Armed Services Dem Praises Hagel Vote

A Democratic member of the Senate Armed Services Committee is singing the praises of Tuesday’s vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. After a lengthy filibuster mounted against Hagel by his fellow Republicans, the Senate voted to confirm the former Nebraska senator to head up the Pentagon on a 58-41 vote. The filibuster of the Hagel nomination was the first filibuster of a defense secretary in U.S. history. Just a handful of Republicans joined all Democrats to vote in favor of Hagel. “Chuck Hagel is a man who valiantly defended our country in Vietnam and will bring proven leadership skills and a strong record of service to the Pentagon. I am pleased that the Senate confirmed his nomination … Continue reading

Remembering 9/11

President Obama and many other Washington politicians took time out from the hard-fought campaign season to observe the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The president and first lady Michelle Obama began the day with a moment of silence on the South Lawn just after 8:45 a.m., around the time the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. From there, they traveled to the Pentagon, where the President spoke at a memorial service in honor of those who died there, as well as in New York and Pennsylvania. “This anniversary allows us to renew our faith that even the darkest night gives way to a brighter dawn. Today, we can come here to the … Continue reading