By a party-line vote of 14 to 11, the Senate Armed Services Committee favorably reported the nomination of Chuck Hagel this afternoon.
The vote came after Republicans took another turn criticizing Hagel for past comments he made as a senator, more recent comments he made during a shaky confirmation hearing, and additional comments and financial information that they said he failed to adequately disclose.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be staying out of the presidential race, but that doesn't mean he's sitting out the 2012 cycle.
Bloomberg has been helping a number of centrist congressional candidates, in a less conspicuous way than he did in 2010, when he publicly campaigned in California and Rhode Island, and sat for a rare newspaper interview to detail his moderate crusade against the Tea Party "boomlet."
Yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer signaled his support for President Obama's plan to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for Americans who earn $250,000 and above.
But it's not what Schumer really wanted.
The new PAC includes seven of the 23 Democratic senators up for re-election next year, including Gillibrand, Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, Bob Casey, Tom Carper, and both Nelsons, Bill and Ben.