President Obama has nominated John Kerry for secretary of state

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President Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next secretary of state. 

Kerry, who would succeed Hillary Clinton, was considered Obama’s top choice after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice removed herself from consideration last week. 

The Massachusetts lawmaker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has frequently advised Obama on foreign policy, and has bipartisan connections in the Senate.

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