US Senate panel OKs Samantha Power as UN ambassador

WASHINGTON - The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Samantha Power, US President Barack Obama's nominee to be US ambassador to the United Nations, clearing the way for a vote in the full 100-member Senate.
All but three of the panel's 18 members voted in favor of Power, who was expected to win confirmation easily by the full Senate.
Power had been criticized by some conservatives for seeming to suggest, in a 2002 interview, that the US Army might be needed to police the Middle East conflict if either Israel or the Palestinians move toward genocide. Power, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her study of US failures to prevent genocide, has disassociated herself many times from that comment.
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