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Sunday Talking Heads: July 20, 2014

12:05 am in Sunday Talking Heads by Elliott

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.”

by Elliott

Sunday Talking Heads: June 29, 2014

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Getting Back to Abnormal, Monday Movie Night

It’s morningtime! Get up and smell the coffeeand the roses.

FDL’s Book Salon will be Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, but without Thomas Piketty – this time. Masaccio and Knut team up for the discussion. And Movie Night Monday will be the New Orleans-based Getting Back to Abnormal.

Peterr wonders why the Sunday morning bookers couldn’t get any of these people on to discuss missing administration emails:

I suppose the bookers for these shows just couldn’t get Karl Rove, Alberto Gonzales, Susan Ralston, Scott Jennings, Harriet Miers, and other Bush-era email experts this weekend. What with the coming 4th of July holidays and all, they were probably all already committed to spending more time with their families.

(For reference see here, here and here [PDF].

As for the rest of the listings, Meet the Press has an interview with former President Bill Clinton and then feels the need for a Republican response, so they invited Reince Priebus on; plus!, Chuck Todd has a special poll they did to see how regular people felt about Hillary Clinton’s comments about wealth (for added fairness, I guess).

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:00am - Open Phones. 7:45am - Politics Week in Review with American Prospect Contributing Editor Paul Waldman and Weekly Standard Staff Writer Michael Warren. 8:30am - Challenges to Obama Administration Policy with American University professor Chris Edelson. 9:15am - Unaccompanied Immigrant Children with Woodrow Wilson International Center Latin American Program Associate Director Eric Olson.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: President Barack Obama. Then, House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee Chair Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Iraq and Syria threats. Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, Bill Kristol, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Terry Moran, Dahlia Lithwick, and the Judicial Crisis Network’s Carrie Severino. Sunday Spotlight: Martha Raddatz with documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson on his new film Freedom Summer.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and former US ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey. Then, CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan and TIME Magazine’s Michael Crowley. Roundtable: Peggy Noonan, Michael Gerson, Dee Dee Myers, Todd Purdum.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: Jeffrey Toobin guest hosts. Deborah Norville on Matt Lauer’s interview with GM CEO Mary Barra and the Mommy question. Dan Rather and the changes at ABC News. Then, should Dick Cheney be back in the media spotlight?

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Chair of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) about his IRS investigation. Followed by IRS-email-misplacer Lois Lerner’s lawyer, William Taylor. Plus, Iraq with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Roundtable: Stephanie Cutter, Neera Tanden, Liz Mair, Mattie Duppler.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Boehner-sues-the-president with Chair of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA). Then, Iraq with former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, Karl Rove, Kirsten Powers.



MOYERS & COMPANY: The Lies That Lead to War. This week Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis about why facts, logic and reason are often missing in the rush to war.

MEET THE PRESS: Former President Bill Clinton. The, RNC Chair Reince Priebus for “the Republican response.” Roundtable: Kathy Ruemmler Former White House Counsel; Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI); Andrea Mitchell NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Nia-Malika Henderson National Political Reporter, The Washington Post. Also, Chuck Todd with “exclusive poll” on public perception of Hillary Clinton’s comments on wealth. And Cynthia McFadden behind the scenes with Valerie Jarrett. Plus, CGI America economic justice and inequality Roundtable: former Pres. Bill Clinton, founding chairman of the Clinton Global Initiative; Carly Fiorina, Chairman and CEO of Carly Fiorina Enterprises and Chairman of Good360; Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of the Freelancers Union; Monty Moran, co-CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill; and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. Read the rest of this entry →

by Elliott

Sunday Talking Heads: June 15, 2014

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Dave Tourjé’s L.A. Aboriginal – Movie Night Monday

Good morning everyone, Happy father’s Day.

When dakine01 saw the listings last night, he replied:

Day-uhm! The competition is fierce what with The Clinton Guy Shocked by Blowjobs having a wake for Eric Cantor, Senator Huckleberry J Butchmeup doing a two-faced dance with CBS and CNN, Faux Noise being its norm but Disco Dave’s Dance Party must really be trying to make up for having reasonable shows the past few weeks with that lineup of halfwits and full twits.

Can’t argue with that. But do join Kevin Gosztola with Clark Stoeckley this afternoon for Book Salon to talk about Stoeckley’s visual reporting from the Chelsea Manning trial. His distinct courtroom drawings helped bring the trial outside the courtroom. And Monday evening Lisa Derrick brings Dave Tourjé in to talk about his art and the film L.A. Aboriginal.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: Possible - 7:05am - Iraq with New York Times correspondent Tim Arango. 7:45am – Derek Wallbank of Bloomberg News and Domenico Montanaro of PBS review top news stories of the week. 8:45am - Kimberly Kagan of the Institute for the Study of War and Christian Science Monitor’s Jane Arraf talk about escalating violence in Iraq as insurgents takes control of major cities. 9:30am – Carroll Doherty talks about a Pew Research Center study that shows Republicans and Democrats are increasingly divided along ideological lines.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). Then, House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), ABC News consultant and former Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli and ABC News contributor Col. Steve Ganyard, USMC (Ret.), on Iraq. Roundtable: Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Donna Brazile, Laura Ingraham, Bill Kristol. Then, journalist Elizabeth Drew, author of “Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.”

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Iraq with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Plus, former Obama National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. Then, RNC chair Reince Priebus. Also, David Boies and Ted Olson on their new book, “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality.” Roundtable: Robert Costa, Gwen Ifill, Nancy Cordes.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Dana Bash and Gloria Borger guest host. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Then, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Iraq with retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton who was in charge of training Iraqi troops. Plus, Iraq war veterans Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) “offer very different views on what the U.S. should do about the crisis in Iraq, plus their take on Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie and 2016.”

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Iraq with House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Then, the future of the Republican Party with National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Vice Chair of the House Budget Committee Rep. Tom Price (R-GA). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, George Will, Jane Harmon. Power Player of the week is Robert De Niro and his HBO documentary “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.”



MOYERS & COMPANY: Too Big to Fail and Getting Bigger. Our banks are larger than before the 2008 crash and they’re still living dangerously, economist Anat Admati tells Bill.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Horse Race 2016? “Exclusive” interview with Mitt Romney. Iraq with Richard Engel. More with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), David Ignatius, Dexter Filkins. Then, NBC News Correspondent Kevin Tibbles at Fort Hood. Roundtable: Chuck Todd, Ruth Marcus, Harold Ford, Ken Cuccnelli, Steve Schmidt. Plus, Maria Shriver with Piper Kerman who’s memoir inspired the show Orange Is the New Black. Finally, Luke Russert and “a special conversation about Father’s Day and the 10th anniversary re-issue of “Big Russ and Me: Father and Son – Lessons of Life.” Read the rest of this entry →

by Elliott

Sunday Talking Heads: June 8, 2014

10:28 pm in Sunday Talking Heads by Elliott

In The Shadow, Movie Night Monday

Good Morning everybody, I hope it’s bright and sunny where you are; but if it is raining, think how happy your tomatoes are.

There’s no Book Salon this week, but Monday’s movie night is an Oscar quality crime drama, In the Shadow. Joan McCarter and Dave Johnson will be Virtually Speaking this evening, looks like an interesting show.

As for the network shows, two words:
Bowe. Bergdahl.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:05am – Jeremy Herb on Veterans’ Health. 7:45 am – U.S. Senate with Cook Political Report’s Jennifer Duffy. 8:30 am – Jonathan Allen on Hillary Clinton. 9:15 am – Guantanamo Detainees with Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Preview of Diane Sawyer’s interview with Hillary Clinton on her new book, Hard Choices. Plus, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) on Bowe Bergdahl. Then, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) on $15 an hour minimum wage. Roundtable: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Matthew Dowd, Alicia Menendez, Bill Richardson, Paul Gigot, Katrina vanden Heuvel. Ending with Nate Silver‘s World Cup predictions.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: On Bowe Bergdahl with Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and ranking member Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-SC). Then, journalist David Rohde “who was captured by the Taliban while reporting in Afghanistan in 2008.” Roundtable: Tom Friedman, Peggy Noonan, David Gergen, Michael Gerson.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: On Bowe Bergdahl with Secretary of State John Kerry, then Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Also, retired Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin, and retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton. Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Jackie Calmes, Ana Navarro – “backlash from the Bergdahl deal, and how the Democrats’ claims of a “War on Women” may be backfiring on one of their own.”

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: On Bowe Berdahl. Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, “who has called the deal to free Bergdahl a “ghastly transaction” (unlike torture, amirite?) and Gen. Jack Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. Then, Cheryl Brandes and Ken Luccioni, who think their son, Pfc. Matthew Martinek, was killed looking for Bergdahl. Roundtable: George Will, Mara Liasson, Steve Hayes, Juan Williams.



MOYERS & COMPANY: How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class. Economist Joseph E. Stiglitz says corporate tax abuse has helped make America unequal and undemocratic. But the Nobel Prize-winner has a plan to change that.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Preempted by the French Open.

NEWSMAKERS: Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair John Barrasso (R-WY) talked by remote video from Capitol Hill about a number of issues in the news, including the Obama administration’s goal of cutting power plant emissions by 30 percent by 2030, and the recent U.S.-Taliban prisoner exchange. He also talked about how the Republicans might run the Senate if they won a majority of seats in the fall 2014 elections and a Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act. After the interview the reporters in the studio discussed his responses with the host.

Q & A: George Miller, Democratic Congressman of California’s 11th congressional district. Miller discusses his 40 year career in Congress, his politics, accomplishments, and the recent news of his retirement. He plans on leaving Congress at the end of this term. Miller talks about the influence that his father had on his chosen career path in politics and his mentor, Rep. Phil Burton. He also discusses his opinions on some of the various controversial events in Congress, including the Tip O’Neill Pan Scam, Jim Wright’s resignation from Congress, and the election of Newt Gingrich as House Speaker. In addition, Miller talks about changes he has witnessed in Congress and the changing dynamics between the parties. He also talks about various issues he is passionate about and has worked on, including the No Child Left Behind Act, immigration, and universal health care. He talks about his family and his future plans after his retirement.

RELIGION & ETHICS: Bloodless Surgery; Poet Christian Wiman; Shavuot.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: New Reality Show About Women Giving Birth in the Wild. Pope Francis on why all Couples Should Raise Children. Hillary Clinton at the World Bank for launch of Voice and Agency. Panel: Reality Check Erin Matson; Pres. Network of Enlightened Women Karin Agness; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Chair Emeritus, Center for Equal Opportunity Linda Chavez.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Julio Ligorria, Ambassador of Guatemala to the United States of America; U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R), Kentucky; Ramón Gil-Casares, Ambassador of Spain to the United States of America; Enrique Bermudez and Jorge Pérez Navarro, Univision Sports Anchors; Beberly Devers and Kevin Tellez, Salsa Dancers.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Joan McCarter & Dave Johnson. Gamechangers: Antarctic ice shelf melting; Piketty; Princeton/Northwestern “oligarchy study;” Jeremy Rifkin’s Zero Marginal Cost (capitalism and emerging technologies). Then; making meaning and the return of Sgt Bowie Bergdahl. And, if there’s time, net neutrality. 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


FDL’S BOOK SALON: No salon today.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: In the Shadow. “Set in former Czechoslovakia amid dramatic events of the 1950s is a gripping crime narrative that ultimately intervenes in the fates of the characters and their loved ones. Captain Hakl is investigating a jewelery store heist. Thanks to behind-the-scenes scheming on the part of the secret police though, a run-of-the-mill burglary becomes a political affair.” Join Filmmaker Nicole Elmer and host Lisa Derrick for the discussion, 8pm ET, 5pm PT, Monday.

by Elliott

Sunday Talking Heads: June 1, 2014

12:27 am in Sunday Talking Heads by Elliott

Circle the Wagen, Movie Night Monday.

Rabbit Rabbit

Good Morning.

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!

And please help us keep the lights on.

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. Read the rest of this entry →

by Elliott

Sunday Talking Heads: May 25, 2014

1:47 am in Sunday Talking Heads by Elliott

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 Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: May 4, 2014

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Movie Night Monday: John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be

Good morning, Sunshines. Villager prom night last night, apparently Silicon Valley overshadowed Hollywood this year. Nitasha Tiku writes:

It’s difficult to further debase an annual event commemorating the moral failings of the media industry. But Silicon Valley is nothing if not innovative. Re/code reports that tech companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft are hosting some of the largest parties during White House Correspondents’ weekend.

Yep, the dinner has stretched into an entire weekend, so everyone can rest up between whatever ungodly acts they’re performing on each other underneath the table. White House Correspondents’ dinner is an embarrassment wrapped in a charade wrapped in personal brands. So of course corporations are going to try to get into it.

But it just so happens that these very same corporations are also trying to sell the line that they have become “increasingly defiant” against government authority, instead of “quietly complying” when the NSA used their services to secretly spy on customers. …

(I won’t mention the selfie Twitter Mirror or the Facebook & BuzzFeed Bowties & Burgers party.)

Moving on to last week, John Amato at Crooks and Liars rightfully goes after George Stephanopoulos for making his interview with Elizabeth Warren all about Hillary Clinton.

Warren opened up the interview nicely and tried to get back to what she believes in, but George kept pulling Hillary back into the interview.

I’m surprised Benghazi didn’t come up.

This week BENGHAZI does come up, as well as the violence in Ukraine, and the Donald Sterling/NBA racism scandal. There will be more black guests than usual today because of the hoops hoopla, but perhaps the bookers will note they are more than their skin color and invite them on future shows to talk about everyday politics.

Meet the Press actually mentions the death penalty catastrophe in Oklahoma, something David Gregory says he’ll bring it up with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas (death penalty capital of the free world), although it’s more of a Horse Race 2016 booking.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am -National Security and the NSA. The Brookings Institution’s Stuart Taylor talks about his essay “The Big Snoop.” 8:30am – Young Americans and Politics. John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Institute of Politics. 9:15am U.S.-China Relations. Roger Cliff talks about an article in the Wall Street Journal that suggests the U.S. is preparing for future military threats from China.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Sen. Al Franken (D-MN).
Then, the Donald Sterling/NBA racism scandal with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Roundtable: Cokie Roberts, Laura Ingraham, Van Jones, David Plouffe, Sen. Rick Santorum. “Sunday Spotlight” comedian John Oliver on his new show. Plus, Mark Leibovich, “author of ‘This Town,’ takes on the annual spectacle of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.”

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: “Race in America” with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Richard Williams (father of Venus and Serena Williams), Michele Norris, Michele Norris of NPR, Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic, Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, and William C. Rhoden of The New York Times, plus CBS News Special Correspondent James Brown. Then BENGHAZI with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also Ukraine. CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward. She and her crew were detained in Ukraine Friday for a couple hours by pro-Russian separatists. Finally Bob Schieffer on Internet privacy.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Ukraine with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY). Then, Donna Brazile, Ana Navarro, and Gwen Ifill on politics. Plus, Stephen Moore, Mark Zandi, and Annie Lowrey on the economy. And, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) “on the political fights over Benghazi and minimum wage, plus his 2016 options.”

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: BENGHAZI. Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) who sits on the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Then, “the state of the economy and what it means for job creation” with Fred Smith of FedEx, and Robert Wolf, of 32 Advisors. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Elise Viebeck, Goerge Will, Jane Harman. “Power Player” Brian Stokes Mitchell (King Arthur) of Camelot in Concert.



MOYERS & COMPANY: Is Net Neutrality Dead? Democracy loses if the Internet’s sold to the highest bidder — and that may be exactly what’s about to happen. With David Carr, who covers the busy intersection of media with business, government and culture for The New York Times and Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, contributor to Bloomberg View and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) on “the economy, his political future, and his mission to lure jobs to Texas. Plus, what, are the implications of the botched execution of a death row inmate in Oklahoma for the death penalty in the U.S.” Then, the Donald Sterling/NBA racism scandal with Sacramento mayor and former NBA All-Star, Kevin Johnson. Roundtable:; Chuck Todd, Kathleen Parker, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Anita Dunn. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: April 6, 2014

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Stripped, Monday’s FDL Movie Night

Big topic this week is the Fort Hood shooting. If you get so mad because you can’t get your way that you get your gun and run around shooting people dead all over the place, you might have a mental health issue, just sayin’. Might not be legal insanity, but. Fox News Sunday isn’t ready to dismiss terrorism out of hand on this yet: “Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said in a press briefing there was no early indication that terrorism played a role in the shooting. But investigators say they’re keeping open minds and an open investigation when considering motive.” The Foxers were soo hoping.

Bob Schieffer interviews Tom Friedman on the big IPCC climate change report because who knows more about waiting another six months? But at least the discussion isn’t going to include the “balance” of a climate change denier (damnatio memoriae). And more importantly, at least CBS is broaching the topic!

Also BENGHAZI rears its ugly head again, too. Where else but Fox?.

Brian Lamb interviews Matt Taibbi.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 8:00am – Roben Farzad talks about the practice of high-frequency trading. 8:45am – Michael O’Hanlon about the Afghan presidential elections.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Fort Hood with Rep. John Carter (R-TX) and former Army Vice Chief of Staff Ret. Gen. Peter Chiarelli. GM recall with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Newt Gingrich, Bill Kristol, and Fusion’s “AM Tonight” host Alicia Menendez.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Fort Hood with We’ll talk to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) IPCC Climate Change Report with illuminary Tom Friedman and Heidi Cullen of Climate Central. Then White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer on this week in the Affordable Care Act. Plus, in prelude to the upcoming commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Politico’s Todd Purdum, author of An Idea Whose Time Has Come, also John Dickerson and Amy Walter.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Election 2014 and women in politics with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. Then a wide open( /s) discussion of the SSCI report on CIA torture with House Intelligence Committee Republican Chair Mike Rogers and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). Then the Fort Hood shooting with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA). And CNN’s latest on Flight MH370. Roundtable: Penny Lee, Corey Dade, Ross Douthat.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Fort Hood shooting with Rep Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Sen Tim Kaine (D-VA) of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Then BENGHAZI with Michael Hayden. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Elise Viebeck, Liz Cheney, Juan Williams. Power Player of the Week: Richard Thomas on playing former President Jimmy Carter in Arena Stage’s “Camp David.”

KORNACKI’S UP: Joy Behar, Dick Cavett talk politics & comedy.


MOYERS & COMPANY: All Work and No Pay. Did you know the federal minimum wage for millions of restaurant workers is $2.13 an hour? Advocate Saru Jayaraman says that’s not only unfair but unsafe.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Fort Hood shooting with fmr. Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen. Then McCutcheon v. FEC with Shaun McCutcheon, and president of Public Citizen Robert Weissman. Roundtable: Kathleen Parker, John E. Sununu, Harold Ford, Jr., Steve Case. Read the rest of this entry →