The Note: Of Clintons and Clintonistas

ABC's George Stephanopoulos, on "GMA" Wednesday: "I still think it's likely -- but no final decision has been made, in part because Sen. Clinton herself hasn't firmly decided that this is the job she wants." He added that an "agreement is emerging" regarding President Clinton's business dealings and finances.

Politico's Glenn Thrush gets a similar read from an unnamed adviser: Clinton "remains deeply 'torn' between the possibility of serving in Obama's cabinet and remaining in the Senate to 'help pass health care and work on a broad range of domestic issues,' " Thrush reports. "That comment jibes with what others close to Clinton have been saying since the Secretary of State chatter began last week: that Clinton is conflicted and the deal far from done, despite screaming headlines in outlets including the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper claiming the offer was made and accepted."

(A classic: "We've gotten rid of all the other idiots," joked one Clinton confidant, a reference to the Clinton campaign's propensity for leaks.)

What of these efforts in the Senate? "Clinton's allies have maneuvered to secure the New York lawmaker a role more prominent than her seniority entitles her to, in recognition of her historic run for the White House," the AP's David Espo reports.

She got a new health insurance taskforce Tuesday -- convenient timing, if nothing else, for it to be known that she has options.

And there's this hint, from Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.: If Clinton does not go into the administration, she told Espo: "We expect her to have a significant role. I don't think we've agreed to announce that yet."

Back on that other track: "Former President Bill Clinton has offered to submit future charitable and business activities to strict ethics reviews if his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, were nominated as secretary of state, according to Democrats familiar with the deliberations. He has also agreed for the first time to disclose many of the previous donors to his efforts," Monica Langley and John R. Emshwiller report in The Wall Street Journal.

"Bill Clinton has also indicated, according to sources, that he would be willing to step down as the functional leader of his foundation for the duration of his wife's tenure in the Obama administration," The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder reports.

Another wrinkle, per ABC's Jake Tapper: "The view from Camp Clinton is that the Obama Team would too severely restrict what Bill Clinton is able to do to simply make a living. One source says the Obama Team seems to think it can demand that the former president abide by the restrictions put on a general government official, which just isn't tenable."

"There has even been talk of the Obama White House wanting to approve every speech the former President . . . gives, or any new source of income," Tapper writes. "And while the former President's team says he's willing to disclose that information ahead of time, they aren't willing to submit each speech opportunity for approval."

Don't we know enough about Bill's business dealings, asks Howard Wolfson. (Dusting off good defensive research for the right occasion.)

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