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Politics

Republicans block Hagel from defense post

Democrats say the move is a first for a filibuster

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Obama’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, in a defiant move likely to further strain partisan tensions while preventing the White House, at least temporarily, from assembling its second-term national security team.

In a result that broke down almost strictly along party lines, Democratic senators could not muster the support to advance the nomination of Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, to a final vote. The vote was 58-40, falling short of the 60 that were needed.

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