A much warmer reception this time for Hagel

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators who nearly buried Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found reasons to praise him Wednesday.

Seven weeks after his bruising Senate confirmation fight, Hagel fielded questions on the defense budget, Afghanistan, Syria and North Korea in his first appearance before the Armed Services Committee since it narrowly approved his nomination in February on a bitter party-line vote.

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