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7:25 AM ET, February 1, 2013

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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Hagel delivers shaky performance  —  Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) delivered a shaky performance at his confirmation hearing to lead the Pentagon while enduring a difficult day of grilling by his former Republican colleagues.  —  Hagel stumbled over some answers — describing Iran as having a …
Discussion: Politico
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Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Anti-Semite MJ Rosenberg tweets 'talked about Israel with Hagel, happily he's lying today'
CNN:
McCain moves from backer to skeptic on Hagel
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Weigel / Slate:
Ted Cruz's Bogus Attack on Hagel  —  Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) talks with committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) (R) as they and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) arrive for Hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense on Capitol Hill January 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Discussion: Althouse and Gawker
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz Grills Chuck Hagel With Out-Of-Context Al-Jazeera Clip  —  But the clip didn't show exactly what Cruz said it did.  —  View Video ›  —  Texas Senator Ted Cruz made the most of his five-minute questioning opportunity at Chuck Hagel's Secretary of Defense confirmation hearing …
Discussion: Business Insider and alan.com
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
‘Cruzed’!  Senator Cruz crushes Hagel; Chuck Todd, other lapdogs try to save Hagel, slam Cruz … Indeed.  Senator Cruz continued his streak of awesome during his questioning of Chuck Hagel at his Secretary of Defense hearing. … Cruzed!  Make it happen, people.
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Goes After Hagel Over Al Jazeera Appearance (VIDEO)
Discussion: Business Insider
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Pastor Apologizes For Snide Remark On Meal Receipt  —  St. Louis woman says she got waitress fired for online leak  —  The St. Louis pastor responsible for the credit card receipt heard 'round the Internet termed her snide scribblings a “lapse in my character and judgment,” …
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Chris Morran / The Consumerist:
Waitress Who Posted No-Tip Receipt From “Pastor” Customer Fired From Job  —  Earlier this week, we posted a story about a restaurant customer who not only chose to deny the waitress a tip, but also wrote “I Give God 10% Why do you Get 18?” on the receipt.  Now we've learned that the server who posted the receipt online has been fired.
Byron Tau / Politico:
RNC ends 2012 in the black  —  The Republican National Committee ended the 2012 presidential cycle in the black, the party announced Thursday.  —  The committee ended the year with $4.7 million in cash on hand, and raised $378 million over the last two years.
Discussion: CNN
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Campaign, DNC End Year in Debt  —  President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee ended 2012 with large debts.  —  Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show Obama's campaign ended the year with $5.8 million in debt while his party's political arm, the DNC, owed $21.4 million.
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:   Republican National Committee starts off year with $4.7M
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Poll Finds Most Americans Support Treating Marijuana Like Alcohol; Even More Think the Feds Should Let States Do So  —  As the Obama administration mulls its response to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, the latest Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey finds that most Americans …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Snort: Senators reportedly in ‘shock’ over Hagel's ineptitude, bumbling  —  Stop, our aching sides!  This reminds us of the shock ... SHOCK ... when President Obama totally blew the first debate.  Remember, he even had to jet off to California to soothe the shock and worry of “deeply shaken” big-time celebrity donors.
Discussion: CNN and American Power
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family  —  (CNSNews.com) - In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year.
Discussion: naked capitalism
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tough questions follow Al Gore book tour  —  If you thought Al Gore was a media darling, you haven't seen his latest book tour.  Although Gore has been selective in which outlets he appears on to promote his new book, “The Future,” they haven't treated the former vice president with kid gloves.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Geraldo contemplating run for Senate  —  Television personality and radio host Geraldo Rivera announced Thursday he's “truly contemplating” a run for Senate in New Jersey.  —  “I mention this only briefly, fasten your seatbelt,” Rivera said on his radio show.
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Geraldo Rivera Looking To Run For Senate As Republican In New Jersey
Discussion: ALIPAC and Washington Wire
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Japan's ‘Cool Hand Luke’ moment for surface temperature  —  At NASA's Climate 365, there is an interesting story posted with this statement and a graph:  —  Some say scientists can't agree on Earth's temperature changes … In sync?  Weellll, not quite.  Japan apparently hasn't ‘got their mind right’ yet as the graph shows:
Discussion: Power Line and The PJ Tatler
Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton Takes a Rest, How Weird Is That?  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's plan for 2013 was simple.  —  She'd embark on an epic swansong around the world as secretary of state, a dizzying itinerary of east-west and north-south flights that would take her past 1 million miles in the air …
Discussion: Politico
McAllister / Addicting Info:
Paranoid NRA Releases Enemy List - Are YOU On It?  —  Enemy lists...They go back as far as politics have been a part of our culture.  Nixon, Joseph McCarthy, Pol Pot, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Generalissimo Francisco Franco, who is, we believe, still dead.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. Cuts Some 500 Jobs, Biggest Layoffs in Years  —  Time Inc., the publisher of magazines including Time and Sports Illustrated, has begun eliminating about 6% of its head count — nearly 500 jobs — in the biggest round of cuts at the company since 2008 .
Kasie Hunt / First Read:
Biden: New gun controls won't likely end shootings  —  Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that new gun laws would not “fundamentally alter” the likelihood of another mass shooting, though he insisted there has been a “sea change” in American views on guns in the wake of Newtown.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Cardinal Mahony removed from public church duties  —  Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez on Thursday announced dramatic actions in response to the priest abuse scandal, saying that Cardinal Roger Mahony would no longer perform public duties in the church and that Santa Barbara Bishop Thomas J. Curry has stepped down.
Discussion: New York Times and NBCNews.com
 
 
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Lynch touts union support, dismisses Markey endorsements in primary fight
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