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CLINTON GETS STANDING OVATION, HELMET

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation from her staff and an American football helmet to protect her from Washington’s hard knocks as she returned to work after a health scare. A month to the day since she was last seen on official duties when she flew back from a trip to Europe on December 7, Clinton chaired her regular weekly on Monday meeting with her closest staff and advisers. “It is a great day here in the department . . . Secretary Clinton is back to work,” State department spokesman Victoria Nuland said, adding that the 75 people present at the meeting had welcomed her with a standing ovation. Clinton, 65, suffered a blood clot to her head after a fall in December. She now “looks fantastic, she seems to be terrific,” Nuland said. “She is in the pink, literally. She’s wearing a brilliant pink jacket today.” As a joke, the staff presented her with a white football helmet, with “lots of good padding” bearing the State Department’s seal, and a blue football jersey printed with the words “Clinton” and “112,” to signify the number of countries she has visited during her four-year tenure, Nuland said.

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