Decoder Hillary Clinton's tearful moment on Benghazi: Will it help or hurt?

While tears were once seen as political suicide, these days it's become a way to show genuineness and connect with the public. 

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There were a number of tense, even fiery moments in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on what went wrong in Benghazi. But like many, we were struck in particular by a different display of emotion: In her opening remarks, Secretary Clinton notably teared up while discussing the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.