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Bridget Johnson


January 2, 2013 - 4:32 pm

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been released from the hospital, the State Department said this evening.

“Her medical team advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make a full recovery,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines in a statement. “She’s eager to get back to the office, and we will keep you updated on her schedule as it becomes clearer in the coming days.”

Clinton was admitted Sunday after a blood clot was discovered in a follow-up examination for the concussion she reportedly received when she fainted while ill with flu.

“Both she and her family would like to express their appreciation for the excellent care she received from the doctors, nurses, and staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center,” Reines added.

Earlier today at the daily press briefing, reporters were told there was no new news to report.

“I don’t, as I said, have any update from the 31st. We were pretty clear then, and we will give you another update whenever we have something new to share,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said when pressed by reporters.

One reporter requested a briefing where they could get lingering medical questions about Clinton’s incident answered.

“Well, again, as you know, two of the eight statements that we’ve put out have come from her personal physicians, so the degree to which you have further questions you can refer them to us and we will do our best to answer them. But I think really we’ve been extremely forthcoming, including from her doctors, on the very specific issues here,” Nuland said.

As more questions were asked, Nuland became irritated.

“I really think her doctors have been quite forthcoming in the two statements that they have issued. If you have more specific questions, you can send them to us and we’ll do our best to get them answered for you. Anything on the foreign policy side? Can we move on to the world out there?”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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