Hagel Clears Committee on Party-Line Vote

Contentious secretary of defense nominee heads to the Senate floor after 14-11 vote
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The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) voted along party lines Tuesday to send the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense secretary to the floor of the Senate, paving the way for a potential showdown over the embattled nominee.

The Atlantic Council’s Sanctions-Busting Backers

Corporations that have evaded Iran sanctions financially support Hagel-chaired think tank
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Multiple foreign corporations that have bypassed or attempted to bypass United States and European Union sanctions against Iran are funding the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank chaired by defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

The Nuclear Option

Senators seek Hagel promise on congressional role in arms cuts, clarification on his Global Zero nuclear position
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Four Republican senators wrote to defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel asking the former senator to explain his shifting positions on nuclear arms cuts and strategic modernization.

A Lack of Transparency

Hagel’s failure to disclose possible income from foreign sources raises red flags
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Lingering questions about defense nominee Chuck Hagel’s financial ties to foreign countries could provide his Republican critics with the political ammunition needed to prevent his nomination from leaving the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), according to multiple sources close to the confirmation process.