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Anwar al-Alwaki, the radical U.S.-born cleric and al-Qaeda leader has been killed in Yemen. On the heels of the bin Laden takedown, how can critics say President Obama is weak on terrorism—or that the GOP is the party of national defense? Obama and international security is our top story tonight, and NBC Terrorism Analyst Evan Kohlmann and msnbc Political Analyst Richard Wolffe join us.


A majority of Americans think Former President George W. Bush is to blame for the country’s economy—and that’s consistent of public opinion in years past. How far can Bush-blame reach? After all, Obama isn’t running against Bush next year. But Vice President Biden’s now saying “We’re in charge.” Is it time for the Obama administration to take responsibility? We’re asking the Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson and msnbc Political Analyst Alex Wagner.


Then: Jersey Boys. We’re talking to two New Jersey Democrats, Rep. Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. about what it’s like to work with Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ). One calls Christie the “King of Liars.” We’ll get into it tonight.


Plus, msnbc Political Analyst Michael Smerconish interviewed President Obama on his radio show today. We’ve got the highlights for you with Smerconish and Comcast Washington Bureau Chief Robert Traynham.  


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