Happy New Year! Congress is back. And so is terrorism, partisanship, gridlock, sorrow, crying — and for at least one formerly prominent politician, a likely trip to the hoosegow.

In the Press Pool with Julie Mason this week on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel 124, we discussed the terrible massacre of journalists in Paris, this country’s disjointed relationship with its own military, House Speaker John Boehner’s vale of tears, and more.

Jerome Cartillier, White House reporter for Agence France-Presse talked about the place that magazine Charlie Hebdo occupies in daily French life. He also critiqued Secretary of State John Kerry’s French accent.

James Gilmore, a reporter and producer at the PBS series Frontline, said his reporting on the power of the NRA indicates gun control is finished as a political issue. There will be more massacres, and more efforts at legislation, he said. But not much will change.

In The Atlantic, journalist James Fallows explores how unblinkered support of the nation’s military has allowed mismanagement, bad decision-making and berserk spending to go unchecked — and how it was not always that way in America.

Glenn Thrush, a magazine writer at POLITICO spent two months on a profile of House Speaker John Boehner. He found an enigmatic creature of habit with exactly four friends and a likeness to Dean Martin.

Jim Nolan, political reporter for the Richmond Post Dispatch, joined the show to discuss former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s two-year prison sentence on federal corruption charges, and his prospects for actually serving time.

Did you resolve in 2015 to really start paying attention to politics? Check out the Press Pool with Julie Mason weekdays from 3-6 p.m. on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel 124, and follow Jules on Twitter @juliemason.

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