The Company Memo: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Updated
By msnbc staff
President Barack Obama speaks about strengthening the economy for the middle class and the nations struggle with gun violence at an appearance at Hyde Park...
President Barack Obama speaks about strengthening the economy for the middle class and the nations struggle with gun violence at an appearance at Hyde Park...
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President Obama travels to Newport News, Virginia Tuesday to rally the public against across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect Friday, in an effort to get Congress back to the negotiating table. Plus, former Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination to lead the Defense Department could see a cloture vote Tuesday morning. We’ll discuss with Rep. Rob Wittman from the Armed Services Committee, as well as Ed O’Keefe and Andy Kroll.

We’ll talk with retired Colonel Jack Jacobs about the state of the Defense Department, with former Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination awaiting confirmation and with the sequester threatening funding and employment for many in the department.

Former Senator Byron Dorgan and Jonathan Collegio will weigh in on changing tides in the GOP, after dozens of prominent Republicans signed a legal brief Tuesday arguing that gay and lesbian Americans have a right to marry.

The documentary “Makers: Women Who Make America” premieres Tuesday night on PBS, and journalists Robin Morgan and Letty Pogrebin are here to tell us about their project highlighting groundbreaking women in American history.

Plus, the latest on Pope Bennedict XVI’s abdication and successor, from Father John Bartunek and Father John Bambrick.

The Company Memo: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Updated