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Bolton's out, officially but unsurprisingly

From NBC's Andrea Mitchell and Elizabeth Wilner
First Read mentioned earlier this morning that the 109th Congress seems likely to adjourn without confirming UN Ambassador John Bolton, whose recess appointment will expire next month. The White House is now announcing, not surprisingly, that Bolton plans to resign. President Bush and Bolton are scheduled to appear before cameras in the Oval Office at 3:30 pm today.

Since Bolton couldn't get confirmed by a GOP-run Senate, there seems to be zero chance he'd get confirmed once Democratic Sen. Joe Biden takes over the Foreign Relations Committee in January. Until a replacement is nominated and confirmed, Bolton's deputy Alex Wolf, a career foreign service officer, will represent the United States at the UN.