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January 31, 2013
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National Pulse 
  • Hagel clashes with critics in Senate confirmation hearing
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    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's choice for secretary of Defense, clashed with critics at his Senate confirmation hearing this morning, offering a strong defense of his record on Capitol Hill. Hagel's performance at the hearing was expected to help determine whether he could win over enough bipartisan support to prevent a filibuster of his appointment. "No one individual vote, no one individual quote, no one individual statement defines me, my beliefs, or my record," the Nebraska Republican said. "My overall worldview has never changed: that America has and must maintain the strongest military in the world." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/31) , The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/31) , The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Data Points 
  • Moving data suggests U.S. economy is on the mend
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    America's economy is doing fine, according to relocation data from Atlas Van Lines. Fewer people are leaving the Midwest than in recent years, and many states remain attractive destinations for job seekers, their data shows. That "is a promising sign that the economy could be stabilizing," says Atlas World Group President Jack Griffin. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Jimmy Fallon slow-jams the debt ceiling
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    Jimmy Fallon and NBC news anchor Brian Williams get their groove on to give a funky update on the House's vote to increase the debt ceiling. "I was going to make a joke about this story, but I don't think it needs a joke -- I think it needs to be slow-jammed," Fallon says. NBC.com (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

SmartQuote 
The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion."
--Molly Ivins, American journalist
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