Obama to Nominate John Kerry as Next Secretary of State as Susan Rice Withdraws Candidacy

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President Barack Obama will announce the nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next Secretary of State this week, according to The Hill.

Kerry’s selection emerges after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her candidacy for the post due to the outcry by Republican lawmakers about her actions following the murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is already making plans to fill Kerry’s Senate seat and has had a discussion with Vicki Kennedy, widow of former Sen. Edward Kennedy.

The news comes as current Secretary Hillary Clinton feinted and suffered a concussion due to a stomach virus which caused her dehydration, Philippe Reines, deputy assistant secretary said in a statement.

He says she is recovering at her home but will be under continuous medical supervision of doctors. She will work from home this week, he added.

Clinton’s health will also deter her from testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on December 20 about the Benghazi attacks.

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