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Sunday Talking Heads: July 17, 2011

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Happy morning! I hope your pancakes are almost ready. Hmm, I wonder what our Marion has to offer.

Our friend Cindy Kouril is hosting Book Salon today, don’t miss it. The book is The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror. Our Book Salon scheduler, Bev, has an uncanny sense of timing for things, note that FBI Director Mueller is currently up for (re?)confirmation for a continuation of his tenure. So join in the discussion, 5pm ET.

And tomorrow, Lisa has a special Movie Night, as you can see from the poster on the right. Personally, I have some serious doubts about Celebrity Rehab, what with the recent and most unfortunate death of Jeff Conaway, perhaps if he had been encouraged/allowed to detox and go clean out of the limelight, he’d be alive today. But Bob Forrest is a *Monster* in the recovery community, so it will be a Movie Night to remember, Lisa scores once again.

Susie Madrak hosts Virtually Speaking this evening with Culture of Truth, who weekly gives us the Bobblespeak Translations of the Sunday Talking Heads.

Lastly, best of luck to the USA ladies in the FIFA World Cup finals this afternoon.  USA! USA! USA!  As Scarecrow notes: “Hurray!  Finally, something worthwhile on Sunday.  The Women’s World Cup final will be on ESPN, with prelims starting about 2:45 p.m. Eastern.  Until then, none of the people on the Sunday talk shows will say anything that will make you feel better.”

On to the listings:

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Debt ceiling – Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jacob Lew. Then, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ). Debt Ceiling Roundtable: George Will, Cokie Roberts, Matt Dowd, Jonathan Karl, as well as freshman Tea Party member Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). Also, he Murdoch scandal with The New Yorker’s media columnist Ken Auletta. Ending with a preview of the women’s World Cup final by ESPN analyst and 1999 World Cup star Brandi Chastain.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Debt ceiling – Democratic Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

CNN State of the Union: Debt ceiling – Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jacob Lew. Then, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The presidential ambitions of
Rudy Giuliani.  Ending with former Biden chief of staff, Ron Klain, and former GOP Rep. Tom Davis.

Chris Matthews: Big Irony: If the GOP Denies Barack Obama A Debt Package, Does It Boost Obama For 2012?  Michele Bachmann and Her Family Clinic’s Therapy For Gays.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Debt ceiling – Larry Summers.  [“Few people understand the American economy better than Larry Summers”] Egypt, Syria, Brazil, and global warming also.

Fox News Sunday: Debt stuff and some 2012 horse racing. Roundtable: Bill Kristol, John Podesta, Liz Cheney, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet the Press: Debt ceiling – Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jacob Lew. Then, “Tea party favorite” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). Roundtable: Gov. John Kasich (R-OH); Chairman and CEO of Honeywell, David Cote; former mayor of New Orleans, now president of the National Urban League, Marc Morial; Chief Economist for Mesirow Financial, Diane Swonk; CNBC’s David Faber.

Newsmakers: Gov. Christine Gregoire (D-WA) said on Newsmakers that governors are concerned about proposed federal budget cuts’ impact on the states. She said cuts to Medicare are a particular concern.  “You have to know the consequences of that,” she said.  She also said she is concerned about federal budget cuts’ impact on education, which she said will have a negative long-term impact on the country.  “We can’t cut education too much,” the Governor said.  And more. …

Q & A: Photographer Carol Highsmith. In 1980, when the historic Willard Hotel was being renovated, Carol Highsmith asked to photograph the rundown icon of Washington, DC. In doing so, she discovered the work of Francis Benjamin Johnston, who had photographed the then lavish hotel in 1901. Johnston’s photographs were being used by contractors in the renovation process. In researching her work, Highsmith found that Johnston had photographed several presidential administrations, treaty signings, etc.  And more. …

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: Silver or Lead – Report on the murder of the mayor of a Mexican city, where powerful drug gangs seem to be giving authorities a choice of “silver or lead” – join us and we will pay you or don’t and we’ll kill you. The Gambler – Las Vegas sports betting legend Bill Walters has never had a losing year — a winning a streak that’s made odds makers call him the “most dangerous sports bettor in Nevada.” In Search of Jaguars – “60 Minutes” went in search of the most elusive of all of nature’s big cats, the jaguar, and captured amazing footage of them in the Brazilian jungle.

To The Contrary: Topics: How the debt ceiling negotiations impact women. A controversial proposal to remove severely obese children from their homes. The effect gender selection in Asian countries will have worldwide.  Panelists: Conservative Commentator Dana White; Citizen Engagement Laboratory’s Erica Williams; National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill; and Conservative Commentator Wendy Wright.

Univision’s Al Punto: Claudia Paz y Paz, Attorney General of Guatemala; Javier Sicilia, Mexican Writer and Poet, Leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity; Michelle Rhee, Former Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools and Founder of; Luis Enrique, Award-winning Artist.

Virtually Speaking: Culture of Truth and Susie Madrak “consider developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts of traditional media.”

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon: The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror. “The story of a small group of FBI agents who believed that they could confront a new generation of international terrorists like al Qaeda without sacrificing America’s moral high ground. At the heart of this classic good versus evil battle are decades of tensions between the FBI and the CIA, which repeatedly fell short as America’s eyes overseas.”
Chat with Garret M. Graff about his new book, hosted by Cynthia Kouril. Join in, 5pm ET.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday: Bob and the Monster, “with guests writer/director Keirda Bahruth, producers Rick Ballard and Austin Wilkins, editor Joshua Altman, and the film’s subject, musician cum world-renown drug counselor Bob Forrest, who joined us in March 2009 to chat about his careers in both music and rehab.”  It all happens Monday evening at 8pm ET, join us.

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