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Thursday, January 31, 2013

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George Wenschhof

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Watch Live as Hagel Begins Confirmation Hearings - Former Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing before the senate Armed Services Committee is underway.


Syria and Iran Threaten To Retaliate for Israeli Airstrike - U.S. officials said Israel launched a rare airstrike inside Syria on Wednesday. The target was a convoy believed to be carrying anti-aircraft weapons bound for Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese militant group allied with Syria and Iran.

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said Damascus "has the option and the capacity to surprise in retaliation."

In Iran, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying the raid on Syria will have significant implications for Israel.  You can read more here.

Watch Secretary of State Kerry Speech as He Says Goodbye to Senate


Poll Shows Brown and Markey in Tight Race for Kerry Senate Seat - Scott Brown would enter the Massachusetts Senate special election with only a slight lead over the Democratic establishment’s candidate, Rep. Ed Markey, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

The automated poll shows Brown leading Markey by three points, 48 percent to 45 percent, in a head-to-head contest. Driven in part by name recognition, Markey starts out with a 52 percent to 19 percent lead over Lynch. has more

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