What we’re reading: Thursday, January 31, 2013

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By Rick Bosh
President Barack Obama shakes hands with former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel in the White House. Obama has nominated Hagel for the next Secretary of Defense.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel in the White House. Obama has nominated Hagel for the next Secretary of Defense.
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The pressure’s on former Senator Chuck Hagel Thursday morning as he prepares for what could become a heated confirmation hearing. Hagel is President Obama’s choice to run the Pentagon, but he’s faced some tough opposition from former colleagues on Capitol Hill.

In Thursday’s opinion pages: The New York Times’ Gail Collins looks at the past, present and future of Secretary Clinton as her time at the State Department winds down. The Washington Post’s George Will discusses Chris Christie’s potential to be the Un-Romney for the Republican Party.

Spokesmen for New Jersey’s Bob Menendez say the senator reimbursed a donor who’s office was recently raided by federal investigators. Menendez paid eye doctor Salomon Melgen $58,500 for two of three trips he took on Melgen’s plane to the Dominican Republic

What we're reading: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated