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Hagel Makes First Trip To Afghanistan

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.08.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan Friday for his first visit as Pentagon chief, saying that there are pl...

How Obama Beat the Israel Lobby

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

I am not one for admitting I am wrong, but sometimes the evidence is so overwhelming that I have to say it. I was wrong. Specifically I have been repeatedly wrong when I said that the Israel lobby could not be defeated unless and until the President of the United States confronted it directly.

Obama Clings to his Three No's on the Syrian Crisis

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.01.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has dispelled some of the ambiguity surrounding the second Obama administration's policy towards Syria during his E...

The Chuck Hagel Bombshell

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

It is the death throes of the neoconservatives' hold on United States foreign policy that makes the confirmation of Hagel and the installation of the Biden-Kerry-Hagel team so critically important for the United States and the world.

Friday Talking Points -- Filibusted

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week was Representative Zoe Lofgren, who (with a Republican co-sponsor) this week introduced legislation to regulate the use of drones for domestic police work.

Sam Stein

GOP Taking Extraordinary Action Against Hagel | Sam Stein | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are following through on their threat to filibuster former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Barack Obama's nomine...

Bruised Hagel Emerges With Solid Support

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday dismissed criticism of Chuck Hagel's hesitant congressional testimony and insisted that it expects the Se...

Obama Nominee Facing Tough Questions

Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Republican Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary, is facing GOP...

The Nintendo Warriors Rise Again

William S. Becker | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

The lesson of Vietnam is not that the United States should never go to war. It's that war is a last resort to be used only when there's a damn good reason and peaceful options have been exhausted.

Top Dem Says To Wait On Hagel Count

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Top Senate Republicans said Tuesday they would reserve judgment on Chuck Hagel's nomination until after his confirmation hearing ne...

Hagel Pick Tests Power Of Senate's Resistance To Obama

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In the middle of a bitter fight over a Republican president's nominee for defense secretary, a former White House occupant pleaded ...

Much Ado About Nothing on Obama's White Guy Appointees

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Their tenures in these positions often far out ran the tenure of the president that appointed them. But because they were largely nameless and faceless they got very little attention. Obama's appointments to the judiciary are a near textbook example of that. Few can name any of them.

Strong Hagel Charge Gets Big Blowback

The Daily Beast | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

From the beginning, Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense has been about more than just the policies he’d pursue at the Pentagon....

An Ambiguous Policy by the New US Administration towards Damascus and Tehran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 03.13.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

All indications point that the foreign policy of the second Barack Obama Administration will carry two aspects, one implicit and one explicit, moving ...

Four Reasons Chuck Hagel Would Be a Good Secretary of Defense

William Hartung | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

Hagel has taken flak from neo-conservatives and other advocates of military overspending for rightly suggesting that the current Pentagon budget is "bloated" and can afford to be cut significantly beyond current plans.

Hagel Nomination Unnerves Some In Israel

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 03.09.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next U.S. secretary of defense is causing jitters in Israel, where some ci...

Luke Johnson

GOP Senators In 2008: We Heart Hagel | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP senators are now vowing a tough fight against Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, but in 2008 several top Republicans offered ...

Hagel Speaks Out On 'Astounding' Distortions

Lincoln Journal Star | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

Chuck Hagel said Monday an accurate assessment of his record will demonstrate "unequivocal, total support for Israel" and endorsement of tough interna...

Obama, GOP Prepare For Battle

Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

By TOM RAUM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama is heading toward bruising fights on Capitol Hill on multiple fronts even before second-te...

Hagel Reportedly To Be Nominated For Secretary Of Defense

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) will in all likelihood be nominated as secretary of Defense by President Barack Obama, according to reports from Fore...

A Defense Secretary for the World

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

President Obama is thinking of nominating former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as the country's next Secretary of Defense. It is an inspired choice that the President should be proud to present to Americans and to the world.

Chuck Hagel, Former GOP Senator, Backs Joe Sestak For Senate

AP | PETER JACKSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican who has broken ranks in the past with the GOP, gave Democrat Joe Sestak his sec...

Chuck Hagel: GOP Being "Irresponsible" On Health Care Reform

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican senators trying to kill healthcare reform have acted irresponsibly, one of their former colleagues asserted. Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Ne...

Hagel: Cheney's Critique Of Obama As "Ridiculous"

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last night on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow asked former Sen. Chuck Hagel about former Vice President Cheney's recent claims that President Obama...

Sam Stein

Hagel, Unrestrained, Lashes Into Bush, Rush And The GOP | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two months before he leaves office, Sen. Chuck Hagel is increasingly unrestrained by political niceties. Appearing at a forum at the Johns Hopkins Sc...