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Sunday Talking Heads: November 2, 2008

*Update* Composer Danny Elfman will be joining us for a short movie night tonight from 8:30-9:15 pm, EST, to discuss his directorial debut, a commercial for the PAC he founded,  "What is Elfman’s greatest fear? That Sarah Palin will become president. Given McCain’s age and health, this is a valid concern."  Join us!*

John McCain put the cherry on top of his double maverick campaign for President of the United States with an appearance on Saturday Night Live.  As expected, he was in the opening skit with Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin.  Even his wife Cindy made a cameo appearance.  Groveling for votes in a forum unlikely to get him any, did he do it to impress his media friends?  Sad, but funny.

If you haven’t all ready, VOTE.  It ain’t over until all the ballots are cast and counted.

Washington Journal7:30am – Reid Wilson, Real Clear Politics, Associate Editor & Peter Hart, Hart Research Associates, Chairman.  8:30am – Joseph Hallett, Columbus Dispatch, Chief Political Reporter. 9:30am – Newspaper Articles & Viewer Calls.  email questions for guests to

ABC’s This Week:  Topics: Arizona, McCain’s home state. What are the last minute campaign strategies and tactics?  What are their expectations for election night, turnout, and their plans for convincing those last few "persuadable voters" to cast a ballot for their candidate?  David Axelrod Senior Strategist for the Obama campaign, and Rick Davis Campaign Manager for the McCain Campaign.  Roundtable:Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin, ABC News’ Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, and George Will contact George

CBS’ Face The Nation:  David Axelrod Chief Strategist Obama Campaign and McCainiac Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Chairman Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) Chairman, National Republican Senatorial Committee Republican [didn’t Ensign just say Sarah Palin wasn’t qualified to be President?contact Bob Schieffer 

Chris Matthews:  Joe Klein Time Magazine Columnist, Norah O’Donnell MSNBC Chief Washington Correspondent, Eugene Robinson Washington Post Columnist, Katty Kay BBC Washington Correspondent.  Topics: Will Americans elect Barack Obama on Tuesday?  What will be the Clintons’ role in American politics? [obsess much, Chris?]  contact Chris

CNN’s Late Edition:  Topic:The Election.  Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA).  Gov. Tim Kaine: (D-VA) and Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC).  Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA).  special time 10 a.m. ET.  contact Wolf

Fareed Zacharia — GPS:  Fmr. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the upcoming challenges of the new president. Fareed also interviews NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss the economic crisis as well as his take on the elections.  contact Fareed

Fox News Sunday:  Topics:  As polls tighten [aHAHAHAHA] are we watching one last McCain comeback or will Obama’s message of ‘change’ put him in the White House? Rick Davis McCain campaign manager and David Plouffe Obama campaign manager.  One final look at the ever changing electoral map with ‘The [Evil] Architect’ of two presidential victories, Karl Roveemail

NBC’s Meet The Press:  Topic: What are the Obama and McCain campaigns’ closing arguments to voters.  Tom Brokaw sits down exclusively with two political heavyweights: Obama supporter & 2004 Democratic Presidential Nominee Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and McCain supporter and former Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN). [sucky guest list, Brokaw].  Roundtable: The final polls, battleground states and campaign strategies.  David Broder Washington Post, danicin’ David Gregory NBC News, Michele Norris NPR, and Chuck Todd Political Director of NBC News.  contact Tom

Newsmakers:  Activities in the Final days of Campaign ’08 with Chris Chafe, Change to Win, Executive Director & William Miller, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Vice President & Political Affairs Director.  ReportersSteven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers, Chief Political Correspondent & Philip Dine, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Labor & Management Reporter.  on CSPAN at 10am & 6:30pm ET

Q & A:  Presidential historian Rick Shenkman, author of "Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter." Shenkman contends that today’s voters are more and more susceptible to campaign slogans and easy solutions because they don’t take the time to know enough about the issues and the candidates.  Q & A airs on CSPAN at 8pm and 11pm et, Monday 6am et

Religion & EthicsCover: 2008 Campaign: Young Evangelicals — For more than 20 years, evangelicals have been a key factor in American politics. But one big question this election season is whether younger evangelicals will be the strong conservative Republicans that older evangelicals have been.  Feature: Haiti Relief — A report today from one of the neediest countries on earth — Haiti in the Caribbean. Church and other relief groups and heroic aid workers are helping, but Haiti’s plight remains daunting at best.  Hit by Hurricane Jeanne four years ago and a series of hurricanes this year, Haiti is hurting.  Web Exclusive: God and Empire — "most of the world has no doubt that the U.S. is an empire, but now it has plenty of doubt about the kind of empire that the U.S. wants to be." Gary Dorrien.  Web Exclusive: Religion and America’s Role in the World — Despite a divided view of America’s impact on the world, the vast majority of Americans believe the United States has a moral obligation to be engaged on the international stage, according to a new survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research Inc. for RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY and the United Nations Foundation.  for broadcast times in your area click here

Sixty Minutes:  Coming Home — Citizen soldiers returning from active military duty are entitled by law to get back their old jobs or at least the same salaries. But as Lesley Stahl reports, many National Guard and Reservist vets are having trouble despite the law and now employers say the law is putting an excessive financial burden on their businesses.  Sergeant Bill — Waving a badge he bought on the Internet and claiming to belong to the "Multi-jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force," Bill Jakob fooled a small town’s officials into granting him the authority of a law enforcement officer. Katie Couric reports.  Brain Power — People who are completely paralyzed due to illness or trauma are getting help communicating with a new technology that connects their brains to a computer. In the future, brain computer interface, or BCI, may restore movement to paralyzed people and allow amputees to move bionic limbs. Scott Pelley reports. 

To The Contrary:  Topics: 1- Women’s place in American political history after the 2008 election; 2- Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, steps out to promote women’s rights.  Panelists:  National Council of Negro Women’s Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever; The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood; Women for Obama’s Megan Beyer; and The Gloucester Institute President Kay James.  To The Contrary web exclusive: Godless Catfight Elizabeth Dole’s fight to hold onto her U.S. Senate seat gets ugly. Did she cross the line? [umm, yes.]  for broadcast times in your area click here

Book TV schedule.  The monthly in depth interview show, In Depth with Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, author of  "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature."  [wonder what window Palin’s language opens?]  And After Words: Kimberly Dozier, "Breathing the Fire" interviewed by Lee Woodruff.

FDL Book SalonBlogger (Blogging Heads and UN Dispatch) Mark Leon Goldberg hosts Mike Chinoy, author of Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis.  Meltdown is the riveting inside account of the American diplomatic disaster. Come join the discussion, 5pm Eastern.

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