WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel is expected to take the oath of office today as defense secretary.
Just four Republicans joined Democrats in confirming Hagel, a two-term Republican senator and a twice-wounded Vietnam veteran.
The vote came after the GOP ended an unprecedented filibuster. President Obama called Hagel the... more »
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. John Kerry is expected to win overwhelming bipartisan support from his colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his confirmation hearing today.
Kerry is President Barack Obama's pick to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who's stepping down.
Kerry has served on... more »
WASHINGTON - The State Department says Sen. John Kerry, who President Barack Obama has nominated to be the next secretary of state, has started meeting with diplomatic staff to prepare for his confirmation. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Kerry was at the department's Foggy Bottom headquarters Wednesday. She says... more »
BATON ROUGE- State Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein's confirmation hearing today resulted in a major debate with lawmakers.
As part of the hearing lawmakers blasted him for withholding an announcement involving the state Medicaid contract. He later released the information in the meeting, confirming that the... more »
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu says she will block a Senate vote to confirm the nominee to a key White House economic office to protest the six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Landrieu, a Democrat, says she will object to a vote on Jacob Lew to... more »