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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepping down after less than 2 years
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepping down after less than 2 years

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down, a senior administration official said Monday, opening the way for a new Pentagon leader to confront evolving national security challenges in the final two years of President Obama’s term. Obama was expected to announce Hagel’s resignation in the Rose Garden on Monday morning but the official said the president doesn’t plan to name a successor right away. In October, the official said, Hagel raised the idea with Obama about leaving the administration after the midterm elections. Other officials in recent weeks have suggested that Hagel was under pressure to leave. Hagel, who took office in February 2013, is the only...

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