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Hagel has necessary votes to become defense chief

WASHINGTON — Barring any new, damaging information, Chuck Hagel has secured the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him to be the nation’s next defense secretary. A vote ending the bitter fight over President Obama’s choice for his revamped second-term, national security team is expected next week.

Hagel cleared the threshold when Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, a five-term Republican, said he would vote for the former GOP senator from Nebraska after joining other Republicans last week in an unprecedented filibuster of the Pentagon nominee.

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