Former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel has powerful pals. (JASON REED/REUTERS)

Here’s what the Loop is reading today:

Rolling deep — Former senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) is bringing some heavy-hitting wingmen to the hearing on his nomination to be secretary of defense taking place in the Senate Armed Services Committee. Two former chairmen of that panel, former senators Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) and John Warner (R-Va.), will introduce Hagel.

Get the thesaurus — How many ways can she say “no” without actually using the word? Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s new 2016 brush-off: “not inclined.”

Single senatorial candidate? — But what does this mean for her possible future Senate run? Actress/political flirt Ashley Judd is divorcing her husband. Too bad — Dario Franchitti, a Scottish-born racecar-driving hunk, would have livened up the congressional spouses club.

Our Ray-grets — We wish we had coined this term: “Ray-placement,” as in the person who will take over as secretary of transportation now that Ray LaHood is officially stepping down.