Senate confirms Chuck Hagel nomination

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FILE - In this May 24, 2012 file photo, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Defense Secretary nominee, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has lined up the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him next week to be the nation's next defense secretary, after a senior Republican lawmaker said he will back President Barack Obama's choice. Barring any new developments, five-term Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would vote for his fellow Republican.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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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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