Senate Confirms Samantha Power to U.N. Post

Samantha Power is officially on her way to becoming the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The Senate voted 87–10 this afternoon to confirm the Pulitzer Prize–winning former journalist and past National Security Council aide to the post. President Obama nominated the 42-year-old, a foreign-policy adviser to his first administration, to take Susan Rice’s position when she joined the White House team back in June, calling her a “relentless advocate for American interests and values, building partnerships on behalf of democracy and human rights, fighting the scourge of anti-Semitism and combating human trafficking.” Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was among the 10 who voted against Power because, he explained, “she’s being appointed by a president whose foreign policy is fast becoming an utter and absolute failure.”