The Company Memo: Thursday, March 7, 2013

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File photo: U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks to the media on NRA/assault weapons on Capitol Hill in...
File photo: U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks to the media on NRA/assault weapons on Capitol Hill in...
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The Senate Judiciary Committee takes up four gun-control bills Thursday, including an assault weapons ban and measures for universal background checks, school safety and anti-gun trafficking. We’ll talk with political commentator and radio host David Sirota and Politico’s Ken Vogel.

How did President Obama’s dinner with Senate Republicans Wednesday night go? That’s what we’ll be asking North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, a member of the Appropriations Committee who was in attendance.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., is pointing to an act passed three days after September 11, 2001 - the Authorization for the Use of Military Force- as one of the justifications for the Obama administration’s drone program. She voted against that act in 2001 and opposes the administration’s use of drones today. We’ll talk to her about the program and Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony regarding targeting Americans in drone strikes, plus the holdup over the President’s nominee to lead the CIA, John Brennan, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.’s epic filibuster Wednesday.

USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page writes about public attitudes on the rampant partisanship in American politics. We’ll discuss the trend with strategists David Winston and Daniella Gibbs Leger.

Plus, five GOP 2016 front-runners are scheduling meetings over the weekend with top Republican donors. We’ll consult public relations guru Howard Bragman on what these leaders need to do to shape up for a prospective presidential race, and who needs an image makeover.

The Company Memo: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Updated