William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 9:35 P.M. ET:

ABSENT – Much buzz today over the fact that Hillary Clinton did not attend the funeral of New York City Mayor Ed Koch.  Her husband delivered one of the eulogies.  Hillary is a former U.S. senator from New York.  It was a star-studded "must attend" event.  Governor Cuomo was there, former mayors, both U.S. senators, and just about everyone else from the world of politics.  But no Hillary.  According to press reports, inquiries to the Clinton camp went unanswered.  Bill Clinton only mentioned in his eulogy that Hillary "loved" Koch, who had been instrumental in her successful Senate campaign.  If you want to run for president, this was clearly an event you attended, especially if your husband was speaking.  If you don't attend, you send a specific tribute in your own name.  Lots of questions. 

HAGEL – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is not ruling out a Republican filibuster to prevent the confirmation of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense.  McConnell claimed today that opposition to Hagel is getting stronger.  Meanwhile, Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma expressed the belief that many Democrats in the Senate are uneasy voting for Hagel, whose confirmation hearing was a disaster.  But so far we know of no Democratic defections.  Stand by.

NO PAY, NO WAY – Some people have asked what Beyoncé was paid for her Super Bowl half-time performance last night.  The answer is:  Nothing.  I never knew this before today, but the National Football League doesn't pay for half-time entertainment.  The league's argument, and it is correct, is that the Super Bowl is one of the biggest publicity generators imaginable, and that stars benefit enormously from that publicity.  That is their payment.  Good move by the league, smart move by entertainers who accept that position and entertain. 

AH, HAPPY AT LAST – It is announced in the mother country that the 500-year-old remains of King Richard III have been found under a parking lot in the city of Leicester.  He will not be charged for parking.  I'm so glad they found him.  I've been worried about his "missing person" status for years.  He will be reburied in Leicester's cathedral, and much coin will be made on the tourist attraction, which is what this is all about.

February 4, 2013