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Announcement on Senator John Kerry is delayed

Other national security team picks are factor

Everyone from a Chicago gossip columnist to network TV correspondents reported Saturday that President Obama had settled on Senator John F. Kerry as his next secretary of state yet was withholding a formal announcement, sparking White House denials but highlighting the challenge in any rollout.

UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s decision last week to drop out of contention made Kerry the consensus pick within Washington to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, but the White House is said to want to unveil an entire national security team in one announcement, and the other successors are less certain.

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