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Chuck Hagel Confirmation

Chuck Hagel Receives Praise From Senate

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators who nearly buried Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found reasons to praise him on Wednesday. Seven weeks after his bruising Senat...

Hagel Cracks Joke About Bruising Senate Hearing

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With luminaries ranging from Vice President Joe Biden to television game show host Alex Trebek in the audience, Defense Secretary C...

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.

America Needs a New Political Party

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

The two-party system has a long history in America, but is no longer serving the interests of our country.

Chuck Hagel Confirmation May Incur God's Wrath, Group Claims

Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

A conservative Christian lobbying group has claimed that the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense may incur God's judgment. Hagel w...

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.

How Opposition Should Behave: After Chuck Hagel and John Bolton

Steve Clemons | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Steve Clemons

After a battle it's important to show respect to those who were on the other side. They have different priorities. They see the world differently -- and it's important to understand that and salute their own magnanimity after this sort of skirmish.

WATCH: Maddow Flips Out

Posted 02.27.2013 | Media

Rachel Maddow made her dissatisfaction with Senate Republicans quite clear on her Tuesday night MSNBC show. In light of Chuck Hagel's confirmation...

Luke Johnson

FINALLY! Hagel Confirmed

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate confirmed former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense by a 58 to 41 vote Tues...

Panetta Awaits Hagel Vote From California Home

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has apparently had all the Pentagon farewells he can take. The defense chief is working from his Ca...

Why Chuck Hagel's In Good Shape

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Barring any new, damaging information, Chuck Hagel has secured the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him to be the nation's...

Luke Johnson

Another Republican Senator Voting For Hagel

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON--Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) plans to vote to confirm President Barack Obama's choice for defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Ne...

'First Of All, Bush WAS The Worst President Since Herbert Hoover'

Posted 02.21.2013 | Comedy

Jon Stewart has clearly had enough of Senator John McCain's grandstanding on Benghazi, so he took some time on Wednesday's show to hit the former pres...

'Friends of Hamas' and Why the GOP Can't Win the Internet

Eric Boehlert | Posted 04.22.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Tellingly, the fact that the scary sounding group doesn't exist didn't stop a right-wing site from pushing the tall tale; a tale that quickly ricocheted across the conservative media landscape and was touted as a deeply troubling development.

How One Of The Stupidest Chuck Hagel Rumors Got Started

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 02.20.2013 | Media

A New York Daily News reporter revealed on Wednesday that he might have been the inadvertent source of one of the strangest rumors about Chuck Hagel,...

Kerry and Hagel, Vietnam and Iraq

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Kerry and Hagel (like Colin Powell) missed their historical moment. Had they opposed Bush's war they might have made a difference. Now perhaps they can use their cabinet posts to implement a policy or two of atonement.

GOP Foes Signal Readiness To Move Forward On Obama Pick

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Republican opponents are sending signals that Chuck Hagel's bid to become defense secretary will probably come to an up-or-dow...

McCain: Hagel Confirmation Is Imminent

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that Chuck Hagel will likely be confirmed as U.S. secretary of defense when Congress returns from recess next w...

White House Expresses 'Grave Concern' Over GOP Delay

AP | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The new White House chief of staff says there's "a grave concern" about delays in assembling President Barac...

Laura Bassett

Lindsey Graham Still Skeptical About Chuck Hagel's Israel Views

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics

Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel is facing more scrutiny from Republicans this week in light of a 2007 speech he made to Rutgers University in...

The Red Rebs

Will Durst | Posted 04.17.2013 | Comedy
Will Durst

The GOP remains so obstinate and unwilling to give the White House even the tiniest of victories they filibustered a Cabinet appointment... from their own party.

GOP Senator's Hypocrisy Over Obama Nominee Exposed

Salon | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

When Senate Republicans blocked Chuck Hagel’s confirmation to be secretary of Defense this afternoon by voting against a cloture motion to end debat...

McCain Admits GOP's Hagel Opposition Rooted In Bush Attacks

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that Republican opposition to defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel can be traced back to the former Republic...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Vote Fails To End Filibuster On Hagel

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans successfully foiled attempts to confirm Chuck Hagel for the post of defense secretary on Thursday, by denying him the...

Panetta Getting Fed Up With Partisan 'BS'

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The fight in Congress over confirming Leon Panetta's successor as defense secretary is getting on his nerves. After two formal Pentagon...