Inside Washington Dec. 4, 2011

This week on Inside Washington: Newt Gingrich the new frontrunner.

An interview with Evan Thomas, co-author with Mike Allen of the new POLITICO e-book, “The Right Fights Back.”

On the economy, with unemployment down to 8.6 percent, the stock market up and their approval ratings at an all-time low, are Republicans in Congress ready to deal?

Congressman Barney Frank calls it quits after more than three decades.

Vice-President Biden stands with American troops in Iraq as they prepare to leave.

How will history treat the Iraq war?

And a look at some of the season’s more interesting political ads.