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The Character Assassination of Chuck Hagel Is Misleading and Cowardly

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.17.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Certain features of his past are being grossly exaggerated in order to cloak the real anxieties of Hagel's critics -- namely, the fear that Hagel is not a proponent of the Bush Doctrine.

Amanda Terkel

Chuck Hagel Promises To Extend Benefits To Gay And Lesbian Military Families | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel attempted to put to rest any doubt about his commitment to gay rights on Tuesday, saying he suppor...

Michael McAuliff

Schumer Backs Hagel For Defense Secretary | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Schumer is giving his backing to President Barack Obama's choice to be defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel -- a nomine...

Neocon Nightmare: The Truth Behind the Attacks on Chuck Hagel

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

We often bemoan the fact that those in Washington who get it wrong never seem to be held accountable, and those who get it right (even if not right away) always seem to be marginalized. Well, President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense is how the system should -- but seldom does -- work. I'm not saying Chuck Hagel is perfect or that I agree with every position he's ever taken, but leadership isn't about conforming to a checklist. Hagel is being nominated for a particular job, and for that job, he has a strong record. And this is exactly why his critics are grasping for straws -- from questions about his "temperament" to the insinuation that he is an anti-Semite -- because they don't want to discuss that record, nor what this debate is really about: the Iraq War.

Obama Nominee Seeks To Rally Support Ahead Of Confirmation

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Chuck Hagel secured the backing of two of the staunchest pro-Israel Senate Democrats in a clear boost to the Republican's prospects...

WATCH: Huntsman Makes Prediction On Chuck Hagel Nomination

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.14.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Former Republican presidential candidate Gov. Jon Huntsman discussed the controversial nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense Monday, sayi...

Hagel: What Difference Will He Make?

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The intellectual doldrums stultifying American foreign policy create incentive to take the initiative; they at the same time resist any deviation from the inertial course.

GOP Senator Questions Hagel's 'Temperament'

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

* Obama nominated Vietnam War veteran Hagel as defense chief * Conservatives have faulted Hagel on Israel, Iran * Senate...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Colin Powell: Chuck Hagel 'Superbly Qualified' To Be Secretary Of Defense | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former secretary of state Colin Powell strongly defended former Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) nomination as secretary of defense on Sunday...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senator Makes Prediction On Chuck Hagel's Confirmation | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) predicted the Senate will approve the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as secretary of d...

Hagel Nomination: Stakes Are High, But Far From Over

James Zogby | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

What is at stake for Republicans is far more than just Israel and Iran. It is the entire neo-conservative enterprise that led the U.S. into two failed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (which they cannot admit were failures) and has them still advocating for more aggressive military engagements in Syria and Iran.

Confirm Chuck Hagel For Secretary Of Defense

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

I am willing to accept his apology, which Ambassador Hormel has now accepted, even if reluctantly, because Hagel will work for President Obama, and I don't believe the president would nominate anyone to this sensitive position who will not be supportive of the LGBT community.

Hagel Must Address 'Jewish Lobby' Comment

Lanny Davis | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Hagel needs to show that he understands, first, why he is factually wrong to describe a "Jewish lobby"; second, he needs to show greater sensitivity to the American Jewish community because he understands that expression evokes anti-Semitism through the ages.

Joshua Hersh

Max Cleland: Hagel Was A Great Senate Colleague | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Max Cleland arrived in the U.S. Senate in 1997, and for the next six years fought for legislation alongside Chuck Hagel as part of a sma...

The Truth Behind The Hagel-McCain 'Rift'

Real Clear Politics | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

In Washington, personal relationships between politicians are almost always scrutinized for their transactional significance....

Hagel, Republicans and the Farce of Beltway Journalism

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.12.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The Hagel story, in which Obama made an effort to change the tone in Washington, D.C. by including a Republican in his Cabinet, only to have the goodwill gesture trampled by Republicans, perfectly captures the skewed way the news media depict modern-day politics.

Michelangelo Signorile

Log Cabin Republicans Leader Defends Newt Gingrich While Condemning Chuck Hagel As Anti-Gay | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.10.2013 | Gay Voices

The interim executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) defended his group’s attacks on the nomination of former Nebraska GOP Senator Chuc...

Let Me Tell You About My Friend, Chuck Hagel

Bill White | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Bill White

As an openly gay man I found Chuck's words regrettable and still do, and Americans deserve the explanation and apology that he has succinctly and generously offered. I accept his apology, as a gay American and as his friend.

It's Not About Hagel, It's About President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The GOP will bluff and bluster at Hagel during the confirmation hearings. Eventually, he will be confirmed in committee and by the full Senate. But it won't be the last time Obama will hear it from the GOP about a nominee. Why? Because it's not about Hagel, it's about Obama.

Emily Swanson

Poll: Iraq War Was A Mistake | Emily Swanson | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

On the eve of a potential confirmation battle for secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel that may hinge on his opposition to the Iraq war, most Ame...

Why the Senate Should Confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Brian Levin | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Aside from the political points Republican senators might score with their constituents by vocalizing disagreement with President Obama and obstructing his agenda, what do they hope to accomplish?

Hagel and Kerry Mean Obama Is Ready to Leave Afghanistan -- Finally

Jon Soltz | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

In Chuck Hagel and John Kerry, President Obama is bringing aboard one man who opposed the surge in Afghanistan, and has long called for a drawdown, and another who quickly realized the surge was not a success, and called for a shift in strategy.

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel Called Covert Anti-Terror Tool 'Very Important' In 2009 | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nominations of John Brennan for CIA director and Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense are widely expected to prompt a new round of i...

From Obstruction to Character Assassination: The Changing GOP Tactics

Richard Klass | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Richard Klass

The real problem the GOP neocons have with Hagel is that he does not buy their world view, the view that led us into Iraq and put that war and Afghanistan on a credit card.

Don't Haggle Over Hagel

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Chuck Hagel in all likelihood will serve as our next Secretary of Defense. The entire confirmation process, however, is guaranteed to be complicated. But it's important we remember that this is all just political theater.