William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 9:04 P.M. ET:

DAVID AWOL – It is announced by NBC News that David Gregory won't be hosting "Meet the Press" this Sunday.  Gregory got into mucho hot water over the weekend when, on that show, he held up a high-capacity gun magazine.  It is illegal to possess those magazines in Washington.  The D.C. police have revealed that they warned NBC before the show that Gregory couldn't use the magazine in a demo.  He did it anyway.  NBC is saying that Gregory will be on a previously scheduled vacation, which is like Joe Stalin saying that one of his opponents will be traveling in the country for 50 years. 

PUNCHING BACK WITH ONE HAND – The pro-Hagel people in Washington are punching back against the attacks on Hagel.  But when you look at who they are, I'm not sure they're doing Chuck much good.  Today four former national security advisers endorsed Hagel.  They are  James L. Jones (Obama); Brent Scowcroft (Bush 41); Zbigniew Brzezinski (Jimmy Carter) and Frank Carlucci (strangely, Reagan, but he is more associated with Bush 41).  They were joined by the pseudo-eminent Tom Friedman, who endorsed Hagel in The New York Times, which is enough to convince me that Hagel shouldn't get the job. 

SURPRISE – Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii has appointed Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz to the U.S. Senate, to fill out the term of Daniel Inouye, who recently died.  The appointment came out of the blue.  Before his death, Inouye had asked that he be succeeded by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who would have been Hawaii's first female senator.  Schatz is not from Hawaii.  He's from Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Members of the Inouye camp are said to be fuming, and it's possible that Schatz will face primary opposition when he runs for a full term in 2014.

NO, DON'T! – There's a petition drive underway to have British CNN talk-show host Piers Morgan deported because of his hostility to the Second Amendment and to religion.  According to some reports, the petition has garnered 75,000 signatures.  But now a popular British TV personality, Jeremy Clarkson, is building a counter-movement, tweeting on his Twitter account: “Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Please don’t send him back.”  Maybe there's a third country.  I was thinking...Syria. 

December 26, 2012