Hagel vote redux; an airport with no planes; and the do-nothing Congress (read-this roundup)


Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel will get another Senate vote Tuesday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Once again, with feeling — The Senate will again vote to advance the nomination of former Republican senator from Nebraska, Chuck Hagel, to be defense secretary. Democrats are “optimistic about the vote’s outcome” this time around.

High-flyingAn airport gets $150,000 a year from the feds, but barely sees any airplanes.

Keeping busy — A portrait of a do-nothing Congress? Hey, at least they passed a bill renaming a NASA facility.

RIP, Doc — An obit of “America’s Doctor,” former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, known for his frank warnings about AIDS and a beard that made him resemble “a refugee from a Gilbert and Sullivan musical.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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