Obama Taps 'Patriot' Hagel for Defense

President Barack Obama announced at a press conference that he has chosen former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense, setting up a fight with Senate Republicans for his confirmation.

President Obama is expected to unveil the nomination today of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as the next secretary of defense, replacing Leon Panetta. A Vietnam War veteran and three-term member of

As Republicans plan their opposition strategy on Chuck Hagel's anticipated nomination as the next secretary of defense, Democrats are digging up and circulating examples of top GOP senators saying nice things about their

Selling Chuck Hagel. "The plan, according to administration officials, is to cast Hagel as a war veteran, a Republican who still shares ideals with a party that has largely shunned him, and — above all else — someone who

Selling Chuck Hagel. "The plan, according to administration officials, is to cast Hagel as a war veteran, a Republican who still shares ideals with a party that has largely shunned him, and — above all else — someone who