Morning Must Reads

In the news: the creation of the world's largest airline, huge asteroids, the chuck Chuck Hagel movement, and Scott Brown's debut on Fox.

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  • American Airlines and US Airways voted to approve a merger that would create the world’s largest airline
  • Prettier in print:
    • TIME’s cover story this week: Pope Benedict XVI may become more influential after his resignation
    • Mike Murphy: GOP is in a stronger position than the President in the short-term
    • F-35 fighter pilot: the most expensive weapon ever built
    • Joe Klein: Obama’s State of the Union proves he is not a visionary
  • Cabinet troubles: Republicans threaten to filibuster SecDef nominee Chuck Hagel
  • As the President goes on a manufacturing tour in Asheville, NC, Fareed Zakaria writes that the President should spend way more on infrastructure spending.
  • Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) deletes an awkward tweet to model Victoria Brink
  • The editor-in-chief of the New Republic from 1974 to 2011 rips the new version of the mag.
  • Why did 22 Republican senators oppose the Violence Against Women Act?
  • Former Sen. Scott Brown debuts as a Fox News contributor.
  • Over the weekend, an asteroid will traverse across the sky and appear at twice the diameter of a full moon