Sen.Charles Schumer on Inauguration Day. (JIM LO SCALZO/EPA)

Here’s what the Loop is reading today:

Obama’s ‘right-hand man’ on the Hill — Sen. Chuck Schumer is having a moment in the spotlight — and the notoriously media-ravenous New York Democrat didn’t even have to elbow his way into this one.

Sorry, Barney — That aggressive campaign that former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) launched to win the temporary Senate seat after Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) was named secretary of state backfired. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick awarded it the spot his former chief of staff Mo Cowan.

Hagel plays defense on defense nomination — Here’s a peek at how former senator Chuck Hagel is pushing back against opposition to his nomination to be secretary of defense. The keys: lots of one-on-one meetings and an aggressive countering of criticism.

Rock On, Nancy — Don’t forget to watch House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s cameo on tonight’s series finale of “30 Rock.”