'Aides say Clinton decided to accept secretary of state position'

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to accept the position of secretary of state under president-elect Barack Obama and give up her Senate seat, two confidants were quoted as saying by the New York Times on Friday. Reportedly, one of the confidants explained that Clinton came to the decision after discussing with Obama "the nature of her role and his plans for foreign policy." Another Clinton associate told the Times that her camp believes they have a done deal. The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the report, and although spokesmen for both Obama and Clinton confirmed serious discussions were underway, they said the position had yet to be formally accepted.