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AMERICA-WASHINGTON: US SENATE HEARING – Mike Pompeo (Kentucky) faces uphill battle in Senate confirmation hearing for secretary of State job

Protesters stand and chant with placards as U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo arrives to testify before the Senate

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