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The Obama Administration Begins to Take Shape

Just a day after winning the presidency, Barack Obama has started hiring. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, one of the architects of the Democrats’ congressional majority, is in line to be chief of staff. Sen. Chuck Hagel, the anti-war Republican, could be named to a Cabinet post, while Sen. John Kerry is said to be after the secretary of state job. Updated yet again.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama, McCain Camps Clash Over Attack Ad

Barack Obama’s decision to forgo a visit with wounded U.S. troops in Germany during the European leg of his recent international sojourn gave John McCain’s camp the idea for a new advertisement criticizing the Illinois senator, although Obama’s team and Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel beg to differ with its premise.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama in Iraq

The U.S. Embassy has reported that Barack Obama arrived safely in Iraq, where he is expected to meet with Gen. David Petraeus and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The candidate is traveling with fellow Iraq war critics Sen. Jack Reed and Sen. Chuck Hagel.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Supporting the Troops, GOP-Style

Senate Republicans have successfully blocked a three-month expansion of troop leave, which the Democrats hoped would provide pressure to withdraw without cutting off funds. John McCain called the effort to give our fighting men and women 15 months off between combat deployments “dangerous.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Hagel Calls Bush’s Use of Petraeus Dishonest

Retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel tells Bill Maher why the president’s exploitation of Gen. Petraeus is “not only a dirty trick, but it’s dishonest, it’s hypocritical, it’s dangerous and irresponsible. The fact is, this is not Petraeus’ policy, it’s Bush’s policy.”

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


The New Majority

As Virginia goes, so goes the Senate—and the nation? The decision of former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to run for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. John Warner is more than just bad news for the GOP.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


Call to Limit Deployments Is a No-Go in Senate

So much for “supporting our troops”: A bipartisan proposal sponsored by two combat veterans to give exhausted U.S. troops more time between their military deployments overseas was defeated by Republicans in the Senate, the first vote of a two-week congressional debate on Iraq. 

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 READ MORE


Senators Shame Bush Over Prewar Intelligence

The Senate Intelligence Committee has declassified and released two prewar intelligence reports that warned a postwar Iraq could struggle with sectarian violence and might benefit al-Qaida and Iran. Democrats on the panel, along with Republicans Chuck Hagel and Olympia Snowe, criticized the Bush administration for ignoring the prescient warnings.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


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CrooksandLiars.com

Hagel Wants to ‘Shake Up’ the Election

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he was “not happy with the Republican Party,” and hinted he might make an independent run for president, perhaps with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg by his side.

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Republicans Waver on Gonzales

Three prominent Republican senators expressed their lack of confidence in Alberto Gonzales on Sunday. GOP support has dropped off since Justice Department documents released on Friday caught the attorney general misrepresenting when he first knew about a plan to fire eight U.S. attorneys.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


7 GOP Senators Back War Debate

Sens. John Warner and Chuck Hagel, along with five other GOP senators who earlier this week helped to block deliberations on Bush’s troop escalation, now say they will do everything in their power to ensure an open debate.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


GOP Blocks Anti-Escalation Resolution

Senate Republicans managed to block debate Monday on the anti-surge resolution offered by John Warner, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.  Joe Lieberman, who is fast becoming the president’s most loyal lapdog, argued that debate would hurt troop morale. Chuck Hagel retorted that he would have welcomed debate while serving in Vietnam, where he was wounded.

  • Find out how your senators voted (“nay” votes were to block the resolution)

  • Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


    McCain and Hagel

    McCain vs. Hagel

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., took turns trash-talking each other’s Iraq proposals on Sunday’s “This Week.” Hagel threw McCain’s words back at him, calling his benchmark plan for Iraq “disingenuous,” while McCain said that, other than his own, “they’re all bad options….”

    Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


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    Weekly Video Roundup

    This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Sen. Jim Webb’s response to Bush’s SOTU speech; a misleading U.S. Army recruiting video; and an episode of “30 Days” that puts a conservative Christian in a Muslim household.

    Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


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    Hagel Puts the Senate to Shame

    Chuck Hagel has been on a tear lately, but it’s hard to beat this stirring indictment of the war and its enablers: “These young men and women that we put in Anbar province, in Iraq, in Baghdad are not beans. They’re real lives. And we better be damn sure we know what we’re doing, all of us, before we put 22,000 more Americans into that grinder. We better be as sure as you can be.”

    Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


    Anti-surge Senators
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    Senate Nears Vote on Escalation

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a nonbinding resolution condemning the escalation of the war. While Vice President Dick Cheney is absolutely right when he says “It won’t stop us,” the measure will at least force lawmakers to take a stand on the issue until tougher legislation can be passed.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


    Even Republicans Resist Bush Appeal

    Despite his State of the Union plea to give the Iraq war another chance, the president is suffering defections from his own party, including a number of GOP senators who have emboldened Democrats in their fight against Bush’s planned escalation of the war.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


    Hagel and McCain

    GOP Showdown: Hagel vs. McCain

    John McCain may be a little miffed that the president is sending only 21,500 additional troops to Iraq, but he still supports a surge—even, aparently, if it’s unlikely to succeed. Chuck Hagel, on the other hand, thinks sending any troops into a civil war is a mistake, particularly if the prime minister of Iraq doesn’t even want them around.

    Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


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    Robert Scheer: Chuck Hagel for President!

    If it ever narrows down to a choice between Chuck Hagel and some Democratic hack who hasn’t the guts to fundamentally challenge the president on Iraq, then the conservative Republican from Nebraska will have my vote. Yes, the war is that important.

    Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


    Hagel and Lieberman

    Sen. Hagel Dismantles Lieberman

    You have to hand it to Joe Lieberman. Rattling off one stale lie and misdirection after another, as he did this Sunday on “Meet the Press,” while maintaining a straight face could not have been easy. Luckily Chuck Hagel was on hand to refute Lieberman’s tired propaganda.

    Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


    Hagel and Warner

    Two Top GOP Senators Want New Iraq Strategy

    Sens. Chuck Hagel and John Warner have added their names to the growing list of Republicans who have broken ranks with Bush on Iraq.
    Of course, this profoundly un-democratic president has proved himself immune to reasoned criticism, so don’t hold your breath for an Iraq course correction.

    Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Chuck Hagel on 'Face the Nation'

    Hagel Warns of ‘Hopeless, Winless Situation’ in Iraq

    Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel chastised the Bush administration on “Face the Nation,” saying Iraq was headed toward civil war and neither the American people nor Congress would tolerate the continued presence of U.S. troops there.

    Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


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