Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is tonight’s ‘designated survivor’
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday evening that his department is quickly exhausting measures to keep the federal government from breaching the debt limit, adding that the deadline for congressional action to maintain the full faith and credit of the United States is still October 17.
The U.S. Senate effectively confirmed former senator Chuck Hagel as defense secretary Tuesday by voting 71-27 on his nomination to serve as the nation’s 24th defense secretary.
Chuck Hagel, who earned a pair of Purple Hearts as a grunt in Vietnam, all but earned a third during his confirmation hearing to become Defense Secretary.
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) asks Chuck Hagel when he stopped beating his wife during the SecDef confirmation hearing.
During his confirmation hearing to become the next Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel locks horns with old friend Sen. John McCain over the 2006 Iraq troop surge. (Transcript included.)
John McCain’s first round interrogation of Chuck Hagel was more about personal pique and histrionics than it was about elucidating Hagel’s views. It was a foolish and demeaning exercise.
To become the next Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel must overcome at his confirmation hearing today the charges that he’s a corrupt, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-Israel, Iranian-loving, Castro-cuddling chicken-hawk.
From stone-throwing protester to law-making senator; from an awkward loner to the darling of his colleagues; and now from critic to champion of Obama foreign policy, Kerry has always moved outside-in.