Kerry confirmed as secretary of state

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Senate Foreign Relations chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., shown on Capitol Hill before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington last Tuesday, was confirmed by his colleagues as the next secretary of state on Tuesday. The vote was 94-3. No date has been set for Kerry's swearing-in, but in a letter to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Kerry said his resignation is effective at 4 p.m. Friday.

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