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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
McCain says Hagel will be confirmed  —  One of the leading critics of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama's embattled nominee to become defense secretary, told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that Hagel will end up being confirmed.  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) …
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Michael O'Brien / First Read:
McCain concedes: Hagel ‘will probably have the votes necessary’  —  President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel, will likely be confirmed next week, one of his most dogged opponents said Sunday.  —  “I'm confident that Sen. Hagel will probably …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Hagel reassures Graham on Israel remark
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Obama should head ‘back to the drawing board’ on Hagel, says McKeon
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sen. Graham: Hagel disavowed remark on Israel controlling State department
Discussion: Politico and Israel Matzav
Ashley Killough / CNN:   Republicans still question Hagel's nomination
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
ABC News Calls Out Paul Ryan For Hypocrisy Over Looming Budget Cuts  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl confronted Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) over his past support for the sequester, just as the one-time GOP vice presidential candidate sought to blame President Obama for the automatic across-the-board cuts scheduled to go into effect on March 1.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Nicki Rossoll / ABCNEWS:
Newt Gingrich: 'I'll take a Paul Ryan Position' on the Possibility of a Political Run
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
President Obama plays golf with Tiger Woods  —  President Obama is golfing in Florida Sunday with Tiger Woods.  —  Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president and Woods, the winner of 14 major golf championships, were joined on the course by United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk …
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CNN:
Obama tees off with Tiger Woods
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Fighter jets chase down small planes near Obama's Florida resort
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
The Real Cost of Shrinking Government  —  In less than two weeks, a cleaver known as the sequester will fall on some of the most important functions of the United States government.  About $85 billion will be cut from discretionary spending over the next seven months, reducing defense programs …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Would Take Away Health Coverage From 30 Million Americans To Avoid Military Cuts  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday the government should protect the Defense Department from automatic spending cuts by slashing $1.2 trillion from the Affordable Care Act.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How to Unparalyze Us  —  I WAS struck by one particular moment during President Obama's State of the Union address.  The president proposed a $1 billion investment to build a new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation to spur high-tech manufacturing in America.
Discussion: CEPR, Seeing the Forest and Hullabaloo
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Robin Kelly wins rival Toi Hutchinson's support in Illinois race  —  Illinois congressional candidate Toi Hutchinson dropped out of the special election race for disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson's seat on Sunday and endorsed rival Democrat Robin Kelly.  —  Hutchinson's withdrawal means Kelly …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Marco Rubio Has Sold More Than 3100 Water Bottles, Raising $100,000  —  The Senator has used the viral hit to launch a successful fundraising drive for his PAC, taking in more than $100,000.  —  When Marco Rubio paused to take a sip from a water bottle during his response to the State …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The End of a Catholic Moment  —  THE last time the Chair of St. Peter stood vacant, during Pope John Paul II's funeral in 2005, the Roman Catholic Church enjoyed a wave of unusually favorable coverage from the American press.  The Polish pope had a way of disarming even his most stringent critics …
Manu Raju / Politico:
McCain: Support for gun checks  —  Sen. John McCain said Sunday he expects there'll be broad support in the Senate for a new bipartisan plan to broaden background checks on gun purchasers.  —  The Arizona Republican pointed to a plan being drafted by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Chuck Schumer …
Discussion: protein wisdom and alan.com
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Pope Benedict XVI's leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalries  —  VATICAN CITY — Guests at the going-away party for Carlo Maria Viganò couldn't understand why the archbishop looked so forlorn.  Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Viganò ambassador to the United States …
Discussion: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
Stephen Moyes / The Sun:
Claim Jihad Seeker's Allowance  —  Choudary urges fanatics to scrounge for holy war  —  In the spotlight ... Anjem Choudary was filmed by The Sun at 3 meetings  —  SCROUNGING hate preacher Anjem Choudary has told fanatics to copy him by going on benefits — urging: “Claim your Jihad Seeker's Allowance.”
 
 
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