Hillary Rodham Clinton hearing for top U.S. state department post


The U.S. Congress opens confirmation hearings today for Senator Hillary Clinton, whom President-elect Barack Obama has nominated to serve as secretary of state.

Reuters says a smooth hearing is expected, though Clinton is likely to face questions about the foreign business dealings of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who recently revealed that some foreign governments have been major donors to his foundation.

More broadly, however, Clinton’s likely accession as secretary of state marks a new phase of Washington foreign policy, and potentially opens some new power struggles. The Washington Post says a power triumvirate has emerged that includes Obama, Clinton, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair John Kerry, whom many had seen as the leading candidate for the secretary of state post.

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