Lew to be grilled on Citigroup; the state of aisle-squatting is strong; and remember the 2012 SOTU? (read-this roundup)


White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew can expect a grilling on the Hill. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Probing the past — Here’s what Jack Lew will face in today’s hearing on his nomination to be Treasury Secretary. In a word: Citigroup.

Shake, shake, shake — The ranks of the veteran aisle-squatters (the ones who camp out looking to shake the president’s hand at the State of the Union address) have thinned (No more Reps. Dennis Kucinich, Jean Schmidt, or Dale Kildee). Still, the tradition lives on.

Grading the last SOTU — Hey, remember that State of the Union speech way back in 2012? Here’s a look at which of the proposals President Obama made panned out and which faded away.

A ‘Lincoln’ quibble — A reminder that this town doesn’t have a monopoly on politcking: Hollywood types saw Oscar maneuvering in Rep. Joe Courtney's(D-Conn.) historical quibbling with the movie “Lincoln.”

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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