Politics News – Jacob Lew, Rosa Parks, Chuck Hagel, Congress

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Senate confirms Lew as Treasury secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary, affirming President Barack Obama’s choice of a budget expert at a time when Congress and the White House are at odds over sharp government spending cuts.

Rosa Parks Statue Is Unveiled at the Capitol
Dozens of Rosa Parks’s relatives attended a dedication ceremony on Wednesday as she became the first black woman to be honored with a life-size statue in the Capitol.

America must not “dictate” to world, new defense chief says
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel was sworn in as U.S. defense secretary on Wednesday after a bruising Senate confirmation battle, and promised to renew old U.S. alliances and forge new ones without attempting to “dictate” to the world.

Military Leaders Say Congress Must Stop Sequester
The billions of dollars in defense budget cuts scheduled to begin at the end of the week will have a swift and severe impact on military readiness and Congress needs to take fast action to stop them, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday in an 11th hour bid to keep the reductions from going into effect.

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