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  • Saadi Gadhafi playing soccer in Italy earlier in his career. (AP)Moammar Gadhafi's soccer-playing son Saadi Gadhafi fled to Niger last week. The whereabouts of his father and his brother Saif al-Islam--both wanted by the International Criminal Court--remain a mystery.

    Now, comparisons of redacted and unredacted U.S. diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveal the State Department thought it appropriate to redact the allegation that Saadi is bisexual, Gawker noted Friday.

    The March 2009 cable, written by Gene Cretz, the American ambassador to Libya, describes Saadi Gadhafi's project to try to transform the western Libyan Berber town of Zuwara into an free-trade zone.

    "Although the Zuwara Free Trade Zone is an ambitious and expensive project, Muammar al-Qadhafi likely views it as a relatively small price to pay if it helps occupy the notoriously ill-behaved Saadi and lends a patina of useful engagement to his otherwise less than sterling reputation," Cretz wrote.

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  • Hillary Clinton speaking on counterterrorism in New York September 9, 2011. (AP)One third of Americans believe Hillary Clinton would have been a better president than Barack Obama, and two-thirds view her favorably, according to a new Bloomberg News poll.

    "The most popular national political figure in America today is one who was rejected by her own party three years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton," Bloomberg News'  John McCormick wrote on the poll's findings, which were released Friday.

    While 34 percent of those polled believe "things would be better under a Clinton administration," McCormick wrote, "almost half--47 percent--say things would be about the same, and 13 percent say worse."

    By contrast, "35 percent of those polled believe the country would be worse off if John McCain had been elected president," Holly Bailey reported at The Ticket.

    "Clinton remains the most popular political figure on the national scene, with 64 percent of those polled saying they have a 'favorable' view of the Secretary of State, Bailey wrote.

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  • Wendy Sherman confirmed as State #3

    New Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman. (Albright Stonebridge Group)North Korea expert and diplomatic troubleshooter Wendy Sherman was confirmed Thursday as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the number three position at the State Department.

    Sherman previously served in the Clinton administration as State Department counselor under Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, assistant secretary of  state for legislative affairs under the late then Secretary of State Warren Christopher, and as special adviser to President Bill Clinton on North Korea.

    Sherman, most recently vice chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, has recently chaired the board of Oxfam America. From 1991 to 1993, she headed Emily's List. From 1996 until 1997, she also served as president and CEO of the Fannie Mae Foundation. She served as co-chair of the Obama-Biden transition team overseeing the State Department.

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