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Rice Puts Her People in the Clinton State Dept.? « The Washington Independent

For those progressives worried about getting jobs in Hillary Clinton’s State Dept., this AP story must come as very welcome news:

As Secretary of State-pick Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.N. envoy-choice Susan Rice separately visited the diplomatic agency’s headquarters in Washington’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood, persons familiar with the transition said that Rice wants to install her own transition team inside the department.

Such a move by an incoming U.N. ambassador is rare, if not unprecedented, because the job is based at the United Nations in New York, where Rice already has a small transition staff, the sources familiar with the incoming administration.

The push by Rice, an early Obama supporter whose position the President-elect wants to elevate to a cabinet post, is also a signal that she intends to use her influence with the new president to play a more significant role than previous U.N. envoys, they said. The transition sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

I’m not sure who’s on that team and have an inquiry out. And I should of course say I have no idea if this story is, you know, true. (All this comes via Megan Carpentier and Jason Linkins.)

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