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U.S. Embassy in Beijing: "Eagle Landing on Pine Branch" by Cai Guo Qiang (State Department photo)

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U.S. Embassy, Karachi, Pakistan: "Enclosed" by Adeela Suleman (State Department photo)

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U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan: "Assimilated" by Jefferson Pinder (center) and "Untitled" by Sharif Bey (on wall at right) (State Department photo)

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U.S. Consulate in Guanghzou, China: "New Horizon" by Doug Aitken (State Department photo)

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"Tulips" by American artist Jeff Koons outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing is part of the State Department's Art in Embassies program celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. (State Department photo)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (left) and former President Bill Clinton (right) pose with 2011 Kennedy Center Honorees (front row from left) Sonny Rollins, Barbara Cook, (back row from second from left) Yo-Yo Ma, Meryl Streep and Neil Diamond at the State Department following a dinner and reception on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

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State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the United States is prepared to resume a data exchange with Russia if Moscow meets its Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty obligations. (Associated Press)

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The departure of State Department special envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth highlights a policy split within the Obama administration about how to deal with he rogue communist state. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, toast each other during a luncheon at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks as she meets with Montenegro Prime Minister Igor Luksic at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 11, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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RETURNING:Wendy Sherman is leaving the private sector for a return to the State Department, where she must distance herself from former clients. (Associated Press)

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton participate in a joint briefing at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the Open Government Partnership high-level meeting at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Attending a State Department dinner on Monday, July 11, 2011, in Washington after talks by the Quartet of Mideast peacekeepers are (from left) U.N. Ambassador Lynn Pascoe, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Quartet's representative. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Harold Koh, a State Department lawyer, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Libya and the War Powers Resolution on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Harold Koh, the U.S. State Department legal adviser, speaks in Geneva in November 2010. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hugs Charimaya Tamang of Nepal, a trafficking victim, as she receives the 2011 Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award on Monday at the State Department. The U.S. says 23 nations could face sanctions for failing to do more to fight human trafficking. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hugs Charimaya Tamang of Nepal, a trafficking victim, as she receives the 2011 Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award on Monday at the State Department. The U.S. says 23 nations could face sanctions for failing to do more to fight human trafficking.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a joint news conference with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzberg (not shown) at the State Department in Washington on Thursday, June 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)