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Defense Secretary Nominee Carter Faces Senate

The New York Times reports that “Ashton B. Carter, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, told senators on Wednesday that he would consider increased American military assistance to Ukraine, including the sale of lethal arms, as part of the country’s effort to fight Russian-backed separatists in the east.”  

“Mr. Carter’s comments, which came as he cruised through a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, echoed those of senior administration officials, who have indicated in recent weeks that the White House is rethinking its opposition to arming Ukraine in what is turning into a proxy war with Russia.”

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