Senate OKS new Afghan commander
The Senate has approved President Barack Obama’s choice to be the top commander in Afghanistan. By voice vote Monday, lawmakers cleared the way for Gen. Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, to take over as head of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Dunford would replace Gen. John Allen, who has been nominated to take charge in Europe. Allen’s nomination is on hold as he’s ensnared in the sex scandal that had led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus.