Last week in the Press Pool with Julie Mason on SiriusXM’s POTUS, Ch. 124, we contemplated the many shades of ruthlessness in politics. It’s a trait so often in bold evidence and yet not what a politician especially wants to be known for. But really, what else have they got besides (often) terrible haircuts and even worse breath?

John Dickerson of CBS News and Slate magazine got us thinking about how Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie, their respective parties’ top current big hopes for 2016, each embody a certain ruthlessness.

Alex Bolton from The Hill brought us news of a tough vote in the Senate to raise the debt limit, mercilessly fought by the two parties and delivering a moment of reckoning for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Alex also had the details on a class action lawsuit Sen. Rand Paul filed against the Obama administration over NSA surveillance.

Looking ahead to a new challenge for lawmakers and the White House, Julie Pace of the Associated Press discussed President Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage.

And Julie Pace, since she is fabulous, also dished on Tuesday’s big State Dinner at the White House, honoring French President Francois Hollande.

Press Pool host Julie Mason, whose ruthlessness toward kale and fennel is well documented, was pleased to learn from Eddie Gehman Kohan, of Obama Foodorama that neither were on the menu for the State Dinner.

And bonus clip: Jake Tapper of CNN is working with two noted screenwriters to turn his book, The Outpost, into a film. There is really nothing ruthless about this, it’s just great news.

Check out the Press Pool with Julie Mason weekdays from 3-6 pm ET on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel 124!

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