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Sunday Talking Heads: January 1, 2012

Ahhhh Happy New Year! A good friend wrote “I hope your best day of 2011 is your worst day of 2012…” and I wish this for the lot of you.

Here are the listings. Because the Iowa caucuses are January 4th there’s a whole lot of horse racing going on. (Just how much of the billions needed to run for President are given over to the MSM?)

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Horse Race – Rep. Ron Paul and Rep. Michele Bachmann Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.  Plus reports from Iowa by Jonathan Karl and Radio Iowa’s O. Kay HendersonRoundtable: Matthew Dowd, Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress, Washington Examiner chief political correspondent and Fox News contributor Byron York, and former Iowa Republican Party political director Craig Robinson, founder and editor-in-chief of The Iowa Republican.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Horse Race – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a Ron Paul supporter, former Sen. Jim Talent, a Mitt Romney supporter, and former Rep. J.C. Watts, a Newt Gingrich supporter. Roundtable: Mike Allen, John Dickerson, Norah O’Donnell, David Yepsen, Director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and Former Des Moines Register political reporter.  Plus, New Year’s resolutions from the Republican presidential candidates.

CNN’s State of the Union: Horse Race – Rep. Ron Paul. Then, Rep. Steve King (R-IA). Also,  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. Roundtable: Dan Balz of the Washington Post and Neil King of the Wall Street Journal.

Chris Hayes: Nate Silver, Errol Louis, Noah K. Green, Michael B Dougherty, Amanda Marcotte, Corey Robin, Dave Weigel.

Chris Matthews.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Predictions, what will happen in 2012? Then, Anne-Marie Slaughter of Princeton University, Ian Bremmer from the Eurasia Group, and Daniel Franklin from the Economist’s “World in 2012” Edition. Followed by Harvard theoretical physicist Lisa Randall on the God Particle and more.  Finally, deep inside the human mind, with Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Fox News Sunday: Horse Race – Rep. Ron Paul. Gov. Rick Perry. Rep. Michele Bachmann. Roundtable: Bret Baier, Jennifer Jacobs, Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA), Jeff Zeleny, New York Times.

NBC’s Meet the Press: Horse Race – Rick Santorum, also Chuck Todd and Matt Strawn, Iowa Republican Party chair. Roundtable: Des Moines Register’s Kathie Obradovich, Mike Murphy,’ David Brooks, Mark Halperin, Andrea Mitchell.

Newsmakers: As the final U.S. troops return home from Iraq, Holly Petraeus, General David Petraeus’ wife, discusses on “Newsmakers” the challenges soldiers face when they return from war. Even after David Petraeus retired from the military to head the CIA, Mrs. Petraeus maintains her work for veterans and their families. She discusses the financial issues facing U.S. military service members – active duty and retired – and how the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is attempting to help them.

Q & A: William Beutler, the creator and editor of, a blog designed to explain Wikipedia to the non user. Beutler describes his role as an editor, commentator and consultant for the Wikipedia website. He demonstrates the techniques he uses to create and edit and improve an individual page on Wikipedia…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: The Majority Leader – Lesley Stahl profiles House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about his life and the recent bipartisan wars in Congress.  The Perfect Score – In his first interview about his criminal fraud, Sam Eshaghoff tells how he was able to take the SAT and ACT college admissions exams for others who paid him up to $2,500 per test. Alone on the Wall – “60 Minutes” cameras capture a feat never documented before: viewers will see Alex Honnold scale a 1,600-foot rock wall using nothing more than his hands and feet. Lara Logan interviews Honnold about his skills and his unique sport where there can be no mistakes.

To the Contrary: Topics: Population Stabilization Special: Environment, Feminism, & Political Correctness.

Univision’s Al Punto: Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and Member of the Committee on Ways And Means; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Fabian Nuñez, Noticias Univision Democratic Analyst; Helen Aguirre, Noticias Univision Republican Analyst.

Virtually Speaking: No show this weekend, but others during the week, tune in.

C-SPAN’s Book TV: In Depth with Chris Hedges.

FDL’s Book Salon:  None today.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday: TBA.

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