Political Headlines February 12, 2013: Chuck Hagel’s Secretary of Defense Nomination Heads to Senate After Partisan Committee Vote

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Hagel Nomination Heads to Senate After Partisan Committee Vote

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-12-13

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Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next secretary of defense has been sent to the full Senate, following a 14-to-11 committee vote that split along partisan lines. Tuesday’s vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee reflects how unpopular Hagel’s nomination has been among his former Republican Senate colleagues.

Two hours of debate prior to the vote were indicative of the partisan divide over his nomination.  Republicans assailed his Senate voting record and his qualifications for the job; some Democrats expressed lukewarm support and defended his character….READ MORE

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Political Headlines February 11, 2013: Sen. Lindsey Graham Threatens to Hold Up Confirmation Vote on Chuck Hagel, John Brennan Nominations

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Sen. Graham Threatens to Hold Up Vote on Hagel, Brennan Nominations

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-11-13

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Sen. Lindsey Graham says until he knows exactly how President Obama acted immediately after the U.S consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked last Sept. 11, he will attempt to hold up confirmation votes on the White House picks for secretary of defense and CIA director.

Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday, the South Carolina Republican said, “We know nothing about what the president did on the night of Sept. 11, during a time of national crisis, and the American people need to know what their commander-in-chief did, if anything, during the eight-hour attack.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines February 10, 2013: Lindsey Graham threatens to hold up confirmations of John Brennan, Chuck Hagel

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Lindsey Graham threatens to hold up confirmations of John Brennan, Chuck Hagel

Source: WaPo, 2-10-13

The South Carolina Republican wants more answers from the administration about the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, and threatening to hold up the president’s nominees for defense secretary and CIA director until he gets them….READ MORE

Political Headlines January 24, 2013: John Kerry Tears Up During His Secretary of State Senate Confirmation Hearing

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John Kerry Tears Up During His Confirmation Hearing

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-24-13

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First there were near-tears, and then a protester had to be forced out, but Sen. John Kerry took it all in stride.

Kerry choked up at his secretary of state confirmation hearings Thursday morning when discussing his father’s history in the U.S. Foreign Service, and how he was “equally proud” of both that history and his own as part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“If you confirm me, I would take office as secretary proud that the Senate is in my blood, but equally proud that so, too, is the Foreign Service,” the Massachusetts Democrat told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington….READ MORE

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