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4:45 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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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
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 …
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Anna Palmer / Politico:
NRA digs in on background checks
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
CNN:
NRA president: Harry Reid ‘under incredible pressure’
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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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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
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
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
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: alan.com and 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The White House's curious silence about Obama's claim of skeet shooting  —  President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy using the skeet range at Camp David.  —  The New Republic: “Have you ever fired a gun?”  —  President Obama: “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”
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
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
 
 
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W.H.: Deportations Congress's fault
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Biden says new gun laws should be ‘no-brainer’ for Congress after Newtown
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Tony Romm / Reuters:
House puts Spotify on mute
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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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