The Brief: Top Texas News for Feb. 22, 2013

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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn's push to derail the confirmation of Chuck Hagel may have already fizzled.

Cornyn on Thursday sent a letter to the White House urging the president to withdraw Hagel's nomination as U.S. defense secretary. Fourteen other senators, including Cornyn's Texas colleague, Ted Cruz, signed on.

"Over the last half-century, no secretary of defense has been confirmed and taken office with more than three senators voting against him," the letter said. "The occupant of this critical office should be someone whose candidacy is neither controversial or divisive."

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