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Senate committee sets Tuesday hearing on Pentagon leadership

The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on Mark Esper’s expected nomination as defense secretary. The committee says it’s “pre-nomination paperwork” from the White House regarding the now-acting Pentagon chief.

Dana Milbank: John McCain begins ‘two-year sprint’ on Armed Services Committee

John McCain toiled for 28 years in the Senate before he finally won the chairman’s gavel of the Armed Services Committee last month. Now he’s making up for lost time. The 78-year-old Arizona Republican strode quickly into Tuesday’s hearing of the committee – the ninth he has had in three weeks, with four more scheduled this week alone – and attempted to rush through approval of Ashton Carter’s confirmation as defense secretary without so much as a formal vote.