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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