President Barack Obama on Friday urged the Senate to quickly confirm Ashton Carter as the next secretary of defense. Speaking at the White House, Obama called Carter a reformer who had never been afraid to cancel "old or inefficient weapons programs." Carter, a former deputy defense secretary, would replace Chuck Hagel if confirmed. Obama also spoke briefly about the November jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy added 321,000 jobs in the month. Obama said the economy is making "real progress."
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