U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, stands next to Russia's Ambassador Vitaly Cherkin at United Nations headquarters for Security Council consultations, Thursday, Nov. 29,

 

              U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, stands next to Russia
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, stands next to Russia's Ambassador Vitaly Cherkin at United Nations headquarters for Security Council consultations, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. President Barack Obama's top U.N. diplomat appears to have a clearer path to succeeding retiring Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton after two top Republican critics moderated their accusations that Ambassador Susan Rice was part of a government cover-up of what happened in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)