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6:50 PM ET, January 7, 2013

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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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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” …
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.
Dovid Efune / Algemeiner.com:
Ed Koch on Chuck Hagel Nomination: Obama's Reneging on His Conveyed Support for Israel Has Come Earlier Than I Thought  —  Chuck Hagel in Kuwait.  —  In an interview with The Algemeiner, former Mayor of New York, Ed Koch, a lifelong Democrat who supported President Obama's recent re-election …
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
Hagel must address ‘Jewish lobby’ comment  —  I believe a president — Republican or Democrat — almost always deserves to have the Cabinet that he wishes, with the bar very, very high to oppose his choice.  Thus, there should be heavy presumption that President Obama's reported nominee …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Dot
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
FLASHBACK: Bill Kristol Wanted Chuck Hagel To Be Vice President  —  The lead-up to today's nomination of former GOP senator from Nebraska Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense has been marked by an aggressive smear campaign by neoconservatives determined to scuttle the bid.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Dick Cheney Apparently Didn't Mind The Term “Jewish Lobby”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
How The White House Is Selling Chuck Hagel
Discussion: CNN and The Page
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Bill Kristol's big plans start with Hagel nomination
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
FLASHBACK: GOP Senators Praised Chuck Hagel's Statesmanship, Foreign Policy Expertise
Valerie Jarrett / White House.gov Blog:
Hagel for Secretary of Defense
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Obama Expected to Pick Chuck Hagel for Defense Post
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 to pay bills and expand debt  —  THE DALLES, Ore. - U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today announced plans to introduce a bill to stop a proposal to mint high-value platinum coins to pay the federal government's bills.
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
John Brennan's extremism and dishonesty rewarded with CIA Director nomination |  Glenn Greenwald  —  Obama's top terrorism adviser goes from unconfirmable in 2008 to uncontroversial in 2013, reflecting the Obama legacy  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Prior to President Obama's …
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emptywheel:
The Seduction of John Brennan's “Moral Rectitude”
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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: Boston Herald and Daily Kos
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Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama Viewed as Fiscal Cliff Victor; Legislation Gets Lukewarm Reception  —  OVERVIEW  —  Barack Obama is viewed as the clear political winner in the fiscal cliff negotiations, but the legislation itself gets only a lukewarm reception from the public: As many disapprove as approve …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Mexican Restaurant In South Carolina Under Fire For Racist ‘How To Catch An Illegal Immigrant’ T-Shirt  —  A Mexican restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina is being criticized for its racist T-shirts showing a wooden trap using tacos as bait with the caption “HOW TO CATCH AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT”.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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 …
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.
Jenna Mullins / E! Online:
NEWS/NBC Bosses Admit to Talking Donald Trump Out of Presidential Race  —  How close were we to seeing Donald Trump try to run for President?  Close enough for NBC to have to talk him out of it!  —  NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt took the stage with NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke …
 
 
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