Senate confirms Chuck Hagel nomination

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FILE – In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo Democrat senators, from right, Carl Levin, D-Mich., Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., confer as Republican Chuck Hagel, a former two-term senator and President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies at his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The fierce Republican opposition to the Hagel's nomination has long been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans, with barely any reservoir of good will. Barring any surprises, the battle will probably end this coming week with Hagel's Senate confirmation; but his fellow Republicans have roughed him up.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Chuck Hagel, a former two-term senator and President Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new Secretary of Defense on Feb. 26. Hagel, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, will be the first enlisted man to serve as defense secretary.

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