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    Kerry Confirmed as Secretary of State

    Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., emerges after a unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approving him to become America's next top diplomat, replacing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Kerry, who has served on the Foreign Relations panel for 28 years and led the committee for the past four, is expected to be swiftly confirmed by the whole Senate later Tuesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    It's been a long road for John Kerry—28 years in the Senate, a run at the presidency and a chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee—to get to this moment. But on Tuesday afternoon, Kerry was officially confirmed as secretary of state, succeeding Hillary Clinton, who called him the "right choice" for the position. The foreign relations committee unanimously approved him this morning, and he won the full Senate approval by 94-3. Clinton's last day is on Friday, and Kerry could be sworn in as early as then.

    Read it at CBS News