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Chuck Schumer to back Hagel for Pentagon's top job

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Chuck Schumer, an influential Democrat and member of the party's leadership, said Tuesday he would back President Barack Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon despite earlier misgivings about the Republican's stand on Israel, Iran and gay rights. In a lengthy statement, Schumer said he met for 90 minutes with Hagel on Monday and received assurances on a...

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