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Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel testifies Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The Coming Fight Over Immigration Policy

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Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Government Spending Debate Affects Politics, Economy

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President Obama shakes hands with his nominee to head the Defense Department, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, at the White House on Jan. 7. John Brennan, Obama's choice for director of the CIA, looks on. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Spending cuts that are part of the looming sequester could cause big job losses in defense and other industries. U.S. Navy/Getty Images hide caption

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Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, testifies while NRA President David Keene listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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