Chuck Hagel likely pick for defense secretary
The choice would likely set up a confirmation battle in the Senate over whether Hagel strongly supports key U.S. ally Israel. Gay rights groups have also complained about some of his past remarks, seen as disparaging to them.
However, if Obama were to back down from picking Hagel, it would be the second embarrassment, after his preferred candidate for secretary of state, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, withdrew from consideration in the face of determined opposition. -- Reuters