Foes of Hagel nomination say vote should go on

Republican opponents are sending signals that former Senator Chuck Hagel's bid to become defense secretary will probably allow his Senate confirmation vote to proceed in the coming week.


Critics said Hagel, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, is a "radical" unqualified to lead the US military. A top White House official expressed "grave concern" over the delayed confirmation vote, adding that there was nothing to worry about in any disclosures that may yet come. (AP)