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Duck weather here, how about there?  But April showers bring May flowers – or so Mama said.  Do hope they at least bring us a bouquet of Bankster hearings.

Speaking of which, today’s main topics are financial reform and the Debt Commission.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Gail Russell Chaddock, Christian Science Monitor, Senior Congressional Correspondent & Scott Wilson, Washington Post, White House Correspondent.  8:30am – Ben Baldanza, Spirit Airlines, President & CEO.  9:15am – Laura Hayman, University of Massachusetts – Boston, Associate Dean for Research.

ABC’s This Week: Bank Reform. White House Economic Adviser Austan Goolsbee defends the President’s plan. Then Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). Roundtable: George Will, Paul Krugman, Cynthia Tucker, and former Fox VP of Business News Alexis Glick.


CBS’ Face The Nation: Lawrence Summers, Director, National Economic Council, Thomas Friedman, Michael Lewis.

Chris Matthews: Katty Kay BBC; Andrew Sullivan The Atlantic; David Ignatius The Washington Post; Kelly O’Donnell NBC News.  Topics: Does Obama Want A Fight On Wall Street Reform Or To Move On To Immigration?  Is the Extreme Anti-Washington Rhetoric Seditious?

CNN’s State of the Union: Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI). Topics include the economy in Michigan as well as the speculaton of Gov. Granholm being a possible Supreme Court nominee.  Then Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Secretary of the Treasury Timothy GeithnerRoundtable: Eliot Spitzer, Slate columnist and former NY governor and attorney general; Andrew Ross Sorkin, the chief mergers and acquisitions reporter for the New York Times and author of Too Big to Fail; Martin Wolf, Financial Times’ chief economics commentator; and Amity Shlaes, Bloomberg columnist and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Fox News Sunday: The Debt Commission with Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles.  Then Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  Fox News AllStars: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Financial Reform with the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) & Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL).  Roundtable: David Brooks, Erin Burnett, Michele Norris, Evan Thomas.

Newsmakers: The top Republican on the House Appropriations Cmte. Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), talks about the role of the bipartisan Debt Commission and his views that it is essentially “a political tool and not a real tool.”

Q & A: Presidential historians Richard Norton Smith and Douglas Brinkley. They talk about their work and their profession.

Religion & Ethics: Catholic Abuse ScandalMuslim Home SchoolingHaiti: A Personal Journey“My Jesus Year” A rabbi’s son searches for “true spirituality” among Christians.

60 Minutes: The Narrative – A former member of a Muslim extremist group tells Lesley Stahl the reason for the increase in home-grown jihadists like the U.S. Army major accused of shooting 13 at Ft. Hood is an ideology called “the narrative,” which states America is at war with Islam.  Boosting Brain Power – More people are illegally boosting their brain power by using prescription “smart drugs” like Ritalin and Aderall, meant for those with attention deficit disorders.  Competing Against Time – Byron Pitts reports from the construction site of the future Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland, CA, where there’s a race to complete the new, earthquake-resistant span alongside the old structure.

To The Contrary: Topics:  1- Title IX muscles up; 2- More Democratic female candidates than Republicans; 3- Ending elder abuse.  Panelists: Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; and Independent Women’s Forum’s Nicole KurokawaTTC online extra: Immigration Reform On Deck? Will it hurt Democrats to take up immigration reform before the mid-term elections?

Univision’s Al Punto: Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL); State Rep. Steve Montenegro (R-AZ); President Bill Clinton; Actor and Activist Edward James Olmos.

Virtually Speaking: Eve Gittelson and watertiger.  “Eve is a high profile Daily Kos diarist writing about health care. watertiger blogs at [and FDL].”

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: America’s Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity.The United States dealt effectively with the threats of Soviet predominance in Europe and of nuclear war in the early years of the conflict. But in engineering this policy, American leaders successfully paved the way for domestic actors and institutions with a vested interest in the struggle’s continuation.” Chat with Campbell Craig and Fred Logevall about their new book, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Prodigal Sons.  “Filmmaker Kimberly Reed dives headfirst into an unflinching portrait of her family that is absolutely engrossing and marks her coming-out, in more ways than one. Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother. But along the way PRODIGAL SONS uncovers stunning revelations, including a blood relationship with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, intense sibling rivalries and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender.”  Chat with  Kimberly Reed and host Lisa Derrick, 8pm ET.