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Clinton: 'My husband is not secretary of state, I am'

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly became annoyed after an audience member at a town hall in Congo asked her what her husband thought about an international relations issue.

"My husband is not secretary of state, I am," the AP reported an "obviously annoyed" Clinton said. "If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband."

A male Congolese student asked her what "Mr. Clinton" thought of World Bank concerns about a multi-billion-dollar Chinese loan offer to the Congo.

"You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" the AP said she "incredulously" replied.

Before Secretary of State Clinton traveled to Africa, former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea on what the White House described as a "private humanitarian mission" to secure the release of two captive American journalists.

Nothing says 'special relationship' like a pen holder

You may remember the brouhaha in the British press after President Obama turned down the U.K.'s offer to keep a bust of Winston Churchill in the Oval Office. The evicted Winston was a gift/loan from our partners across the pond after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But, alas, Prime Minister Gordon Brown comes this week bearing another token of friendship to replace Winston -- the prime minister who said, "If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons" -- with a pen holder. Yep, a pen holder.

Bush Gets Little Love at G20

World leaders at the G20 summit last weekend appeared to snub President Bush by refusing to shake his hand during a group photo shoot.

In the CNN video, Bush walks with his head down while his those around him, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, exchange greetings.

The video was first posted by Daily Kos and Greatscat!.

See it below.


The Fix

Chris Cillizza looks ahead to this year's Senate races while Sarah Lovenheim looks back at what readers had to say about Hillary Clinton's account of her 1996 Bosnia trip. Cillizza moves two Republican-held seats up in his ranking of the 10 seats most likely to change hands. Sens. John Sununu (R-N.H.) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) face challenges that are getting tougher, while Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-La.) Republican opponent has yet to show "real progress." Lovenheim highlights several posts from readers who see Clinton's misstatements about her trip as a "major blunder." They note that it under cuts her "experience" argument.