** File ** President Obama looks to Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, after announcing Mr. Kerry's nomination as the next secretary of state in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Dec. 21, 2012, in Washington. (Associated Press)

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** File ** President Obama looks to Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, after announcing Mr. Kerry's nomination as the next secretary of state in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Dec. 21, 2012, in Washington. (Associated Press)