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4:25 PM ET, January 31, 2013

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Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Hagel, McCain Clash at Confirmation  —  Facing a rocky confirmation process, Chuck Hagel today defended his record before his former Senate colleagues, including an openly impatient Sen. John McCain.  —  “I'm on the record on many issues, but no one individual vote, no one individual quote …
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Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
A résumé check: Is Chuck Hagel up to the job?  —  There's not much on Chuck Hagel's résumé that screams secretary of defense.  —  He's not a former White House chief of staff, like Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld.  He never ran the CIA, like Leon Panetta or Robert Gates.
Politico:
Chuck Hagel under fire at confirmation hearing
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
McCain, Hagel Clash Over Troop Surge In Iraq (VIDEO)
John Avlon / CNN:
A reality check for Chuck Hagel bashers
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Politico
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
An Off-Kilter Chuck Hagel Fumbles On Iran
Olivier Knox / Reuters:
Hagel: Don't judge me by ‘Jewish lobby’ quote
Discussion: Guardian and alan.com
First Read:   First Thoughts: Chuck Hagel's big day
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Hagel defends record at confirmation hearing
The Daily Caller:
Dominican prostitute: Sen. Bob Menendez ‘likes the youngest and newest girls’  —  In a little-noticed email published online Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a young Dominican woman wrote nine months ago that she slept with 59-year-old New Jersey Democratic …
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Some Unions Grow Wary of Health Law They Backed  —  Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration's health-care overhaul when it was up for debate.  Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.  —  Union leaders say many of the law's requirements will drive …
Yochi Dreazen / Talking Points Memo:
The GOP Tips Its Hand  —  9:45 — Sen. James Inhofe, the new ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, has already penned a Washington Post op-ed which surprised no one by announcing that he'd vote against Hagel.  Still, his opening remarks were interesting because they outlined …
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Rubio says he will vote against Hagel
Discussion: alan.com
Spokesman.com:
Idaho senator compares health exchange to Holocaust  —  BOISE - As the debate over Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's proposed state health insurance exchange heats up, a North Idaho senator has sent out a mass email and posted a message on Twitter comparing the role of insurance companies to …
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:   Idaho Republican Compares Obamacare To The Holocaust
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Worth Reading  —  Here's a really meaty and interesting essay in the new and relaunched TNR about gun ownership and what gun owners want.  What Gun Owners Really Want by Walter Kirn.  —  There's a lot there.  But one point resonated with me because it's a flip side of something I was trying …
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Caitlin Kenney / NPR:
Should Gun Owners Have To Buy Liability Insurance?
Discussion: Capitol Confidential
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Chinese Hackers Infiltrate New York Times Computers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.  —  After surreptitiously tracking …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney: ‘Ridiculous’ to criticize defunct White House jobs council  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney on Thursday called Republican criticism of the decision to shut down the president's jobs council “ridiculous” in a defensive exchange with reporters.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House to shut down jobs council
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Outside the Beltway
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
At Hill hearing, Wayne LaPierre tries to manhandle facts and logic  —  Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's chief executive, arrived for his hearing on Capitol Hill in the organization's trademark fashion: violently.  —  When he and his colleagues stepped off the elevator …
The Boston Globe:
Globe reporter Glen Johnson joins Kerry's staff  —  Boston.com politics editor Glen Johnson is resigning to take a post as a senior State Department adviser, working for John F. Kerry.  —  Johnson, 50, a 27-year journalism veteran who has covered five presidential elections, said his focus would be on strategic communications.
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
Tawana Brawley served with court order to pay man she accused of rape in 1987  —  Rape-hoax $lap  —  Infamous hoaxster Tawana Brawley — whose outrageous rape lie 25 years ago inflamed racial tensions nationwide — yesterday was finally slapped with a court order to settle a hefty defamation case against her.
CNN:
NRA president: Harry Reid ‘under incredible pressure’  —  Washington (CNN) - National Rifle Association President David Keene signaled Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat who has enjoyed the powerful gun lobby's support in the past, could prove pivotal in the heated debate over gun control.
Discussion: The Hill
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Anna Palmer / Politico:   NRA digs in on background checks
Ian Mohr / New York Post:
EXCLUSIVE: NFL legend Dan Marino had a love child with CBS employee in 2005  —  PAGE SIX EXCLUSIVE  —  Dan Marino is famous for his touchdowns — but the Hall of Famer's scoring off the field is downright shocking.  —  The married gridiron great — a pregame analyst for CBS since 2003 …
Discussion: American Power
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Conservatives Sabotage Their Own Cultural Criticism  —  A case study in which National Review contributors discuss the merits of rap.  —  Flickr/Slippy Slappy  —  Every so often, conservatives lament that the music, books, movies, television shows, and video games that shape social norms …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights  —  Views of Congress: Problem Lies with Members, Not the System  —  OVERVIEW  —  As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high.
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
In forthcoming book, Cuccinelli echoes Romney's ‘47 percent’  —  RICHMOND — Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's new book doesn't hit stores until Feb. 12, but a few pages of it have trickled out to The Washington Post.  —  The Republican gubernatorial candidate wrote the book …
Discussion: The Caucus and msnbc.com
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Government is hurting the economy — by spending too little  —  You've heard this before: The government is holding the economy back.  And it's true.  The newly released numbers for economic growth in the fourth quarter, which show the economy shrinking at an 0.1 percent annual rate, prove that.
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Lisa Wangsness / The Boston Globe:
Catholic event cancels talk by Islam critic
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
HHS says it ditched ‘exchanges’ because word doesn't translate into Spanish
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The White House's curious silence about Obama's claim of skeet shooting
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Marco Rubio's bad deal
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