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Senate panel approves Hagel for Pentagon chief

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Chuck Hagel -- Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator -- cleared his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation's defense secretary when a bitterly divided Senate Armed Services Committee approved his nomination.

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A bitterly divided Senate panel on Tuesday approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation's defense secretary in a rancorous session at which Republican questioned the former GOP senator's truthfulness and challenged his patriotism.
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