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  • Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon chief

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama nominated longtime Defense Department understudy Ashton Carter as his fourth defense secretary on Friday to replace Chuck Hagel, the lone Republican in Obama's Cabinet, who resigned last week after disagreements with the White House.

    In Carter, Obama gets a...

  • Syrian rebels increasingly frustrated

    May 6, 2013 | 11:01 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Gazing out at the rubble which was all that remained of a four story apartment complex in the city of Azaz just south of the Turkish border, 41 year old bricklayer Khalid Jaza’iri did not see much to be optimistic about. 

    “The...

  • Defense chiefs Hagel and Yaalon to meet in Israel

    April 9, 2013 | 8:00 am

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Israel this month for a meeting with Moshe Yaalon, his Israeli counterpart.

    Reuters on Tuesday quoted an unnamed Israeli defense official as naming April 21-23 as the dates for Hagel's Israel visit, and a Pentagon official...

  • Senate confirms Hagel as secretary of defense

    February 26, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    The Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, after an unusually acrimonious confirmation fight that threatened to complicate his work as civilian leader at the Pentagon.

    The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm the former Republican...

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  • Senate clears way for vote on Pentagon nominee Chuck Hagel

    February 26, 2013 | 10:06 am

    The Senate cleared the way on Tuesday for the likely confirmation of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense.

    The Senate voted 71-27 to end debate and move forward, almost two weeks after Republicans launched a filibuster to block Hagel's nomination. It...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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.”...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cheerful and diplomatic, Ambassador Oren addresses L.A.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 17, 2013 | 10:03 am

    In a speech about the U.S.-Israel relationship delivered in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, drew on his expertise as a historian of the Middle East to illustrate the strength of the alliance between the two countries....

  • 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 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...

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