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Condoleezza Rice Tapped to Replace Colin Powell

The president plans to nominate one of his closest aides to serve as the next Secretary of State. Condoleezza Rice would replace Colin Powell, who announced his departure Monday. Rice's deputy, Stephen Hadley, would become the national security advisor. Hear NPR's Michele Kelemen.

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Michele Kelemen has been with NPR for two decades, starting as NPR's Moscow bureau chief and now covering the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.