Senate Approves Ashton Carter to Lead Pentagon

The Senate on Thursday easily approved President Barack Obama's pick to head the Pentagon, confirming the fourth secretary of defense in six years. In a 93 to 5 vote, the Senate approved Ashton Carter to head the Department of Defense to help lead the U.S. response to Islamic extremists, Russian-back militants in Ukraine, and an end to the war in Afghanistan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said before that vote that he would support Carter, but he expects him "to speak truth to power."

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