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  • Senate Republicans block vote on confirming Hagel as defense chief

    February 14, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    The Senate voted narrowly on Thursday to block a vote on confirmation of President Barack Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, planning another vote for Feb. 26 - when it is expected to pass.

    The tally was 58-40, with almost every Republican voting no, falling...

  • Critic sees Senate voting on Hagel confirmation in coming weeks

    February 14, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    [UPDATE 2:02 p.m.] SECOND VOTE ON WHETHER TO MOVE HAGEL NOMINATION FORWARD IS EXPECTED BY LATE FEBRUARY AND IS SEEN PASSING, SENATORS SAY

    [1:45 p.m.] Senator Lindsey Graham said on Thursday that, barring any "bombshells," he is confident that the U.S. Senate will move forward...

  • Democrats decry delay in vote for Hagel as defense chief

    February 14, 2013 | 8:29 am

    Chuck Hagel's nomination to be U.S. defense secretary went into political limbo on Thursday as Republicans stepped up blocking tactics and Democrats accused them of putting the country at risk by delaying the filling of a major security post.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...

  • Israelis to Obama: This isn’t the time for you to do peace-processing

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 14, 2013 | 7:39 am

    50% of Israelis support the "two state solution", but only 30% of them believe that "reigniting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process" should top the agenda for President Obama's visit to Israel. Only 20% of Israelis blame Obama alone for the "tense relations" between him and Prime...

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  • Senate Democrats pave way for full Senate vote on Hagel

    February 13, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    Senate Democrats filed a motion on Wednesday to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense after Republicans refused to allow a vote, setting up a showdown vote by Friday.

    Democrats are expected to muster the 60 votes needed...

  • Letters to the Editor: Military rape, second amendment, slain doctor, Chuck Hagel

    February 13, 2013 | 11:03 am

    Shining a Light on Military Rape

    I’ve taught sexual harassment prevention in the private and public sectors as an outside trainer for 20 years (“A visible war against military rape,” Feb. 8). I felt good about what I did because I educated and dissuaded potential perpetrators and...

  • U.S. Senate panel approves Hagel nomination as Pentagon chief

    February 13, 2013 | 4:24 am

    A U.S. Senate panel approved Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote on his confirmation by the full Senate as soon as later this week.

    The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14-11, with one senator voting "no...

  • Senate committee advances Hagel nomination

    February 12, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    Sticking strictly to party lines, the Senate Armed Services Committee referred the nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary to the full Senate for confirmation.

    The tally favoring Hagel, a former U.S. senator from Nebraska, was 14 in favor, all in the Democratic caucus,...

  • Senate panel sets Tuesday vote on Hagel nomination

    February 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    A U.S. Senate panel plans to vote on Tuesday afternoon on the bitterly contested nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, the committee said on Monday.

    Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which must approve...

  • February 11, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 11, 2013 | 3:27 am

    The US

    Headline: Republican Threatens to Block Pentagon and C.I.A. Nominees

    To Read:  Fouad Ajami tells the story of how a liberal-minded orator began using drones, and wonders why his foreign-policy liberal mindedness at this point only seems to manifest itself as a reluctance...

  • Why no opposition to Hagel, arms to Egypt?

    February 7, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Israel is facing serious challenges on two new fronts. 

    President Barack Obama has nominated Israel-basher Chuck Hagel for defense secretary and sent fighter jets to Mohamed Morsi’s Israel-hating Egyptian regime.

    Where are America’s major Jewish organizations? Silent, voicing...

  • Mr. Lowenthal goes to Washington

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 6, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    On the same day former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s choice for Defense Secretary, was being grilled in the Senate for having referred to pro-Israel advocates as the “Jewish lobby,” newly elected U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) said that he hadn’t been...

  • Amy Ziering’s visible war against military rape

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 6, 2013 | 11:53 am

    On a rainy Saturday night in January, a small group of leaders from the worlds of entertainment, media and philanthropy gathered at the home of billionaire businessman Ron Burkle to watch the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Invisible War.”

    For 97 minutes, the room was still....

  • Hagel’s other problem

    By David Suissa

    February 5, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    As any news junkie will tell you, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, didn’t do very well at his Senate confirmation hearings last week. Our own political editor, Shmuel Rosner, not known for hyperbole, called his performance “terrible.”...

  • Hagel in hearings expands on ‘Jewish lobby’ apology

    January 31, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel in Senate hearings expanded on his apology for the use of the term "Jewish lobby," and said it was also wrong to suggest pro-Israel groups "intimidate" Congress into doing "dumb things."

    Hagel, the former Republican senator from Nebraska...

  • Senators assail Obama’s Hagel nomination, question judgment

    January 31, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Republican lawmakers harshly attacked Chuck Hagel on Thursday at a contentious hearing over his nomination to become the next U.S. defense secretary, questioning his judgment on war strategy and putting him broadly on the defensive.

    In one of the most heated exchanges,...

  • Ahead of hearings, Hagel commits to preventing Iranian nukes

    January 30, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    In answers prepared for his Senate hearings, Chuck Hagel says he is committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if this means military action.

    "With the ever present threat of Iran, the next Secretary of Defense must be vigilant in pursuing the goal of...

  • CUFI role in Hagel opposition shows conservatives’ resolve to stop confirmation

    January 29, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    Chuck Hagel has made strides in his bid to secure Senate confirmation as defense secretary, winning the endorsement of leading Jewish Democratic senators and meeting with the leaders of major American Jewish groups.

    But conservative pro-Israel opposition remains fierce, bolstered...

  • Pro-Israel figures join ad endorsing Hagel as defense secretary

    January 23, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    A number of prominent pro-Israel Jewish figures joined an ad endorsing Chuck Hagel for the U.S. defense secretary post.

    Meanwhile, Christians United for Israel announced plans to bring 200 pastors and other Christian leaders to Washington to lobby against Hagel's confirmation,...

  • Hagel reassures Jewish leaders on Iran, Israel’s edge

    January 22, 2013 | 9:27 am

    Chuck Hagel in a meeting with Jewish organizational leaders affirmed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge.

    "Sen. Hagel met with the leadership of several major American Jewish organizations at the...

  • January 16, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 16, 2013 | 3:50 am

    The US

    Headline: Schumer Backs Hagel Nomination

    To Read: As Barack Obama prepares for his second inauguration, Wil Haygood of the Washington Post looks at the similarities between the first black president and Martin Luther King.

    In [Jesse] Jackson’s mind, the lives of...

  • As the Hagel battle intensifies, Pentagon nominee gets key support from Jewish Dems

    January 15, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    Even as critics intensify their efforts to depict him as unfit to protect the U.S.-Israel relationship, Chuck Hagel has convinced several of the most prominent Jewish Democratic lawmakers to endorse his nomination to lead the Pentagon.

    Since rumors of his nomination first...

  • Hagel gets key Jewish endorsements for secretary of defense

    January 15, 2013 | 10:36 am

    Chuck Hagel added three major Jewish Democrats to his list of endorsers, clearing his way to likely confirmation as secretary of defense.

    Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) each said they were satisfied Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska,...

  • Hagel’s homophobia

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 9, 2013 | 10:14 am

    A few years ago I was out having dinner with my orthodox, gay, Jewish brother when a religious man walked over to me and asked if I was Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. From his aggressive posture I knew in my gut that I should not respond in the affirmative but was simply too tired to lie....

  • Jewish groups softening resistance on Hagel nomination

    January 8, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Now that Chuck Hagel is officially President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense, Jewish groups concerned about Hagel’s record on Israel and Iran are faced with a choice.

    Do they fight hard to derail his nomination, joining common cause with Republican opponents? Or do...

  • January 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 8, 2013 | 3:47 am

    The US

    Headline: Hints of Syrian Chemical Push Set Off Global Effort to Stop It

    To Read: Hagel says critics distort his views on Israel, Iran
    In an interview with the published shortly after he was nominated as defense secretary, Chuck Hagel hits back at critics who claim he...

  • Chuck Hagel and the definition of a ‘true friend’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 7, 2013 | 11:33 am

    There’s a “friend” of Israel, and there’s a “true friend.”

    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, soon to be Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, is a true friend. He is entitled to this title for refusing to “go along with Israel's lunatic, self-destructive drift into settling the West Bank and...

  • Obama nominates Hagel as Defense Secretary, Brennan for CIA

    January 7, 2013 | 10:32 am

    President Barack Obama on Monday nominated former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA, potentially setting up a Senate confirmation battle on two fronts and establishing a tough tone to start his...

  • Jewish Democrats ‘confident’ Hagel will follow Obama’s pro-Israel lead

    January 7, 2013 | 8:18 am

    The National Jewish Democratic Council said it was confident Chuck Hagel would follow what it called President Obama's "unprecedented" pro-Israel record.

    The statement Monday morning came before Obama's formal announcement expected later Monday nominating Hagel, a former...

  • December 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 24, 2012 | 12:29 am

    In-depth

    Hagel and Israel

    Despite the claims of his detractors, former senator Chuck Hagel is neither anti-Israel nor anti-Semitic, writes Alon Pinkas in Al-Monitor

    ...many of these same critics are those who consider Obama as fundamentally anti-Israel. They believe that...

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