Obama picks Pulitzer-winning writer Samantha Power for UN post: report

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 10:18 EDT
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President Barack Obama will name Pulitzer-winning human rights author Samantha Power to represent the U.S. at the United Nations, according to sources that spoke to The Associated Press.

Her appointment comes as Obama is expected to shift Susan Rice, America’s current U.N. ambassador, to lead the National Security Agency, which requires no Senate confirmation. Despite having the clear authority to unilaterally move Rice to the NSA, Obama’s choice is likely to be controversial due to Republican concerns about Rice’s handling of talking points following the attack on America’s embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

Power is a longtime Obama adviser who previously led the White House’s Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. She also previously worked as a journalist covering conflicts around the world, from Bosnia to Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and even Zimbabwe, and her 2003 book “A Problem from Hell: American and the Age of Genocide” won a Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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