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Hannity: Unprecedented filibuster of Hagel is ‘a big win’ for Republicans

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Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday congratulated Republicans for successfully using a filibuster to temporarily block a president’s nominee for secretary of defense — former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) — for the first time in the history of the U.S. Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said Republicans should feel “shame” for the unprecedented obstruction, but Hannity called the outcome a “major win for the GOP.”

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“Republicans say it is premature to close the debate over the nominee and say that before that any confirmation vote will take place, they want answers from Hagel and the White House about what exactly President Obama was doing the night of the Benghazi terror attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans,” Hannity noted on Thursday.

“It’s the first time a filibuster of a cabinet nominee has been used,” he added. “And needless to say, this marks a major win for the GOP, and pretty embarrassing defeat for the president.”

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams pointed out that Hannity “must have missed the news” that “Republicans have basically said that in a week they will vote to end the cloture, end the filibuster and approve Chuck Hagel.”

“So, nobody in this town thinks there’s any chance that Chuck Hagel, one, is either going to resign or, two, is going to be denied the office of secretary of defense,” Williams explained. “What we’re really seeing here is a political game.”

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Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast Feb. 14, 2013.

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Mnuchin begs Chris Wallace: Take the president ‘very literally’ except on being ‘the chosen one’

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insisted on Sunday that Americans should take President Donald Trump's hyperbolic comments "very literally" -- but he allowed for some exceptions.

During an interview on FOX News Sunday, host Chris Wallace noted that Trump had recently "ordered" companies not to do business with China.

"When the president says something, how seriously, how literally should we take it?" Wallace asked.

"I think most of the time, you should take it very literally," Mnuchin insisted. "I think sometimes he says things that are meant to be a joke."

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‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’

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Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."

Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."

Spotted at a Biden event in the Hamptons: Fmr. Trump WH Comms Director Anthony @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/PWVTZ8Qm15

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Sean Spicer wonders if he’ll dance better than Geraldo or Tucker Carlson: ‘I’ve set the bar very, very low’

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Sean Spicer retreated to the friendly environment of Fox News on Saturday following a week of being publicly denounced.

In a widely criticized decision, ABC announced that President Donald Trump's former White House press secretary would be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

ABC was blasted for "normalizing fascism" by allowing Spicer to rehabilitate his public image on the show.

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