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Politics

Rice pulls out; talk turns to Kerry

WASHINGTON — Embattled UN Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name on Thursday from consideration to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, bolstering the chances President Obama will name US Senator John Kerry to the nation’s top diplomatic post.

Rice, who had widely been considered Obama’s top choice, came under unrelenting fire from Republican senators over her public statements about the Sept. 11 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She was accused of trying to hide the role of Islamic terrorists, a charge both she and top administration officials vociferously deny.

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