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Clark's mother is a senator.
Mom, what do you mean, "forced leave"? They forced her to leave her post?

Can they even do that to a senator?
Okay, look. This will all blow over. People just need time to adjust.
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Mom, what do you mean, "forced leave"? They forced her to leave her post? Probably not. check here, definition two: http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?s=leave&gwp=13
Official permission to be absent from work or duty, as that granted to military or corporate personnel.
In this case it would appear to be a required absence.
Thanks, RayH!