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Susan Rice drops bid to become Obama's next secretary of State

In a letter to Obama notifying him of her decision, Rice said she wanted to spare the White House a heated battle with Senate Republicans, who have criticized her over the administration's handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly — to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” she wrote. “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country.”

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