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Obama Names Hillary Clinton Top US Diplomat

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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has announced key members of his national security team, including former political rival Hillary Clinton as the nominee for secretary of state.

In the announcement from Chicago Monday, Obama kept Robert Gates as defense secretary, and he named retired Marine General Jim Jones as national security adviser.

Mr. Obama's nomination of Senator Clinton comes after the two competed in a long and bruising contest for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

In other announcements, Mr. Obama nominated Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security. Mr. Obama's foreign policy adviser, Susan Rice, was named ambassador to the United Nations.

Former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder was nominated for attorney general. If confirmed by the Senate, he will be the first African-American in that post.

To clear the way for Clinton to be nominated secretary of state, officials say her husband - former President Bill Clinton - has agreed to disclose the names of all donors to his foundation. He is expected to reveal more than 200-thousand names in order to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.

He also will refuse donations from foreign governments to his charity, the Clinton Global Initiative. And he will submit his speaking schedule and business activities for administration review.

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