Hagel Sworn In

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Chuck Hagel, left, is sworn into office as the 24th defense secretary by Michael L. Rhodes, the Defense Department’s director of administration and management, as Hagel’s wife, Lilibet, holds a Bible at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley The Hagel nomination fight is done. It’s time to move on to challenges that matter and get beyond personality politics. Some still seem to want to fight battles over who did…

Nation’s Former Top Dog Republican Shares Views on Chuck Hagel

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It’s so odd to hear Senators Inhofe, Cornyn, Cruz and a small passel of other GOP Senators state that Chuck Hagel doesn’t enjoy Republican support. That’s simply not true. Senators Shelby, Johanns, Cochran, and probably others will vote for Hagel next Tuesday. I think end of the day Senator Lisa Murkowski may do so as well. But the zinger is that decorated World War II veteran, former Senate Majority Leader, former GOP candidate for United States President Bob Dole has…

Talking Immigration Reform with McCain, Bennet & Klobuchar

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Thursday afternoon (tomorrow!), as a part of The Atlantic‘s larger “Manufacturing’s Next Chapter” event, I will sit down with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) for a series of candid discussions on immigration reform and issues related to the future face of American manufacturing and the economy more broadly. I will talk with Senators McCain and Bennet on their involvement in the Group of Eight and perspectives on each party’s endgame for immigration reform. Senator…