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Samantha Power this week presented her diplomatic credentials to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, after winning Senate confirmation on an 87-10 vote last week.

Ms. Power, who is married to President Obama’s former regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, called the former secretary of state a “monster” in a 2008 interview with The Scotsman newspaper two days after Mrs. Clinton beat Mr. Obama in the Ohio Democratic presidential primary. Ms. Power has since spent every opportunity apologizing and expressing her admiration for Mrs. Clinton.

Ms. Power, widely praised as a human rights advocate, also questioned whether Mr. Clinton ignored the 1994 Rwanda genocide. In a 2001 article in Atlantic Monthly, she wrote that Mr. Clinton had “shown virtually no interest in stopping” the mass killings.

At her Senate confirmation hearing, Ms. Power pledged to be a “straight shooter,” promote U.S. values and oppose U.N. efforts to demonize Israel.

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