Kerry’s Confirmation Scheduled

    US President Barack Obama followed by Senator John Kerry D-MA enters the Roosevelt Room of the White House on December 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama nominated Kerry to be the next secretary of state. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sen. John Kerry at White House on Dec. 21. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

    “Texts from John Kerry” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. The confirmation hearings for the Massachusetts senator to take over as the next secretary of state will start Jan. 24, a Senate aide said Wednesday. Kerry, the chairman of the Senate’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee, is expected to be confirmed easily. Meanwhile, the Senate foreign-relations panel will announce Thursday that outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify Jan. 23 about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Kerry will not preside at Clinton’s hearings.

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