Former senator Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama has nominated for defense secretary. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

In his own word s — Here’s a compendium of former senator Chuck Hagel’s most controversial quotes (in context, thanks!) on Israel. Look for them to arise (often not in context) during the fight over his confirmation for defense secretary.

And here’s where the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee — which will vote on Hagel’s nomination — stand on the matter.

Faux or no? — Don’t be fooled by inaugural-ticket hucksters trying to pass their parties off as official balls. Our pals at the Reliable Source are here to help separate the faux from the genuine.

A little beach reading — To mix metaphors, if a Government Accountability Office report is released and no one’s there to read it, it doesn’t make a sound. To keep that from happening, the investigative arm of Congress has a new database to make their zillions of reports, many of which are actually fascinating reads if you’re into that sort of thing, more assessable to the public. Happy reading!