Senate Panel Backs Hagel for Defense

But vote in full Senate is no gimme

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 12, 2013 4:21 PM CST

(Newser) – Chuck Hagel has cleared his first hurdle in becoming secretary of defense: The Senate Armed Services panel voted 14-11 to approve President Obama's pick to succeed Leon Panetta. All of the Democrats on the committee backed Hagel, and all of the Republicans opposed him....   Read full story »

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