SENATE TO CABINET: Numerous reports, starting with Bloomberg, said Dec. 13 that President Barack Obama will nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to become secretary of state and former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for secretary of defense. Both men enjoy good reputations in the Senate, which must confirm their nominations, meaning their approval is expected. The libertarian Cato Institute in Washington said Hagel’s appointment would be welcome news for critics of the last decade’s explosive ...

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