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How Gov. Chris Christie is trying to distance himself from the erupting traffic jam political fallout; a closer look at Robert Gates’ new memoir; the politics at play behind extending emergency benefits to the long-term unemployed; and a look at the war on poverty. Joining Gwen: Peter Baker, New York Times'; John Dickerson, Slate/ CBS News; Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post; Beth Reinhard, National Journal.
On the Webcast Extra, our panelists discuss the politics of scandal as New Jersey Gov. Christie continues to manage the fallout from the GW Bridge closure. How will it affect his new role at the Republican Governors Association as he travels to Florida to campaign for GOP candidates? Plus, what are the chances of the Farm Bill passing? And President Obama is set to announce changes to the NSA surveillance programs.