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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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Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.