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Report: Kerry Could Replace Panetta

Now that the election’s over, it’s time to kickstart the Washington job merry-go-round. Rumors are already circulating that President Obama is looking to replace Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with Sen. John Kerry, the senior senator from Massachusetts. Kerry has reportedly wanted the top spot at the State Department, but that job will most likely go to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, even though she has come under fire for her handling of the aftermath of the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack. John O. Brennan, the president’s principle counterterrorism adviser, may be offered the CIA director position. If he doesn’t take it, Michael Morell, the acting director, is considered the leading candidate.

November 12, 2012 8:38 PM