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After Closest Vote Ever, Chuck Hagel Sworn In

He'll next address Pentagon workers
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2013 8:15 AM CST
After Closest Vote Ever, Chuck Hagel Sworn In
Marine Corp. Lt. Gen. Tom Waldheuser, center, greets Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., right, and his wife Lilibet.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Chuck Hagel's 58-41 confirmation vote wasn't just close; it was the closest ever for a defense secretary, notes Reuters, with just four Republicans voting in favor of the Republican, who was sworn in this morning. The closed-door ceremony will be followed by an address to Pentagon workers at 10:30am. After that: Focus on the sequester? (Read more Chuck Hagel stories.)

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