Senate confirms Chuck Hagel nomination

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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. 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/Susan Walsh, 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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