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Published January 25. 2013 4:00AM
Christopher Gregory/The New York Times
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., speaks during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kerry was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. A Senate vote on Kerry's nomination is expected within days. He's assured an easy confirmation, given the strong and vocal bipartisan support for the veteran Democrat.

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