Obama Tasks Clinton to Step Up US Diplomacy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton starts her new job as
secretary of state today with a mandate from President Barack Obama
to step up diplomatic efforts and restore the nation's tattered
image abroad.
This morning she'll be joined by Obama at the State Department
where they'll address department employees together. Before that
the two of them will meet with Vice President Joe Biden and
national security adviser James Jones in a closed-door meeting.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says with "two wars abroad, a
complex and unpredictable crisis in the Middle East, the nuclear
ambitions of a volatile Iranian regime" and "the complexities of
dealing with North Korea," Clinton's swift confirmation was
Clinton was confirmed by the Senate on a 94-to-2 vote yesterday.

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