- Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing begins today

- Guns: Chicago has the strictest gun laws and yet the highest incidence of gun violence, the 15 year old girl who served as the Inaugural Majorette was shot and killed - in Chicago

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KT MCFARLAND - KTMcFarland.com

Chuck Hagel's Secretary of Defense hearings begin today

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Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland is a national security commentator and columnist who appears weekly on a number of TV, online and national radio programs. Ms. McFarland held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations, and received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award. She ran as a Republican candidate for the US Senate from New York in 2006.

SEN. DAVID VITTER (LA) - Vitter.Senate.Gov
Senator Vitter opposes the bi-partisan immigration plan

Senator Vitter has fought against Washington bureaucracies that place themselves between patients and their doctors, and against government agencies that destroy jobs by piling burdensome regulations on small businesses. He believes that Washington needs the same common-sense approach that is found around Louisiana kitchen tables.  Senator Vitter was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999. He was elected to his first term in the Senate in 2004, and overwhelmingly re-elected in 2010.

STEPHANIE GASKELL - POLITICO.com

Chuck Hagel resumé check

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Stephanie Gaskill is POLITICO’s Defense Reporter.  She has reported from Iraq and Afghanistan since 2007 as a freelance reporter and staff writer for the New York Daily News, where she ran the War Zone blog.  Gaskell began her career more than 15 years ago at The Associated Press, with postings in Miami, Brussels and New York. After covering the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, she covered politics and government at the New York Post's City Hall bureau.