2:44 PM, Jan 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ohio senator Rob Portman, a Republican, expressed his disappointment in President Obama choosing Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense in a statement released to the press:
“I am surprised and disappointed President Obama has chosen to move forward with Senator Hagel’s nomination given the significant concerns that both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have expressed about Senator Hagel’s positions and past votes on issues regarding some of our closest allies and most pressing national security threats. I believe Senator Hagel should get a fair look and an opportunity to defend his record, his past comments, and his current beliefs, but I don’t understand why the Administration is looking to pick yet another political fight instead of working with Congress to solve some of the very real problems we face as a country.”
2:40 PM, Jan 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Leon Panetta said he's stepping down as secretary of defense to return to his "walnut farm." There, Panetta said, he will deal "with a different set of nuts."
10:20 AM, Jan 4, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In the three weeks since Chuck Hagel’s name emerged as President Barack Obama’s likely choice as the next secretary of defense, there's been a lively, if lopsided, debate about his qualifications for the job. The debate’s been lopsided because the arguments for Hagel have been so startlingly weak.
4:45 PM, Dec 14, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained a fact sheet circulating widely on Capitol Hill. It details the record on a number of issues of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel, a leading candidate to be nominated by President Obama as the next secretary of defense:
Introduction to the Reading of Hagel
6:41 PM, Dec 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In response to reports that Barack Obama is likely to choose Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense, a top Republican Senate aide emails, "Send us Hagel and we will make sure every American knows he is an anti-Semite."
3:36 PM, Nov 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama singled out the American ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, for praise at a cabinet meeting today.
9:31 AM, Nov 15, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
At yesterday’s press conference, Chuck Todd of NBC News asked, “Are you withholding judgment on whether you should have known sooner that there was a potential — that there was an investigation into whether your CIA director — potentially there was a national security breach with your CIA director? Do you believe you should have known sooner, or are you withholding judgment until the investigation is complete on that front?”
1:03 PM, Nov 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Attorney General Eric Holder might not serve in President Barack Obama's second term.
"That's something that I'm in the process now of trying to determine," Holder reportedly said.
9:02 AM, Jul 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
According to President Barack Obama's official schedule, "Later in the afternoon, the President will hold a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting."
By CBS reporter Mark Knoller's account, this cabinet meeting is the first one President Obama has held since January 31:
6:37 AM, Jun 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Commerce Secretary John Bryson is suspected of being involved in a hit and run (or perhaps a couple hit and runs) over the weekend in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reports:
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