Washington Daybook: Hillary Clinton Testifies on Benghazi

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton takes her seat on on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 23, 2013, prior to testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Hillary Clinton takes center stage for what is expected to be her last appearance as Secretary of State as she answers pointed inquiries about the State Department’s handling of the deadly attack in Benghazi. The hearings in Senate and House committees may remove the last obstacle to Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation as her successor.

The House votes on a short-term debt limit rise as a Bloomberg poll of investors worldwide finds the U.S. budget uncertainty is the greatest risk to the world economy. The House will then adjourn so Democrats can head for their annual retreat.

The Senate remains in limbo as leaders negotiate an agreement on rules changes to limit use of the filibuster. Talks are stalling action on almost everything else, though first procedural steps have been taken to get House-passed Hurricane Sandy supplemental into position for floor consideration.

Apple and McDonalds among consumer brands and United Technologies and General Dynamics among Pentagon-dependent companies all report earnings today, giving insight into both the state of the economy on Main Street and on Army Navy Drive.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary ranking member Rep. John Conyers, Jr., and Rep. Gwen Moore, all Democrats, announce the re-introduction of Violence Against Women Act. The Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force holds a meeting.

The International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct releases a report rating 83 countries on corruption in defense procurement. James Terry, deputy commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, provides an update on operations.

Texas Rep. Michael Burgess and Newt Gingrich hold a briefing after a meeting of the Congressional Health Caucus. The Israel Policy Forum holds a briefing to discuss Israeli election results.

The International Trade Commission is scheduled to announce its decision whether to review a trade judge’s finding that Samsung infringed on 4 Apple patents.

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