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Molly O'Toole

Military Sexual Assault Reform Faces Big Complication | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a string of high-profile sexual assault scandals continues to plague the military, leaders in the Department of Defense, Congress and...

What, the Department of Justice Actually Subpoenaed Reporter's Records... I'm Shocked, Shocked!

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

All this hoopla about the Department of Justice improperly obtaining two months of AP telephone records seems to me just as phony as Claude Rains' "I'm shocked, shocked" when he "discovers" gambling at Rick's Café in Cassablanca.

Not Cool, Mr. Secretary, Not Cool

Allyson D. Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allyson D. Robinson

Why would our nation's military leaders be complicit as these patriots' detractors seek to discredit their identities, their families, and their service and sacrifice to our nation?


James Zogby | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

Chuck Hagel is a valued friend. As a result, it was profoundly disturbing to me and members of my community when some of his opponents attempted to make his appearances before Arab Americans an issue in his confirmation process.

Secretary Hagel and the Senate's Massive Waste of Time

William Bradley | Posted 04.29.2013 | World
William Bradley

Consider what the Senate, which once dubbed itself "the world's greatest deliberative body," and a news media, which has greater access to information than at any time in history, didn't deal with just in the last few days of the anti-Hagel filibuster.

Hagel: America Must Not 'Dictate' To The World

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

(Fixes slug) By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel was sworn in as U.S. ...


Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Hagel: Time to Confirm and Move On

Lanny Davis | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Hagel is a great patriot, a good man, a man committed to public service, a man of integrity. He understands the military by definition -- if for no other reason than that he served, bravely facing Vietnamese bullets. He has the confidence of the president of the United States. 'Nuff said.

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...

Rope-a-Dope: Will It Work for Hagel?

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Michael Brenner

Was Chuck Hagel's Senate Armed Services Committee appearance just another scene in the comic tragedy that has become American foreign policy -- and, frankly, our public discourse generally? In this case, there surely was more reason for crying than for laughing.

Is Chuck Hagel the Best We've Got?

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

What I found most troubling (other than McCain's behavior) was Hagel's failure to defend himself. Why not say that he was right, because the war was based on a lie, and because nothing done in that war ultimately accomplished anything of lasting value?

Report: GOP Senator To Support Hagel For Defense Secretary

Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) will support his former colleague Chuck Hagel's nomination for U.S. defense secretary, the Lincoln Journal Star reported Sa...

Come Hagel or High Water: In the Shade of Iraq

William Bradley | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
William Bradley

While it's probably not a saying the president uses, Hagel is his choice, come hell or high water. Obama's getting more than a little of both in the bargain. He's going to get Hagel, too. But not thanks to Hagel's public performance skills.

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel Israel Questioning Shows Sway Of Conventional Thinking In Congress | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

On the day he was nominated for the position of secretary of defense, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) sat for an interview with the Lincoln Journal-S...

Mr. President: Chuck Hagel!

Ken Blackwell | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Before yesterday's hearings, the Chuck Hagel nomination was simply very controversial. After yesterday's hearings, we have an entirely new set of concerns.

Did Hagel's Nomination Make The Sequester A Fait Accompli?

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

My interview with Yuval Levin is up on the site this morning. Levin, a policy expert, influential conservative writer, and an ally of Paul Ryan, says ...

Chuck Hagel: Obama's Hatchet Man?

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The defense budget should be cut. But when it comes to taking on the defense establishment, President Obama has been timid. He needs someone to take the lead for him, a decorated military veteran with perspective. Chuck Hagel fits the bill to be Obama's hatchet man.

The Ordeal of Chuck Hagel

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

Hagel's opponents are trying to accomplish through these hearings and through their rants against Mr. Hagel what they could not accomplish through the presidential election -- to devalue Mr. Obama and his posture on foreign policy.

Sen. Udall: I'm 'Strongly Inclined' To Support Hagel Nomination

Posted 01.31.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Senator Mark Udall told HuffPost Live Thursday that he is inching closer to supporting Senator Chuck Hagel's nomination for Secretary of Defense. U...

GOP Farce at Hagel Hearings

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

All the money spent by the Sheldon Adelsons of the world, to sink this nomination, is a colossal waste. Chuck Hagel will be confirmed, and neoconservative influence over our military policy will finally, and thankfully, be dead.

Rubio To Reject Hagel Over 'Big, Big Problems'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) won't vote to confirm former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as the next secretary of defense, he announced on Thursday. Speaki...

Will Chuck Hagel Be the Oil Producers' Plant in Our Government?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Chuck Hagel needs be asked many questions but one overriding issue is Hagel's relationship to the interests of the oil producers from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and on.

Questions for Secretary of Defense Nominee Chuck Hagel

Freedom House | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Freedom House

This Thursday, former senator Chuck Hagel will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee to seek confirmation as secretary of defense. While h...

Three Reasons to Confirm Chuck Hagel

Hal Donahue | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Military action must be the last, rather than the primary, tool of foreign policy. While Chuck Hagel knows this, he also knows that the nation's military must be ready and able to deliver overwhelming force when required.

Democrats and Defense

Gary Hart | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

When will Democrats rightly claim to be the most knowledgeable, thoughtful, experienced, imaginative leaders on defense of our nation?