Hillary, Sturm undt Drang

Sources tell ABC News that on Wednesday night Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, told the Obama Transition Team that she was inclined to reject President-elect Obama's offer that she be the next Secretary of State. Among other reasons, the autonomy of life in the Senate, where she is her own master, appealed to her. She was encouraged to refrain from making a final decision. On Thursday, many people in Obama's world reached out to Clinton and convinced her to take the job. By Thursday night, she had conveyed to President-elect Obama that she was interested in the job.  In other words, she essentially accepted his offer. Details are still being worked out, but everything is on track for Clinton's nomination for the job to be announced after Thanksgiving, along with other members of the Obama national security team. -- jpt

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