Hardball Briefing for Friday, Jan. 19

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As the race for ‘08 heats up this week, President Bush concentrates on his new plan for Iraq.  He says it will work.  On Tuesday night, will the rest of the country agree? 

Tonight on Hardball, we’ll hash out a week of hot politics and gear up for what’s next.  First up, Rev. Al Sharpton and John Fund of opinionjournal.com join Chris to talk ‘08: who’s in, who’s out and who’s got the best shot.  Then, former presidential candidate Sharpton tells us what it’s like to run for the oval office.  Does Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) have what it takes, or will too little experience bring him down?  And later in the show, former Counsel to the Bush/Cheney ‘04 campaign Ben Ginsberg - now with the campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) - and Democratic strategist Steve McMahon will be here for more on presidential politics and Iraq.

While Bush spent this Friday rehearsing his State of the Union, Democratic leaders Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NE) delivered their own address in Washington, saying that more troops in Iraq “will not reverse these negative effects, it will only add to them,” and called the president’s plan “more of the same.”  And, with 13 hours to spare, Democrats passed the last of six bills promised to voters for their first 100 hours on the job.  The question now: how many new bills will survive the president’s veto power?  Hardballers Jonathan Alter of Newsweek and washingtonpost.com’s Chris Cillizza will dig in on Bush vs. Congress. 

Then, as the Senate tries to stop the President’s plan for a troop surge in Iraq, the House is pushing for a resolution to block an attack on Iran.  Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) is co-sponsor of the resolution and he’ll be here to tell us about it.

Plus, the first week of the Scooter Libby trial wraps up.  We’ll get the latest from Hardball Correspondent David Shuster.  Check out Shuster’s posts on memorable moments from this week at the courthouse

Go to www.politics.msnbc.com for more on these stories and tune in to msnbc for all the political news you need to know as we count down to the president’s State of the Union address.

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Shelby Poduch compiled the “Hardball Briefing” from Washington, D.C.

Hardball Briefing for Friday, Jan. 19

Updated