John Kerry's Nomination Out Of Committee, Ray LaHood To Step Down



Shuffling the cabinet continues.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as the 68th secretary of state, by a unanimous voice vote. The full Senate will vote on Kerry’s nomination later today.

The unanimous vote is not much of a surprise; Kerry sailed through his four-hour confirmation hearing.

The last Republican in the cabinet calls it quits-

It’s official — Ray LaHood has finally acknowledged what transportation-watchers have known for some time: He’s leaving the administration.

In a letter to DOT employees sent this morning, LaHood said he would stay on until President Barack Obama names a successor, putting an end to the cat-and-mouse game he’s played with the media for months.

“I’ve told President Obama, and I’ve told many of you, that this is the best job I’ve ever had,” LaHood wrote.