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Report: John Kerry to Be Nominated Secretary of State in 'Next Few Days

HEMPSTEAD, NY - OCTOBER 16: U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), speaks to members of the media at Hofstra University after the second presidential debate on October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York. U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney debated in a town hall style meeting this evening at the university. Credit: Getty Images

John Kerry , D-MA, speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee September 19, 2012 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

ABC News' Jake Tapper wrote Saturday that Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) will be nominated to be Secretary of State within the next few days, according to unnamed sources.

Here is his entire article:

Sources tell ABC News that President Obama has decided that he will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be secretary of state.

For a variety of reasons including the finalization of the process, other pending Cabinet decisions, and — more immediately — the national reaction to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the news will not be announced in the next few days.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is recovering from an illness and a concussion she suffered upon fainting because of that illness, is set to retire in the next few weeks.

The White House has not confirmed the selection, but it marks the most recent development in the wild speculation as to who will replace current Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.

For weeks, many believed that Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice would be nominated-- despite her apparent inability to conclude that the deadly September 11 attacks on a U.S. Consulate in Benghazi were more than overzealous reactions to an anti-Islam YouTube video.

On December 1, it was reported that Hillary Clinton preferred John Kerry to Susan Rice as her replacement, but four days later President Obama was still said to be "genuinely conflicted" about the decision.

After Susan Rice dropped her name from consideration last week, the choice may have become more straightforward.

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