The focus is on President Obama’s cabinet this morning: the President is expected to nominate Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to replace Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at the Pentagon. The news isn’t being met well by some of Hagel’s former caucus colleagues, who have voiced their opposition to the selection.
There are also reports Monday morning that White House Chief Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan will be the permanent replacement for Former CIA Director David Petraeus.
In Monday’s opinion pages: The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore talks with House Speaker John Boehner about the fiscal cliff fight and the way forward for the Republican Party in future negotiations. The Speaker focuses on two upcoming deadlines: the debt ceiling and the sequester, and the Speaker says he has enough support for letting the automatic cuts do their work.
There’s one big game left on the college football calendar: Notre Dame is looking to restore gridiron glory against the Alabama Crimson Tide, a team approaching dynasty-status in the current era. An Alabama victory will give their program three national championships in the last four years.