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10:55 PM ET, February 17, 2013

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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 and Israel Matzav
Ashley Killough / CNN:   Republicans still question Hagel's nomination
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sen. Graham: Hagel disavowed remark on Israel controlling State department
Discussion: Politico
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Obama should head ‘back to the drawing board’ on Hagel, says McKeon
Zack Colman / The Hill:
Green groups rally on climate, urge Obama to reject Keystone project  —  Environmental groups gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Sunday and marched on the White House for a climate change rally largely aimed at pressuring President Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
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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 …
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Obama tees off with Tiger Woods  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama hit the greens Sunday with famed golfer Tiger Woods, according to deputy White House press secretary Josh Earnest.  —  Obama is spending President's Day weekend at a sprawling resort in Palm City, Florida, where he's polishing his golf game.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Fighter jets chase down small planes near Obama's Florida resort
Discussion: The Hill
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Republicans Will Oppose Any Immigration Plan Backed By Obama Because They Hate Obama  —  During an appearance on ABC's This Week on Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) admitted that Republicans are likely to oppose any immigration reform proposal introduced by President Obama …
Discussion: alan.com, Hot Air and Business Insider
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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 …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
McDonough: Pressure is on Congress to act on immigration reform
Discussion: ABCNEWS, New York Times and Politico
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: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
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 …
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
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
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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Chicago Tribune:
Hutchinson expected to drop out, endorse Kelly in Jackson Jr. contest
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Hear Alabama County's Challenge to Voting Rights Act  —  EVERGREEN, Ala. — Jerome Gray, a 74-year-old black man, has voted in every election since 1974 in this verdant little outpost of some 4,000 people halfway between Mobile and Montgomery.
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
 
 
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