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Clinton confirmed as secretary of state

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama's secretary of state.

The Democratic senator from New York was approved by a 94-2 margin after a planned simple voice vote to approve her nomination was derailed Tuesday by Senate Republicans, The New York Times reported.

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The newspaper said the only senators voting against Clinton were David Vitter of Louisiana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, both Republicans, with Vitter repeating opposition to Clinton expressed last week when he was the only member of the Foreign Relations Committee to oppose her during her confirmation hearings.

Vitter and other Republicans had expressed reservations that donations made by foreign contributors to the international foundation led by her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, might pose conflict-of-interest problems.

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