Obama snubs newspapers; Sen. Graham’s motives on Hagel; and Panetta’s Pentagon swan song (read-this roundup)


President Obama during an interview with David Letterman. (Pete Souza/The White House)

TV president — He does “The View,” but not the Post: President Obama “may be the least newspaper-friendly president in a generation.”

Questioning his motives — Sen. Lindsay Graham’s tough talk on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel isn’t “purely” a political ploy. But the South Carolina Republican’s got an eye fixed on reelection, and his posture on Hagel seems calculated with 2014 in mind.

No time for senior-itis — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s last days in the Cabinet have been busy ones.

Proximity to power — And sitting with the first lady at the State of the Union might be an honor, but for some, it’s a “game changer.”

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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