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August 13, 2014

Hillary Walks It Back

First Read: "Well, that didn't take long. Less than 48 hours after The Atlantic published Hillary Clinton's critical comments about Obama's foreign policy, she walked them back. Spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement that Clinton called the president to 'make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership,' adding that the two will 'hug it out' in Martha's Vineyard tonight. As we've noted, Clinton's always been more hawkish than the president, but the handling of the interview and this apology just seem like more politically head-scratching decisions as she continues her book tour. The bottom line: This is not the first time Clinton and Obama are going to have a public split as Democrats transition from one standard-bearer to another. But is every one of those moments going to be as tortured as this one?"

Morning Line notes "get ready to see a whole lot more of this dance over the next two years."


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