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…

112 Pages of Answers from Chuck Hagel

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Reuters Tomorrow morning at 9:30 am, the US Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on former Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination by the President to be the next Secretary of Defense. A sizable roster of policy questions were submitted to Hagel to assess his views on everything form China to Iran to nuclear weapons to thoughts on energy management and security. Here is the pdf of Hagel’s responses.  Warning.  It runs 112 pages long. — Steve Clemons

Hillary Clinton Prevails at Benghazi Hearings

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Here are some thoughts I shared with PRI’s The World yesterday on Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the Benghazi disaster and death of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and other Americans. — Steve Clemons

100 Minutes on Chuck Hagel

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Sunday morning this week on C-Span Washington Journal, I spent some quality time with former Project for a New American Century Executive Director and now AEI scholar Gary Schmitt discussing Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be President Obama’s Secretary of Defense. C-Span’s Steve Scully anchored the discussion — which was wide-ranging and in my view, enlightening. The entire segment is one hour and forty minutes and includes some fascinating historical clips of speeches by and interviews with Chuck Hagel in the…

Blast from the Past: Elliott Abrams on John Lennon

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There is a brewing storm over Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Elliott Abrams‘ intemperate remarks about Senator Chuck Hagel — arguing that the Secretary of Defense nominee must prove he is not an anti-Semite. We’ll comment on that at another time. But I just came by this really interesting passage in which Abrams slams John Lennon one week after Lennon’s murder in December 1980 as quoted by Sidney Blumenthal in his book, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment: The Conservative…

The Really New New Republic

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I have nearly always, mostly, with only a few exceptions really loved The New Republic over the years. Even when I wanted to rip to nano-sized shreds some articles and throw my computer out the window if reading a couple of particularly offensive essays online, I have always been impressed by the edgy wit, complex thought, and relevance of this publication. And under the direction of Facebook co-founder and gay rights activist and philanthropist Chris Hughes, I’ve heard that the…

Officials: Chuck Hagel Was a ‘Gift From God’ for the Israeli USO

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Jason Reed/Reuters Admiral Ze’ev Almog, or Aluf Almog in Hebrew, speaks in a deep baritone, no-BS, command-authority voice that must have intimidated enemies and political rivals inside and outside Israel’s command structure over the past decades. He exudes confidence, authority, and a compelling patriotism for the State of Israel for which he fought in so many wars. The nearly 78-year old former Commander-in-Chief of the Israeli Navy and former head of the Israel Shipyards fought in the Suez Crisis, the…

Reading Tea Leaves of Political Appointments Not Yet Made

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Reuters Something rare just happened.  Rather than me having to dog various of the media handlers or key policy hands at the National Security Council or White House on whether Chuck Hagel is on or off the SecDef list, I just got a phone call from a senior Executive Branch person in the know who said something along the lines that the media are hyperventilating this thing into the wrong direction and that the process of considering nominees is proceeding…