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Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee to be

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee to be

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(L-R) Former U.S. Senators John Warner (R-VA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Sam Nunn (D-GA) are seen during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of former Sen. Hagel to be U.S. Secretary of Defense on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

(L-R) Former U.S. Senators John Warner (R-VA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Sam Nunn (D-GA) are seen during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of former Sen. Hagel to be U.S. Secretary of Defense on Capitol Hill in Washington,...more

(L-R) Former U.S. Senators John Warner (R-VA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Sam Nunn (D-GA) are seen during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of former Sen. Hagel to be U.S. Secretary of Defense on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Former U.S. Senator John Warner (L) introduces former Senator Chuck Hagel (D-NE) during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Hagel's nomination to be Defense Secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Senator John Warner (L) introduces former Senator Chuck Hagel (D-NE) during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Hagel's nomination to be Defense Secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former U.S. Senator John Warner (L) introduces former Senator Chuck Hagel (D-NE) during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Hagel's nomination to be Defense Secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Senator Chuck Hagel (L), stands next to counterterrorism adviser John Brennan (R), the nominee for CIA Director, at the White House in Washington January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Senator Chuck Hagel (L), stands next to counterterrorism adviser John Brennan (R), the nominee for CIA Director, at the White House in Washington January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Jason...more

U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Senator Chuck Hagel (L), stands next to counterterrorism adviser John Brennan (R), the nominee for CIA Director, at the White House in Washington January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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