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Chuck Hagel survives bruising battle, is confirmed as Pentagon chief

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After a bruising confirmation battle, the Senate on Tuesday cleared former Sen. Chuck Hagel to become secretary of defense by an historically slim margin. Hagel, 66, who until 2009 represented Nebraska in the Senate, was confirmed by a 58-41 vote and will succeed Leon Panetta. His first order of business will be to guide the nation's military through unprecedented spending cuts that are all but...

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