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Hagel emerges with solid Dem support for Pentagon

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Chuck Hagel, right, President Obama's nominee to become secretary of defense, shakes hands with Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., far left, and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., second from left, at the end of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

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Bruised and battered, Chuck Hagel emerged from his grueling confirmation hearing with solid Democratic support for his nomination to be President Barack Obama's next defense secretary and increasing Republican opposition to a former GOP colleague.
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