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Obama agenda: Kerry announcement likely will be delayed

The New York Times’ Sanger reports, as others have, that Obama is likely to pick Sen. John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, “but the announcement will be delayed, at least until later this week and maybe beyond, because of the Connecticut school shooting and what one official called ‘some discomfort’ with the idea of Mr. Obama’s announcing a national security team in which the top posts are almost exclusively held by white men.”

“[T]he possibility of picking Kerry and Hagel — two white men — for the two secretary positions could also create pressure on the White House to add gender or racial diversity to the team with its selection of a permanent replacement for David Petraeus as CIA director,” the Boston Globe writes. “Among the possible candidates in that case would be Flournoy or Jane Harman, former representative of California.”