War is Over. President Obama announced today a full drawdown of troops in Iraq by the end of the year. By making good on his campaign promise and making the announcement a day after the Khaddafy takedown, Obama’s foreign policy credentials are in the spotlight—but is it enough to quiet his Republican critics? We’re asking Fmr. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), a vocal critic of the Iraq War, and National Journal’s Michael Hirsh.
Did you see the Washington Post story about Sen. Marco Rubio’s family saga—including the news that Rubio’s family didn’t flee Castro’s Cuba, as the Florida Republican has often said, but that they came to the U.S. during Batista’s reign? Manuel Roig-Franzia reported the story and he joins us with all the details tonight. Plus Joe Conason, Editor-in-Chief of NationalMemo.com is here to weigh in on whether Rubio can survive the lie.
Candidate alert! Fmr. Gov. Jon Huntsman plays Hardball tonight.
And make sure you don’t miss our 2012 roundup, including Herman Cain’s bewildering comments on abortion and authorizing a prisoner transfer from Guantanamo Bay. Plus: Add a half dozen Bachmann staffers to the ranks of the nation’s unemployed. We’ll tell you about the entire New Hampshire team’s walkout. msnbc’s Mark Halperin and Politico’s Julie Mason are here to discuss. Don’t miss Hardball tonight!