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1:55 PM ET, January 7, 2013

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why Hagel Matters  —  According to various reports, Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel for defense secretary.  Beinart puts the nomination in context: … To my mind, this is his core qualification.  Unlike so many of the lemmings and partisans of Washington DC, Hagel actually called out the catastrophe of the Iraq War as it happened.
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
The Real Reason Republicans Hate Hagel  —  It has more to do with President Obama than the former senator from Nebraska.  —  It's good news that President Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his secretary of defense, despite the frantic campaign against him that's been mounted by certain Republicans.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Crack Pipe  —  I'm watching a lot of neoconservative policy activists and a lot of people in the press telling me that it's a very up in the air thing whether Chuck Hagel gets confirmed as Secretary of Defense.  These folks should stop smoking crack.  Because crack isn't good for you.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Topsy-turvy Hagel politics  —  President Obama wants to get credit for bipartisanship, so he picks a Republican defense secretary who will garner few if any Republican votes.  He walks away from a politically loyal African American woman for secretary of state (whose nomination would open …
Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
Mr. Hagel and the Jews  —  During the hearings on Chuck Hagel's …
Discussion: Power Line and American Spectator
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Obama Expected to Pick Chuck Hagel for Defense Post
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Counterterror Adviser to be Named Chief of C.I.A.
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Hagel's Mideast blunder-not on Israel
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Week
emptywheel:
The Seduction of John Brennan's “Moral Rectitude”
Discussion: Daily Kos
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Education of John Boehner  —  Leverage for the next clash: GOP willingness to let the spending sequester take effect.  —  What stunned House Speaker John Boehner more than anything else during his prolonged closed-door budget negotiations with Barack Obama was this revelation …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats look for up to $1 trillion in new tax revenues this year  —  Democrats say they want to raise as much as $1 trillion in new revenues through tax reform later this year to balance Republican demands to slash mandatory spending.  —  Democratic leaders have had little time to craft …
Paul Krugman:
Be Ready To Mint That Coin  —  Should President Obama be willing to print a $1 trillion platinum coin if Republicans try to force America into default?  Yes, absolutely.  He will, after all, be faced with a choice between two alternatives: one that's silly but benign, the other that's equally silly but both vile and disastrous.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
After Pinpointing Gun Owners, Paper Is a Target  —  WHITE PLAINS — Local newspapers across the country look for stories that will bring them national attention, but The Journal News, a daily nestled in a wooded office park in a suburb north of New York, may have gotten more than it bargained for.
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John Fund / National Review:
Guns for Me but Not for Thee  —  The Journal News hires armed guards …
Discussion: Hot Air
Elisabeth Arriero / The Charlotte Observer:
Man ID'd as Rand Paul's son arrested at airport  —  A teenager identified in several media outlets as the son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and the grandson of former presidential candidate Ron Paul was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Rand Paul in Israel: US foreign aid can't be one-way
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Paul Krugman:
The Outside Man  —  Yes, I've heard about the notion that I should be nominated as Treasury Secretary.  I'm flattered, but it really is a bad idea.  —  Part of the reason is that I am indeed the World's Worst Administrator — and that does matter.  Someone else can do the paperwork …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
The conservative movement is still an elaborate moneymaking venture  —  The story of FreedomWorks' big Glenn Beck payout encapsulates the right-wing media  —  The conservative media movement exists primarily as a moneymaking venture.  As Rick Perlstein explained in the Baffler …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Fail  —  It's that time again: the annual meeting of the American Economic Association and affiliates, a sort of medieval fair that serves as a marketplace for bodies (newly minted Ph.D.'s in search of jobs), books and ideas.  And this year, as in past meetings …
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Delaware Town Takes Down Anti-Hispanic Signs After Public Outrage  —  The small community of Milford, Delaware took swift action over the weekend after a barrage of criticism over signs posted in several public parks that appeared to be anti-Hispanic.  —  A Daily Kos blogger documented …
Discussion: Gawker and The Raw Story
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
D.C. charter schools expel students at far higher rates than traditional public schools  —  Video: An analysis of documents by The Washington Post shows the District's charter schools expel dramatically more students than its traditional public schools.  But how things should change depends on who you ask.
Discussion: Eduwonk and Joanne Jacobs
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
CASTING VOTES  —  Here's a safe prediction for 2013: few people will pine for the Presidential campaign of 2012.  Even Barack Obama's most ardent supporters acknowledge that his victory provided little of the euphoria of four years ago.  Not many Republicans have longed to hear …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Nat Geo Producer: John Wilkes Booth ‘Could Be the Poster Child for the Tea Party’  —  (CNSNews.com) - Executive Producer Erik Jendresen of National Geographic Channel's upcoming television movie “Killing Lincoln,” said John Wilkes Booth “could be the poster child for the Tea Party.”
 
 
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Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Senator: 'I Don't Think What Washington Needs Is More Compromise'
Discussion: Mother Jones
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
American Delegation Arrives in North Korea on Controversial Private Trip
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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
In GOP, All Eyes on Jeb Bush
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Booker wants to give Lautenberg ‘space’ to decide on reelection bid
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Democrat Says Obama's Gun Control Proposals Are Extreme
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep: 'It's About Time' We Had Another Government Shut Down
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‘Shell-shocked’ lawmakers shy away from online piracy in new Congress
 

 
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