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Chuck Hagel under fire at confirmation hearing  —  Chuck Hagel came under rapid fire from former senators at his confirmation hearings as secretary of defense on Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.  —  He clashed with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a former friend and Vietnam veteran …
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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.
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Chuck Hagel, John McCain Butt Heads at Defense Secretary Confirmation Hearing  —  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 …
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
McCain, Hagel Clash Over Troop Surge In Iraq (VIDEO)  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Chuck Hagel butted heads Thursday during the former senator's confirmation hearing to be the next defense secretary.  McCain pressed Hagel on his past remarks on former President George W. Bush's troop surge in Iraq …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
The Chuck Hagel confirmation whip count  —  Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of his bid to become the next defense secretary, and behind the scenes, senators are quietly lining up on both sides of the confirmation fight.
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Rubio says he will vote against Hagel
Discussion: alan.com
Olivier Knox / Reuters:
Hagel: Don't judge me by ‘Jewish lobby’ quote
Discussion: alan.com
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Hagel defends record at confirmation hearing
First Read:
First Thoughts: Chuck Hagel's big day
John Avlon / CNN:
A reality check for Chuck Hagel bashers
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Politico
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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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 …
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Geraldo Rivera ‘truly contemplating’ NJ Senate run as Republican  —  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 …
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
Kurt Schlichter / BREITBART.COM:
IGNORE LENA DUNHAM'S ‘GIRLS’ AT YOUR OWN PERIL, CONSERVATIVES  —  There's plenty about Girls to annoy conservatives, yet this often creepy, usually skeevy, critically-acclaimed HBO series is also a test for conservatives.  —  Will we finally heed Andrew Breitbart's warnings about the importance …
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Conservatives Sabotage Their Own Cultural Criticism
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
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 …
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 and CBS New York
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 …
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
Why We Took Cocaine Out of Soda  —  Social injustice and “a most wonderful invigorator of sexual organs”  —  1894 ad for Vin Mariani, art by Jules Cheret  —  When cocaine and alcohol meet inside a person, they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene.  Cocaethylene works like cocaine, but with more euphoria.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Marco Rubio's bad deal  —  In Washington, a new gang has been born.  The Gang of Eight on immigration is here to tell us that we have succeeded in not enforcing the law so persistently and thoroughly that now we have to give up all pretense.  —  The Gang of Eight wants to amnesty …
Discussion: Booman Tribune, National Review and CNN
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Ann Coulter / Human Events:
RUBIO'S AMNESTY A PATH TO OBLIVION FOR GOP
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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