Circle the Wagen, Movie Night Monday.
A great deal of time this morning will be devoted to the VA scandal, particularly in light of Gen. Eric Shinseki’s resignation as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Also a big topic is President Obama’s speech at the West Point commencement this week. National Security Advisor Susan Rice appears on a couple shows so there will probably be a BENGHAZI question or two as well.
Book Salon today is Hemp Bound with our friend Doug Fine, hosted by our good friend ET. I like the idea. And Movie Night Monday is a roadtrip in Volkswagen Buses, Circle the Wagens. I like this idea, too. Please join us.
It’s hard to believe June is bustin’ out all over already. Have a sunny day!
WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:05AM – School Lunches with The Hill’s Eric Wasson. 7:45am – Obama Administration Foreign Policy with New York Times correspondent Peter Baker. 8:30am – U.S. Mental Health System with Doris Fuller, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center. 9:15am – Climate Change Initiative with Wall Street Journal correspondent Amy Harder.
ABC’S THIS WEEK: National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Then, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Roundtable: Bill Kristol, Tavis Smiley, New Yorker editor David Remnick, Peggy Noonan. Ending with a look at the life of Maya Angelou.
CBS’ FACE THE NATION: VA scandal with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Robert Wallace, VFW Executive Director. Also, Gen. Michael Hayden. Roundtable: David Ignatius of The Washington Post, David E. Sanger of The New York Times, Leigh Gallagher of Fortune magazine, CBS Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes.
CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Then, President Obama’s foreign policy with House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers, General Jim Jones, and diplomat Nick Burns. Also, former Senator Jim Webb. Plus, Neera Tanden and Kristen Soltis Anderson on Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book.
FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Hillary Clinton’s new book with RNC chair Reince Priebus and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). Then, the VA scandal with Rep Jeff Miller (R-FL), Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Phoenix VA hospital whistleblower, Dr. Sam Foote. Roundtable: Laura Ingraham, Bob Woodward, Liz Cheney, Evan Bayh. Ending with Brett Baier and his new book “Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love” about his six-year old son who was born with serious heart defects.
MOYERS & COMPANY: Let’s Stop Subsidizing Tax Dodgers. The Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz on why America’s future prosperity depends on tax reform today.
NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: VA scandal with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, then Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Next, Michael Bloomberg on gun control – also security, surveillance and the Snowden debate. Chuck Todd with Snowden debate poll numbers. Then, Maria Shriver on the independent candidate Marianne Williamson’s run for U. S. Congress from CA-33. Also, noting the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Tom Brokaw with filmmaker George Stevens, Jr., son of filmmaker George Stevens, Sr. Roundtable: Chuck Todd, Rana Forhoohar, Jane Harman, Newt Gingrich.
NEWSMAKERS: House Armed Services Committee Chair Buck McKeon (R-CA) talked by remote video from Capitol Hill about U.S. military objectives, the Veterans Administration, and the defense authorization bill. Topics included President Obama’s announcement regarding U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, and his U.S. Military Academy commencement speech outlining changes in military and foreign policy. Representative McKeon also talked about the inspector general’s report on waiting lists at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, and calls for VA Secretary Shinseki to resign. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.
Q & A: Bret Baier, anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News Channel, and author of the new book, “Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love” which chronicles the life and near death struggles of his first born son Paul, who was born in 2007 with a rare and severe congenital heart condition. Throughout the book and subsequently throughout the program, Baier goes back and forth between the personal side of his story as it relates to his son, and also the arc of his career at Fox News. Bret and Amy Baier’s son Paul was born in 2007. On the day after he was born, doctors told the couple “If your son doesn’t have surgery within the next two weeks, he’s not going to make it.” He discusses his son’s condition, the 3 open heart surgeries he has had, the 8 angioplasties, the medical staff and families they met and keep in touch with from the Children’s National Medical Center. He also talks about his career and current job at Fox, the perceptions of the network, and what role it plays in the media landscape.
RELIGION & ETHICS: Pope’s Middle East Trip; Pakistan Polio Campaign; Mormon Missionaries.
TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: How Gender Plays a Role in Mass Shootings. Arianna Huffington’s New Book “Thrive.” Remembering Maya Angelou. Panel: IWF Sabrina Schaeffer; Associate Professor Dr. Lara Brown; CNN Political Commentator Donna Brazile; The Daily Mail’s Francesca Chambers.
UNIVISION’S AL PUNTIO: U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R), Florida; Leonardo Padrón, Venezuelan Writer and Journalist; Raúl Reyes Castañeira; Korean War Veteran and Frank Medina, former U.S. Army Officer and Founder of the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Alliance; Timothy Geithner, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; Gerardo Piña Rosales, Writer and Author of “Hablando bien se entiende la gente 2”; Daniel Fernandez, Information Coordinator, North American Academy of Spanish Language (ANLE); Victor Bernárdez and Roger Espinoza, Honduras Soccer Players.
FDL BOOK SALON: Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution. “The billion dollar plant that’s going to change our diet and farms, help restore our soil, and wean us from petroleum.” Come chat with returning guest Doug Fine, hosted by Phil Munger (EdwardTeller), 5pm ET, 2pm PT.
FDL MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: Circle the Wagens, a “feature-length buddy/roadtrip/docu-dramedy that follows Dave, an idealistic adventurer and automotive ne’er-do-well, and his convivial co-pilot Charlie—on their journey down Route 66 in a baby blue 1972 VW bus. Through mishaps and murals, gasoline baths and breakdowns the two discover a teeming underground of vintage VW diehards willing to help save “The Croc” from the scrap heap and rally her beleaguered owner on to California.” Come talk with Lisa Derrick and her guests Dave Torstenson, Producer & “The Driver”; Charlie Pecoraro, Writer, Executive Producer & “The Buddy”; and Ryan Steven Green, Writer, Director & Editor. 8pm ET, 5 pm PT Monday.