Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, speaks Jan. 24, 2013, during his confirmation hearing to become the next top diplomat, replacing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kerry is likely to face friendly questioning on a smooth path to approval before the committee he has served on for 28 years and led for the past four. (Associated Press)

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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, speaks Jan. 24, 2013, during his confirmation hearing to become the next top diplomat, replacing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kerry is likely to face friendly questioning on a smooth path to approval before the committee he has served on for 28 years and led for the past four. (Associated Press)