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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- Hillary Clinton finally made her appearance before Congress Wednesday, three weeks after having to cancel due to illness. The Secretary of State sat down in front of lawmakers to give testimony about the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Secretary Clinton said she takes responsibility for the terrorist attack that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But she bristled at a charge brought by one Republican senator that the Administration misled lawmakers as to whom was behind the attack and what led to it:
"The fact is, we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they'd kill Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened."
- Surprise results out of Tuesday's election in Israel will move the country's leaders away from the right and back toward the center. What that means for policy toward one of Israel's greatest threats in Iran remains to be seen. David Remnick has written extensively about Israel for New Yorker magazine. He says previous hard-line statements made against Iran by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resulted in a backlash from middle-class secular Israelis. And it gave a boost to the Yesh Atid party:
"Clearly secular Israelis, people in the center-left, were frightened by this, were alarmed by this. And Yesh Atid benefitted."
- This month, brave Americans are traipsing through one of the world's biggest swamps in search of one of the world's biggest snakes – the python. It's all in the effort to save the fragile ecosystem of the Everglades. It's a hunting competition with prize money – organized by the state of Florida. Jorge Pinto with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it's a direct plea to the public for help:
"If these hunters bring in one snake, that's one less snake that's impacting our ecosystem."