Today, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a confirmation hearing for Sen. John Kerry for Secretary of State. President Obama chose Kerry to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
President Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of state says it’s imperative for the United States get its fiscal house in order to lead worldwide.
In prepared testimony, Sen. John Kerry tells the Foreign Relations Committee that, quote, “foreign policy is economic policy.”
Kerry described himself as humble, testifying before the panel he has served on for 28 years – and led as chairman for the last four.
He discussed the life-threatening issue of climate change. He also says it is critical the U.S. prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
The hearing starts at 6 a.m. Alaska time. You can listen to the live audio here:
- The state Division of Insurance plans to ask the feds to offset its costs for the Alaska Reinsurance Program.
- After a mild start to December, it’s gotten bitter cold in Haines and Skagway, with temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits. With temperatures far below freezing, snowfall from the weekend is not likely to go anywhere soon.
- As temperatures rise, Arctic ice is retreating, making trips through the Northwest passage – from Alaska to Maine – a new summer reality. But until now, mariners navigating Arctic ice have had limited formal training. A professor at Maine Maritime Academy is working to change that.
- One shot was fired in an officer-involved shooting Saturday, according to the Juneau Police Department. Police say Sgt. Chris Gifford fired the shot that injured Jeremie Shaun Tinney, 38, of Juneau while officers were investigating a single-vehicle crash in the 16500 block of Ocean View Drive.