Susan Rice withdraws as candidate for secretary of state

Susan Rice withdraws as candidate for secretary of state
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U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice withdrew her name as President Obama’s leading candidate for secretary of state Thursday, saying the administration could not afford the “lengthy, disruptive and costly” confirmation process her Republican critics have promised.

Rice telephoned Obama on Thursday morning, prior to sending him a letter officially withdrawing her name from consideration. The letter was crafted, with White House assistance, after the decision was made this week, administration officials said.

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Chávez Faces Complications From Cancer Surgery
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CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela experienced complications related to his cancer surgery, resulting in bleeding that required “corrective measures,” but his vital signs were returning to normal and he was showing signs of recovery, a government official said Thursday.

The surgery, which lasted more than six hours, was done in Havana on Tuesday. Ernesto Villegas, Mr. Chávez’s information minister, did not say when doctors detected the bleeding or got it under control. But he said Mr. Chávez was recuperating in a way that he described as “progressive and favorable.”

Given how little information the government has released on Mr. Chávez’s health throughout the course of his illness, the recent change in its tone suggests that his condition is extremely serious and that there are doubts about how fully he may recover.

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