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Sen. Inhofe Wants to Delay Full Vote on Defense Secretary Nominee

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Add Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe to the list of Republicans who want to hold up the nomination of Chuck Hagel by the full Senate to become the next secretary of defense.

Inhofe, the ranking GOP member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, acknowledges that Hagel, President Obama's pick to replace Leon Panetta, has enough votes to get approved by the panel when lawmakers make their decision on Tuesday.

However, Inhofe says he's determined to drag out a vote by the full Senate for as long as possible, essentially forcing Democrats to make certain they have 60 votes to assure confirmation.

There are 53 Democrats, meaning the party needs to count on two independents and at least five Republicans so Hagel can become the next defense secretary.

Inhofe is angered by Hagel's past stance on Israel, explaining, "Each day that goes by will make it more difficult for Democrats who say they are pro-Israel to hold out.  I want everyone to be very clear about his past statements and his positions."

Hagel insists he's pro-Israel and contends his previous positions have been misunderstood.

Earlier this week, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said until he knows exactly how Obama acted immediately after the U.S consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked last Sept. 11, he will attempt to hold up confirmation votes on Hagel and John Brennan, the nominee for CIA director.

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Rick Perry Picks Up Endorsement of Sen. Jim Inhofe, Climate Change Skeptic

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(TULSA, Okla.) -- Gov. Rick Perry's most recent endorsement came Monday from Sen. Jim Inhofe, a fellow climate change skeptic, who said the Texas governor is the strongest Republican to challenge President Obama in 2012.

"I've known Gov. Rick Perry for a long time, and I am endorsing him because I know he is the strongest leader to run against and defeat President Obama. After three years of Obama's liberal agenda, Rick Perry is the right person to get America working again and turn our country in the right direction," Sen. Inhofe said in Tulsa, Okla., Monday. "We can't afford four more years of the Obama malaise. Look at what Rick Perry has done in his state. He is going to be a great president!"

Inhofe shares in Perry's skepticism regarding climate change, having repeatedly called global warming "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people." He has argued the globe is moving into a "cooling period," a theory Perry supported in his book Fed Up!

"He won't cave in to the extreme environmental activists or the Hollywood crowd and their liberal agenda," Inhofe said of Perry.

When Washington, D.C., was buried under snow in the winter of 2010, Inhofe and his family built an igloo with signs jokingly calling it Al Gore's new home.

"If, in fact, global warming is taking place, it's kind of hard on a day like today and the last few days to be talking about global warming," Inhofe said on the Senate floor in February 2010. "I often say, where is it when you need it?"

In the opening week of his campaign, Perry labeled global warming as being "politicized," arguing that scientists "have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their, to their projects." Perry's criticism of climate change theorists drew fire from fellow Republicans.

Last week, Vice President Al Gore condemned climate change skeptics' attempts to discredit the work of scientists by tying their projects to money.

"This is an organized effort to attack the reputation of the scientific community as a whole, to attack their integrity and to slander them with the lie that they are making up the science in order to make money," Gore said in an online interview last week.

"These scientists don't make a lot of money," Gore said. "They are comfortable, as they should be, but they don't make a lot of money. That is not their motivation for doing what they do."

Gore also warned that doubters of climate change will ultimately be judged in the same way as those who previously espoused racist views.

"There came a time when racist comments would come up in the course of the conversation and in years past they were just natural. Then there came a time when people would say, 'Hey, man why do you talk that way, I mean that is wrong. I don't go for that so don't talk that way around me. I just don't believe that.' That happened in millions of conversations and slowly the conversation was won," Gore said. "And we have to win the conversation on climate."

In his book Fed Up! Perry called Gore a "false prophet of a secular carbon cult."

"Gore found something more satiating to his ego than the presidency. He found a global cause, and he became the prophet who could protect us from Armageddon. Soon he took his PowerPoint presentation around the globe, raising concerns about melting icebergs and undersized polar bears," Perry wrote. "The Left embraced him like never before. Hollywood toasted him as their hero. The Nobel Committee gave him a peace prize. He won an Oscar. And it's all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight."

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In Effort to 'Validate the Death' of Bin Laden, Inhofe Is First Senator to See Photos

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, Tuesday became the first senator to view the bin Laden photos after he took up the CIA on its offer to see the graphic pictures in an effort to "validate the death" of the al Qaeda leader.

"It is an important responsibility as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to view these photos and be able to validate the death to the people of the nation," Inhofe said in a statement released prior to viewing the pictures. "By viewing these photos, I can help dispel conspiracy theorists who doubt that bin Laden is in fact dead. That is why I recommended that they make them available to members of the committee, and I appreciate Director Panetta following up on my suggestion."

Inhofe made the request to Panetta at a classified briefing on May 4. Inhofe's office said the senator was the first member of Congress to view the bin Laden photos since the CIA on Tuesday offered lawmakers on the Armed Services and Intelligence panels the chance to make an appointment to see them. Last week Inhofe, a member of the Armed Services Committee, argued that the Obama administration should release the photos to the public.

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