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Senate panel: Clinton to be secretary of state

Senate panel: Clinton to be secretary of state

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has endorsed, 16-1, Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next U.S. secretary of state.
The action paves way for a full Senate vote after President-elect Barack Obama takes office on Jan. 20.
Clinton, a senator of New York, earned the near unanimous support of her colleagues. Sen. David Vitter, a Republican, cast the sole opposing vote. Vitter, along with several other Republicans, warned that her husband Bill Clinton's charitable fundraising overseas could pose conflicts of interest.