Absent a major problem at his confirmation hearing, Hagel is now on a path for confirmation.
Results reflect Hagel's relative obscurity and strained relationship with his own party.
The New York senator and close ally of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) sounds skeptical.
The Armed Service Committee will hold confirmation hearings on Hagel. Here's where its 26 members stand.
Hagel's sins go beyond his opposition to the Iraq war and his quip about the "Jewish lobby."
A battle over Hagel would be highly unusual -- both because we just had one over Rice and because both senators nominated to Cabinet posts and Secretary of Defense nominees generally sail to confirmation.
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