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Hagel takes helm at Pentagon after bitter fight

10:31 AM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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By Donna Cassata, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chuck Hagel has been sworn in as Secretary of Defense following a bitter nomination fight on Capitol Hill.

He took the oath of office at the Defense Department, which is facing deep budget cuts.

Hagel was expected to address civilian and uniformed employees at the department later in the day Wednesday.

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