A showdown is looming. Who will blink first?
It's a hold, not a filibuster. Does that make any sense? As much as anything the Senate does makes sense.
Such a move would be both historic and politically dumb.
The Comedy Central program explores the question of whether Obama is nominating too many white men to his cabinet.
What seems abundantly clear is that if Schumer could make his decision on Hagel in a political vacuum, he would probably vote no. But he can't.
The New York senator and close ally of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) sounds skeptical.
A historical analysis of cabinet confirmations reveals some encouraging signs for the president's defense secretary nominee. But the news isn't all good.
Hagel's sins go beyond his opposition to the Iraq war and his quip about the "Jewish lobby."
"It will be annoying when Obama presents his choice to the Senate, and they are like, 'Sorry, we don't take American Express.'"