John Kerry-State Dept.: Obama expected to nominate Mass. senator as soon as today.

Report: Obama To Nominate John Kerry To Replace Hillary Clinton

Report: Obama To Nominate John Kerry To Replace Hillary Clinton

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Dec. 21 2012 10:35 AM

It's (Almost) Official: Obama To Tap John Kerry for Secretary of State

John Kerry gets up to leave following hearings by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee December 20, 2012 on Capitol Hill

Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.

Looks like it's (almost) officially official: President Obama will nominate John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, White House officials are telling multiple media outlets this morning.

The appointment of Mr. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and his party’s former presidential nominee in 2004, has been widely expected since last week, when Susan E. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, asked Mr. Obama to withdraw her candidacy for the post.
Ms. Rice had come under weeks of attack from Republicans in Congress over her role in the aftermath of the deadly attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya. Mr. Kerry, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, oversaw a hearing on Benghazi on Thursday, at which the State Department came under renewed criticism for its failure to respond to requests for additional security in Libya.

An official announcement could come as early as today. [Update: OK, now it's official.]

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.