Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 7:33 PM

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior administration official says President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as his next secretary of state.
 
   Kerry's nomination marks Obama's first move in a sweeping overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term.
 
   If confirmed, Kerry will take the helm at the State Department from outgoing Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Massachusetts senator is expected to be easily approved for the Cabinet post by his longtime Capitol Hill colleagues.
 
   Kerry leapt to the front of Obama's list for the State Department job after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration last week.
 

 

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