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February 8, 2013

Weekly Show

The Obama administration justifies the use of drones for targeted killings. Also, we examine the internal battles between establishment conservatives and the Tea Party, and Obama’s use of the bully pulpit against Congress. Plus, the Department of Justice S&P lawsuit. Joining Gwen: Carrie Johnson, NPR; Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Beth Reinhard, National Journal; Pete Williams, NBC News.

 

A Rove 'money bomb'?

Essential Reads

Here's a short list of Democrats who secretly hope Mitt Romney gets his presidential campaign turned around fast and gives President Obama a run for his money: Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic Senate candidate in North Dakota; Jon Tester, the Democratic senator from Montana; and Rep. Shelley Berkley, the Democratic Senate candidate in Nevada.

In Case You Were Wondering: We Have Been Here Before

Gwen's Take

“Politics is politics” House Speaker John Boehner opined Thursday, as he stepped before the cameras to explain why he would not back down in the payroll tax fight House Republicans have been waging with the Senate.

Seldom have truer words been spoken. And it was politics at work when -- even as Boehner was speaking -- his counterpart on the other side of the Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, was busy bailing water out of the boat.

Unruly Republicans

On The Radar

Members of Congress are shaking in their boots about the possibility of Newt Gingrich as the Republican presidential nominee. GOP operative Karl Rove wrote of the campaign, “It’s embarrassing to be so poorly organized.” Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker’s recent piece on Gingrich was headlined “The GOP’s Death Wish.” National Review went so far as to say that nominating Gingrich “would be to blow this opportunity” to defeat President Obama. And the crowds chant, “Newt! Newt! Newt!”