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Exclusive: Flournoy Drops Out of Race to be Next Secretary of Defense

Michèle Flournoy, the most-widely rumored candidate to replace Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, has taken herself out of the running for the job, according to sources familiar with the situation. The decision complicates what will be one of the most important personnel decisions of President Barack Obama's second term.

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Hagel Pushed Out Amid Concerns Over His Handling of Islamic State Fight

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is leaving the Obama administration after less than two years on the job amid concerns that he wasn't up to the job of leading the Pentagon during its escalating war with the Islamic State.

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