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Sunday Talking Head Thread


Here's the Sunday Talking Head line-up.  Surprises?  Not too many…

C-Span's Washington Journal:  7:45am – Jim Vandehei, The Politico, Executive Editor; 8:30am – Samuel Assefa, Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S.; 9:15am – Ruth Wedgwood, Johns Hopkins University, International Law Professor.

Meet the Press (NBC)A look back at the life & legacy of Gerald Ford with Tom Brokaw & Bob Woodward. Plus, Michael Beschloss, E.J. Dionne, Kate O'Beirne, Eugene Robinson & William Safire on key events of 2006 as well as a look ahead toward 2007 & the 2008 elections.

This Week (ABC):  Live coverage of the Ford memorial services; John and Elizabeth Edwards; Time's Jay Carney, former Bush advisor Dan Senor, ABC's Claire Shipman and Donna Brazile join George to discuss the passing of former President Gerald Ford and the year in politics.

Face the Nation (CBS)Alexander Haig; Ben Bradlee; James Cannon and Thomas DeFrank.

Late Edition (CNN)Feisal al-Istrabadi: Iraq’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania: Judiciary Committee Chairman; Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Connecticut Armed Services Committee member; Zbigniew Brzezinski: Former National Security Adviser; William Cohen: Former Defense Secretary; Thomas DeFrank: New York Daily News; Howard Kurtz: CNN's "Reliable Sources" and Washington Post media critic; Shibley Telhami: Brookings Institution; Vali Nasr: Author "The Shia Revival;" member of Council on Foreign Relations; Laith Kubba: Former Iraqi spokesman and former adviser to former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

Fox News SundaySen. Richard Lugar (R-IN); Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA); and discussion of the Ford memorial services.

Tom DeFrank of the NY Daily News is always full of interesting nuggets of Bush Administration information, so his appearance could be intriguing.  Two Democratic Presidential hopefuls — Edwards on ABC's This Week and Vilsack on Fox — is it campaign season again already?  Either way, it's nice to see a Democratic face or two on the Sunday shows, given how paltry the pickings usually are. 

And it is great to see Eugene Robinson of the WaPo on Meet the Press.  I got to meet him at the Eisenhower Foundation forum that I attended earlier this month (see here and here for more on that), and he is as engaging in person as his columns and reporting are, so I am very pleased that he's been asked to add his voice to the mix this morning.  (Feel free to add your thanks to the MtP folks as I did for the improvement to the panel.) 

And CNN had Lieberman listed as "I-D" — you'll note that I did not do so as well because there is no such thing.  (And, he can forget about me clapping.  I'm with Digby.)

Today's bird is a white dove.  Seemed somehow appropriate for the last Sunday of the year, being the symbol of peace and all.  One can hope…

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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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