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Sunday Talking Heads: September 7, 2014

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Pay 2 Play trailer, Movie Night Monday, 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

Rise & Shine, it’s Chuck Todd Day!

Chuck Todd’s new and improved Meet the Press (Now with more Edge!) starts this weekend. By now you’ve heard the fab news (RIP MTP) that Luke Russert is coming on as a regular at Chuck Todd’s new and improved roundtable (not sure what the Russert family has on NBC, but it’s gotta be big and dirty). Here’s what you can look forward to:

And also joining the MTP squad is Joe Scarborough because what Sunday talk shows need is more, more, and even more of the same. More and better Village is not what I thought new and improved was supposed to be. But, NBC’s hoping to reel in a bigger piece of that Citizen United fishpie and you can’t do that if you’re rocking the boat.

A special treat for you Todders, Chuck was interviewed for CNN’s Reliable Sources this Sunday, here’s a snippet, and he did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) Friday.

Aanndd, the Washington Post ran several features this week spotlighting Chuck Todd (I’m sure there are others):

Chuck Todd brings President Obama to ‘Meet the Press,’ but can he avoid giving viewers more of the same?

 Five myths about the Sunday talk shows

After all that ado, on to the listings (and don’t miss Juan Cole and CTuttle at Book Salon):


ABC’S THIS WEEK: ISIS with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Then, Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee Chair Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA). Roundtable: Matt Bai, Donna Brazile, Jonathan Karl, Bill Kristol, Nate Silver. Finally, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: “One man who has been dealing with foreign policy for more than four decades will be on the show”: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “The breadth of his knowledge is just astonishing. People often ask me who is my favorite person to interview is, and there are many of them, but Dr. Kissinger is definitely at the top of my list.” Then, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Also, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). Roundtable: Peggy Noonan, David Ignatius, Peter Baker. Finally, CBS News Elections Director Anthony Salvanto and New York Times’ David Leonhardt on the midterm elections.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: Chuck Todd, Ari Fleischer, Bill Burton, Ron Fournier, Katrina vandenHeuvel, Rula Jebreal.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: ISIS with Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (d-ca) and House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers (D-MI). Will ISIS 9/11 us? with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D), and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R). Roundtable: Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, LZ Granderson, Erikka Knuti.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Mitt Romney (2016?). Then, ISIS with House Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, George Will, Bob Woodward.

KORNACKI’S UP: Providence RI mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci.


MOYERS & COMPANY: Elizabeth Warren on Fighting Back Against Wall St. Giants. The Massachusetts senator talks to Bill about taking on the entrenched political and Wall Street interests that have rigged the game against the rest of us.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Chuck Todd debuts as host. President Barack Obama. Roundtable: Luke Russert, Joe Scarborough, ??. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: August 31, 2014

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The Genius of Marian, Movie Night Monday

Good morning everyone, the coffee will be ready shortly.

The major topic today is ISIS and Syria, what will the US do. CBS booked both Sen. John McCain and Rep. Peter King (I guess they’re for bomb, bomb, bombing). The big question is, of course, what color suit Rep. King will wear.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:00 am – Shane Harris, Foreign Policy Magazine. 7:45am – Philip Klein, Washington Examiner. 8:30am – Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee. 9:15am – Gordon Lubold, Foreign Policy Magazine.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: ISIS. Roundtable: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Matthew Dowd, Bill Richardson, Cokie Roberts.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: “Dueling crises in Syria, Ukraine” with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), then Rep. Peter King (R-NY). Also, Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute and Michael Singh of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: Josh Rogin, Naomi Wolf, Anjem Choudary, Matti Friedman, Patrick Gottsch, Nancy O’Dell.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: ISIS with Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). Ukraine with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in Kiev. Then, Tom Delay on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment. Roundtable: (Mitt 2016?) Lanhee Chen, Penny Lee, Marc Lamont Hill, Kristen Soltis Anderson.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: ISIS with House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers (R-MI). 2014 midterms with Mark Mellman, President and CEO of The Mellman Group and Bill McInturff, Partner and Co-Founder of Public Opinion Strategies. Roundtable: George Will, Julie Pace, Michael Needham, Charles Lane.

KORNACKI’S UP. Gone in 15 Seconds.


MOYERS & COMPANY: Encore: How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class. In part two of his interview, Joseph E. Stiglitz says corporate abuse of our tax system has helped make America unequal and undemocratic. But the Nobel Prize-winning economist has a plan to change that.

MEET THE PRESS: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: August 24, 2014

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Movie Night Monday

Happy Morning! Biscuits and gravy, anyone?

Of course the main topics are the aftermath of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO and ISIS in Iraq and Syria. And yes, there will be John McCain.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 8:00am – Race in America: Daily Beast Washington Correspondent Eleanor Clift, talk show host Armstrong Williams, and Georgetown University Law Center professor Paul Butler discuss race in America following the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: ISIS with House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). Ferguson MO with Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO). Roundtable: Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), D-Maryland, Bill Kristol, Peggy Noonan, David Plouffe.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: ISIS with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). Also former deputy director of the C.I.A., Michael Morell. Plus, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), book hawking: “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.” Then, Ferguson MO with Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO). And Gary Sinise on the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial being built in DC. Roundtable: Nia-Malika Henderson of the Washington Post, David Rohde of Reuters, and Susan Page. Plus, CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan and CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: GlobalPost CEO Phil Balboni, AP CEO Gary Pruitt, Dan Rather.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: ISIS with Peter Westmacott, the British Ambassador to the United States on “the alarming numbers of Westerners fighting in Iraq and Syria.” Then, Ferguson MO with Gov. Jay Nixon (D). Police Chiefs Roundtable: Thomas Manger, Chief of Police in Montgomery County Maryland and Vice President of the Police Executive Research Forum, Malik Aziz, Deputy Chief of Police in Dallas and Chair of the National Black Police Association, and James Craig, Chief of Police in Detroit.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Ferguson MO with Dr. Ben Carson and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Roundtable: Karl Rove, Bob Woodward, Laura Ingraham, Juan Williams.



MOYERS & COMPANY: Joseph Stiglitz: In Defense of Capitalism. Inequality isn’t inevitable in capitalism, says the Noble Prize-winning economist in Harper’s. But it is with the capitalist system America currently has.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Ferguson MO with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D). ISIS with House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). And Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Also, Peter Westmacott, Britain’s ambassador to the United States. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: August 17, 2014

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FRED, Movie Night Monday

Good morning everybody, who’s got the croissants? Join us this afternoon for Rick Perlstein with Kimberly K. Phillips-Fein, and his book The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.

The disaster in Ferguson, Missouri headlines all the Sunday shows as well it should.

It’s official, David Gregory is vacating the big chair at Meet the Press, perhaps moving on to CNN(?). Chuck Todd takes over starting in September, in the meantime Andrea Mitchell will host, at least this week anyway. And at least Bob Schieffer will be talking the militarization of police as part of the happenings in Ferguson, MO.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45 – The “Great Society” and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 with Center for Neighborhood Enterprise President Robert Woodson and New America Foundation Co-Founder Michael Lind. 8:40 – Voting Rights Act of 1964 with Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow with the Heritage Foundation, and Nicole Austin-Hillery, director and counsel of the Brennan Center.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Ferguson, Missouri. Then Iraq stuff with Iraq war veterans Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Kristen Soltis Anderson, Jeff Zeleny.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Ferguson, Missouri with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D). Then, NAACP president Cornell William Brooks and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson to talk Ferguson and the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation, also the militarization of police. Then, Iraq with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Roundtable: Gerald Seib, Ruth Marcus, Michael Gerson, Peter Baker.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: From Ferguson, Missouri with Ryan J. Reilly. Also, Ash-har Quraishi on the obvious assault on Al Jazeera America Wednesday night. Plus, Crystal Wright and Marc Lamont Hill. Then, Frank Sesno and Jay Rosen on the future of “Meet the Press” and the Sunday morning shows. Followed by a discussion on the odious Keith Ablow with psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz. Then Iraq with Ivan Watson and photojournalist Mark Phillips.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Ferguson, Missouri with Governor Jay Nixon (D). Then, Rep. William Lacy Clay, who represents Ferguson, with Bernard Kerik. Roundtable: Jesse Williams, LZ Granderson, Tara Wall. Also Rick Perry stuff.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Iraq with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Horse Race 2016 with Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX). Roundtable: George Will, Kirsten Powers, Liz Cheney, Amy Walter.



MOYERS & COMPANY: Maya Angelou on Facing Evil. Bill Moyers revisits a 1988 documentary in which he and Maya Angelou attended a conference held in the Hill Country of central Texas.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: We’ll see. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: August 10, 2014

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Sharknado 2: The Second One – It came, it saw, it tore sh@t up. Movie Night Monday

Good morning, pass the coffee.

The three big topics are IRAQ, Ebola, and the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation. In honor of Nixon, Woodward & Bernstein appear on CBS’ Face the Nation. And no surprise that John McCain pops up, as does Lindsey Graham.

FDL Book Salon features Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, a great follow-up to yesterday’s Dandelion Insurrection. Monday SHARKNADO returns.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:10am - Economic Recovery with Political Reporter Carrie Dann. 7:40am - Senate & Gubernatorial Elections in Hawaii with Honolulu Star Advertiser Staff Writer B.J. Reyes. 7:45am - Latest Developments in Iraq & Gaza with Marc Ginsberg, former U.S. ambassador to Morocco and former Mideast adviser to President Jimmy Carter. 8:45am - Good Government Bills with Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Iraq with retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, former commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Mosul. Then Ebola with SIM medical missionary Dr. Frank Glover, Jr and Amb. Robin Sanders, former ambassador to Republic of the Congo and Nigeria. Roundtable: Matthew Dowd, Cokie Roberts, ESPN’s LZ Granderson, Sharyl Attkisson.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Iraq with Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Plus, Amb. James Jeffrey, former ambassador to Iraq. Then, Ebola with Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general for health security. Also, Nixon’s resignation with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: Glenn Beck, NYT’s Anne Barnard, SE Cupp, James Zogby, Sanjay Gupta, Ken Auletta.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Iraq with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Then, retired Gen. Jim Jones, President Obama’s first National Security Adviser, and former Amd. Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq under President George W. Bush. Roundtable: Ken Cuccinelli, Ted Strickland, Stephanie Cutter, Kevin Madden. Plus a tribute to former White House Press Secretary James Brady who died Monday at the age of 73 with Joe Lockhart, Ann Compton and Al Hunt.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Iraq with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Tax inversions with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) of the Senate Budget Committee, and former Michigan Governor John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable. Roundtable: George Will, Jackie Kucinich, Laura Ingraham, Ron Fournier.



MOYERS & COMPANY: Going Home With Maya Angelou. Revisit an episode from over 30 years ago, in which Bill joined the legendary writer on her return to the small town where she grew up.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY). Foreign Policy Roundtable: Jeffrey Goldberg, Robin Wright, Michael Leiter. Political Roundtable: Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rich Lowry, Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: August 3, 2014

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15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story, Monday’s Movie

Good Morning!

In addition to discussions on Gaza, the CIA vs the Senate, and Ebola, there is a lot of talk about Nixon’s resignation 40 years ago on the Sunday shows.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:20AM – Jeff Mason, Reuters – White House Reporter. 7:45 – Alex Nicholson, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America – Legislative Director. 8:30am – Lisa Curtis, Heritage Foundation – South Asia Senior Research Fellow. 9:15am – Ali Khedery, Fmr. U.S Special Assistant in Baghdad.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, then Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Roundtable: Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Bill Kristol, David Remnick, Greta Van Susteren. Also, Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Tom Frieden on Ebola. Then, “Sunday Spotlight,” ABC News’ David Wright with baseball announcer Vin Scully.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Ebola with CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. Plus, Valerie Jarrett and Michael Bloomberg on the upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit. Then, Gaza (“Hamas has been caught storing rockets in UN schools, and Israeli forces bombed a UN shelter, killing civilians”) with Commissioner General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency Pierre Krahenbuhl. Also, CIA v Senate with Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), ranking member on the intelligence committee. Then, John Dean with his book, “The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It.” Roundtable: David Ignatius and Margaret Brennan.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: Glenn Beck. Also, Rula Jebreal, the former MSNBC contributor, and Elliott Abrams. Then, Benjamin Wallace-Wells, a staff writer at New York magazine, “he recently wrote that ‘American audiences are seeing the story of the conflict, perhaps more than ever before, through Palestinian eyes.’”

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: “Exclusive”!Texas Governor Rick Perry. Then, CIA v Senate with Senate Intelligence Committee member Angus King (I-ME) and House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI). Roundtable: Newt Gingrich, Ana Navarro, Marc Lamont Hill, Erikka Knuti. Plus, Carl Bernstein and Dan Rather on the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Immigration with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and “his solution to the crisis.” Republicans sue President Obama with Rep Steve King (R-IA) and Rep Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). Ebola with Director of the Centers for Disease Control Dr. Thomas Frieden. Roundtable: Kimberley Strassel, Ron Fournier, Michael Needham, Juan Williams. Sunday Spotlight with Ivanka Trump working “to take the Trump name to new heights.”

KORNACKI’S UP: Michael Beschloss on NIxon’s resignation, and…


MOYERS & COMPANY: John Lithgow, ‘King Lear’ and Our Uncertain World. John Lithgow joins Bill to talk about the challenges and triumphs of playing Shakespeare’s greatest role, and why we are so drawn to the tale of this flawed, contradictory leader at this moment.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Gaza with Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN, & the US Ambassador to Israel Ron Dermer. Also, Ebola with Director of the Centers for Disease Control Dr. Thomas Frieden, Dr. Toby Cosgrove of the Cleveland Clinic, and Dr. Nancy Snyderman.Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. John Thune (R-SC). Roundtable: Carolyn Ryan, Mike Murphy, Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN), Kristen Anderson. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: July 27, 2014

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MATTHEW O’HANLON: A Creative Journey, Movie Night Monday

Not sure if CNN’s State of the Union scheduled a cage match or not, we’ll see.


ABC’S THIS WEEK: “Crisis in the Middle East.” Then, “Border Crisis” with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). Roundtable: Donna Brazile (are we sure that’s not Gwen Ifill?), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), S.E. Cupp, Robert Reich.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Then, “in the wake of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s resignation:” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Then, Election 2014 Roundtable: (using “a new CBS News/New York Times project ‘Battleground Tracker’”) CBS News Elections Director Anthony Salvanto, David Leonhardt of The New York Times, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: Gaza with Rula Jebreal and Jeffrey Goldberg. Chris Cuomo back from Flight MH17 crash site. Maziar Bahari on the journalists arrested in Iran (he’d been imprisoned in Iran himself).

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Gaza with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh. Then Ukraine, with Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Plus, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes “on the world crises facing the White House.” Also, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on President Obama, “Is it strong leadership, or a muddled message?”

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Congress: “immigration, spending, the 2014 midterm elections, and the future of the GOP” with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). Then Gaza with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Followed by Hanan Ashrawi, “a member of the PLO Executive Committee and a top Palestinian leader.” Roundtable: Brit Hume, Kirsten Powers, George Will, Juan Williams.

KORNACKI’S UP: Just Vision’s Julia Bacha on “trends in media coverage of #Gaza and #Israel.”


MOYERS & COMPANY: The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative. Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, says free enterprise is good for the poor – and good for the soul.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) spokesperson Chris Gunness. Also some Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan. Roundtable: Judy Woodruff, David Brooks, Ruth Marcus, Nia-Malika Henderson. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: July 20, 2014

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Propaganda, Movie Night Monday, 8pm ET

¡Buenos Dias!

Jane Hamsher and Kevin Gosztola are at the Hope X Conference in NYC this weekend. Here’s today’s schedule, there are video and audio feeds to follow along, and also the twitter.

As for the Sunday shows, Secretary of State John Kerry does the Full Ginsburg this week, he’s everywhere.

THE big topic is the shootdown of Flight MH17, and some coverage of Gaza, plus a touch of the refugee children massing at the border ready to rid America of her freedoms. Cecile Richards is on with Bill Moyers, and Susie Madrak’s with Jay Ackroyd on Virtually Speaking. See you later this afternoon for FDL’s Book Salon, Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor’s Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today.

To tide you over until somebody brings you breakfast in bed

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am – Buzz Aldrin, Moon Landing 45th Anniversary. 8:30am – Annie Linskey on 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidates. 9:15am – Patrick Clawson, research director with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Iran’s Nuclear Program.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Plus, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Roundtable: Martha Raddatz, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, New Republic Senior Editor Julia Ioffe, Wall Street Journal White House Correspondent Carol Lee.

CBS’ FACE THE NATON: Secretary of State John Kerry. Plus, House Committee on Homeland Security Chair Peter King (R-NY). Then, former U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Martin Indyk. Then, Mark Phillips in Ukraine, Clarissa Ward in Moscow, and Holly Williams in Gaza City. Also reports (roundtable?) from Margaret Brennan, David Martin, Bob Orr, Jeff Pegues, Mike Morell (former CIA deputy director and a CBS News contributor), and Mark Rosenker (former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and now at CBS). Roundtable: Peter Baker of The New York Times, David Ignatius of the Washington Post and Kim Strassel of The Wall Street Journal.

CNN’s RELIABLE SOURCES: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Sara Firth, and on NBC’s Gaza reporter Ayman Mohyeldin.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Secretary of State John Kerry. Plus, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein and the House Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael McCaul. Then, U.S.-Russian Relations Roundtable: Peter Beinart, Michael Crowley of TIME magazine, NPR’s Steve Inskeep, and CNN commentator L.Z. Granderson. Lastly, Robert Turner, Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza City.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chair Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN). Plus, Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the border crisis. Roundtable: George Will, Julie Pace, Carly Fiorina, Evan Bayh. Power Player of the Week (repeat): Dr. Tim Arcano of the Naval Surface Warfare Center “who shows us where the fleet begins.”



MOYERS & COMPANY: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights. Cecile Richards. With new state laws and Supreme Court rulings, the battle over women’s reproductive rights is being fought more fiercely than ever. Roe v. Wade itself may be in peril.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, Gaza. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: July 13, 2014

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Dance for Me, Movie Night Monday

Good morning.

Israel/Palestine, Iraq+ and immigration on the docket today. John McCain appears on the immigration side of your program this week.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am: Shane Harris on Mideast & Violence Between Israel & Hamas. 8:30am: Ashley Spillane – Rock the Vote Mission to Register Voters. 9:15am: Richard Norton Smith on 50th Anniversary of 1964 GOP Convention.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Attorney General Eric Holder on terror threats and immigration. Roundtable: Bill Kristol, Ana Navarro, David Plouffe, Cokie Roberts. “Sunday Spotlight” – ABC News’ Matt Gutman with Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel on the one year anniversary of George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Bob Schieffer: “Things have taken a turn for the worse in the Middle East this week. Rockets are raining down every day on Israeli cities, sending residents to seek cover in bomb shelters. In response, Israel launched an aggressive air offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, where nearly 100 Palestinians have been killed.” Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s chief representative in the United States. Then, immigration with Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX). Plus, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). Roundtable: Jane Harman of The Wilson Center, Nia-Malika Henderson of the Washington Post, Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute and Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest (@PressSec); Kiran Chetry (@kiranchetrytv); Judy Woodruff (@JudyWoodruff); Dave Weigel (@daveweigel); Evan Perez (@evanperez).

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the escalating crisis between Israelis and Palestinians. Then, immigration with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), he “has his own plan to help thousands of children in limbo.” Then, Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera at the Rio Grande Valley border in Texas. Roundtable: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Immigration with Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX). Then more on the topic with Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. Roundtable: Karl Rove, Bob Woodward, Laura Ingraham, Juan Williams.


MELISSA Harris-PERRY: The Syllabus.

MOYERS & COMPANY: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order? Following several high-profile, controversial decisions, Bill speaks to NY Times columnist Linda Greenhouse and Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick about the agenda of the Roberts court.

MEET THE PRESS: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif; Former U.S. Middle East Envoy Martin Indyk; Roundtable: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rick Santorum, Jennifer Granholm. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: July 6, 2014

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Scene from Movie Night Monday’s The American Brew

Good morning.

Movie Night Monday is all about the beer.

The Sunday talk fests focus on Iraq and ISIS as well as immigration reform or lack thereof. Except for coverage on Religion & Ethics there doesn’t appear to be any quests scheduled to discuss the Supreme Court cases decided this week, like Burwell v. Hobby Lobby or even the union decision of Harris v. Quinn.

C-SPAN’s Washington Journal trots out one more climate denier, more wasted air time spent “debating” that which there is no debate about.

After what will surely be an unremarkable discussion of war fighting with Senators Graham and McCain, Bob Schieffer is hosting an interesting roundtable of authors, if you’re looking for summer reads.

Who needs more coffee?

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:25AM - Wall Street Journal Reporter Liam Pleven discusses a piece he co-wrote on the record number of Americans living abroad who are renouncing their citizenship. 7:45AM - Heritage Foundation Climate Change Denier David Kreutzer and League of Conservation Voters Senior Vice President Daniel Weiss discuss climate change, rising sea levels, and the costs of climate change mitigation efforts. 8:45am - American University School of International Service Professor Benjamin Jensen discusses the latest developments in Iraq and Syria in light of sectarian violence in the region. He also talks about U.S. options in Iraq. 9:15am - Wall Street Journal Middle East Correspondent Matt Bradley discusses the ongoing militant violence in Iraq. 9:30am – Pew Research Center Political Research Director Carroll Doherty discusses the Center’s political typology on partisan polarization in the U.S. and what this means for the future of traditional political parties.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Border politics with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Bishop Mark Seitz of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, Texas. Plus, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. Roundtable: Yahoo News National Political Columnist Matt Bai, ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, and former House Speaker and CNN “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: War fighting with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Then, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on immigration reform. Novelist Roundtable: “The Director” author David Ignatius, “Mean Streak” author Sandra Brown, “Cop Town” author Karin Slaughter, “Personal” author Lee Child, and “The Skin Collector” author Jeffrey Deaver. Also a tribute to Olympian and WW II vet Louis Zamperini.


CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Immigration with Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). Plus Mayor Alan Long from Murrieta, California who pledges “to keep undocumented immigrants out of his town.” Roundtable: RNC Spokesman Sean Spicer, DNC Spokesman Mo Elleithee, Carly Fiorina, Stephanie Miller. Then, the U.S. Navy’s first female four-star admiral, Michelle Howard.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer. Plus Senate Foreign Relations Committeemembers, Sen John Barrasso (R-WY) and Sen Bob Casey (D-PA). Roundtable: Nina Easton, Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney, Charles Lane. Then, Philanthropist Albert Small who’s donating thousands of documents relating to American history along with the money necessary to open libraries at University of Virginia, and George Washington UniversitY.

KORNACKI’S UP. Lizz Winstead.


MOYERS & COMPANY: Rising Voices for a New Economy. A-Jen Poo and George Goehl, two successful community organizers join forces to improve the lives of working Americans and make corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Then, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). Plus, Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair.

NEWSMAKERS: Canadian politician Gary Doer talked about the politics of building the 1,700-mile Keystone XL Pipeline and Canadian proposals that would follow other routes to get Canadian oil to markets abroad.

Q & A: Howard University Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick, who talks about the challenges facing Howard University and other historically black colleges, as well as the state of higher education in the United States. Mr. Frederick also talks about his career as a surgical oncologist and his upbringing in Trinidad and Tobago, including his fight with Sickle Cell Anemia which continues to today.

RELIGION & ETHICS: Hobby Lobby Ruling; Donor’s Gift of Life; Martyrdom of the Bab [Baha’i].

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: Fertility Decline, Immigration, Sexism in Tech. Panel: Republican Strategist Rina Shah, National Network to End Domestic Violence President Kim Gandy, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Esvin Ramos, Brother of Gilberto Ramos, a Guatemalan minor that recently died at the border; Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Alfonso Aguilar, Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles; Lupillo Rivera, Mexican Singer; Luis Chataing, Venezuelan Comedian and Television Presenter; Gael García Bernal, Mexican Actor and Producer.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Avedon Carol and Andrew Jones, with Culture of Truth. Hosted by Jay Ackroyd. Live at 9pm ET, 6pm PT Sunday or listen online the following day.

C-SPAN’S BOOK TV: In Depth with Reza Aslan, president and CEO of Aslan Media Inc, and chief creative officer of BoomGen Studios, a media company that focuses on the Greater Middle East. Mr. Aslan is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, a Ph.D in the Sociology of Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. Mr. Aslan has taught religion at the University of Iowa and Drew University in New Jersey. For more information, visit

FDL’S BOOK SALON: No salon today.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: The American Brew. Join host Lisa Derrick and her guest, Director/Producer Roger Sherman. 8pm ET, 5pm PT, Monday.

  • Did you know the Pilgrims were not supposed to land at Plymouth rock?
  • Learn how Germans changed America’s taste for beer in the 19th Century and why they became the scapegoats that begin Prohibition.
  • Who were the first innovators?
  • See craft brewers like Dick Cantwell at Elysian in Seattle make a small-batch jasmine IPA.
  • Hear Fritz Maytag talk about taking over the failing Anchor Steam Brewery in San Francisco. Trying to sell that beer he tells us, “I went to a German beer garden and the owner said, ‘Yes, I know that beer. It’s terrible beer.’” Fritz laughs as he remembers, “It was about that time I realized it’s really hard to sell bad beer.” But it wasn’t bad for long. Even though his friends in the beer business at the time thought he was “crazy” for making what would become among the first craft beers.
  • And, Ken Grossman recounts buying used dairy machinery to get going as a home brewer that became Sierra Nevada. “We dumped a dozen commercial sized batches before we got it right.
  • Vinnie Cirluzo evaluates his oaky, wine barrels that are acquired from chardonnay vintners at Russian River: “It tastes more like chardonnay than beer right now. We may have to blend some other brew back in.”
  • Brewmaster Garett Oliver takes viewers on a tour of his Brooklyn Brewery.
  • Legendary journalist Michael Jackson pontificates about all aspects of beer brewing, critiquing – “it’s okay for wine tasters to talk about characteristics, why isn’t it okay for beer drinkers?”
  • Our cameras are even allowed to witness the judging of the annual Craft Brewers Conference. It’s an action packed, informative, and entertaining hour.”