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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Will Ambassador Susan Rice be the next Secretary of State?

Originally broadcast December 7, 2012.

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has emerged as President Obama's leading candidate for Secretary of State.  But her potential nomination has erupted in controversy.  Congressional leaders in the Republican party have come out in strong opposition to her nomination while Rice's defenders, including the President are unwavering in their support.  What are the real underlying issues surrounding this controversy?

Our panel:
- Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News
- Peniel Joseph, professor of history, Tufts University
- Phillip Martin, senior reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio
- Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature and publishing, Emerson College
- Jeffery Taliaferro, associate professor of political science, Tufts University