Hagel gets Pentagon helm on 58-41 vote

4 GOP senators back ex-colleague

Posted: February 27, 2013 at 4:24 a.m.

A divided Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s next defense secretary, handing President Barack Obama’s pick the top Pentagon job just days before billions of dollars in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts hit the military.

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