Good Morning, merry summer!

Today, FDL Book Salon features No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, Juan Cole hosts. There is no Movie Night Monday, Lisa returns on the 30th.

As for the listings…

Meet the Press says Meet the Press won last week, Politico examines the claim. As commenter Former Republican says: “Argh, this is getting embarrassing. NBC constantly propping up David Gregory reminds me of that movie ‘Weekend At Bernie’s’.”

This week Gregory hosts Sen. Rand Paul, a preview courtesy of Newsweek:

“Do you think Dick Cheney is a credible critic of this president?” host David Gregory asked Paul, quoting from Cheney’s op-ed in which Cheney wrote, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”

“I think the same questions could be asked of those who supported the Iraq War,” Paul responded. “You know, were they right in their predictions? Were there weapons of mass destruction there? That’s what the war was sold on. Was democracy easily achievable? Was the war won in 2005, when many of these people said it was won? They didn’t really, I think, understand the civil war that would break out. And what’s going on now.”

Paul continued: “I don’t blame on President Obama. Has he really got the solution? Maybe there is no solution.

Peterr reminds us:

After that quote from Newsweek, I think we are obligated to run a warning, best summed up by Charlie Pierce:

Regular readers here are familiar with the blog’s Five Minute Rule regarding any member of the Paul family and their most fervent acolytes. If you listen to Crazy Uncle Liberty (!), Senator Aqua Buddha, or their disciples for five minutes, you find yourself nodding in agreement with almost everything they say. At precisely the 5:01 mark, however, the person to whom you’re listening will say something that detaches the entire conversation from the plane of physical reality and sends it sailing off into the ether.

Also today, Dick Cheney.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:00am - White House Iraq Policy and Approval Ratings with Politico’s Josh Gerstein. 7:45am - U.S. Military Options in Iraq with Christian Science Moniter correspondent Anna Murline. 8:30am - Middle East History with Author and professor Shibley Telhami. 9:15am - Economic Impact of Iraqi Unrest with Platts news director John Kingston.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Iraq with former Vice President Dick Cheney. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor “in a rare wide-ranging interview.” Roundtable: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Terry Moran, Greta Van Susteren.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Last week Bob Schieffer brought Lara Logan back to the airwaves without fanfare. This Sunday, Iraq and Republican stuff with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI).Then from Iraq, Clarissa Ward. Plus, CBS News’ Senior Security Correspondent Michael Morell, a former deputy director of the CIA. Roundtable: Tavis Smiley, Robin Wright, David Ignatius, John Dickerson.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Plus, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Then, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Kristin Soltis Anderson, Penny Lee, SE Cupp.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Then, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Roundtable: George Will, Judy Woodruff, Michael Needham, Juan Williams. Power Player of the Week is Starbucks’ CEO and President Howard Schultz.



MOYERS & COMPANY: Chaos in Iraq. While armchair warriors in Washington cry “back to Iraq,” former combat veteran and military historian Andrew Bacevich says no way.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Then, House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and former Undersecretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy. Roundtable: E.J. Dionne, David Brooks, Katty Kay, and Erika Harold, former Congressional Candidate (R-IL).

NEWSMAKERS: Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) talks about a range of issues, including the president’s Iraq policy, the November midterms, the GOP leadership election and the 2016 presidential election.

Q & A: Emmy Award winning journalist and investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson – who talks about her career, the state of the media, and her future plans. Ms. Attkisson left CBS News in March after more than 20 years at the network. She discusses her reasons for leaving CBS, the changing face of network news, her current work for the Heritage Foundation’s new media outlet – The Daily Signal – as well as her upcoming book “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.”

RELIGION & ETHICS: Vietnam Trafficking Activist; Endangered Churches. Organizations fight human trafficking on Vietnam-China border; neglected houses of worship in Philadelphia save their historic buildings through creative partnerships.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: Human Trafficking, Valerie Jarrett and the White House Summit on Working Families, Male CEO Panel. Panel: Former Judge and Federal Prosecutor Debra Carnahan, Journalist Anushay Hossain, Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood, Republican Strategist Rina Shah.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia; Rubén Zamora, Ambassador of El Salvador to the United States of America; Mother and children who reunited after the unaccompanied minors crossed the U.S.-Mexico border; Sonia Nazario, Writer and Author of “Enrique’s Journey;” Luis Fonsi, Singer and Composer; Félix De Bedout, Univision News Anchor; Félix Fernández, Univision Sports Anchor.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Avedon Carol & Dave Johnson. Political satire from Culture of Truth, Jay Ackroyd moderates. Live at 9pm ET, 6pm PT, or catch it the next day when it’s posted online.


FDL’S BOOK SALON: No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes. “In a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed journalist Anand Gopal traces in vivid detail the lives of three Afghans caught in America’s war on terror. He follows a Taliban commander, who rises from scrawny teenager to leading insurgent; a US-backed warlord, who uses the American military to gain personal wealth and power; and a village housewife trapped between the two sides, who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality.” Come chat with author Anand Gopal about his new book, hosted by Juan Cole, 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: No movie this Monday, Lisa will be back on the 30th