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Russian President Vladimir Putin (left), and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, now the secretary of state-designate, shake hands at a 2012 signing ceremony in Tuapse, southern Russia. Tillerson has expressed a general opposition to the sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russia two years ago. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption

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ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson is Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state. Liberals have howled over his nomination and so have some GOP hawks. But should they? Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this Oct. 20, 2012 photo, people line up to enter a newly opened Apple Store in Beijing. Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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