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McCain Walks Back No-Filibuster Vow on Hagel Nomination

By February 13, 2013

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Sen. John McCain speaks at GM plant in Michigan, July 2008Perhaps we spoke too soon. Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain is reportedly reconsidering a move to block a vote on President Barack Obama's controversial choice for secretary of Defense, former Senate colleague Chuck Hagel.

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Speaking earlier this year, McCain said he opposed an unprecedented filibuster of a cabinet nominee. "I do not believe a filibuster is appropriate and I would oppose such a move," McCain said.

Many Republicans have been critical of Hagel over his views on Iran and Israel, not to mention has own past outspokenness against President George W. Bush and his administration's handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

McCain now appears to be walking back his opposition to a filibuster, or is bluffing in an attempt to extract more information from the Obama administration about the September 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

McCain, pressed by the news outlet Politico about whether he would favor a full Senate vote on Hagel, said he is undecided."I am awaiting the answer to see whether they are going to answer or not, then I will decide," McCain said.

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14 to 11 to send Hagel's nomination to the full Senate this week. The 11 senators who voted against Hagel are all Republicans.

[Photo of U.S. Sen. John McCain/Getty Images News]

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January 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm
(1) Mlo says:

Actually an important topic that most of us don’t know how to talk about.The US was fodeund on a very simple premise- the government has land to sell, and can always get more. Thus the government could be funded in spite of people not being willing to pay taxes. By a happy coincidence mechanical power exploded exponentially at the very time that the frontier was closed, and it turned out that a moderately prosperous citizenry would almost mindlessly consent to a taxation rate of 10-20%.That the sovereign must be of independent means is a pretty sturdy conclusion of history, nicely illustrated by the problems of sovereigns who needed money. In America the sovereign power is our power of self-government.IOW, we rely on the assets of our government to ensure our independence, and we need to make sure that what we spend on infrastructure today is creating an asset we want to own tomorrow. Just as events are going to the next level with the carbon buildup that accompanies industrialization, we need to take our analytical game to the next level in understanding the long-term consequences of what we do.

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