Political Headlines January 7, 2013: President Barack Obama Nominates Chuck Hagel to Lead Defense Department, John Brennan to CIA





Obama Taps Chuck Hagel to Lead Defense Dept., John Brennan to CIA

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-7-13

The White House

President Obama moved to round out his second-term national security team Monday, nominating former Sen. Chuck Hagel to head the Department of Defense and counterterrorism advisor John Brennan to lead the CIA.

Obama launched a vigorous public defense of Hagel, whose anticipated nomination had already stirred opposition on both sides of the aisle.  He called the Nebraska Republican the “leader that our troops deserve” and a “patriot,” who served heroically in combat, saving the life of his brother….

Turning to Brennan, Obama said the 25-year veteran of the CIA was one of the “most skilled and respected” members of his national security team, contributing “strong analytic insights” and “invaluable perspective.”….READ MORE

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