had stepped down, saying he was too busy to participate. The State Department declined to provide his resume, or offer comment.

As Fernando exchanged hugs and greetings with other top donors in Charlotte this week, he embodied what some watchdog groups say has been a surprising aspect of President Obama's first term. Despite his pledges to change the way business is done in Washington, Obama has continued a tradition of appointing top donors to prestigious posts in government and seats on influential federal commissions.

"Overall the problem is the declaration by Obama that things would be so different," said Melanie Sloan, who runs Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "When it doesn't look so different, that is a disappointment."

More than two dozen of the president's top fundraisers received ambassadorships during his first term, and dozens more have been placed in various key posts in his administration. Fernando's appointment stands out, however, because a seat on the International Security Advisory Board has not traditionally been viewed as a perk for major donors.

Among those who sat alongside Fernando on the panel were David A. Kay, the former head of the Iraq Survey Group and UN Chief Weapons Inspector; Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, a former National Security Advisor to two presidents; William Perry, a former Secretary of Defense; two former congressmen; and former Sen. Chuck Robb.

Stephen Krasner, a professor of international studies at Stanford University who served on the board under President Bush, said he did not think the panel was a place to park contributors.

"These are always people who would have serious foreign policy expertise," he said.

Fernando's expertise appears to be in the arena of high-frequency trading -- a form of computer-generated stock trading. His firm, Chopper Trading, is a leader in that field.

Another area of interest is politics. Fernando's history of campaign giving dates back at least to 2003 and it is prolific -- and almost exclusively to Democrats. He was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton's bid for president, giving maximum contributions to her campaign, and to HillPAC, in 2007 and 2008. He also served as a Clinton bundler, gathering more than $100,000 from others for her White House bid.

After Obama secured the Democratic nomination in 2008, Fernando began donating to him. He recently hosted a fundraiser at his Chicago home with Vice President Biden. But he has also continued to help Clinton. In 2009 he made a $25,000 contribution to WomenCount, a group organized by former Clinton supporters that states as its goals the advancement of women in politics. The group was also one of several that has helped Clinton retire her campaign debt by renting her email list.

The group has paid Clinton's campaign account $220,000 for "list rental income." Renting the mailing list served as a major source of income for Clinton, who finished her presidential bid with a sizeable debt, but was hampered from paying it back because, as Secretary of State, her abilities to fundraise were severely limited.

Stacy Mason, who runs WomenCount, said the group did not serve as a pass-through for people looking to support Clinton.

"Our mission had little or nothing to do with Hillary," Mason said. "The list was to build the movement. Our goal was to bring women together online to support legislation, to elect women to office."

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Hillary Clinton to Break Record Held by Madeleine Albright

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touches down in Latvia Thursday, she will hit a milestone, having traveled to a staggering 100 countries in less than four years. Clinton will become the most-traveled secretary of state in U.S. history.

The previous record holder was Madeleine Albright, who visited 96 countries when she was the nation’s top diplomat from 1997 to 2001.  Clinton’s predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, visited 85 countries in four years.

Besides Lativia’s being the 100th country Secretary Clinton has visited, it will also be the first time a secretary of state has visited the tiny Eastern European country in nearly 20 years.  A senior State Department official called Clinton’s industrious travel “a testament to the enormous activity that she has put into her job.”

And she’s not done yet. Clinton still has six more months before she says she will depart her post.

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Bird Strikes Hit Senior Obama Administration Officials’ Planes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- So much for the friendly skies — lately it seems like they’re full of angry birds, taking aim at high-ranking officials.

Bird strikes are very common, but sometimes they can cause significant damage.

On Thursday, there were three high profile incidents of birds flying into jet engines.

Vice President Biden’s plane, Air Force Two, was on approach into California’s Santa Barbara airport when the 757 was hit by birds.

The pilots noticed the bird strike right as it happened, but sources say that passengers couldn’t even tell the plane had hit anything.

“Think about a bird. It can be anything from a small bird, a couple ounces to eight, nine, ten pounds,” said Col. Stephen Ganyard, a former Marine Corps pilot and current ABC News consultant. “The size of the bird matters. How fast the aircraft is going matters.”

Biden’s plane touched down safely and an Air Force official said at no point was anyone in danger.

Out of an abundance of caution, the vice president hitched a ride home on a different Air Force plane.

“When there is a bird strike our safety procedure is to land safely as quickly as possible to get an assessment of what happened and review the extent of damage if there is damage,” said Lt. Gregg Johnson, a spokesman for the 89th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.

“The fact that they did ground the aircraft, and the fact that Vice President couldn’t take that same aircraft onto his next destination tells us that there was some significant damage to the aircraft,” Ganyard said.

Biden wasn’t the only senior Obama administration official to run into some bird issues.

On the same day, somewhere between Brussels and Paris, a bird flew into the engine of the plane carrying Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton.

The flight was smooth – officials only discovered the bird after the plane landed and they saw feathers and body parts, according to a State Department official.

And then there was that dramatic emergency landing of Delta Airlines Flight 1063 at New York’s JFK Airport on Thursday.

Just seconds after a smooth takeoff, a flock of large birds was sucked right into the plane’s turbine.

The pilot calmly radioed back to the air traffic control tower.

“Delta 1063 has had an engine failure on the right engine declaring an emergency due to a bird strike,” the pilot was heard saying on the audio recording.

Passengers said the whole plane trembled and the cabin filled with smoke.

“Hit the right engine, plane shook us, where I thought we were coming down,” said Grant Cardone, a passenger on Flight 1063.

Bird strikes may be terrifying for passengers, but they’re actually very common.

According to the federal aviation administration they happen 20 times a day. Every year, birds cause well over $600 million in damages to aircraft.

“It may be a coincidence that we’ve seen a couple high profile bird strikes in the past couple days, but we also need to remember that this is Spring and it’s the bird migratory season,” Ganyard said.

Experts say there’s a much greater risk for aircraft to hit birds during migration, so for the next few weeks, they may have to learn to play nice and share the skies.

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Renewed Amelia Earhart Discovery Effort Announced

New York Times Co./Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An exuberant Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was "thrilled" to welcome the group of scientists launching a new exhibition into the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart 75 years ago.

"Wow," Clinton said in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. "This an exciting day. We haven't had an event quite like this one before and that's what I love about it."

The privately funded half-million dollar effort is expected to begin in July.

The secretary spoke of how Earhart was one of her childhood heroes, introduced to her by her late mother. "Her legacy resonates today for anyone, boys and girls, who dream for the stars," Clinton said, comparing Earhart's journey during the Great Depression and cusp of World War II to today's unsettling time for America and the world.

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"She embodied the spirit of an America coming of age," Clinton said. "So here we are to mark a time that's particularly rich in symbolism and opportunity, like Amelia Earhart."

Clinton also gave a special welcome to Tessie Lambourne, the foreign secretary of the island nation of Kiribati, where the exploration is to take place. Lambourne's presence not only symbolized the importance of the search for Earhart, Clinton said, but also the relationship the United States has with the Pacific islands.

As for Earhart, an analysis of a photo uncovered in 2010 of a plane wreck off the Kiribati islands has led specialists to believe there is a "possibility" that the wheel in the grainy photo could be from the airplane the Electra, the plane Earhart flew, a senior State Department official said late Monday night.

The official added that it was enough to warrant exploration but "a very healthy dose of skepticism must be in play."

"We're not making any bets," the official said, adding that Earhart's disappearance remains one of the world's greatest unsolved mysteries. "It's not what you find, but what you're searching for."

The actual picture was not unveiled until the event and presentation, which took place Tuesday morning.

Tuesday's event was meant to "underscore America's spirit of adventure and courage, as embodied by Amelia Earhart, and our commitment to seizing new opportunities for cooperation with Pacific neighbors founded on the United States' long history of engagement in the Asia-Pacific region," the State Department said in a written statement.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, also known as Tighar, which works on the Kiribati islands, has launched a mission to try and search the area where the picture was taken, and use sophisticated sonar capabilities to see what might be there.

The State Department and Tighar are also working with undersea explorer Ballard, of Titanic fame, on the project.

The search will focus on the remote Pacific atoll called Nikumaroro, which is approximately half way between Australia and Hawaii, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The deserted island of Nikumaroro, which lies 1,800 miles south of Hawaii, was in the line of Earhart's flight path as she flew from New Guinea to Howland Island in July of 1937, when she and navigator Fred Noonan might have gone down during an attempted around-the-world flight.

Tighar champions the theory that the Elektra ended up on the uninhabited Gardner Island, where Amelia landed safely on the island's fringing reef, but after a week of distress calls, rising tides and surf swept the Electra over the reef edge. The group believes that Earhart and Noonan lived for a time as castaways and that the aviator died in a makeshift campsite on the island.

Researchers at Tighar also uncovered a mirror from a woman's compact, buttons and a zipper from a flight jacket during their $500,000 expedition in 2007. All of the found items are American-made and from the 1930s, and all were part of Earhart's inventory.

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Clinton Names Basketball Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Cultural Ambassador

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The state department has a new global cultural ambassador: Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The towering Hall of Famer said tackling his new position will be like following in the footsteps of Louis Armstrong, one of his heroes. Armstrong traveled the globe as a goodwill ambassador under President John F. Kennedy.

Secretary Hillary Clinton said Abdul-Jabbar exemplifies a great story, “from the streets of Harlem, to the NBA, now with all the work you’re doing with your foundation to give back.”

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Abdul-Jabbar presented Clinton with a signed Lakers jersey, emblazoned with the number he wore, 33, when he played center for the NBA team from 1975-1989. He also gave the secretary a copy of What Color Is My World?, a children’s book on the history of African-American inventors, which he co-authored.

The former NBA player will travel to Brazil later this month to meet with underprivileged youth, and talk with them about the importance of education, racial tolerance, and sports as a tool for empowerment.

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