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Senators extend support to Hagel for Pentagon’s job

WASHINGTON — Chuck Hagel secured the backing of two of the staunchest pro-Israel Senate Democrats in a clear boost to the Republican’s prospects of becoming President Obama’s next defense secretary.

Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Barbara Boxer of California said Tuesday that they had spoken extensively with Hagel and he had addressed their earlier reservations about whether he was ‘‘anti-Israel,’’ too soft on Iran, or opposed to gay rights.

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