Senate confirms Chuck Hagel nomination

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is interviewed by reporters as senators return to Capitol Hill after a week away from Washington with just three legislative days until automatic budget cuts are scheduled to take effect, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. The Senate is also moving toward a vote Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s divisive choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department after a protracted political fight.  (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.