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White House taking more control of national security team

President Obama rounded out his national security team on Monday, nominating former senator Chuck Hagel to head the Department of Defense and designating deputy national security adviser John Brennan as his choice to serve as CIA director.

The differences in their nominating ceremony and the one last month for Senator John F. Kerry to be secretary of state were startling, reflecting the audible the administration had to call when it came to rolling out the team, as well as the bumpier confirmation hearings Hagel and Brennan are expected to face.

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