Senate confirms Chuck Hagel nomination

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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The fierce Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's choice of Hagel to be defense secretary is both personal and business, and the nasty fight long has been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans. Barring any surprises, the drawn-out battle over his nomination probably will end this coming week with his Senate confirmation. But Hagel's fellow Republicans have roughed him up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Show was coinci

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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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