CNN: Hagel might not be confirmed

Chuck Hagel is not my dream nominee (let’s face it, he’s still a conservative), but he has a saner perspective on the Middle East than anyone else that’s qualified — which is the reason progressives should support him. But for the first time, a secretary of defense nominee is being filibustered — thanks to Grumpy McCain and Harry Reid’s chronic enabling of the minority. Will the administration have the votes? They’re not so sure anymore:

(CNN) – Multiple administration officials tell CNN the White House sent a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin in response to Republican senators asking for answers on the terror attack against a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi last year.

The three GOP senators-Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte–had demanded answers about the attack in a letter Tuesday to the Obama administration before committing to vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary. Graham had publicly stated that he was specifically asking whether President Obama called Libyan officials to help the night of the attack on the consulate in Benghazi.

Meanwhile, McCain told CNN Thursday morning that he had not yet seen the White House’s letter.

The administration has been wary of responding–saying the GOP keeps moving goal posts–but the response is a sign they are losing patience and getting nervous about the Hagel nomination.

Hagel, who’s battled his way through a rocky nomination process, faces an uncertain outcome during the Senate’s critical vote on Friday, as Democrats attempt to break a potential GOP filibuster of the defense secretary nominee.

Doubts were raised Wednesday after McCain said he was reconsidering his pledge not to filibuster Hagel because the Obama administration was refusing to provide key details about the president’s actions on the night of the attack in Libya.

McCain’s vote is important because he is one of the leading Republicans on military matters and other senators are expected to follow his lead. But he was also one of just five GOP senators who publically announced they would not filibuster Hagel. If he supports the filibuster, it could be impossible for Hagel to get 60 votes.

Despite earlier optimism that Hagel would get confirmed, senior congressional sources in both parties are now less positive. They told CNN they now are not sure he will get the votes.

FreedomWorksPAC used interns to make simulated sex video with Hillary Clinton and panda bear. No, I’m not making this shit up

Furries do it Gangnam Style! No, not the video in question, it’s just entertaining.

Too bad no one’s leaked the video (yet), but I suppose you would want to hang onto it for the lawsuits those interns will probably bring. And they think liberals are the strange ones, huh? What brilliant young staffer came up with the bright idea of showing this to Christian conservatives?

This sounds like it was leaked by Dick Armey to blow things up now that he has his payday. But still interesting nonetheless! Via Raw Story:

The controversial conservative super PAC FreedomWorks created a promotional video that depicted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton having oral sex with a woman in a giant panda suit, according to a report published on Thursday.

Former FreedomWorks officials told Mother Jones‘ David Corn that an internal investigation was focusing on the group’s president, Matt Kibbe, and a possible area of inquiry was the video in question.

“The video included a scene in which a female intern wearing a panda suit simulates performing oral sex on Hillary Clinton,” Corn reported, noting that the film had been created to play on large screens the FreePAC conference in July 2012.

Sources told Corn that the premise of the video was a dream sequence, where Executive Vice President Adam Brandon voyeuristically observes “a giant panda on its knees with its head in the lap of a seated Hillary Clinton and apparently fellating the then-secretary of state.”

Oopsy! Slip of the tongue, so to speak. There are so many wingnuts in the closet, I guess they forgot that you don’t “fellate” women.

FreedomWorks tasked two female interns with the roles of Hillary Clinton and the giant panda. The panda suit was an “inside joke” used at rallies to mock Democrats for pandering to special interests.

“Yes, this video was created,” a FreedomWorks staffer confirmed to Mother Jones.

Another group official recalled that his “mouth was wide open” when the film was first screened to staff: “What the hell is this?”

“How was that not some form of sexual harassment?” a FreedomWorks officials said of the two female interns who had been coerced into performing simulated sex acts. “And there were going to be thousands of Christian conservatives at this thing. This was a terrible lack of judgment.”

‘Our wedding song’

The YouTube orchestra CDZA found four couples at a New York City senior living center and performed their wedding song. Each couple shares with the camera the story of their relationship, making for a very poignant Valentine’s Day tribute:

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