PM Note: Hagel in Waiting, Senators vs. High Schoolers, Obama Open to Pitching the Penny

Feb 14, 2013 6:18pm

The Penny – Change You Can’t Believe In – Obama seems to support getting rid of the one cent coin -http://abcn.ws/YbESSO

Obama at ‘Fireside Hangout’ on Valentine’s Day - “Here’s the general rule. If Mama’s happy, then everyone’s happy.”
But it wasn’t all fluff. He declared a drone has never been used on an American citizen…on American soil. More to come on that…

Having It All for Free: 19 Things Obama Says Won’t Add to Deficit – President Obama wants to do a lot of things in his second term, and he took care during his State of the Union address Tuesday to offer some proposals on the cheap. Aside from tax and entitlement reform, here’s every call to action Obama issued in his State of the Union address — the measures he says “won’t add a dime” http://abcn.ws/X7GSiE (Chris Good)

Hagel in Waiting – Here’s the reality: Chuck Hagel, barring a bombshell which can change the mind of seven or more senators in the next week, is going to be Secretary of Defense.

Just not this week.

“This isn’t high school getting ready for a football game or some play that’s being produced at high school,” Harry Reid said today, urging Republicans to allow a vote on Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary.

He’s probably right. It’s hard to imagine high schoolers acting like this. Senators tonight filibustered Hagel. Now Democrats will say Hagel was filibustered even as they know he’ll ultimately be confirmed.

It is probably not worth trying to understand, but here’s a try:

Republicans who oppose Hagel – John McCain, Lindsey Graham  - were satisfied today when the White House released a letter about the president’s involvement in the response to the Benghazi consulate attack. How does that affect Hagel, who had nothing to do with Benghazi? McCain and company said on the Senate floor today they’ll ultimately allow a vote on his nomination. Just not today.

Here’s the reasoning forwarded by ABC’s Sunlen Miller, who watched the floor debate:

“This is a very controversial nominee, there is a desire to not end debate now,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., “We feel like come back next week, after the break, unless there is some bombshell I’d be ready to move on to vote….10 days from now I’ll feel better about it.”

And Democrats, if they take McCain and company at their word, know they’ll ultimately get a confirmation vote. But they went ahead with a doomed cloture vote anyway.

So filibustered with an asterisk.

Sunlen’s full write-up – http://abcn.ws/12Gy0ju

The Thing House of Cards gets wrong about DC? The show has strong leaders – an interesting take by Josh Kraushaar at Natl. Journal – http://bit.ly/X7Dpzp

White House: Obama Called Libyan President Day After Benghazi Attack
ABC News has learned that the White House, in a bid to clear the way for a vote on Chuck Hagel’s delayed nomination to be defense secretary, has turned over more information on the president’s activities during the 24 hours after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
http://abcn.ws/Z0ykJs (Jon Karl)

LOUTenberg Makes Way for Booker – But others like Frank Pallone might jump in too -

No More WWII Vets in the Senate – http://abcn.ws/Xc3U4R

Leon Panetta’s One-Liners Show He’s Ready for Hagel Debate to End - “The second-best Valentine’s present would be to allow Sylvia and I to get the hell out of town at the end of the day. … I feel like it’s ‘Groundhog Day’ around here.”  http://abcn.ws/YhjEVk (Luis Martinez, Dana Hughes)

Love at the White House: Obamas’ Valentine’s Date, Daughter Dating? - This Valentine’s Day, it’s date night at the White House. http://abcn.ws/X8jYXf (Devin Dwyer)

XOXO: GOP, Dems Exchange Ironic Valentine Ecards – For those hoping Republicans and Democrats could put aside their partisan differences on this day of love, sorry to disappoint. http://abcn.ws/YtMroG (Sarah Parnass)
LBJ Loved His Letters to Lady Bird – This Valentine’s Day, try writing a love letter.
It definitely worked for former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who wrote 90 letters to his soon-to-be wife Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor to woo her into marriage. – http://abcn.ws/12OXC26 (Anjuli Sastry)

Boehner Challenges Senate to Enact Obama’s SOTU Agenda – While the majority of congressional Republicans oppose most of the policies President Obama outlined during his State of the Union address Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner deflected attention away from Republican resistance, challenging Senate Democrats to prove there is support for the president’s proposals. http://abcn.ws/XPpOvX (John Parkinson)
State of the Union: A Changing of the Guard at White House Speechwriting Shop – Tuesday night’s State of the Union address was not only one of the opening acts of President Obama’s second term, it also represented a changing of the guard in the White House speechwriting office. http://abcn.ws/VX2H1b (Michael Falcone)

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