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3:15pm

Sat December 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Cabinet 2.0 Coming Into Focus

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 10:50 am

Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., observe voting in parliamentary elections in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2008. President Obama is reportedly considering Hagel as his next defense secretary, and Kerry for secretary of state.
KM Chaudary AP

In the category of unintended consequences, Susan Rice's announcement about her future could — under one scenario — mean a Republican in President Obama's inner circle, decorated Vietnam veterans overseeing the nation's military and its foreign policy, and another special election for Senate in Massachusetts.

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10:37am

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Hillary Clinton Falls, Suffers Concussion

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 11:52 am

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this month in Dublin.
Kevin Lamarque AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who earlier this week canceled a trip to Morocco and the Middle East because she was ill with a stomach virus, is at home recovering from a concussion she suffered in a fall, her spokesman says.

According to an email that State has sent to reporters, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines says that:

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4:59pm

Thu December 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Susan Rice's Decision May Set Up Political Musical Chairs In Senate

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 6:23 am

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listen to President Obama speak at the State Department in May 2011. With Rice withdrawing her name from consideration to succeed Clinton, speculation has turned to Kerry.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Now that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from secretary of state consideration, the conspiracy theory that Republicans targeted her to force President Obama to name Sen. John Kerry instead, to open up a Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat for the recently defeated Sen. Scott Brown, is alive and well and ricocheting across the Internet.

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2:23pm

Thu December 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Ambassador Rice Asks Not To Be Considered For Secretary Of State

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
Allison Joyce Reuters /Landov

Moving to withdraw her name from among those being considered to be the next secretary of state, embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has told President Obama she does not want to be nominated.

The White House just released a statement from the president that says, in part:

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11:14am

Wed December 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Sources: Syrian Rebels Training On Anti-Aircraft Weapons In Jordan

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 11:50 am

To date, Syrian rebels have had to rely on small-scale weapons in their fight against the Syrian army. Here, a rebel fighter throws an explosive device toward a Syrian government position in the northern city of Aleppo last month.
John Cantlie AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. has now formally recognized a new Syrian opposition group as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. But the U.S. has repeatedly declined to provide weapons for rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's army.

However, NPR has learned that there are movements behind the scenes. In Jordan, several Syrian sources said that Jordanian authorities, along with their U.S. and British counterparts, have organized training for Syrian rebels on sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons.

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