Sunday afternoon reads.

The link round-up is coming earlier than usual. I am about to head down to the “Forward on Climate” rally (I will be cycling) where I will ask attendees what other issues they’d be willing to compromise in order to get a climate change bill passed (this is, however, operating under the fatal assumption that the GOP would be willing to horse trade on this issue). I will report back to you all this evening.

But I digress…

-John McCain said that the Senate should finally hold a vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination, despite casting aspersions on the former Nebraska Senator’s qualifications. McCain disparaged the Defense secretary nominee as “the most unimpressive that I’ve ever seen” but still indicated that he would vote to invoke cloture.

-Lindsey Graham echoed McCain’s sentiments, saying that vote should proceed, but called Hagel “one of the most unqualified, radical choices for secretary of defense in a very long time.” He, however, stated that he was satisfied with Hagel’s denial of comments attributed to him by a 2007 blog post. The post, which detailed a speech he made at Rutgers University, accused Hagel of saying that the “State Department had become adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office,” according to the Washington Post. “I just take him at his word unless something new comes along,” Graham said.

-Four foreign nationals – an Egyptian, a South African, a Korean, and a Swede travelling with a U.S. passport, according to Al-Jazeera – have been arrested in Benghazi due to accusations that they are Christian missionaries. The charges carry the death penalty. Meanwhile, arms-sellers from Britain, France and Italy, according to the Guardian, are reaching out to the new Libyan government despite some Libyans’ concerns about security.”‘I can’t see the point of having this kind of exhibition in Libya now,’ said Hassan el-Amin, an independent member of congress who lived in exile in the UK for 28 years and who is chair of the congress communications committee. ‘One of our problems is that arms are everywhere, I can’t see any point in an arms exhibition right now.’”

-Forecasts indicate that a cold snap in Florida could threaten a significant part of the state’s citrus crop. But Robert Garcia, a meteorologist working for the National Weather Service in Tampa, predicted that the cold won’t last long enough to do much damage, according to Reuters. The brief dip in temperature, however, might harm campaigners in the state seeking to raise awareness about global warming, as those who deny the overwhelming preponderance of evidence taken from around the world will cite the single localized cold front as irrefutable proof that the anthropogenic phenomenon is all just a scam perpetrated by George Soros so he can sell funny light bulbs or something.

-John Kerry might find this interesting: According to a poll taken for the Financial Times, if Britain were to hold a referendum on E.U. Membership tomorrow, 50 percent of British voters would vote for withdrawal, 33 percent would vote to remain, and 17 percent wouldn’t vote either way.

Samuel Knight

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.