Behold: The Clinton Empire

They're not in the politics business. They're in the empire business.  (AP)

This is what a global political empire looks like.

The Washington Examiner reports that Bill Clinton earned $48 million—from speeches and consulting deals—during his wife’s tenure as Secretary of State. A number of those speeches were funded by powerful business and political entities with a clear interest in influencing U.S. policy, yet the State Department did not object to any of them, despite policies intended to prevent “potential or actual conflicts of interest.”

For example, the Examiner investigation found that Clinton made more than $2 million for a total of eight speeches in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. Much of the funding for the speeches came from wealthy investors with close ties to the governments in those countries.

Still the Long Face

AP

President Barack Obama’s secretary of state nominee Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) went before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the beginning of his confirmation hearing this morning.