Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is lifting the military’s ban on women in combat.

While testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she feels a personal responsibility for American deaths in the Benghazi attacks.

Clinton sparred with with Sens. Ron Johnson and Sen. Rand Paul. (Here’s the full transcript of her testimony).

Heading into today’s testimony, Clinton had the support of 67 percent of all Americans.

More than four years after suspending her 2008 presidential bid, Clinton has finally paid off her campaign debt.

As the state Senate is debating the second passage of the redistricting constitutional amendment, Citizens Union released a report on the evils of gerrymandering.

An alternative to indexing – a phase-in – is emerging in minimum wage talks at the state Capitol.

EJ McMahon calls Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pension smoothing proposal a “gimmick.”

Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk was sworn in to office, and participated in her first official Q-and-A as a sitting senator.

Education advocates are pushing for even more aid than the 3 percent increase Cuomo has proposed, saying that’s not enough to make up for the cuts made in prior years.

UFC President Dana White told ESPN that the company is hoping to host a 20th anniversary event at the Manhattan arena in November, which would require the Legislature to lift the ban on MMA.

In a DN OpEd, freshman Assemblyman Kieran Lalor called the SAFE Act “rushed and wrong.”

Cuomo’s new “open budget” website = “policy wonk heaven.”

Upstate sheriffs have raised concerns about the SAFE Act.

Roger Stone thinks Joe Lhota should seek the Libertarian Party line in addition to the GOP line in the NYC mayor’s race.

Katrina vanden Heuvel: “If Cuomo joins arms with the Senate Democrats and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (long a champion of this reform) to muscle through clean elections in New York State, he’ll earn a fresh look from skeptical progressives.”

“America’s most famous escort” Ashley Dupre, the former hooker who brought down ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, is writing an e-book called “Tricks of the Trade.”

Jack’s Oyster House, an Albany legend, is 100.