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Ashton Carter Emerges as Obama's Likely Defense Nominee

Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter is likely to be President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, according to administration officials, putting him in line to take over a sprawling department that has had an uneasy relationship with the White House. At Tuesday's White House briefing, spokesman Josh Earnest stopped short of confirming the president's decision, yet praised Carter effusively for serving "very, very ably" at the...

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