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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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As Senate Confirms More Career Diplomats, Fate of Obama's Political Nominees Remains Uncertain

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The lame-duck Senate confirmed 21 of Obama's long-waiting diplomatic nominees this week but avoided voting on the president's more controversial choices. With a majority of the career foreign service nominees approved to ship overseas, the question now becomes what will happen to more than a dozen more contentious candidates, several of whom have been waiting for more than a year.

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