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Sunday Talking Head Thread


(Today's photo of a robin and a cedar waxwing comes from reader Scott in Tallahassee, whose backyard birdbath is clearly popular.)

Here's the Sunday Talking Head show line-up. 

C-Span's Washington Journal:  7:30am – Tim Darnell, Southern Political Report, Online Editor; 8:30am – Newspaper Articles & Viewer Calls; 9:15am – Roger Noriega, Former Assistant Sec. of State for Western Hemisphere, 2003-05 & Peter Hakim, Inter-American Dialogue, President.

ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.; former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan.; singer Loretta Lynn.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad.

CNN's "Late Edition" — Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Dole; former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala; Shibley Telhami, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; Michael Oren, a senior fellow at the Shalem Center.

"Fox News Sunday" — Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.; Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

This Week looks like it will have an interesting discussion regarding veterans' affairs, and I'm quite certain that Sen. Jim Webb is up to the task, but not as certain that former Sen. Bob Dole is capable of not being disgusted with the sheer mendacity of the Bush Administration on this issue — guess we'll see whether politics and Liddy's career trump care of our nation's wounded soldiers.

Face the Nation promises to be interesting today as well, if the Chuck Schumer who knows exactly what has gone on with political USAttorney warfare shows up (and he ought to having gained his legal spurs in the SDNY), and not the pragmatic "sell out whatever need be sold to advance my public stature" Chuck shows up instead.  And Sen. Specter?  Here's hoping a whole LOT of questions get asked about that sneaky Patriot Act backdoor provision that even Gonzales has had to back away from this week.

And look — in a shocking move, Faux News has former Sen. Fred Thompson, Libby fundraising trust pardon errand boy of the day.  The answer is no, Fred.  N…O…NO.  The rule of law applies to everyone, including Presidential cronies, and it is well past time that the friends of Dick Cheney were reminded of that fact.

After beginning with some lovely sunshine yesterday, the afternoon and evening was quite a bit of gentle rain and gray skies.  I had hoped to get some of my leftover daffodil and tulip bulbs into the ground yesterday but, instead, had to content myself with a trip to Lowes for some new grass seed for the lawn and a browse through the summer bulbs that have already arrived for purchase.  I'm jonesing for gardening season in the worst way, perhaps because we had yet another snowfall at the beginning of the week last week.  It's not warm enough yet to risk planting much of anything other than the last of the spring bulbs (leftover from my inability to get them planted last year — they are beauties, bright red tulips and golden butter yellow daffodils, and it is well past time for giving them the opportunity to sprout…maybe today if the weather cooperates).

The birds have been feasting on my feeders, storing up for Spring nesting season, I suppose.  But it is keeping me busy filling them these days.  How are things in your neck of the woods?

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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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