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"Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, and John Brennan for Director of the CIA," says President Obama.
Hagel is a former Republican Senator from Nebraska and a decorated Vietnam veteran.
"He would be the first of enlisted rank to serve as Secretary of Defense," says President Obama.
While the President pointed out Hagel's GOP affiliation, many Republicans are lining up against the nomination.
"Chuck Hagel has said he doesn't believe we ought to keep all options on the table when it comes to Iranian threat," says Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas).
GOP leaders also question Hagel's support of Israel.
"He has not been a friend to Israel," says Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). "In my view, the United States should stand unshakably with the nation of Israel."
If confirmed, Hagel would replace Leon Panetta. As for John Brennan, the President's counter terrorism adviser, Brennan was heavily involved in the 2001 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
"A 25 year veteran of the CIA, John knows what our national security demands," says President Obama.
"If confirmed as Director, I will make sure the CIA has tools needed to keep Americans safe," says Brennan.
He was considered to head the CIA in 2008, but withdrew his name amid questions about his views on enhanced interrogation techniques during the Bush Administration.
"These will be interesting hearings and Senators will ask tough questions," says Founder for Defense of Democracy Mark Dubowitz.
The Senate also has to confirm Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton, who returned to work today. She's been off the job for a month after a fall, a concussion and a blood clot near her brain. This story continues to change. You can get the latest overnight developments on TENNESSEE MORNINGS starting at 5am.
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Trial begins in international custody case
May 21, 2013 08:06 GMT
By SHEILA BURKE Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A trial begins Tuesday that could determine which country will decide the fate of 13-year-old twin boys at the center of an international custody battle that extends from Eastern Europe to Middle Tennessee.
The boys are American citizens who were born in Texas but have spent the majority of their lives in Hungary. Their father is an American citizen with family in the Cottontown community of Sumner County. Their mother, a Romanian national, has invoked an international treaty claiming the children are being wrongfully retained in Tennessee by their father.
The boys came to Tennessee last year to visit their paternal grandparents in Sumner County for the summer. The father, who was supposed to bring them back to Europe, stayed in the U.S. and filed for divorce.
Asia stocks fall
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets fell today as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve to telegraph what it plans to do next with its economic stimulus program.
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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: iPHONE RECOVERED AFTER THEFT IN OREGON
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A smartphone, plus a not-so-smart criminal -- equals an arrest in Oregon.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too.