After a bruising confirmation hearing, all former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) can do now is wait. The White House expects his confirmation to be the next defense secretary will proceed. Going into the hearing, Hagel was likely to be confirmed with mostly Democratic support. That may still be the case, but at this point, Republicans are not ruling out the possibility of imposing a 60-vote threshold on his confirmation—a move that could kill the nomination. Confirmation hearings can ...

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