The Company Memo: Monday, January 14, 2013

Updated
By msnbc staff
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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Former Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary, received a strong endorsement over the weekend from former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Hagel is set to meet with Senator Chuck Schumer to discuss policy surrounding Israel and Iran. It’s could be a make-or-break moment for Hagel’s confirmation prospects. We’ll talk with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Monday on ”Jansing & Co.”

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrote in an op-ed in Politico Monday that “an immigration policy that allows us to grow together and not apart is the moral and economic imperative of our time.” He’s speaking on the need for comprehensive immigration reform Monday at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club, but first, he joins us live.

Senate Democrats are urging President Obama to unilaterally act to raise the country’s debt ceiling if Congressional Republicans continue to buck an agreement. In a letter to the president, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his leadership team gave Obama the green-light to forgo Congressional approval, if necessary.

Plus, in an epidemic year–why did a majority of Americans skip getting a flu shot? The Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff digs into why such a common virus has one of the lowest vaccination rates. We’ll ask her about it on “Jansing & Co.”

The Company Memo: Monday, January 14, 2013

Updated