The Agenda: Haley quotes Adele; New Hampshire primaries; Gamecocks fall to UConn

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The New York Times says "Time may finally be running out" on the MOX facility at the Savannah River Site, a multibillion-dollar project to transform radioactive material from nuclear weapons into commercial-grade fuel. Source: NYT

Yesterday in the Aiken Standard: "Look over the past several months and the tea leaves all point to one conclusion: The federal government will shamefully attempt to shut down the Savannah River Site’s MOX project."

State Sen. Lee Bright has proposed a bill that would eliminate state Concealed Weapons Permits. Bright says he thinks people would still take training classes if they want to carry. "It is encouraged," he points out. Source: WIS-TV

The House Legislative Ethics Committee will again hear from former House Speaker Bobby Harrell today, the latest development since the panel ordered him to repay the campaign money they say he illegally used to pay legal fees. Harrell protested, saying he did not have an opportunity to defend himself. Source: P&C

Billionare businessman and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirms he's still considering an independent run for president, calling the campaign "distressingly banal." Harsh words, Mike. Source: USA Today

The New Hampshire primary takes place today. Trump and Sanders are expected to walk away with these contests before the focus shifts to more diverse states like South Carolina leading up to Super Tuesday in March. Source: Politico, WaPo

Gov. Nikki Haley pulled out her favorite burn on social media yesterday, quoting Adele's "Rumor Has It" a few days after Donald Trump dismissed talk that the governor was poised to endorse another candidate and media reports said she was leaning toward Bush or Rubio. Tim Pearson, a longtime Haley advisor, in turn, dismissed those rumors as well. Source: Twitter, P&C

The #2-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team were dealt their first loss of the season Monday at the hands of top-ranked UConn Huskies in Columbia. Source: The State

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