Madigan• Comedian Kathleen Madigan joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau for the entire show this morning to talk about the news of the day and promote her upcoming tour dates

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about what the GOP has done to get us into this sequester mess

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the political news of the day

Republicans controlling the House are moving to take the roughest edges off across-the-board spending cuts that are just starting to take effect. A new GOP measure released Monday would give the Pentagon much-needed funding for readiness and would fund critical agencies like the FBI and the Border Patrol.

A Senate committee is scheduled to vote on John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to lead the CIA, after weeks of wrangling with the White House over access to top-secret information about the use of lethal drone strikes and the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

• A Dominican woman who previously stated in a video that she was paid to have sex with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) now says the allegations were false, according to a sworn statement released by a lawyer on Monday.

Chicago this morning finds itself in the midst of a storm that could wind up dumping as much as 10 inches of snow before the end of the day — the most since the 2011 blizzard.