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President Obama plans to nominate Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts as secretary of state, a senior administration official said, succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton and putting in place the first member of his second-term national security team. [...]
The decision by Mr. Obama, expected to be announced early Friday afternoon, comes at a time when Mrs. Clinton has been recovering from a concussion suffered earlier this month. Mrs. Clinton, who has long said she would leave the post after Mr. Obama’s first term, is not expected to attend the announcement.
On Thursday, David Nir wrote about two new polls of potential candidates in a then-hypothetical special election to replace John Kerry in the Senate. It's no longer hypothetical, but as David explained:
What this all says to me is that the picture is far too unsettled for anyone to get a good handle on it—and if anyone does say with certainty that they can predict the future here, well, I'd just like to know if Amazon Prime carries the same model of crystal ball that they're using.
Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:31 AM PST.