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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.
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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.
Lee Enterprises / Lincoln Journal Star:
Exclusive: Hagel says critics distort his views on Israel, Iran  —  Chuck Hagel said Monday an accurate assessment of his record will demonstrate “unequivocal, total support for Israel” and endorsement of tough international economic sanctions against Iran.  —  Critics have “completely distorted” …
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.
Discussion: Guardian and Balloon Juice
Reuters:
Obama picks Hagel for defense, Brennan for CIA
Discussion: Salon, TalkLeft and Wall Street Journal
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
White House officials reach out to Jewish community to answer Hagel concerns
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
FLASHBACK: Bill Kristol Wanted Chuck Hagel To Be Vice President
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
How The White House Is Selling Chuck Hagel
Discussion: The Page and Post Politics
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Obama Expected to Pick Chuck Hagel for Defense Post
Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
Mr. Hagel and the Jews  —  During the hearings on Chuck Hagel's …
Discussion: Power Line and The Spectacle Blog
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
FLASHBACK: GOP Senators Praised Chuck Hagel's Statesmanship, Foreign Policy Expertise
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Hagel's Mideast blunder-not on Israel
Discussion: The Week
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.
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Congressman Greg Walden: 2010:
Greg Walden plans to introduce bill to stop U.S. Treasury from creating trillion dollar platinum coins …
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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This Just In:
Hillary Clinton back at work - with a football helmet  —  Hillary Clinton went back to work as secretary of state this morning and was greeted by colleagues showing off their sense of humor.  —  First off, we got the official State Department photo of her hosting the weekly meeting of assistant secretaries of state.
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 …
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
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court to hear arguments in March on same-sex marriage
Discussion: Politico
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.
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Joe Arpaio Dispatches Armed Volunteer Posses To Begin School Patrols … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Arizona Politics, Video, Maricopa County, Arizona, Arpaio School Patrols, Joe Arpaio Armed Posse, Joe Arpaio School Patrols, Joe Arpaio Schools, Politics News
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 …
Kyle Olson / EAGnews.org:
Crowd laughs as Chicago Teachers Union president talks about killing the rich  —  CHICAGO - The Chicago Teachers Union is not just about looking out for its members' interests.  The union wants to fundamentally change America, too.  —  That shift occurred when the radical Karen Lewis was elected as its president two years ago.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sen. Warren: Barney Frank would do ‘extraordinary’ job as interim senator  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) offered strong support for former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to act as interim senator if John Kerry (D-Mass.) is confirmed as secretary of State, calling him an “extraordinary” option for the seat.
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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