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Senate Begins Hearings On Condoleezza Rice

 Secretary of state nominee Condoleezza Rice could face some tough questioning on Iraq as senators start quizzing her today.

But the daylong question and answer session before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considered a formality. Both Republican and Democratic senators say she will easily win enough votes for confirmation.

Some senators may demand to know how Rice plans to handle the ongoing insurgency and when the 150-thousand U-S troops may be heading home.

Rice also will use the hearing to outline her plans for a renewed Middle East peace initiative and other goals in Bush's second term.

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