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Nasty confirmation process could leave Chuck Hagel weak defense secretary

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Former Sen. Chuck Hagel may survive the protracted and contentious confirmation process for the top job at the Pentagon, but his rocky road to confirmation will likely make him a far weaker defense secretary, say defense and foreign policy experts. "I think Hagel will be on short leash in terms of what he can say and what he can do," said Loren Thompson, head of the Lexington Institute, an...

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