President Obama’s nomination of ex-Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense is causing a lot of head scratching, as it will no doubt spark yet another fight with Congress.

All the public tickets to Obama’s official inaugural ball and parade sold out Sunday – a day before they were scheduled to go on sale – after Ticketmaster inadvertently sent out e-mails announcing they were available.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will hear arguments during the last week of March (26th and 27th) in two cases affecting same-sex marriage.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is back at work, and she has a new football helmet.

Who might play the young Bill and Hill if the movie “Rodham” gets made?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the 10 days until the teacher evaluation deadline “a lifetime,” adding: “(Y)ou can go from adamant opposition to hugs and kisses in 10 days.”

Mayor Bloomberg tried to explain his comments likening the UFT to the NRA and said “our teachers are great,” without issuing anything resembling formal apology.

This year’s NYC mayoral race has again exposed the fault lines between the Giuliani and Cox factions of the New York GOP.

GOP consultant Susan del Percio is acting as an unpaid advisor for former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota as he mulls a run for mayor.

A panel of five appellate justices suggested they would count 53 ballots cast early by poll workers in Ulster County in the tight 46th SD race. They were more skeptical about some of the remaining 280 uncounted ballots.

The potential privatization of LIPA is not good news for Long Island communities that rely on the authority for property tax revenue.

EJ McMahon issues some (rare) praise to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for offering a “solid debt reform agenda.”

Bloomberg said he’s doing “everything we can” to help VP Joe Biden’s gun control task force.

Close to 100 current and former Democratic state lawmakers signed a letter calling for strong gun control measures, including an assault weapons ban without grandfathering an limit on high-capacity magazines.

The first annual “Gun Appreciation Day” is scheduled for Jan. 19 – just a little over one month after the Sandy Hook massacre.

The state Board of Elections has zero investigators – down from six – to conduct any campaign finance or election law violation probes.

A coalition of Southern Tier local officials asked the state for more time to respond to revised regulations that would regulate hydrofracking.

A former aide to the Senate Democrats, Selvena Brooks, is running in a NYC Council special election for a Sandy-ravaged Far Rockaway seat on a hurricane-themed party line.

…There’s an Orthodox Jewish candidate who’s also interested in that seat.

The NYLCV’s Dan Hendrick writes about how Queens’ Jamaica Bay can serve as a yardstick by which to gague the state’s progress on storm preparedness.