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The Obama Administration : Politics
Chuck Hagel did not receive money from "Friend of Hamas" — indeed, the group seems to have been a joke made up by a New York Daily News reporter.

The true story behind Chuck Hagel and 'Friends of Hamas'

An incendiary tale that caught fire in the conservative press is apparently bogus

The Obama Administration : Burning Question
NBC and MSNBC have an increasingly large roster of former political players... from David Axelrod to Michael Steele.

David Axelrod joins NBC News: Is the White House running MSNBC?

Former press secretary Robert Gibbs also just joined the liberal cable news giant. And that's making some people suspicious...

The Obama Administration : Analysis
The White House press corps preps to pepper President Obama with questions on Feb. 5. 

Is it time to disband the White House press corps?

The reporters assigned to follow President Obama are frustrated, and they're not the only ones

The Obama Administration : The List
Republican senators contend that blocking Hagel's confirmation isn't purely political.

The costs of the GOP's Chuck Hagel filibuster

Republicans managed to make history, blocking a Cabinet nominee with majority support. What's the damage?

The Obama Administration : In-depth briefing
Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), center, Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), and John McCain (Ariz.) continue to demand more information about Benghazi in order to vote on Hagel.

The Chuck Hagel filibuster: What do Republicans want?

The GOP is demanding 60 votes to move forward on Obama's defense secretary nomination, but won't use the "F" word

The Obama Administration : Analysis
An "unleashed" president sets his ambitious second-term agenda.

The political failure of Obama's State of the Union proposals

The president's speech: High on rhetoric. Low on political reality

The Obama Administration : The List
The most compelling part of Obama's speech was perhaps his call to Congress to vote on gun-control measures.

Obama's ambitious State of the Union address: 5 takeaways

The president packed a lot of policy, and some potent politics, into his hour-long address to Congress and the nation

The Obama Administration : Analysis
Lyndon Johnson was the first president to make the State of the Union a primetime event.

Why the State of the Union still matters

The annual address can sometimes resemble an extended television commercial. But it's an important marker by which to judge the president

The Obama Administration : Instant Guide
President Obama delivers his State of the Union address in 2010.

Obama's State of the Union address 2013: A viewer's guide

Everything you need to know before tuning in to President Obama's last big shot to set the agenda in Washington

The Obama Administration : Politics
Chuck Hagel might not have much to worry about with regards to Sen. Graham's latest threats.

Will Republicans block Chuck Hagel over Benghazi?

The September killings of four U.S. diplomats didn't stop Obama's re-election. Why does Sen. Lindsey Graham think it will work with Obama's Pentagon pick?

The Obama Administration : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: The GOP should filibuster Chuck Hagel

The potential consequences of incompetence at a Hagel-led Pentagon are impossible to overstate

The Obama Administration : Politics
Hillary Clinton: Bye, haters.

Clinton's parting shot at her Benghazi critics

"They just will not live in an evidence-based world"

The Obama Administration : Analysis
Former Sen. Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 31 during his confirmation hearing.

Did Chuck Hagel blow his shot at becoming defense secretary?

President Obama's nominee to run the Pentagon had a rough day before his former Senate GOP colleagues. He probably needs five of them to win confirmation

The Obama Administration : Politics
Things are not going well for Chuck Hagel...

Chuck Hagel's brutal confirmation hearing: 3 key moments from round one

Watch as the decorated war veteran clashes with John McCain — and bungles a crucial policy position on Iran

The Obama Administration : The Bullpen
Daniel Larison

Daniel Larison: The failure of the anti-Hagel campaign

The Democratic defections that conservatives coveted never materialized. And now many Republicans look like reflexively, dangerously aggressive people

The Obama Administration : Live Feed
Conservative critics say former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) isn't a strong enough supporter of Israel.

WATCH LIVE: Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing

The Senate Armed Services Committee is grilling the former Republican senator who hopes to become America's next secretary of defense

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