1. WORD ON STREET

    Sources: Obama to Pick Hagel

    Jae C. Hong / AP

    Ready for the inevitable fight, Chuck Hagel? According to multiple sources working on the nomination process, President Obama is poised to nominate Purple Heart recipient and former Nebraska GOP senator Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense. Despite controversy from both sides over Hagel’s views on Iranian sanctions, Israel, and Hamas, a Democratic Party official says that “the president has made crystal clear what his policies are on issues like Iran and Israel, and Senator Hagel will of course have a chance to discuss those issues in a confirmation hearing.”

    Read it at The Daily Beast