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Republicans Filibuster Chuck Hagel -- For Now

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Multiple GOP senators, including John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), have all announced that they intend to switch their votes from no to yes when the issue comes before the Senate just over a week from now.

So call it a "filibluster."

Ostensibly, a number of Republicans agreed to sustain the filibuster temporarily, to support the senators in their conference who had placed holds on the nomination pending more information from the Obama administration pertaining to an attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi last year.

But conservative senators and outside groups strongly oppose Hagel's confirmation, and GOP leadership is under tremendous pressure not to let the process unfold smoothly.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at

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