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4:20 PM ET, January 6, 2013

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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. Graham blasts Hagel pick as an ‘in your face nomination’ from Obama  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday expressed dismay at reports President Obama would tap former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for Secretary of Defense, calling it an “in your face” selection.  —  “I like Chuck Hagel.
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham Lobs Disingenuous Attacks On Chuck Hagel  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday attacked former Republican senator Chuck Hagel, reportedly President Obama's choice as the next Defense Secretary, calling him a “controversial pick” and suggesting that Hagel is out of the mainstream.
Politico:
Obama to pick Chuck Hagel for Pentagon  —  President Barack Obama has settled on Chuck Hagel, a Republican and former U.S. senator from Nebraska, to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, with an announcement expected Monday, Democratic officials tell POLITICO.
Discussion: CNN, Gawker, The Week and The Fix
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
TRENDING: GOP senators: Hagel is in for a fight  —  (CNN) - Republican lawmakers voiced staunch opposition Sunday to their former colleague Chuck Hagel, who is expected to be nominated Monday to be President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense.  —  Hagel has taken withering criticism …
Discussion: KDVR.com
Sam Baker / The Hill:
McConnell: Tax issue ‘finished completely,’ focus now on spending  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday said Republicans will demand steep spending cuts during the next round of budget negotiations.  —  McConnell, in an interview with ABC's “This Week,” …
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Talking Points Memo:
McConnell: Debt And Spending, Not Guns, Are First Priority  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday that despite the White House's push to quickly enact a new round of gun laws, tackling spending and debt will be the top priority for the next three months.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Weasel Zippers
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Durbin: Tax reform should be on table in debt-ceiling talks  —  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday pressed fellow lawmakers to look at tax reform, targeting loopholes and deductions in the code for closure in the next round of budget negotiations.  —  “I can tell you that there are still deductions …
Discussion: Politico
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
GOP dissension over debt-ceiling strategy
Reuters:
Republican Senator McConnell rules out more taxes in fiscal fight
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: Reported Obama Gun Proposals ‘Way in Extreme’  —  Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, told me this morning on “This Week” that while all options should be on the table to address gun violence, President Obama's reported plans to curb shootings are “way in extreme” …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits  —  Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers.
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
G.O.P. Begins Soul-Searching After Tax Vote  —  Everett Wilkinson, a Tea Party leader, top left, says pressure will continue.  Newt Gingrich, top right, has softened his views on same-sex marriage.  Pat McCrory, bottom left, the new governor of North Carolina, emphasizes pragmatism.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
HBO Hangs On to Universal's Movies  —  HBO has renewed a pact with Universal Pictures, which will keep the studio's movies, like “Ted” and “Bourne Legacy” on the pay-cable channel through 2022.  —  HBO, which normally plays up the value of its original productions like “Game of Thrones,” …
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Silence Of The Lambs 3: Media Coverage Of Climate Mixed In 2012, But Still Down Sharply From 2009  —  by Douglas Fischer, via the Daily Climate  —  Widespread drought, Superstorm Sandy, and a melting ice cap failed to revive the media's interest in climate change in 2012 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and TomDispatch
 
 
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