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Jim Inhofe, Chuck Hagel Critic, Was Once Not So Concerned About Hamas

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, smiles as he leaves the Senate chamber
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, smiles as he leaves the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Senate Republicans on stalled the nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel as the nation’s next secretary of defense when a vote to end debate on Hagel fell short of the 60 yeas required to break the Republican filibuster, leaving Hagel’s nomination in limbo as Congress leaves for recess. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

When Senate Republicans blocked Chuck Hagel’s confirmation to be secretary of Defense this afternoon by voting against a cloture motion to end debate and move to a final vote, they insisted it was not a filibuster.

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