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WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at times emotional and fierce, insisted on Wednesday that her department is moving swiftly and aggressively to strengthen security at U.S. missions worldwide after the deadly Sept. 11 raid on the consulate in Libya.

In a highly-political hearing, Clinton was praised by Democrats and faced heated questions from Republicans.

Sen. Rand Paul, a presumed 2016 presidential candidate for the Republicans, said he would have fired her if he had been in charge and found that she had not read cables from her team in Libya asking for more security there.

Clinton notably ignored him.

“Had I been president and found you did not read the cables from Benghazi and from Ambassador [Chris] Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post,” Paul said. “I think it’s inexcusable.”

In her last formal congressional testimony as America’s…

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