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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to strike the right balance between staying out of the daily political fights and setting herself up for a possible second presidential run, but her fans and foes are making that difficult.

Nearly six months after departing the State Department, Clinton finds herself in the middle of an early effort by both parties to prepare for her return to politics.

Clinton hasn't said whether she'll run for president in 2016 -- an election that's a long ways off -- but both sides are preparing in case she does.

Republicans are trying to chip away at her record at the State Department and raising money to defeat her.

A Democratic super PAC is encouraging her to run and laying the groundwork for a potential campaign.

By KEN THOMAS
Associated Press