John Brennan has won Senate confirmation to head the CIA after a late struggle that had more to do with presidential power to order drone strikes than with the nominee's credentials to lead the spy agency.
One last question about newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Why?
The Senate has voted to move forward on the nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, clearing the way for confirmation of President Barack Obama's choice. The vote was 71-27 on Tuesday to end the GOP filibuster.
Does it matter that a nominee for secretary of defense doesn't particularly care for American power?
Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel became the third cabinet nominee ever to be successfully filibustered, and as Nancy Cordes reports, it came at the hands of his former Republican colleagues.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says he doesn't think the nominations of Chuck Hagel to Defense Secretary and John Brennan to CIA Director should move forward until the White House answers some pressing questions on the consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Americans who are concerned about traditional freedoms and the Second Amendment have no difficulty understanding the message of the popular bumper strip: "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." It should be just as easy to grasp the corollary: If nukes are outlawed, only terrorist countries will have nukes.
Washington continues to talk, but only talk, about the danger of Bashar al-Assad's increasingly desperate regime in Syria distributing its arsenal of high-tech or even nuclear weapons to terrorists throughout the Mideast.
In case you were not sure how Chuck Hagel felt about Israel after his "Jewish lobby" comment.
Friends after this? We would say in my home state of Minnesota: Not so much.
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, told the hearing today that while he respects Hagel's service, he cannot support his nomination. Inhofe detailed issues which Hagel has "switched positions" in the last few weeks.
The Senate has confirmed Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry as the next secretary of state. The vote was 94-3. Once sworn-in, Kerry will replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is stepping down after four years.
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