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Sunday Talking Head Thread

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Here’s the Sunday Talking Head line-up (via the WaPo):

FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), 9 a.m.: U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton ; House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.); Plácido Domingo , general director of the Washington National Opera.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA): Will not air because of British Open golf coverage.

FACE THE NATION (CBS, WUSA), 10:30 a.m.: Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon ; Syrian Ambassador Imad Moustapha ; Washington Post columnist David Ignatius .

MEET THE PRESS (NBC, WRC), 10:30 a.m.: White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten ; Washington Post staff writer Thomas E. Ricks .

LATE EDITION (CNN), 11 a.m.: Bolton ; Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.); Reps. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and Jane Harman (D-Calif.); Mohamad Bahaa Chatah , senior adviser to the Lebanese prime minister; Israeli Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog ; author Gary Berntsen .

Hmmm…my guess is there will be a lot of talk about the Middle East.  Think anyone will ask about the disaster that was the G8 Kegger?  (Hint to the AP:  Yes, I know it was a summit and not a keg party.  This is known as a snarky analogy…just FYI)  Think anyone will ask what the President was doing hanging out at his ranch, rather than…oh, forget it.

This morning’s photo is a trumpeter swan family in Yellowstone National Park.  They have a useful fact sheet, with some great information about the trumpeter swans that live in the park. 

I’ve loved these birds ever since I read "Trumpet of the Swan" as a kid.  I had my tonsils out, and my parents bought me a whole set of E.B. White books to read in the hospital.  I remember we left the Trumpet book in the bedside table, and it absolutely broke my heart.  I saved and saved my allowance money to buy myself another copy.  (It’s funny which bits and pieces of your childhood stick in your mind, isn’t it?)

There was a report the other day on NPR about a study that is being done on the declining national park attendance, and about the factors that may contribute to this decline.  It’s just been in the last eight years or so that there has been a serious drop-off, and one of the things they are studying is the effect of video games and computer time, and the increased sedentary lifestyle of kids, as a reason that families aren’t vacationing as much in the national park system.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always wanted to go to Yellowstone.  We went to a lot of national parks when I was a kid, but never got out west to Yellowstone, nor to the Redwoods park system in California, and both are on my list of things to do with our peanut when she gets a bit older.  Any other favorite national parks?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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