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Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., speaks at the White House on Monday after President Obama nominated him to replace U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
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January 14, 2013 President Obama had a lot of great things to say about Chuck Hagel when he nominated him to become secretary of defense. But a lot of other folks — including Jewish groups, Senate Republicans and veterans of the Bush White House — are far more critical. Is it political? Or personal?
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Richard Ben Cramer
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January 8, 2013 He wrote a classic book about the 1988 presidential election — What It Takes: The Way to the White House. It's been hailed as one of the best books ever written about American politics.
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