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Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 02/04/2013

What senators didn’t ask Hagel; USDA goes healthy; and the Supremes love their Webster’s (read-this roundup)

Former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (J. Scott Applewhite - AP)
Here’s what the Loop is reading today:

Missed opportunity? — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” that senators squandered the chance to really grill Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel on the military’s future challenges, instead focusing on Hagel’s past statements. “Knives were out,” he said.

Deep-sixing the deep-fry — USDA’s cafeteria is giving up its deep fryer as part of an effort to serve healthier lunches — but workers can still go to the “greasy spoon” in the agency’s basement for a lunch that would make first lady Michelle Obama shake her head. Or they can go to the Department of Energy’s nearby cafeteria, which is still serving the bad (for you) stuff.

Look it upAn interesting look at how Supreme Court justices use dictionary definitions.

Auditioning for the part — Analyzing actress Ashley Judd’s senatorial prospects.

Villaraigosa’s hat’s not in — In case you missed it, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is not interested in joining the Obama administration. He’s been on a lot of short lists to replace outgoing Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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