DAY'S END ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:

The Senate-hearing circus is in session

Matthew Duss recaps yesterday's tumultuous confirmation hearing for former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) in The American Prospect

Is it getting better? Homophobia rocks super bowl
The Nation's Dave Zirin discusses the comments made about members of the LGBT community by certain San Francisco 49ers players.



Fleeing Harry Reid's Senate
Jennifer Rubin writes in The Washington Post why she believes more Democratic senators will retire and join the private sector.



Obama administration retreating on HHS contraception mandate?
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey on the Obama administration's decision to exclude certain religiously affiliated organizations from the HHS contraception mandate.




OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Economy adds 157,000 jobs, unemployment ticks up to 7.9 percent
The Hill's Vicki Needham reports on the January jobs report numbers.



Steven Chu stepping down as Obama's energy secretary
The Hill's Ben Geman reports on why the Noble Prize-winning scientist decided to not stay for a second term in the Obama administration.