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Senate confirms Pentagon nominee after battle over tweets, Mideast views

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Senate confirms Colin Kahl

The Senate on Tuesday approved Colin Kahl, President Joe Biden's pick for the top Pentagon policy job, capping the most contentious and partisan confirmation process for a Defense Department nominee so far in the opening months of the new administration.

The vote was 49-45 to confirm Kahl as undersecretary of defense for policy. Tuesday evening's vote broke entirely along party lines. He is the third Biden Pentagon nominee to win Senate approval.

Republicans uniformly opposed Kahl, a former top Middle East policy official at the Pentagon and national security adviser to then-Vice President Joe Biden during the Obama administration, over a host of policy differences and his past criticism of the GOP on social media. That dynamic may continue to hound him as he takes on a position that will see him regularly testify on Capitol Hill and consult with top lawmakers from both parties.


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