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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference with former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., in the East Room on Jan. 7, 2013.
Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including Time's Mark Halperin, New York Magazine's John Heilemann, former DLC Chair Harold Ford Jr. – discusses President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to defense secretary and why several top GOP lawmakers are having a tough time with the nomination.
President Obama's nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel for defense secretary has been earning criticism, with Hagel under fire for past statements on Iran and Israel. Obama, however, said Hagel's "willingness to speak his mind" is "exactly the spirit I want on my national security team." NBC's Chuck Todd reports.
Must-Read Op-Eds: Before Mika Brzezinski reads a David Brooks NYT column on why President Obama chose Chuck Hagel for the defense secretary position, the Morning Joe panel discusses NJ Gov. Chris Christie's rising popularity in his home state.