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Sunday Talking Heads: June 27, 2010


Today, Afghanistan and foreign affairs dominate all the lineups for Talking Heads. No surprise in light of McChrystal’s dismissal.

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Washington Journal: 7:15am – Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press, Chief Economics Writer.  7:45am – Tony Fratto, Fmr. Deputy Press Secretary & Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute.  8:30am – Russell Pearce (R-AZ), Arizona State Senator.  9:15am – Winston Porter, Waste Policy Center, President.

ABC’s This Week: CIA Director Leon PanettaRoundtable: George Will, David Sanger, Robin Wright, Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.),  Jan Crawford, David Martin.

Chris Matthews: Dan Rather, Gloria Borger, Katty Kay, John HarrisTopics: Does General Petraeus Now Own the Afghanistan War?  Sarah Palin’s Year As Private Citizen: How’s that Working Out For Her?

CNN’s State of the Union: Crowley opens a new series, “The Political State of the Union” with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. John Corynyn (R-TX).

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Tom FriedmanRoundtable: Eliot Spitzer, Arianna Huffington, Ross Douthat, Katrina vanden Heuvel. Then, “the British just passed a “tax and axe” budget. It’s a big bet — are they on the correct side of it?”

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).  Mike HuckabeeFox News AllStars: Bill Kristol, Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  Roundtable: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Sebastian Junger, author of “WAR”; army combat veteran Wes Moore; Tom Ricks, Contributing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine and author of “The Gamble” and Gen. Barry McCaffrey. (Ret.).

Newsmakers: Reacting to the closing of the House-Senate conference on financial regulations, Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) discussed developments surrounding the budget this year and what the fiscal debt commission hopes to accomplish in the future.

Q & A: Madeleine Sackler, director and producer of the new documentary “The Lottery.” The documentary tells the story of how children are chosen to participate in charter schools in New York City.

Religion & Ethics: Informed Consent and Medical Research.  Norman Fischer on Meditation.  Anecdotes of the Spirit.  Sacred Places, Open Spaces.

60 Minutes: Blackwater 61 – “Blackwater 61” is the call sign of a plane flown by the embattled government contractor Blackwater that crashed into a mountain in Afghanistan killing all onboard. The widow of one of the soldiers killed – a pilot herself – says the firm was negligent in the way it operated the flight.  Fighting For A Cure – More Americans are suffering from epilepsy than Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis combined. Katie Couric reports on a disease that may not be getting the attention it deserves.  Cameron’s Avatar – Morley Safer gets the first look at how “Titanic” Director James Cameron created his $400 million 3-D fantasy “Avatar.”

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- President Obama extends FMLA benefits to same-sex couples; 2- Can population growth threaten the nation’s food security?  Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Tara Setmayer, Judge Debra Carnahan, Numbers USA’s Anne Manetas, and’s Miriam Perez. Web exclusive: Plan C? A pill capable of preventing pregnancy up to five days after sex is awaiting FDA approval.

Univision’s Al Punto: Alberto Milian, Former Captain of U.S Army Intelligence; Mike Periu, Financial Advisor and Editor of; Juan Roberto Job, Corporate Vice President & Hispanic Market Manager of New York Life Insurance Company and author of the book “Just Because I’m Latin Doesn’t Mean I Mambo: A Success Guide for Hispanic Americans”; and Univision Sports Anchor Pablo Ramírez.

Virtually Speaking: Digby and Avedon Carol. “what digby said” is a term of art in the liberal blogosphere. Avedon Carol’s Sideshow has been snarking, and providing ripping good political analysis for as long as there has been a blogosphere. Mockery and thoughtful analysis will be featured.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL  Book Salon: Chat with author Deanna Zandt and host Amanda MarcotteShare This!: How You Will Change the World with Social Networking. “With Share This! both regular folks of a progressive bent and committed activists can learn how to go beyond swapping movie reviews and vacation photos (not that there’s anything wrong with that).”  5pm ET.

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