Before You Know It, Movie Night Monday

Good morning! Memorial Day weekend already, summer is here.

This week the attention is on the VA scandal and Ukraine, and an emphasis on Memorial Day. And not unexpectedly there’s some Horse Race 2016 going on. Bill Moyers interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates about his The Case for Reparations, Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. Have you read it? If not, do.

Don’t miss Book Salon today, Richard A. Clarke is in the house, with spocko as host. And on Monday Lisa Derrick features Before You Know It, aging gays and getting the most out of life. See you there.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am – Mismanagement at Veterans Administration Hospitals with American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger. 8:30am - Elections in Ukraine with Washington Post correspondent Michael Birnbaum and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst. 9:15am – President Obama’s Handling of Veterans Administration Controversy with Paul Brandus, founder and editor in chief of West Wing Reports.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Martha Raddatz hosts. The VA scandal with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff. Then, the Chinese cyberspying arrests with former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and ABC contributor Steve Ganyard of Avascent International. Roundtable: Matthew Dowd, Ana Navarro, David Plouffe, Kristen Soltis Anderson. Then a discussion about the battle for Sadr City “we are there as the men who fought in the battle reunite.” Finally, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Martin Dempsey. Bill Moyers interviews

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: “We’re going to spend a good deal of time this Sunday on Face the Nation talking about the ongoing inquiry into the Veterans Affairs department” with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Sen. John Thune (R-SD). Plus, Ben Carson. Memorial Day/VA Roundtable: Dana Priest, David Finkel, Tom Manion. Then, the drug ‘em up and send ‘em back in lawsuit against the NFL with players attorney Steve Silverman, Jarrett Bell of USA Today, and Sean Gregory of TIME. The show ends with commencement speech wisdom.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: VA scandal with the chairs of the Senate and House Veteran Affairs Committees, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL). Then, Horse Race 2016 with Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN). Roundtable: Penny Lee, Corey Dade, and Alex Castellanos “on the optics of a presidential multitasker.” And a Memorial Day interview with Wes Moore, “Army veteran, advocate, and filmmaker on his mission to highlight the troubles veterans face re-adjusting to life back home.”

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: VA scandal with Derek Bennett, Chief of Staff of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, and Dr. Margaret Moxness, a VA hospital whistleblower. Ukraine with Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) from Kiev. Roundtable: George Will, Kirsten Powers, Kimberley Strassel, Charles Lane.



MOYERS & COMPANY: Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor for The Atlantic about his cover story on why America needs to reconcile with its racist past.

MEET THE PRESS: Preempted by Formula One racing

NEWSMAKERS: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says Secretary Shinseki should not resign or be fired over delays in the veterans health care system and allegations of unofficial waiting lists at VA clinics.

Q & A: John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a position he was appointed to by President Obama on July 2, 2012. Sopko explains his function as an inspector general and addresses issues of how American taxpayer dollars are spent on reconstruction in this war torn country. Over $103 billion has been spent there on reconstruction projects since 2001. He highlights work his office has done documenting construction of buildings and generators, defective planes, and missing ships, all of which were authorized and paid for without ever being used. He also talks about corruption within Afghanistan’s government and banks as it relates to waste, fraud and abuse of money targeted for reconstruction projects. Sopko expresses his concerns with the lack of accountability and proper oversight at the Departments of State and Defense to effectively manage the Afghanistan budget in order to benefit Americans and Afghans…

RELIGION & ETHICS Pope Francis Middle East Trip

TO THE CONTRARY: Topic: Becoming Papa – Groundbreaking program for men in Rio De Janeiro’s favelas to stem the tide of violence and promote healthy relationships.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives; Harry Reid, U.S. Senator and Majority Leader (D), Nevada; Felix De Bedout, Univision News Anchor; Josefina Vazquez Mota, Member of Mexico’s National Action Party (PAN) and 2012 presidential candidate; Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel; María Antonieta Collins, Univision News Senior Special Correspondent; Mariano Escobar, Author “La Revolución Pacífica;” Isabel Allende, writer and novelist author of “Ripper.”



FDL’S BOOK SALON: Sting of the Drone (novel). “In Washington, the Kill Committee gathers in the White House’s Situation Room to pick the next targets for the United States drone program. At an airbase just outside Las Vegas, a team of pilots, military personnel and intelligence officers follow through on the committee’s orders, finding the men who have been deemed a threat to national security and sentenced to death. On the other side of the world, in the mountains where the drones hunt their prey, someone has decided to fight back. And not just against the unmanned planes that circle their skies, but against the Americans at home who control them.” Chat with Richard A. Clarke about his new book, hosted by spocko, 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: Before You Know It “The subjects of Before You Know It are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But Before is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it’s a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie—whether these communities be affable senior living facilities, lively activist enclaves or wacky queer bars brimming with glittered trinkets and colorful drag queens.” Come join Producer Sara Giustini, Director PJ Raval, and host Lisa Derrick for the discussion. Monday 8pm ET, 5pm PT.