Hagel should be confirmed soon

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A deeply divided Senate is moving toward a vote on President Barack Obama's contentious choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department.

Twelve days after Republicans stalled the nomination, the Senate was slated to vote Tuesday on proceeding with the former Nebraska Senator's selection. GOP lawmakers signaled late Monday they would end their delaying tactics.

If Hagel gets the necessary votes, it would just be a matter of time for a simple up-or-down vote, although Republicans could insist on the maximum 30 hours of debate before a final vote.

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