EARLIER ON THE FIX:
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has delayed a vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary, as Republican senators have demanded more information from the president’s nominee to head the Pentagon. Levin had previously said a committee vote could take place as early as Thursday.
* Former Massachusetts Republican senator Scott Brown is in talks with Fox News about becoming a network contributor. Brown announced last Friday that he would not run in the Bay State’s upcoming Senate special election, raising questions about what his future holds.
* Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) drew his first GOP challenger on Wednesday: former state senator Corey Stapleton. Stapleton finished second in the 2012 GOP gubernatorial primary.
* Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell (R) killed a controversial GOP state Senate redistricting plan which was muscled through the state Senate.
* Despite reports indicating that he has decided not to challenge Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen’s spokesman says he hasn’t ruled anything out.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’ T MISS:
* Sean Eldridge, husband of Facebook co-founder and New Republic publisher Chris Hughes, has filed papers to run for New York’s 19th House district. Second-term Rep. Chris Gibson (R) represents the district.
* Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner plans to write a book focusing his response to the financial crisis.
* The White House denied reports that a second Oval Office is being built in preparation for an overhaul of the West Wing.
* Former Illinois state representative Robin Kelly (D) has a slight lead over the Democratic competition in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., according to a poll conducted for her campaign. Kelly leads former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson 26 percent to 22 percent, with state Sen. Toi Hutchinson running third at 20 percent. Kelly’s pollster cited “gun control” as a reason for Kelly’s jump in support. The primary is Feb. 26.
* Most voters want the Boy Scouts to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday. Fifty-five percent said the ban should be dropped, while 33 percent said it should remain in place, according to the poll. The Boy Scouts announced last week that it was considering changing its policy. On Wednesday, the group said that its decision would be delayed until May.
THE FIX MIX:
Nothing but Taylor Swift-speak.
With Aaron Blake