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Why Hagel? Let Us Count The Reasons

President Obama wants Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon. Hagel's confirmation would put four men with close ties from their Senate days at the center of the nation's foreign policy and national security policymaking. And that's something Obama is willing to fight for.
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Maryland Fracking Opponents Call For Study

Environmentalists in Maryland are renewing the push for a moratorium on fracking for natural gas until a study has been conducted.


'Gun Appreciation Day' Is Jan. 19, Conservative Groups Declare

Looking to follow the example of last year's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, some conservative groups are trying to send a message to Washington about gun laws. It's the same date as the National Day of Service that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the weekend of President Obama's inauguration.

Opinion Roundup: Obama's National Security Nominations

President Obama nominated Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb) for Secretary of Defense and tapped John Brennan, his top counterterrorism advisor, to lead the CIA. NPR's Ari Shapiro reads from a number of opinion pieces about those decisions talks with NPR's Tom Bowman about Obama's national security goals in his second term.

The Consequences Of A Short-Term Farm Bill Fix

Lawmakers in Washington extended some provisions of the farm bill that expired in October. Subsidies for grain cotton and soybeans will be renewed, and budgets for some organic and environment initiatives will be cut. Since the extension only lasts nine months, many farmers are left with uncertainty.

Obama Nominates Hagel For Defense, Brennan For CIA

The president is moving to fill two key posts on his national security team. If confirmed, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (a Republican) would lead the Pentagon. John Brennan, the president's counterterrorism adviser, would be at the Central Intelligence Agency.