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Hillary Clinton hospitalized: Tough end to successful 2012? (+video)

Hillary Clinton has been hospitalized for a blood clot. The setback comes at the end of a very successful year for her professionally.

By Staff writer / December 31, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seen here in Ireland, was sent to the hospital Sunday after being diagnosed with a blood clot stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier this month.

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WASHINGTON

The New Year holiday is providing an unfortunate coda to what Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton might otherwise judge a personally successful 2012.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized in New York Sunday, after doctors discovered a blood clot related to a concussion she had suffered earlier this month.

On Sunday, she was hospitalized after doctors discovered a blood clot related to a concussion she had suffered earlier this month. Her spokesman said she would remain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at least into Tuesday for observation.

And on Monday, a Senate report faulted the State Department for failing to take adequate steps to protect the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where an attack killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11.

Yet the former first lady and senator from New York has earned mostly favorable reviews as America’s top diplomat. Secretary Clinton’s wonky detail-oriented style proved a good fit for the grinding top State Department job. When she steps down in January she will be the most traveled secretary of state in US history, according to the Associated Press, having visited 112 countries in the course of her diplomatic duties.

Her reputation with the public remains high. In fact, she reached an unprecedented benchmark Monday when a Gallup poll named her the “most admired” woman in the nation for a record 17th time.

Since her first year as first lady in 1993, Clinton has lost the “most admired” Gallup vote only three times, to Mother Teresa in 1995 and 1996, and to Laura Bush in 2001.

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