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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she accepted responsibility for the troubled US occupation of Iraq after Saddam Hussein's fall. In comments on "Fox News Sunday," Rice, who was President Bush's national security adviser when the war began in 2003, said former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wasn't at fault for not having the right occupational structure in place.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president, is interested in the US Senate seat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) of New York will leave vacant if her selection as the next US secretary of State is confirmed, her cousin Robert Kennedy said late last week. It's up to New York Gov. David Paterson to appoint someone to complete Clinton's term.

Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki is Barack Obama's choice to be the next secretary of Veterans Affairs, the president-elect said Sunday. Shinseki, who was Army chief of staff from 1999 to 2003 and is the first four-star general of Japanese-American descent, was at odds with former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld for questioning the Bush administration's Iraq war strategy.

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