AP source: Obama to name Samantha Power to UN post

In this May 23, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama talks about national security, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Rebuffing the president’s latest plea, House Republicans would keep open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from spending money to transfer terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen. The provisions dealing with the fate of the 166 prisoners are part of a defense policy bill drafted by Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif. The chairman released the bill Monday, two days before Republicans and Democrats on the committee will vote on the measure. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
In this May 23, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama talks about national security, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Rebuffing the president’s latest plea, House Republicans would keep open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from spending money to transfer terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen. The provisions dealing with the fate of the 166 prisoners are part of a defense policy bill drafted by Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif. The chairman released the bill Monday, two days before Republicans and Democrats on the committee will vote on the measure. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will name former aide Samantha Power as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Power will replace Susan Rice, who will take over as Obama’s national security adviser. The official says Obama will announce both appointments from the White House Wednesday afternoon.

Power is a longtime Obama adviser who worked on his 2008 presidential campaign and ran the human rights office in the White House. She left the administration in February but was considered the favorite to replace Rice at the U.N.

The official insisted on anonymity in order to confirm the appointment before it was publicly announced.

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