Sunday Talking Heads: June 22, 2008

Just say “No!” to telecom immunity

It’s pretty simple, no immunity for the telecoms.  Call your Senators today and tomorrow and the next day.  Call them until they get this simple message: No Immunity for the Telecoms! And put the pressure on Obama. Make him step forth and take leadership.  He asks us to believe we have the ability to bring about real change in Washington.  Let’s get him to make real change in Washington —  this week, on this issue.

Washington Journal: 7:30 am – Scott Keeter, Pew Research Center, Survey Research Director.  8:15 am – Roland Warren, National Fatherhood Institute President: "The Costs of Father Absence"  pdf report.  9:00 am – Thomas Woods, Heritage Institute, Senior Associate Fellow for African Affairs.  9:30 am – Newspaper Articles & Viewer Calls.  email questions for guests to

ABC’s This Week: Topics: Is there an energy crisis? What’s the best way to respond to increasing energy prices? What does it all mean for the economy and national security? Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), Red Cavaney, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, and economist Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Roundtable: ABC News’ Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson. contact George

CBS’ Face The Nation:  Carly Fiorina RNC Victory 2008 Chair, Gov. Bill Richardson Obama Supporter. John Harris Politico Editor-in-Chief. Topic: Obama vs. McCain.  contact Bob Schieffer

Chris MatthewsKatty Kay BBC Washington Correspondent; Jim Cramer CNBC Host Mad Money; Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group Columnist; Andrew Sullivan The Atlantic Senior Editor. Topics: Can McCain beat Obama by painting him as a tax-raising liberal? Chris’s thoughts on Tim Russert’s mastery of politics. [sigh]  contact Chris Matthews

CNN’s Late EditionGov. Bill Richardson (D-NM),  Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN). Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).  Robert Reich Former Clinton Labor Secretary,  Douglas Holtz-Eakin McCain Economic Adviser. Ahmed Rashid: Author "Descent into Chaos," Peter Bergen CNN Terrorism Analyst. contact Wolf

Fareed Zacharias GPS: Condoleezza Rice discusses everything from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, and even whether or not she would accept the role as Vice President.  GPS airs Sunday at 1:00 pm et. contact Fareed

Fox News Sunday:  Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, co-chair of the Obama campaign, and Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and McCain supporter. Topics: Flipflopping on offshore drilling, public financing of the election, and the War on Terror.

NBC’s Meet The Press
Brian Williams moderates a Decision 2008 debate between Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).  Topics: Iraq, the economy, rising gas prices. Roundtable: John Harwood, Andrea Mitchell. contact Meet The Press  

Newsmakers: Rep. Allen Boyd (R-FL) Co-Chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition.  [Among other things, he will discuss the Blue Dogs’ role in the FISA fiasco.]Reporters: Gail Russell Chaddock, Christian Science Monitor Congressional Correspondent,  Richard Cowan Reuters Congressional Correspondent. Newmakers airs Sundays at 10am and 6pm et.

Q & A: Renu Khator, President and Chancellor of the University of Houston. She has authored or co-authored five books on management, public administration, and the environment. Dr. Khator is originally from India and received her undergraduate degree from Kanpur University.  Q&A airs on on CSPAN at 8pm and 11pm et

60 Minutes: Al Hurra: 60 Minutes and ProPublica investigate Al Hurra – America’s taxpayer supported television channel in the Middle East – which has come under scrutiny for a raft of problems, including broadcasting unchallenged anti-Israel commentary. Scott Pelley reports.  Life Saver: Plumpynut is a cheap, nutritious food that needs no refrigeration or preparation that is saving starving children in the developing world. Anderson Cooper reports on this miracle product that would save even more if more of it could be made and its distribution increased.  Fish Fuss: The government’s multi-billion dollar effort to save the salmon of the Pacific Northwest is failing, so residents there may soon have to choose between the fish or the hydroelectric dams that are killing scores of them. Lesley Stahl reports.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Presidential battle for women’s votes begins in earnest; 2- Makeover for potential First Lady Michelle Obama; 3- [Controversial] bio-ethicist Alice Dreger argues Americans overuse plastic surgery. Panelists:  The Washington Times’ Tara Wall; the National Organization for Women’s Latifa Lyles; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Columnist Amanda Carpenter. for broadcast times in your area click here

And click here for Book TV’s schedule.  Several book discussions that might be of interest to firepups are Quil Lawrence’s "Invisible Nation: How the Kurds’ Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East."  David Kyvig’s "The Age of Impeachment: American Constitutional Culture since 1960."  David Hilliard’s "The Black Panther Party: Service to the People Programs."  And Michael Klare’s "Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy" 

Plus Book TV’s After Words: Andrew McCarthy author of "Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad" interviewed by Hugh Hewitt, host of The Hugh Hewitt Show.  After Words airs at 6 and 9 pm et on Sunday, also on Monday.

And most especially don’t forget FireDogLake’s Book Salon. This afternoon discuss "An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel" with author Jeff Halper and host Robert Dreyfuss, at 5 pm et.

No Immunity for the Telecoms! Here are the toll-free katymine numbers to use to make those call to your Senators and Senator Barack Obama:

Dial like our Constitution depends on it, because it does.

Photo by factoryjoe at flickr where there’s a link to the original press release when the The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive and illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans’ communications.

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