Chuck Hagel SC

WASHINGTON- Senate Republicans have forced Leon Panetta to remain in the job he is eager to give up. They did that by delaying a confirmation vote on Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.

But they also have given the White House an opening to cast the GOP as obstructing President Barack Obama’s assembly of a second-term national security team.

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On Thursday, Senate Republicans temporarily blocked a Hagel confirmation vote.

Read More at OfficialWire . By Robert Burns.

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