Susan Rice to Be New National Security Adviser

The U.N. ambassador will replace Tom Donilon, who is stepping down.

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Susan Rice rises again. The United Nations ambassador has been tapped to replace Tom Donilon, who is resigning, as President Obama's national security adviser, according to the Washington Post.

In December of 2012, she withdrew her name from consideration for secretary of state after Obama's opponents accused her of misleading the public in the aftermath of the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Luckily for her, the Senate does not need to confirm the national security adviser.

Executing the administration's shift to a stronger focus on Asia in its foreign policy has been one of Donilon's primary policy initiatives; his resignation is timed to follow the summit meeting he helped organize between Obama and China's President Xi Jinping this weekend.

Rice has long been among Obama's most trusted foreign policy advisers, and her move from the United Nations has been expected since she withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state late last year ...

White House officials said Obama will nominate Samantha Power to replace Rice at the United Nations. Power, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her book "A Problem from Hell" on the U.S. response to genocide, served as a senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights on the National Security Council during Obama's first term.

Her nomination to become ambassador to the United Nations will require Senate confirmation.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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