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Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, emerges on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, after a unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approving him to become America's next top diplomat. Mr. Kerry, who has served on the Foreign Relations panel for 28 years and led the committee for the past four, would replace Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press)

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