President Barack Obama announced Monday his nomination for the man who would head the Pentagon in his second term, former Senator Chuck Hagel. Obama is raring for a for a fight over his Defense Secretary nominee because of Hagel's past comments.
There's opposition from both sides of the aisle to a 'Secretary Hagel.'
In an interview for C-SPAN's Newsmakers, top Democrat New York Rep. Eliot Engel expressed concerns over Hagel's "Jewish lobby" comments.
"I think that remark is troublesome, it's problematic. It shows at the very best a lack of sensitivity, at the very worst perhaps a prejudice. And I'm concerned about it, I'm concerned about the nomination," Engel said. "If I were doing the appointing, I would not appoint Chuck Hagel."
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina labeled the former senator a "controversial" choice by Obama and didn't rule out staging a filibuster to prevent a vote on Hagel's nomination.
"Hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation's history," Graham told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
OutFront tonight: David Frum, former senior adviser to George W. Bush and Doug Wilson, former Pentagon Press Secretary.
As Notre Dame and Alabama prepare for the BCS championship game, Erin Burnett recognizes Notre Dame player Stephon Tuitt for his perseverance on and off the field.
Five men charged with the brutal rape and murder of a 23-year-old Indian woman appeared in court today. A shouting match erupted when a lawyer stepped forward to represent the accused and he was criticized by his colleagues who screamed, "you will not defend those barbarians."
The five men are charged with rape, murder and kidnapping in a case that has led to violent protests in India and outrage around the world.
OutFront tonight: Fareed Zakaria was born in Indian and is the host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria's GPS.
Days after publicly taking on his own party over storm relief, New Jersey's governor is getting a big stamp of approval. A poll just conducted by Farleigh Dickinson University, gives him a 73% approval rating among New Jersey voters.
Christie is running strong among Independents, Democrats, minorities and women. Which begs the question... could he be a contender in 2016?
OutFront tonight: John Avlon, CNN Contributor, Reihan Salam and Political Analyst Roland Martin.
James Holmes, the suspect in that July shooting that killed 12 people appeared in court for a preliminary hearing to find out if he will stand trial for his alleged actions.
Our Ed Lavandera is OutFront tonight in Auora, Colorado.