Eli Lake of The Daily Beast Reports Hagel is Being Nominated by Monday

Reports Lake: After averting the fiscal cliff by reaching a deal with Republican leaders on New Year’s Eve, President Obama appears set to wade into a new fight with Congress next week by nominating former Nebraska GOP Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense.

Key Democrats working closely on the nomination process tell The Daily Beast that the president is expected to announce the Hagel selection on Monday or Tuesday. These sources also say Obama did not decide on Hagel until this week, after weighing Ash Carter, the current deputy secretary of defense, and Michele Flournoy, a former No. 3 at the Pentagon, for the job.

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