This week’s CQ Weekly cover story by Richard E. Cohen and the publication’s editor Fred Barbash examines how Newt’s record will fare under a harsh campaign spotlight. They address important questions like the following:

“If he was that great as Speaker, why did his colleagues try to oust him? Why did Americans give him approval ratings in the 30 percent range during his time in office? And why do so many politicians and political scientists, when asked when politics got so poisonous, mention Gingrich?”

Also in the issue: CQ‘s John Donnelly reports on how deep cuts in spending would force tough choices on the Pentagon but leave the U.S. military with some of its biggest budgets ever; CQ‘s John Reichard reports on how President Obama‘s new pick to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, Mairlyn Tavenner, may have a gentler Senate ride than her predecessor.

Look for the stories online later in the week.