Obama expected to nominate Chuck Hagel as secretary of Defense
By David S. Cloud and Brian Bennett
January 4, 2013, 2:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON ó President Obama is expected to nominate Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator and Vietnam veteran, to be secretary of Defense, officials said, setting up a confirmation battle with lawmakers and interest groups critical of his views on Israel and Iran.
White House officials said Friday afternoon that the president hadnít formally offered the job to Hagel, but others familiar with the process said that the announcement could come as soon as Monday
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