In view of recent broadcasts, if I were a cynical person, I’d be wondering how much the NFL paid 60 Minutes to run the peewee QB story, it’s not like the brain damage data would get parents to forbid football as a sport for their young ones these days. Or maybe it’s a gift in kind, it’s not like CBS profits from all their football broadcasts, like the 2014 Super Bowl, oh wait…
ABC’S THIS WEEK: NSA surveillance with House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO). Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, Bill Kristol, Steven Rattner, Greta Van Susteren. “Sunday Spotlight,” Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart. [see also Santa].
CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Former acting director of the CIA Michael Morell. Books Roundtable: Rick Atkinson, author of “The Guns at Last Light,” Michael Connelly, author of “The Gods of Guilt,” Terry McMillan, author of “Who Asked You?” and George Saunders, author of “The Tenth of December.” Plus, 65th annual year-end report from CBS News correspondents Margaret Brennan, Nancy Cordes, Major Garrett and David Martin.
CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on “getting a budget deal out of Congress, the future of ObamaCare, the chances of passing gun legislation in the next term and what he thinks of his party’s leadership in the Senate.” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), leaders of the Congressional Future Caucus. Book Roundtable: Dan Balz, Mark Leibovich, Mark Halperin, Newt Gingrich. “We’ll also be giving away autographed copies during the show.”
FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Plus, Joel Osteen. Roundtable: George Will, Kirsten Powers, Charles Krauthammer, Juan Williams.
MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The Syllabus.
MOYERS & COMPANY: Incarceration Nation. Bill Moyers speaks with activist Michelle Alexander about the key to unlocking our dehumanizing system of incarceration, and shares a clip from a film about an ex-convict who helps women get back on their feet after prison.
NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde. Then, compromising with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). Also, NSA stuff with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY). Plus, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) on the loss of his son and changes in his relationships in the Senate, what he has learned. Roundtable: David Brooks, E.J. Dionne, Robert Gibbs, Ana Navarro.
NEWSMAKERS: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) talked about his opposition to the Obama administration’s climate change initiatives and other environmental policies. He also talked about his opposition to aspects of the Affordable Care Act, especially employer contributions to members of Congress and staffs. Other topics included a possible run for governor of Louisiana in 2015. After the interview, the reporters discussed his responses with the host.
Q & A: Patty Stonesifer, the President and CEO of Martha’s Table. She discusses her role as the leader of the Washington, DC based nonprofit organization. She came to the job in April, 2013 and describes Martha’s Table as a community based charity which provides food, clothing and early childhood education support throughout the greater District of Columbia area. She points out that over 30,000 children in Washington, DC live with the constant possibility of hunger in their lives on any given day…
RELIGION & ETHICS: Christmas Peace, Fifty Years after Gideon, Christmas at St. Olaf.
60 MINUTES: National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Seeking NFL QBs among the peewees. Rocky Mountain High – Of all the states that have legalized the growing and selling of medical marijuana, none has more at stake than Colorado, where a thriving industry has created jobs and revenue. But as Steve Kroft reports, it’s still against federal law.
TO THE CONTRARY: Women CEOs in non-traditional professions. Feminism as consumer brand marketing. Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint. Roundtable: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Editor of Red Alert Politics Francesca Chambers, Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer, Republican Strategist Rina Shah.
UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Luis Fortuño, Former Governor of Puerto Rico; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R), Texas; Ofelia Acevedo, Widow of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá; Miriam Martínez, Republican Candidate for the Texas Governorship; Marco Carvajal, Life and Business Coach.
VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Commentators Dave Johnson (Campaign for America’s Future) & Cliff Schecter (Libertas LLC) discuss
1) Good public policy is popular public policy. A government jobs program with a minimum wage increase would be both. Moral Mondays as an example of bringing public opinion to bear. Gillibrand’s populist “Opportunity Agenda.”
2) Political satirist Culture of Truth‘s most ridiculous moment from the morning gabfest.
3) Potential progressive options to Clinton (Sanders, Schweitzer, O’Malley) and the impact they may have on the Democratic Party, and Clinton’s positions and campaign.
Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @CliffSchecter @DCJohnson @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd.
FDL’S BOOK SALON: Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country. “Bestselling author Andrew Bacevich takes stock of the separation between Americans and their military, tracing its origins to the Vietnam era and exploring its pernicious implications: a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Among the collateral casualties are values once considered central to democratic practice, including the principle that responsibility for defending the country should rest with its citizens.”
Chat with authorAndrew J. Bacevich and host Juan Cole. 5pm ET, 2pm PT.
FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: The God Who Wasn’t There. “From exposing the hidden history of Christianity to lampooning the bloody excesses of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (which caused Gibson to attempt legal action against the documentary), The God Who Wasn’t There pulls no punches.” Join host Lisa Derrick and her guest James D. Rietveld for the discussion. Monday 8pm ET, 5pm PT. Watch the full movie here.