Clinton Planning to Return to Work Next Week

Washington (AP) -

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sidelined for almost a month by medical problems, is planning to return to work next week, the U.S. State Department said Thursday.

One day after being released from the New York hospital that was treating a blood clot in her head, Clinton was at home resting, but was far from idle. She spent the day engaging with senior staff, reviewing paperwork and calling in to a meeting of her foreign policy advisory board, said her spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland.

The announcement that Clinton soon would return to her Washington office ended what had been a somber point of uncertainty hanging over her month-long health ordeal: whether the 65-year-old secretary would be able to resume her duties before stepping down at the start of President Barack Obama’s second term, as she had long planned to do.

Clinton’s medical struggles have also raised questions about her political future and how her health might impact her decision about whether to run for president in 2016, a move prominent Democrats have been urging her to consider.