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    Hagel to Get Confirmation Votes

    UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., nominee to be Secretary of Defense, arrives to meet with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., in the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

    Bill Clark

    Chuck Hagel's controversy-ridden campaign for Defense secretary is almost over, and barring any surprises, it appears he's snagged the spot. Thursday, Republican Senator Richard Shelby announced he would vote for the former Nebraska lawmaker, which is enough support for a confirmation. ‘‘He’s probably as good as we’re going to get,’’ Shelby said, despite having joined Republicans last week in a filibuster. The confirmation vote that would put Hagel in the Pentagon is expected for next week.

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