John Kerry takes over as Secretary of State today, as Hillary Clinton leaves - perhaps to be seen again in Iowa and New Hampshire. The January jobs and unemployment reports come out - after a poor report showing the economy slowing down in 4q 2012, what will it reveal about the labor market? Those stories and more top the headlines in the Friday edition of "While You Were Sleeping" - brought to you by NewsRoom America and West Wing Reports:
CLINTON EXITS DEFIANTLY: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration's handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administration's handling of the attack don't live in an "evidence-based world" and their refusal to "accept the facts" is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system. What about 2016? Clinton is clearly keeping her options open.
CLINTON: RUSSIA & IRAN MAKING SYRIA WORSE: Clinton also says that two key allies of Syria - Russia and Iran - are helping to fuel the civil war in Syria. More from the BBC.
IMMIGRATION REFORM TENSION: Rising tensions over whether to give illegal immigrants a chance to pursue full citizenship could ruin what President Obama and congressional leaders agree is a pivotal moment in resolving long-simmering problems in America's broken immigration system. More in the Washington Post.
GROWING CONCERN OVER CHINESE HACKING: Allegations that Chinese hackers infiltrated the computers of two leading U.S. newspapers add to a growing number of cyber attacks on Western companies, governments and foreign-based dissidents that are believed to originate in China, experts say.
EDITORIAL: CONFIRM HAGEL: A New York Times editorial says Senate Republicans are doing their best to disparage former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel at confirmation hearings for Secretary of Defense - but that he will survive and will - and should - be confirmed.
FEDERAL HEALTH CARE SUBSIDIES: GOP lawmakers threaten to subpoena IRS documents over claims the Obama administration improperly expanded the availability of subsidies under the federal health care overhaul. More from Fox News
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