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Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) (C) listens to former U.S. Sen. John Warner (R-VA) (L) and former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA), both former chairmen of the Senate Armed Services Committee, as they deliver openingn remarks during Hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense before the committee January 31, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama nominated Hagel, a controversial choice as Hagel opposed former President George W. Bush and his own party on the Iraq War and upset liberals with his criticism of a gay ambassador, for which he later apologized.
Once again, it's time for our analysis of the week that was in our weekly Friday Flashback.
Joining us from the island of Manhattan is Heidi Moore, finance and economic editor for the Guardian. Here in the studio is James Rainey, political columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
We'll talk about Chuck Hagel, the former Republican Senator from Nebraska who has been nominated as Defense Secretary. Yesterday his former fellow Republicans blocked his nomination, at least temporarily. Democrats called it a filibuster, but the GOP says it's just a delay.
Also, why is N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg shelling out millions for the L.A. School Board election?