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Adelson’s latest losing bet is against Chuck Hagel

If Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, ever harbored any doubts that he’d be confirmed, he can rest easy now that billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson is lobbying against him. Adelson, the Dorchester-born casino magnate who last year spent tens of millions of dollars backing the doomed candidacies of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, has an almost unblemished record of picking losing causes.

Yet that hasn’t stopped him from urging Republican senators to oppose Hagel, the former GOP senator from Nebraska whose bruising confirmation hearing was held Thursday. By coincidence, there is also a wave of TV commercials airing, supported by anonymous donors, targeting Democratic senators and urging them to vote against Hagel too.

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