1. Change of Heart

    Chuck Schumer Backs Hagel

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09:  Sen. Charles Schumer attends Loews Regency Hotel's Inaugural Power Breakfast at Park Avenue Winter on January 9, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

    Andy Kropa

    Chucks of the world, unite! New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has changed his mind, saying on Tuesday that he will support Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for defense secretary. Schumer had previously expressed concerns over Hagel’s Mideast positions. But after meeting with the former Nebraska senator on Monday, Schumer came out in support. Hagel is set to meet with New York’s other senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, soon. Not everyone is surprised by Schumer’s turnaround: one Democratic Hill aide said, “Schumer has to play a game. He has to sound like he’s actually listening to those New Yorkers.”

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