"Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney," the Washington Post reports (Farenthold, 11/6). Reuters writes, "President Barack Obama returns from the campaign trail on Wednesday with little time to savor victory, facing urgent economic and fiscal challenges and a still-divided Congress capable of blocking his every move" (Holland/Spetalnick, 11/7). "The president's second-term foreign policy agenda ... looks set to largely build on what he's already begun," The Atlantic states (Maher, 11/7). "Obama faces the departure of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has said she isn't planning to serve in a second Obama term," Bloomberg/San Francisco Chronicle notes. The news service adds that some officials speculate the "leading candidates to succeed Clinton as secretary of state may be Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice" (Nichols, 11/7).
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