Late last night lawmakers working to extend a deal on jobless benefits and a payroll tax cut said they had reached a deal. Details are hard to come by this morning, but the agreement extends for 10 months and will be paid for by new revenues and cuts to one of the Obama health care programs. Our team on Capitol Hill is chasing more information, and we’ll have much more on NOW.
Also today: the continuing saga of reproductive rights (today on the Hill, a GOP-led hearing on the separation of Church and state provoked, you guessed it, by the recent contraception controversy). All that and more with a man who knows about politics - former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta - at noon ET.
Ari Melber, The Nation/msnbc Contributor (@arimelber)
Michael Steele, Fmr. RNC Chair/msnbc Political Analyst (@steele_michael)
Maggie Haberman, POLITICO (@maggiepolitico)
Josh Tyrangiel, Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek (@tyrangiel)
John Podesta, Fmr. Clinton White House Chief of Staff
Melissa Harris-Perry (@mharrisperry)