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Pentagon Said To Hustle On Kosher Rations Mess

Jewish groups assured bids would go out to avert looming shortage.

Staff Writer

Alarm bells went off last week when a major Jewish organization learned that the Pentagon had awarded a contract for halal field rations for Muslim soldiers but had not even solicited bids for kosher field rations.

A display of field rations known as Meals Ready to Eat. Wikimedia Commons

Senate Committee Advances Hagel Nomination



Sticking strictly to party lines, the Senate Armed Services Committee referred the nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary to the full Senate for confirmation. 

The tally favoring Hagel, a former U.S. senator from Nebraska, was 14 in favor, all in the Democratic caucus, and 11 opposed, all Republicans.

One Republican, David Vitter of Louisiana, was not present.

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