1. Republican Senators McCain and Graham aggressively interrogated Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel yesterday. I got the impression at times that if they could, they would have waterboarded him.
2. A Baltimore Raven cheerleader says she was barred from the Super Bowl for being overweight. She weighs 124 pounds. Roughly 200 pounds short of qualifying for The Biggest Loser.
3. In a mock trial to raise funds for the National Hellenic Museum, Socrates was convicted again. He was fined 3,000 drachmas, and his request of free meals for life was denied. He was spared being deported to Greece, though.
4. Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles characterized the behavior of his predecessor Cardinal Roger Mahony---who conspired to conceal the criminal abuse of children over his term of 26 years---"terribly sad and evil". He says Mahony has been stripped of all administrative and public duties. And also given 5 Hail Marys and 10 Our Fathers.
5. After President Obama urged Congress to act in a "timely fashion" on immigration reform, and said that he would like a bill by the end of June, Majority Leader Harry Reid promptly responded by saying that the Senate would try to "legislate the way we are supposed to legislate" by which he meant by consulting every lobby and special interest that could possibly be affected by any potential legislation.
6. $1.2 trillion in spending cuts are scheduled to happen on March 1 unless Congress kicks the sequestration down the road. It's the political version of "March Madness". Republican Senator Lindsey Graham calls the sequester cuts to the bloated Pentagon "pretty dumb...this to me wins the prize". He's totally OK , though,with all spending cuts to social programs. Which might prompt those 47 percenters to take turns kicking his cold-hearted ass down the road.
7. An orangutan and a gibbon at Brookfield Zoo have become good friends. It's rare for two different species of apes to do so. There's hope for Congress, yet.
8. Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has been accused of assaulting and kidnapping a woman in his native Dominican Republic. He "totally denies it." It's not clear at this point whether his accuser bears any resemblance to Kyra Sedgwick, star of "The Closer". Theo Epstein says he's sifting through a mound of evidence.