John Kerry to Be Secretary of State, Source Says

With Susan Rice stepping aside, Obama has reportedly decided on Hillary Clinton's replacement.

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Following GOP resistance to Susan Rice's possible appointment as secretary of state and her decision to step aside, President Obama has reportedly made a new selection. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry will be announced as Hillary Clinton's replacement in the coming weeks.

[Kerry's] replacement as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the Sneed source said.

This comes on the heels of Thursday's announcement that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice had removed herself from the list of candidates to take over from Hillary Clinton. Rice said that what was sure to be a contentious and lengthy approval process took attention away from more pressing problems facing the nation.

Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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