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Sunday Talking Heads: January 8. 2012

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Last night was the ABC News-Yahoo debate, this morning it’s the NBC News-Facebook debate on Meet the Press, so please hang in the comments.  Shoto found us a drinking game over at Pierce’s, hold onto your socks:

Here’s your drinking game for your Sunday morning mimosa: Take a sip every time Gregory begins a question with the phrase, “Last night, you said….” Drink the whole thing down every time he prefaces matters with the phrase, “Do you stand by…?” I promise you, if you play this game, you will be utterly sockless long before Pittsburgh and Tebow tee it up Saturday afternoon.

(If straight whiskey is your Sunday-morning preference, book a suite at Betty Ford right now.)

Don’t forget FDL Book Salon this afternoon and Virtually Speaking this evening.  Also FDL Movie Night Monday.

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: George Stephanopoulos returns. Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod. Then, Mike Huckabee. Roundtable: George Will, Mary Matalin, Matthew Dowd, Donna Brazile, Jake Tapper. Plus, Jonathan Karl on the campaign and social media.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on pirate rescue.  Sen. John McCain.

CNN’s State of the Union: Jon Huntsman.  Then, Romney surrogate and former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu, and Gingrich adviser former congressman Bob Walker.  Followed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Roundtable: Neil King of the Wall Street Journal and Phil Rucker of the Washington Post.

Chris Hayes: Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist, The Hamilton Mixtape. Irin Carmon, staff writer for Elise Jordan,  former speechwriter for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Maria Teresa Kumar, executive director of Jay Smooth, host WBAI-FM’s “Underground Railroad.”

Chris Matthews: Will Republicans rally around Romney if he coasts to the nomination? What would a potential Ron Paul 3rd party candidacy look like?

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Alan Simpson. Military analysts Michael O’Hanlon and Larry KorbRoundtable: Vali Nasr, Bret Stephens, Hooman Majd, Hillary Mann Leverett. Plus, why the Chinese this week found two-thirds of their favorite TV shows simply gone.

Fox News Sunday: RNC Chair Reince Priebus, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)Roundtable: Brett Baier; A.B. Stoddard; Ovide Lamontagne, New Hampshire Gubernatorial Candidate (R); Neil Levesque, Executive Director, New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

NBC’s Meet the Press: NBC News-Facebook Debate.

Newsmakers: Following this Tuesday’s NH Primary, South Carolina is up next with their primary set for Saturday January 21. Chad Connelly, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman joins Newsmakers to  provide a preview of the primary and how the South figures into presidential politics. The South Carolina primary is often called the “first in the South,” and is one of the states that ultimately ignored the RNC’s instructions that early states not hold prmaries before Feb. 1st.

Q & A: Ward Carroll, editor of is a website which provides news, information and support to current and former service members and their families as well as non-military readers. The website has over ten million members. Carroll discusses a wide array of defense issues, including the way procurement works in the Department of Defense…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: Stem Cell Fraud – Stem cells still have not proven to be the panacea many claimed they could be, yet the Internet is alive with stem cells for sale to treat incurable illnesses. Scott Pelley reports on one man offering to treat cerebral palsy who a respected stem cell researcher says could be endangering patients.  Marine Brothers – Lara Logan reports on five sets of brothers in the Marine Reserves who fought for the right to be on the front line of combat in Afghanistan with their siblings.  The Most Expensive Food in the World – European white truffles can sell for as much as $3,600 a pound. But harvests are down and a black market has emerged that has allowed an influx of inferior and cheap Chinese truffles that are diluting this lucrative market.

To the Contrary: Topics: Is an anti-contraception movement is on the horizon as GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s opposition to birth control is gaining national attention. Then, millions of female low-income workers in eight states got pay raises thanks to an increase in minimum wage. Lastly, Behind the Headlines: Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas shares why she is retiring from Congress and what’s next for her. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood; Judge; Judge and Former Federal Prosecutor Debra Carnahan, and Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez.

Univision’s Al Punto: Cecilia Muñoz, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs; Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ); Helen Aguirre, Noticias Univision Republican Analyst; Fabian Nuñez, Noticias Univision Democratic Analyst; Arnoldo Torres, Expert on Hispanic Issues; Patricia Poleo, Journalist and Author of “Fugitiva en Rosa.”

Virtually Speaking: Cliff Schecter and special guest Gotta Laff discuss developments of the week, highlighting what’s been neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon: Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America. “In this ambitious and wide-ranging history, Jay Feldman takes us from the run-up to World War I and its anti-German hysteria through the September 11 attacks and Arizona’s current anti-immigration movement. What we see is a striking pattern of elected officials and private citizens alike using the American people’s fears and prejudices to isolate minorities (ethnic, racial, political, religious, or sexual), silence dissent, and stem the growth of civil rights and liberties.” Chat with Jay Feldman about his new book, hosted by Jeffrey Feldman. 5pm ET.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday: Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea. “Once ‘California’s Riviera,’ the Salton Sea is now America’s worst ecological disaster. Yet a few hardy eccentrics hang on to hope, including a roadside nudist and a man building a religious mountain out of mud and paint. Hair-raising and hilarious, this is the American Dream stinky as a dead carp.”  Join host Lisa Derrick and Producer/Director Chris Meltzer.  8pm ET Monday.

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