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Obama must fight fires from left and right after four key staff nominations

At the start of his second term, the US president's nominees for top cabinet jobs are likely to be confirmed by the Senate - but not without a fight, writes Niall Stanage.

13th January, 2013
The likelihood is that all four men will earn the necessary support in the end. But it could be a rough ride. Success is not assured.

Barack Obama is deciding how to fill key positions during his second term as US president, which officially begins on January 21.

The people he has chosen so far make it clear that he will not shy away from fights with Republicans and, sometimes, with those on his left flank.

Last week, Obama announced three key nominations. He wants a former Republican senator, Chuck Hagel, to become defence secretary, his White House chief of staff, Jack...

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