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Obama digs in for a fight on Hagel, Brennan picks

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At the White House on Monday, President Barack Obama announces he is nominating Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, right, as CIA director; and former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, left, as defense secretary.

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Digging in for a fight, President Barack Obama riled Senate Republicans and some Democrats, too, on Monday by nominating former senator and combat veteran Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon and anti-terrorism chief John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Hagel and Brennan, in separate Senate confirmation hearings, will face sharp questions on a range of contentious issues.
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