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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is launching an effort to defeat the nomination of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department.
Mr. Santorum is a former Senate colleague of Mr. Hagel’s and a fellow Republican. He says in a statement that Mr. Hagel’s “anti-Israel, pro-Iran mindset” makes him unqualified for the Pentagon job.
President Obama nominated Hagel on Monday, but he has faced strong opposition from Senate Republicans.
Mr. Santorum recently led a successful fight to defeat a U.N. treaty on the disabled, convincing several Senate Republicans to oppose ratification.
Supporters of Mr. Hagel’s nomination are also lobbying on his behalf. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday to argue for the nominee.
Governor’s ex-aide fined but avoids prison time
MILWAUKEE — A former aide to Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker has been sentenced to a year of probation after she was convicted of doing campaign work on county time.
Darlene J. Wink was also ordered Thursday to pay a fine and courts costs of $2,000. She pleaded guilty last year to two misdemeanor counts of political solicitation by a public employee.
Ms. Wink worked for Mr. Walker when he was the Milwaukee County executive.
She faced up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine. Prosecutors, however, agreed not to recommend prison because the 62-year-old had a clean record and she cooperated with the prosecution of other cases.
Before sentencing, Ms. Wink offered a tearful apology and said she recognizes what she did was wrong.
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