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politics lead

September 23rd, 2013
05:27 PM ET

Clinton 'wrestling' with idea to run in 2016

In Hillary Clinton's first interview since leaving the State Department, she is finally coming clean: Yes, she is "wrestling" with the idea of running for president.

It's taken awhile for her to get there.

In 2011, the question from NBC got an emphatic, "No." Then in 2012, a slight tweak in the verbiage, when she told ABC, "I really don't believe that that's something I will do again." And finally, this year in an interview with CNN, Clinton said, "I am not thinking about anything like that right now."

But now, in an interview with New York Magazine, Clinton said, "I will just continue to weigh what the factors are that would influence me making a decision one way or the other."

Translation? She's thinking about it.

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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national lead

September 23rd, 2013
04:50 PM ET

Congressman: There is 'grave concern' that Al-Shabaab will strike U.S.

Members of the al Qaeda-linked terror group Al-Shabaab killed at least 62 civilians at an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya over the weekend. Security forces were still sweeping through the Westgate Mall searching for attackers Monday evening, and will likely continue through Tuesday.

Before its Twitter account was suspended, Al-Shabaab issued a list of the names of nine people it said were among the attackers, saying three were from the United States.

Al-Shabaab has claimed in the past that up to 50 Americans are members of the terrorist group. Although Al-Shabaab's focus is regional, there is a concern that the group could launch an attack in the U.S., said Republican Michael McCaul, chair of the House Homeland Security Committee.

"When you have 50 Americans, up to 50 Americans, trained to fight the war in terrorism, the idea that they could come back to the United States is a real valid concern," McCaul said in an interview with "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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