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Sunday Talking Heads: December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas! Tossed a Yule Log on the fire for you this morning at Mauimom’s suggestion – more entertaining and informational than what we’ve got here.

When Scarecrow saw the listings he bewailed:

No Jesus, no wise men, no one to represent impoverished shepherds. Instead we get Frank Luntz to tell us how to lie to misrepresent the meaning of it all so that no one knows the banksters & friends are still stealing all the presents. God help us all. Amen.

And then he added:

Jesus was born in an occupation but had to flee from authorities who claimed it was a health hazard.  Pass it on.

What did you give for Christmas?

Washington Journal: Frank Luntz, Daniel Serwer, Jeffrey Crouch.

ABC’s This Week: Jonathan Karl takes a look back at “The Year in Politics.” RoundtableGeorge Will, Cokie Roberts, Jonathan Karl, Ed Gillespie.Then, Arab Spring – Christiane AmanpourRoundtable: Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass and U.S. Institute of Peace fellow Robin Wright, the author of “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World.”

CBS’ Face the Nation: Norah O’Donnell, Nancy Cordes, David Martin, Bob Orr, Anthony Mason, Elizabeth Palmer, and John Dickerson join Bob Schieffer for a look back at 2011 and to make predictions on 2012.

CNN’s State of the Union: Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) on the future of North Korea, congressional gridlock, and his own re-election struggles with the tea party.  Roundtable: A.B. Stoddard, Ron Brownstein.  Then some unaired footage with Condoleeza Rice.

Chris Hayes: No show today.

Chris Matthews: What were the best and worst moments of 2011?

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Dunno.

Fox News Sunday: Mike Huckabee. The Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

NBC’s Meet the Press: Roundtable: Tom Brokaw, Thomas Friedman, Kathleen Parker, Marc Morial. Plus a special Christmas Day reflection from the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, DC, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Newsmakers: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) discusses the recent deal to extend the payroll tax cut for two months. The House Republicans agreed to accept the bipartisan Senate measure – with a minor adjustment – after House rank-and-file members revolted earlier in the week…

Q & A: Michelle Fields, video journalist for The Daily Caller shares her experiences reporting on a variety of issues for the 24-hour news site…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: The Library – No one is allowed to borrow a book from the Vatican Library except the pope. And no wonder: the archive holds some of the oldest and most precious works of art and treasure known to man. Morley Safer and “60 Minutes” cameras get to see the best of the best.  Mount Athos – Bob Simon steps back in time when he gets rare access to monks in ancient monasteries on a remote Greek peninsula who have lived a Spartan life of prayer in a tradition virtually unchanged for a thousand years. Cameras capture the monastic life, including chanting, prayers, rituals, and the priceless relics and icons from the Byzantine Empire stored on The Holy Mountain, Mt. Athos.

To the Contrary: Topics: 2011 Year In Review. Women as peace keepers and peace makers. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood; Judge; Independent Women Forum’s Executive Director Nicole Kurokawa Neily; and Judge and Former Federal Prosecutor Debra Carnahan.

Univision’s Al Punto: Dunno.

Virtually Speaking: No show today.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: None today.

FDL Movie Night: None Monday.

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