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January 22, 2013


Hagel is Obama's First Second Term Test

The New York Times reports President Obama will get the first test of his second term when former Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-NE) confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of defense gets underway this week.

Hagel "has begun the uphill task of winning over hostile Republicans... Privately, administration officials figure that Mr. Hagel could get as many as 60 votes, a threshold that would allow him to overcome a filibuster. Even with a few votes shy of 60, Congressional aides said, it is not clear Republicans will try to block his confirmation."












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