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11:15 PM ET, February 14, 2013

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Politico:
Chuck Hagel blocked: Harry Reid says he doesn't have the votes  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday that Republicans have told him that they plan to block Chuck Hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of Defense over demands for more information from the White House.
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
When Republicans play with fire  —  Just how unprecedented is their filibuster of Chuck Hagel?  In a word: Very  —  Whether they'll cop to it or not, Republicans are currently engaged in a filibuster of Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Defense secretary.  —  Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma's conservative …
David Weigel / Slate:
“Friends of Hamas”: The Scary-Sounding Pro-Hagel Group That Doesn't Actually Exist  —  Palestinian high school students show off their skills during a graduation ceremony from a military school course organized by the Hamas security forces and the Hamas Minister of Education on January 24, 2013 in Gaza City.
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats to force vote to end debate on Hagel nomination  —  Senate Democrats are forcing a vote Thursday afternoon to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to serve as secretary of defense, bringing to a head a showdown over the nomination of the former Republican senator despite strong GOP objections.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why Republicans are filibustering Chuck Hagel  —  Senate Republicans have decided — against the Fix's counsel! — to require Chuck Hagel to get 60 votes in order to be confirmed as the next Secretary of Defense.  —  (There is a fair amount of legislative gobbledygook, which we explained here …
Discussion: alan.com, Foreign Policy and Hot Air
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Why Republicans Can No Longer Be Trusted on National Security  —  Because their leaders have become shallow, ignorant, and totally unserious on the issue that matters most.  —  It's been clear, at least since the 2012 election, that the Republican Party has abrogated its role—really …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans filibuster Hagel nomination  —  Senate Republicans delivered a sharp rebuke to President Obama on Thursday when they began a filibuster of Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense.  —  The confirmation process stalled Thursday when GOP senators deprived Hagel …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Outside the Beltway
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:   McCain Says He's Opposing Hagel Because Hagel Was Mean To Bush
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Satisfied With WH Benghazi Response, Ready To Press On With Hagel Vote
Discussion: msnbc.com, CNN and The Impolitic
Fox News:
Republicans vow to go to war with filibuster over Hagel
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House endorses Senate sequester plan, urges House Republicans to act
Discussion: Politico
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Senate Republicans block Hagel nomination for Defense secretary
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Senate Dems unveil $110B sequester-replacement bill  —  Senate Democratic leaders unveiled a $110 billion sequester-replacement bill at a closed-door caucus meeting Thursday that would replace $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set for March 1.  —  The Senate Democratic package …
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Joanne von Alroth / Reuters:   In Valentine vote, Illinois Senate approves gay marriage
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Sequester Cuts: Senate Democrats Settle On Replacement Plan
Discussion: Daily Kos
Chicago Tribune:
Illinois Senate approves gay marriage
Discussion: Guardian and Business Insider
David Corn / Mother Jones:
FreedomWorks Made Video of Fake Giant Panda Having Sex With Fake Hillary Clinton  —  The investigation at the influential tea party group could get weird.  —  An internal investigation of FreedomWorks—the prominent conservative advocacy group and super-PAC—has focused on president Matt Kibbe's management …
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John M. Broder / Wheels:
That Tesla Data: What It Says and What It Doesn't  —  The Model S at the Tesla Supercharger in the Interstate 95 service plaza in Milford, Conn.  —  Elon Musk , the chief executive of Tesla Motors, has now responded in detail to the account of my test drive of his Model S electric car …
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Elon Musk / Tesla Motors:
A Most Peculiar Test Drive
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Can the Republicans be Saved From Obsolescence?  —  One afternoon last month, I paid a visit to two young Republicans named Bret Jacobson and Ian Spencer, who work in a small office in Arlington, Va., situated above an antique store and adjacent to a Japanese auto shop.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Cool Kids of the GOP Show the Christian Right the Door
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Mahablog
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Lautenberg will not seek re-election next year  —  Photos: Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey  —  TRENTON — U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a pugnacious and plain-spoken Democrat who has represented New Jersey for three decades, will not seek re-election to a sixth term next year.
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Lautenberg to retire from Senate, opening a path for Cory Booker
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Confidential, expensive USDA sensitivity training: ‘The Pilgrims were illegal aliens’ [VIDEOS]  —  Footage of the United States Department of Agriculture's compulsory “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program reveals USDA employees being instructed to refer to the Pilgrims as “illegal aliens” …
Michael Tabb / Student Life:
Nate Silver talks politics to filled Graham Chapel  —  New York Times writer and statistician Nate Silver told a full Graham Chapel audience that he might stop writing his renowned blog should his analyses ever start affecting election results.  —  Silver spent an hour minimizing his achievements …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama meets 47% video guy  —  DECATUR, Ga. — President Obama on Thursday met the man who made “47 percent” part of Mitt Romney's legacy.  —  Obama and opposition researcher James Carter, who released the infamous Romney fundraiser video, met backstage before Obama's education event here …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Hagel Spoke Of Cooperation With Iran In 2007 Speech  —  According to the Free Beacon Hagel allegedly said during the Q&A after the speech the State Department was adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister's office.  The prepared text accessed via a Nexis search of press releases …
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Godfrey Hodgson / Guardian:
Ronald Dworkin obituary  —  Brilliant philosopher of law who put human dignity at the centre of his moral system  —  Ronald Dworkin, who has died aged 81, was widely respected as the most original and powerful philosopher of law in the English-speaking world.
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Althouse
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Ronald Dworkin, Legal Philosopher, Dies at 81
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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