U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State.
This is part of what she wrote to President Obama:
I am highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as Secretary of State. I am fully confident that I could serve our country ably and effectively in that role. However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly - to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country.
Obama said in a statement:
"For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant."
Rice had been considered a front-runner to replace Hillary Clinton as the nation's top diplomat.