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Obama nominates Kerry as secretary of state

President Barack Obama enters the Roosevelt Room with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., his choice to be the next Secretary of State, before he makes his announcement at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama enters the Roosevelt Room with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., his choice to be the next Secretary of State, before he makes his announcement at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, saying Kerry’s entire life “has prepared him for this role.” If confirmed, the Massachusetts Democrat would succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Obama’s second-term Cabinet. Clinton did not attend the Roosevelt Room announcement. She’s recovering from a concussion sustained in a fall. Obama said Kerry’s political career and service has established him as a respected American voice around the ...


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