(CNN) - If Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016, some critics on Twitter already know what slogan she should use: "What difference does it make?"
In a heated moment of anger, the secretary of state asked the question as she fought back criticism before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday during a hearing on last year's U.S. consulate attack in Libya.
Washington (CNN) - It was a sideshow, but a compelling sideshow nonetheless.
The main act was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's at times angry, at times emotional testimony on Wednesday at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called the widow of Sean Smith the day following the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, promising to "avenge" the deaths of her husband and the three other Americans killed, according to a new book by reporter Michael Hastings.
Communications specialist Smith was among four killed in an attack on a diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
New York (CNNMoney) - The House on Wednesday passed the "No Budget, No Pay Act," a Republican bill that would effectively defuse the debt ceiling threat for several months.
The bill would let the Treasury Department borrow new money until mid-May. In exchange, the legislation would require lawmakers in both chambers of Congress to pass a budget resolution or have their pay withheld until they do.FULL STORY
Baltimore (CNN) - The owner of the company that ran the audio board used during Monday's inauguration ceremony tells CNN it's up to Beyoncé to disclose whether she was live or lip-syncing the National Anthem.
"What people heard over the system and on-air was Beyoncé singing the National Anthem and when she actually sang it is kind of a moot point," said Bob Goldstein, owner of Maryland Sound International.
Washington (CNN) - At times angry and choked with emotion, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday took on Republican critics of her department's handling of the September terrorist attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, but repeatedly distanced herself from a direct role in specific situations.
"As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility," Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the first of two long-anticipated congressional hearings Wednesday on the attack that became a major issue in the November presidential election.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Bill Clinton was arguably the Democratic Party's biggest rock star on the campaign trail last year, and now the former president appears to be getting ready to hit the trail again.
CNN has confirmed that Clinton will be in his native state of Arkansas on March 16 to help Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor kick off his 2014 re-election bid. The fundraiser, in Little Rock, the state capital, will be headlined by Clinton, who served 12 years as Arkansas governor before being elected president in 1992.
(CNN) - "What difference does it make?" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shouted in anger on Wednesday in response to persistent questioning by a Republican Sen. Ron Johnson about initial, erroneous government talking points that stated the Benghazi terrorist attack grew out of a protest.
(CNN) - Sen. Frank Lautenberg didn't get the best birthday gift on Wednesday, as new poll numbers indicate that even though a majority of New Jersey voters approve of the job he's doing in Congress, they don't think he deserves re-election next year.
Meanwhile, fellow Democrat and Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to lead the now 89-year-old senator in a hypothetical 2014 Senate Democratic primary match-up.
Washington (CNN) - Here are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's prepared remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that is investigating the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
Not all of the remarks were delivered precisely as written.FULL STORY