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Obama nominees Hagel and Lew face key Senate votes Tuesday

New picks to lead the Pentagon and the US Treasury face key hurdles Tuesday in the Senate, as President Barack Obama fleshes out his second-term cabinet amid trying times for defense and finance. If they are confirmed as expected, as soon as this week, secretary of defense pick Chuck Hagel…

Jon Stewart destroys Sen. John McCain over hypocritical Benghazi outrage

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ripped into Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on his show Wednesday night, using the senator’s statements about the Iraq war to pummel his current outrage over Benghazi. Republicans filibustered the confirmation vote of Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel last week, demanding more information from President…

Watch live: Senate committee votes on Hagel confirmation

Senate Armed Services Committee votes to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 12. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

White House blasts Sen. Graham for threatening to block key nominees

The White House said Monday a top Republican was harming national security by delaying confirmation of new Pentagon and CIA chiefs in a row over the US consulate attack in Benghazi. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham warned Sunday he would block Chuck Hagel’s Senate confirmation as defense secretary and John Brennan’s…

Sen. Inhofe asks Hagel: Why does Iran ‘so strongly support’ you?

Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe (OK) asked Chuck Hagel on Thursday why Iran supported his nomination as defense secretary. “Given that Iran, the people — I’m quoting right now from Iran — people of the Middle East, the Muslim region and North Africa, people of these regions hate America from the…

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