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Obama nominates John Kerry as next secretary of state

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton, at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton, at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton, at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks to reporters about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks to reporters about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks to reporters about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) reacts before addressing the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in this file photo from September 6, 2012. President Barack Obama on December 21, 2012 will announce his nomination of Senator John Kerry as secretary of state to succeed Hillary Clinton, senior administration officials said. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) reacts before addressing the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in this file photo from September 6, 2012. President Barack Obama on December 21, 2012 will announce his...more

U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) reacts before addressing the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in this file photo from September 6, 2012. President Barack Obama on December 21, 2012 will announce his nomination of Senator John Kerry as secretary of state to succeed Hillary Clinton, senior administration officials said. REUTERS/Chris Keane
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U.S. Navy veteran and former Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) waves at the end of his speech during a segment on U.S. veterans during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in this file photo from September 6, 2012. President Barack Obama on December 21, 2012 will announce his nomination of Senator John Kerry as secretary of state to succeed Hillary Clinton, senior administration officials said. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

U.S. Navy veteran and former Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) waves at the end of his speech during a segment on U.S. veterans during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina...more

U.S. Navy veteran and former Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) waves at the end of his speech during a segment on U.S. veterans during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in this file photo from September 6, 2012. President Barack Obama on December 21, 2012 will announce his nomination of Senator John Kerry as secretary of state to succeed Hillary Clinton, senior administration officials said. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files
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U.S. Senator John Kerry (L) stands with Senator Joe Lieberman at the funeral of Senator Daniel Inouye at the National Cathedral in Washington December 21, 2012. President Obama on Friday will announce the nomination of Kerry as secretary of state to succeed Hillary Clinton, marking his first major step in the overhaul of his national security team on the cusp of his second term. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Senator John Kerry (L) stands with Senator Joe Lieberman at the funeral of Senator Daniel Inouye at the National Cathedral in Washington December 21, 2012. President Obama on Friday will announce the nomination of Kerry as secretary of state to...more

U.S. Senator John Kerry (L) stands with Senator Joe Lieberman at the funeral of Senator Daniel Inouye at the National Cathedral in Washington December 21, 2012. President Obama on Friday will announce the nomination of Kerry as secretary of state to succeed Hillary Clinton, marking his first major step in the overhaul of his national security team on the cusp of his second term. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton. at the White House in Washington December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton. at the White House in Washington December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton. at the White House in Washington December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton, at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton, at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton, at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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REFILE CORRECTING DATE U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton. at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

REFILE CORRECTING DATE U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton. at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

REFILE CORRECTING DATE U.S. President Barack Obama (L) announces the nomination of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton. at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) looks on as President Barack Obama (L) announces his nomination of as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton, at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) looks on as President Barack Obama (L) announces his nomination of as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton, at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) looks on as President Barack Obama (L) announces his nomination of as Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton, at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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