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12:50 PM ET, January 31, 2013


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico, and CNN
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Hagel defends record at confirmation hearing  —  Lawmakers on Thursday demanded that secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel explain controversial remarks he has made and votes he cast during his Senate career, as the Nebraska Republican sought to defend his record at a confirmation hearing.
First Read:
First Thoughts: Chuck Hagel's big day
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 …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Idaho Republican Compares Obamacare To The Holocaust  —  A state senator in Idaho is expressing her distaste for President Obama's health care reform law by drawing a comparison between the private insurance companies participating in Obamacare and the “Jews boarding the trains to concentration camps” during the Holocaust.
Idaho senator compares health exchange to Holocaust
Discussion: Associated Press and The Raw Story
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Menendez rushes to pay private-jet tab after FBI raid  —  “Wonderful things, subpoenas,” Wilford Brimley said in Absence of Malice, after the threat of one broke the silence of conspirators in the film's climax.  We can add FBI raids to that list of wonderful catalysts.
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 …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Kelly ‘proud’ of Giffords's Senate testimony  —  Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), said Thursday he was “extremely proud” of his wife's testimony before a Senate hearing on stemming gun violence.  —  “For her to get up there ... as people can see …
Discussion: Politico
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Sexist heckling!  Gun rights proponent Gayle Trotter mocked by media, attacked by Left …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Gayle Trotter Testimony Captivates Senate Gun Control Hearing
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 …
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House to shut down jobs council  —  The Obama administration will discontinue its jobs council despite persistent unemployment and news this week that the economy shrunk.  —  The council, created in 2011, has met in full only four times in its two-year existence and was up for re-authorization this week.
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Obama's jobs council shutting down Thursday
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
RUBIO'S AMNESTY A PATH TO OBLIVION FOR GOP  —  RESIZE:  —  Apart from finding out that Barack Obama did far worse in his re-election than nearly any other incumbent who won re-election, the only thing that perked me up after Nov. 6 was coming across a Time magazine published after the 2004 election …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
Gina Kolata / Well:
Myths of Weight Loss Are Plentiful, Researcher Says  —  If schools reinstated physical education classes, a lot of fat children would lose weight.  And they might never have gotten fat in the first place if their mothers had just breast fed them when they were babies.
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
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
What Professor Hagel Taught  —  Cyberwar and Bjorn Lomborg at Georgetown.  A former student is “disgusted” by the nomination process.  —  Before he became President Obama's Secretary of Defense nominee, Senator Chuck Hagel was a professor at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service for three years.
Syria, Iran threaten consequences for Israeli strike  —  In wake of reported IAF attack on a military research center in Syria, Syrian ambassador to Lebanon says Damascus has option to respond as Iran threatens “serious consequences” for Tel Aviv; Hezbollah, Russia condemn strike.
S.A. Miller / New York Post:
Homeland Security has advice for confronting mass murders: scissors  —  WASHINGTON — Is your workplace getting shot up by a crazed gunman?  —  No problem — just grab a pair of scissors and fight back!  —  That's some of the helpful advice in a new instructional video from the Department …
Katie McDonough / Salon:
Tennessee “Don't Say Gay” bill would require teachers to out their students
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Complaint: Sebelius' illegal campaign trip for Obama worse than we thought
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Iran Is Said to Be Set to Accelerate Uranium Enrichment
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
In forthcoming book, Cuccinelli echoes Romney's ‘47 percent’
Discussion: and Taegan Goddard's …
Joy Resmovits / The Huffington Post:
Charter Schools That Start Bad Stay Bad, Stanford Report Says
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
House Judiciary Chair Introduces Unconstitutional Bill To Permanently Abolish The Income Tax
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Government is hurting the economy — by spending too little
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Law Schools' Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut
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Home invasion suspect arrested after woman opens fire
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS clarifies exemptions from individual mandate in states that buck Medicaid expansion
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rand Paul: GOP must ‘evolve’ on immigration
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar /
Some families to be priced out of health overhaul
Discussion: Right Wing News
Anne Marie Chaker / Wall Street Journal:
Backyard Farming Gets Fancy
Discussion: Democracy Project
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Obama goes ‘skeet shooting all the time’? Hardly ever, sources say