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Chuck Hagel Nomination

Kerry Defends Hagel

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democratic support for Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary grew on Thursday as the former Republican senator allayed con...

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 ...

Senator Signals Openness To Supporting Hagel

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

BOSTON — Maine Sen. Angus King said Thursday that he sees no strong reason to oppose President Barack Obama's pick for secretary of defense. Th...

Don't Let the Neocons Punish Chuck Hagel for Pointing Up Their Failures

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

What this attack on Hagel is really about is an effort to get even with him, a former Republican Senator, for disavowing the war on Iraq and the Republican Party's movement to the far right on a number of issues.

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.

Hagel Gets Nod From Democrats

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

* Meeting with Schumer was kept secret * Boxer also offers support; Inhofe opposed * Confirmation hearing likely within ...

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...

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.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Hagel and NRA on Defense -- Who Will Prevail?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgReagan & Matalin debate why Hagel is on defense over going to Defense. Since he's a wounded warrior who reflects the re-elected president's views -- with no John Tower problems -- he'll likely end up on top. NRA? Mary says ok to universal background checks but not "liberal shibboleths."

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

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...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This was the week of the Big Snub. In Hollywood, Oscar voters turned their backs on Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow, long considered locks for a Best Director nomination for their work on Argo and Zero Dark Thirty respectively. In Cooperstown, steroid era superstars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa were snubbed for the Baseball Hall of Fame -- along with the entire rest of the eligible field. The question now is, will snub fever make its way to Washington? Will Chuck Hagel, and the fresh ideas he'd bring to the Pentagon, be snubbed? How about the gun proposals Joe Biden will be announcing on Tuesday? And will Jack Lew, President Obama's pick for Treasury Secretary, continue that department's long tradition of snubbing Main Street in favor of Wall Street? It's a reminder that what is rejected is often more important than what it selected. Especially in Hollywood and D.C.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Case for Chuck Hagel Is Strong

Sean Kay | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Sean Kay

The opponents of Chuck Hagel's nomination as Secretary of Defense should give serious second thought before moving forward.

Obama Sets Tone For Netanyahu Relations With Hagel Nomination

Reuters | Posted 03.09.2013 | World

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A senior Israeli diplomat has given a positive view of Chuck Hagel's nomination as U.S. ...

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 Nominates Hagel For Secretary Of Defense

Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

President Obama has nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Hagel, a moderate Republican, is a decorated Vietnam War veteran wh...

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...