Senate votes to confirm Hagel as defense chief

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Posted: Feb 27, 2013 8:10 AM
Updated: Feb 27, 2013 8:10 AM
Source: Associated Press

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WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel is expected to take the oath of office today as defense secretary.

Just four Republicans joined Democrats in confirming Hagel, a two-term Republican senator and a twice-wounded Vietnam veteran.

The vote came after the GOP ended an unprecedented filibuster. President Obama called Hagel the defense secretary the nation needs and the leader our troops deserve.

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