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Tillerson takes over an agency in tumult : Confirmed in a mostly party-line vote, he assumes the reins of a State Department roiled by mass dissent.

Newly confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's most urgent task at the State Department isn't necessarily to manage the threat from Iran and North Korea, to recast relations with Russia and China, or to calm nervous allies in Europe and the Far East.

It will be to quell a mass dissent among the State Department's vast staff and to counter a growing sense of demoralization among the nation's diplomats.

In a largely partisan vote, the former Exxon Mobil chief executive won Senate a

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