January 13, 2013 |
Former secretary of state Colin Powell on Sunday defended former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel's qualifications to be the next defense secretary, saying in a lengthy interview that he expects Hagel to be confirmed. "I think he gets confirmed," Powell said on NBC News's "Meet the Press. " "I think he's ultimately superbly qualified, based on his overall record, based on his service to the country, based on how he feels about troops and veterans and families. I think he will do a great job as secretary of defense.
February 14, 2013 |
Senate Republicans delivered a sharp rebuke to President Obama on Thursday when they began a filibuster of Chuck Hagel 's nomination as secretary of defense. The confirmation process stalled Thursday when GOP senators deprived Hagel of the 60 votes needed to move it to its final stages. Republicans said they were seeking a delay so they could look more closely at the nominee. Both sides still think the former GOP senator from Nebraska will be confirmed, but the filibuster brought stark condemnations...
June 24, 2008 |
President Bush has nominated Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody to take over the Army's Materiel Command as a four-star general, and if confirmed by the Senate she would be the first woman in U.S. history to receive such a high military rank. In announcing the nomination yesterday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised Dunwoody's "extraordinary leadership and devotion to duty" and called the choice "an historic occasion. " There are 57 active-duty female general officers in the U.S. armed forces, five of whom are three-star...
June 5, 2008
Barack Obama closed out the Democratic nomination battle as he began it: by scoring a big win in an overwhelmingly white state. He won white men in Montana by better than 2 to 1 and matched Hillary Rodham Clinton among white women, according to network exit polls.
February 28, 2013
In his Feb. 27 op-ed column, " McCarthyism 2013, " Dana Milbank denounced Republicans who opposed former senator Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary, implying that they had unfairly castigated the senator. But when Mr. Hagel purportedly spoke of the State Department as an "adjunct" of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and when he talked of an intimidating "Jewish lobby," he invoked words of classic anti-Semitism. The notion that Jews "control" international finance or Wall Street, the media or the corridors of power in...
January 16, 2013 |
President Obama's nomination of B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday is an effort to energize a depleted agency that has been denied leadership and resources by legislators aligned with the gun lobby, according to administration officials and former law enforcement officials. The introduction of Jones during the unveiling of Obama's sweeping gun proposals at the White House signals a willingness to fight for a position that has languished in...