Obama Picks John Kerry for State: Source
Sen. Menendez will replace Kerry on key committee
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2012 2:25 PM CST
John Kerry listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, to discuss a disabilities treaty.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – President Obama has already picked John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, a source tells the Chicago Sun-Times. Kerry's replacement as leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will apparently be Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey. The Sun-Times already reported that Clinton preferred Kerry over Susan Rice, who has since withdrawn from consideration. Obama wants Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as either secretary of state or defense—more likely he'll get the latter, according to the newspaper. (The Kerry move may be good timing: Clinton fainted and suffered a concussion this week.)

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right2dave
Dec 17, 2012 2:17 AM CST
I got a purple heart for this face?
Ucantusethatname
Dec 16, 2012 11:16 PM CST
Form the Wall Street Journal (Dec. 6): "It is hard to think of anyone who did more to besmirch the name of the GIs who fought in Vietnam than Sen. Kerry." Is this the best Obama can do?
bikpet
Dec 16, 2012 8:19 AM CST
Everybody knows the whole 'Benghazi Gate' incident by now and those that don't, should try sticking their head out of the sand once in a while. Just Google 'Benghazi Gate'. Thank god for the internet and alternative media otherwise everyone would still by under the deceiving spell of U.S Govt and their controlled media! This was all about gun smuggling! Taking Gadaffis weapons and smuggling them to Syria (F.S.A)...